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The Trafalgar Tavern

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About The Trafalgar Tavern

Treating you to exceptional elegance, The Trafalgar Tavern is a standout among sophisticated public houses in London. With a history reaching back hundreds of years, The Trafalgar Tavern on Park Row stands in the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site and is an essential landmark, having hosted guests like William Gladstone and Charles Dickens. Have your next special occasion at the Trafalgar Tavern overlooking River Thames – there’s simply no other place that manages to combine history, elegance and a great selection of dishes in any comparable way.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 10:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday 10:00 - 21:00
The Trafalgar Tavern, 1 Park Row, SE10 9NW London

Further Information

With a history to put every other pub to shame, The Trafalgar Tavern stands in the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site and easily remains one of London’s most essential public houses. Having forever represented Britain’s naval might and cultural standing, The Trafalgar Tavern looks back on a long history of famous customers like Charles Dickens and William Gladstone. This is Old London, and the Tavern on Park Row succeeds in representing the days of yore with highlighting its history as well as giving you a wonderful selection of ales, beers and exquisite food.

The owners have a lot of respect for the history of the house and are proud to invite you to spend time in one-of-a-kind rooms overseeing the River Thames. The beautifully decorated rooms are simply wonderful. Of course you may inquire anytime for private hire and treat your friends, colleagues and family to a truly extraordinary location. The Trafalgar Tavern on Park Row is simply marvellous for weddings, offering gorgeous views of London as well as truly exceptional elegance.

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403 Reviews

4.6 /6 Excellent 403 Reviews
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: reasonable
Food: delicious
Waiting Time: short
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28 reviews so far 6
18.08.2017 23:20

Great find for a lunchtime meal food is outstanding and such a friendly location

28 reviews so far 6
09.08.2017 19:49

Great atmosphere and staff centrally located within central London. Great choice of food on the menu. Staff couldn't do enough to look after us will definitely be back again

1 review so far 6
08.08.2017 07:38

Great food in a beautiful historic environment right on the river. We visited on a Friday night and there was live music in the main bar. We ate in the restaurant where it was a bit quieter. Definitely worth a second visit.

1 review so far 6
30.07.2017 15:46

Lovely atmosphere and good food. This was a really great pub for a family get together - efficient and friendly service and priced appropriately for the area

2 reviews so far 5
03.04.2016 09:40

The menu offers relatively limited choices but there is a good mix of options. We all started with whitebait (always enough for two) and it's some of the best, cooked with just a light coating of flour so the fish is not overwhelmed. Three of us had fish and chips, one had the risotto, one the special steak and ale pie (puff pastry, alas for me who is a short crust fan, but our guest loved it) and my husband had the steak. Everyone commented on how good it all was. The wine list is adequate and we chose a bottle of surprisingly good South African Chenin Blanc for the fish and a glass or two of Malbec for the meat-eaters' second course. The service was very good as usual, friendly, helpful and efficient, but I would have been even happier had they somehow managed not to bring the second course while we were still finishing the first, and not to begin clearing the second course while one person was still eating. We go here two or three times a year - whenever we take visitors to Greenwich and sometimes even on our own - and will keep doing so.

3 reviews so far 4
11.08.2016 23:55

the setting was lovely - a table by the window, looking over the Thames. Walls well decorated with 19 century prints. Good wooden floor, tables not placed too closely together. All made for a great group meal. The service was friendly and efficient. The food was fine, but not great. For example, the rack of lamb was delicious, the Mediterranean vegetables that accompanied it were too oily. This dish came with the lamb and slices of red and yellow capsicum, courgettes and some eggplant - no potato. The announced mint drizzle was there, but so slight, hardly noticeable. The steak dish was a complete winner, with baby roasted vine tomatoes, chips, good sauce, large mushroom. The fish and chicken dishes were fine without being notable. Sticky date pudding was ordered by 3 guests. It was enjoyable because of the topping and cream - but the actual pudding was dry. The restaurant section of this pub was empty except for our group. At 1 pm on a Thursday. This was a first visit, so no major conclusions can be drawn. We enjoyed the experience, it was a pleasant venue....but maybe to compete with so many good food options, there needs to be closer attention to excellence of each dish - or a menu that represents only what the chef can do with excellence e.g. The steak meal.

1 review so far 6
08.03.2017 10:14

Had a fantastic Sunday lunch at the Trafalgar Tavern. We were a party of 10 and the Trafalgar handled seamlessly a last minute increase in numbers & our slightly late arrival, despite being extremely busy. We were given a lovely table looking out onto the river and enjoyed a very relaxed meal - food was good, portion sizes were very good and service was excellent. We never felt hurried and there was a perfect amount of time between courses. Special thanks to our lovely waiter who was very patient with the slightly chaotic food/drink ordering you get with a large group & amused when we thought he was Australian (he was from Greenwich!)! The Trafalgar itself has elegant decor, is spacious (but cosy with the log fire) & has a very friendly atmosphere - we will definitely be back :) !

1 review so far 5
23.04.2017 09:07

The service was good but not great. One guy did not understand me when I asked where the restaurant was! We were brought water and a menu straight away and the timing of the food was excellent. The food itself was wonderful. Mussels in white wine and cream sauce cooked to perfection. The Pearl barley risotto was creamy and light with a little bite left in the barley. Sides of onion rings and house salad with a mustard seed dressing were also excellent. The onion rings were extremely crunchy (which I love) and the house salad was enough for both of us. Pudding of crème brûlée and a chocolate fondant with ice cream were both warm enough to eat straight away and we're both excellent. Overall I had a great time and throughly enjoyed myself. We were sat near the window so had a beautiful view of the Thames at sunset too.

2 reviews so far 6
31.03.2017 13:31

Visited restaurant on Saturday 25.03.2017, very busy but nice restaurant. Even though it was busy in the pub part, the dinning area was spacious. The service was good, food was fantastic and the portions are very big. Our group only had Main and Dessert and we struggled to eat our main dishes due to the size of the portions. Most of us had the fish which was fantastic and one had pie which was also thoroughly enjoyed. Was quite pricey but based on location and food, I would expect this. Would highly recommend to others. I would recommend booking as it was quite busy when we arrived and as we had booked, we did not have to wait.

2 reviews so far 6
02.03.2017 13:01

In the historic setting on the river Thames the Trafalgar pub and resturant has been an old favourite of the family to get together. It is friendly and the interior is slightly faded glory which is perfect for such an old building . The staff are welcoming and the service is speedy and attentive without being overbearing . Sunday lunch is perfect and done in great british style . It's a full plate and every mouthful is tasty. You will feel warm and cosy and well fed. Where ever you sit the wonderful paintings and prints of sailing ships and seascapes will remind you of the history that this place has seen .

1 review so far 3
14.12.2014 22:11

I went to the Trafalgar tavern on Sunday the 14th of December 2014. I booked a week before, a table for five people and asked to be seated in a nice spot, nearby the windows on the river. We went there for a Xmas lunch and we picked a three courses menu. The table was okay, maybe a bit small for five people, it was located nearby the doors of the busy kitchen but the view from it was nice. The food was average and when we asked for some bread, we only got three small slices (to be divided between five adults), when we asked for more bread we got an extra fourth slice and when we asked for some more bread a third time we got a fifth slice. The bread issue was a very unfortunate one and really marked negatively the overall service. The puddings were pretty bad: over cooked chocolate suffle and I got only half Xmas pudding, the other half was probably lost during plating of the dish. Some of the wines on the list were not available and the toilets were not clean! The booking system was, on the other end, pretty efficient. The place has a great architecture and a great charme, but the management needs improvement because as it is, it is not good enough.

1 review so far 5
04.01.2016 05:59

Called in Saturday night ,despite there been a wedding on the service was quick and attentive. My Lady had the whitebait which was a huge portion Main course for me was the Chicken and Mushroom Pie a piping hot big feast of chicken cooked in an enamel pie dish and a light pastry lid.The hand cut chips were cooked to perfection with a side dish of sugar snap peas,broccholi and carrot all cooked al dente. A good selection of Ales and wines. We tried a pudding of Chocolate brownie and Honeycombe icecream between us but could not quite finish it !!! In my experiance food down The Big Smoke is hit and miss ,this is a HIT... right on the river and tastefully done out to boot

1 review so far 6
13.08.2015 23:28

We were a party of four and had the seabass, rack of lamb, sausage and mash and pork belly. All the dishes were very good. We also had deep fried whitebait for starters and they were super fresh and tasty, and not at all oily. Service was very quick, warm and friendly. The maitre d, Aldo, went out of his way to find us a table by the window for us to enjoy the view of the Thames at night. The room is very pleasant, with high ceiling, charming pictures on the wall and lovely soft colours. I highly recommend this restaurant.

1 review so far 6
19.06.2017 10:30

The Trafalgar Tavern is a very good place to eat, We have had good meals for a long time in this restaurant. Food and service is very good also to watch the sun go down over London on a super Friday night is one of the pole positions in London.

1 review so far 5
07.03.2015 22:36

We had lunch on a Saturday, we booked beforehand. We arrived to an empty room and we were shown to a table towards the back. We asked to change to a table in the window overlooking the river but we were told it was booked for the same time as we were. The table remained empty for our entire stay which was over an hour and a half. I understand that if the table had been requested specifically they should not release it but it was certainly not booked for the time we were there. Having said that the food was good and the service excellent. It is a lovely place to eat although the wine list is slightly expensive.

1 review so far 5
08.02.2016 10:00

I was already a fan of this riverside pub in Greenwich and my visit didn't disappoint the food was great and the service was lovely. My only comment was with the booking system. I originally called to book a table in the restaurant for 2 at around 3pm and was told that they didn't have anything available that afternoon but I could come and sit in the bar area. I then went online and realised I could book via the website and thought I would try my luck. Somehow I was able to book online at the same time with no problems...Maybe I will just book through the website in future. Overall it was a really nice lunch.

2 reviews so far 6
30.12.2014 18:16

Excellent warm & cosy on a cold day . Menu was extensive & reasonably prices . Chose unusual bread starter - delicious !! & the traditional Whitebait was splendid . Claire was a most efficient & pleasant waitress but was overworked as she only had 1 colleague to look after the busy restaurant & the saloon bar which was packed . We hope they both enjoy much more than the minimum wage ; they certainly deserve for such outstanding service . All in all a most enjoyable lunch - highly recommended Gordon & Judith H

2 reviews so far 5
25.02.2016 08:24

There's something splendid about standing in those great rooms so full of history and yesterday was full of brilliant sunshine so our view over the river was bordering on spectacular. The staff were, as ever, excellent (and tolerant). The whitebait was, as ever, delicious (but I keep forgetting how much of it is served!) The mains were average, but not bad. The wine list is rather limited and could do with some expansion in our view, but the quality of the wines we chose (a 2015 Chilean Sauvignon Blanc and a Malbec, from I can't remember where) was good. It's one of our favourite places to take friends, so we'll be back again.

1 review so far 5
16.01.2017 07:36

Excellent location overlooking the Thames. If you order by 11.45am you can have the brunch menu, which is good value and there are more vegetarian options. You place your order and pay at the bar. The only vegetarian option on the Sunday lunch menu is roasted vegetable and mushroom wellington. Not all vegetarians like mushrooms. We all went for the full English and I had the vegetarian option. Some of the items on the plate were cold when it arrived whilst others were piping hot, otherwise the food was fine. Large portion sizes. It's a popular place for brunch so there is a little wait for the food.

1 review so far 3
27.12.2016 09:55

Very attractive pub with festive decorations everywhere but the afternoon tea was very poor quality. We were served sandwiches in 3s between 2 of us and 3 macaroons so we had to break things in half. The cake slices were really uneven and as they had run out of cream for the scones they served us philadelphia cream cheese and jam without saying a word. It was only after we had spread the cheese that we realised it. If you run out of something you should apologise and tell the customer not hope they won't notice! My son who doesn't like cake also had to wait over half an hour for a soft drink and an hour for a burger! It was really empty in there so it can't be because they were rushed off their feet! Overall worst afternoon tea I've had in a while. We did ask for manageress in the end and she gave us complimentary prosesseco and didn't charge for the burger, but they do need to sort their kitchen out!

1 review so far 6
07.09.2016 09:37

Booked this restaurant to celebrate the 1st Wedding Anniversary with the wife. Brilliant food (everything on the menu is absolutely delicious), reasonably priced menu options with room to have more premium options if you should desire, brilliantly attentive and friendly staff, and the restaurant is conveniently next to a warm and busy pub. Add in the beautiful views of the water, looking across to the millennium dome, and it was an ideal setting for a couple looking for a cosy break. Can not recommend enough!

1 review so far 3
22.07.2016 07:49

Food was great as always, but service is terrible. With the excuse that they were full and extremely busy, the food arrived to the table with 20 minutes between esch plate (table of three and I had my food 20 mins before the people I was with, so they had to watch me eat), the barman was going crazy, and we ordered first some drinks from a very kind guy at the bar, that said he had only been working there for an hour! He did a great job though for someone that has no idea about where things were and what to do. This place is always like this. When I asked for the food, a lady just told me there is nothing I can do, can't you see how busy we are? After paying almost £30 for a pint and a burger, I would expect something much better, even if they're busy!!

1 review so far 6
28.12.2016 11:32

My mum and I love the Tavern. The food is never a disappointment and the staff are just excellent. We came to the Trafalgar on Christmas Eve and I really felt looked after despite it being such a busy and special day for everything! I would thoroughly recommend this joint to anyone wanting a slice of good quality "London", with brilliant food, service and views! We will of course be back again very soon.

2 reviews so far 4
05.05.2017 14:39

The staff were friendly and the food was tasty but I think it was a bit over priced. It was the finer details that were missing I think because the waiting staff didn't have set areas we had several come to our table but they didn't seem to know what was happening as it was someone different each time. E.g. Not all of our party had a starter which seemed to confuse them a little and I had to ask for a steak knife for my main meal amongst other things. Nothing major and overall helpful but not as smooth an experience as it could have been especially for the price.

1 review so far 5
27.09.2015 16:26

Prices a little on the high side but the food was delicious. Whitebait and the stuffed chicken breast I would certainly have again. Staff were lovely and nothing was too much trouble. They were attentive and I was glad as one of our party was enjoying his birthday treat. The Trafalgar has always fancied itself as something special. Possibly because of its position on the river. However,the restaurant is part of a noisy pub. Having said that we had a very good evening and the food was excellent!

1 review so far 6
23.05.2015 22:39

Having organised River Trip day out for 23 people of mixed ages I needed an eatery to suit all parties and chose the Trafalgar Tavern on the rover Thames- Greenwich and what a wonderful place to done the manager was first class and tended to us impeccably the waiting staff were extremely polite and attentive and best of all GREAT FOOD AT AFFORDABLE PRICES thank you very much we will be back

1 review so far 6
17.11.2016 07:28

Positive 1st experience at The Trafalgar Tavern, re-visited recently for a friends birthday lunch. Nothing was too much trouble, staff very attentive, quick service, large Sunday roasts and lovely atmosphere with views out onto The Thames!

1 review so far 4
25.04.2015 23:43

Booking worked well and we got our seat at the window next to the river. As for food, it was pretty good as always, especially the buttered asparagus starter with deep-fried crumbed egg, crispy prosciutto and hollandaise. Had fish and chips for main as usual. Fish excellent, but I wasn't impressed with the chips which were the size and shape of fish-fingers and were undercooked. The wine was drinkable but not great, and very over-priced (almost nine pounds for a large glass of pinot noir). Finally, I feel that £4.50 for the world's most microscopic glass of sherry was having a bit of a laugh, on the whole.

1 review so far 5
22.12.2015 08:50

We had an pleasant meal with friends from Sweden. It was lovely to overlook the river. They moved us to a bigger table as there was 6 of us, even though they were busy. The Sunday roasts, pork & Turkey were large portions & very filling. Service was polite & efficient. They were very accomodating of the children, offering child size portions of any meal on the menu - they came out as small adult portions! Good value for money. I'd definitely recommend The Trafalgar.

1 review so far 4
29.07.2015 15:11

Lovely location, right on the river, had a good view from where we were seated. Food good, generous portions and good choice. Prices ok for location. Service was a bit hit and miss, at first there was some confusion over where I we were to be seated because the manager (not sure but think he was) interferred with the seating, he assumed I hadn't booked but I had already told a waitress I had booked. Meals didn't all arrive at the same time, had to remind waitress re some items. Recommend booking as get very busy, ate there one Sat in July.

1 review so far 4
11.09.2014 20:04

Ambience and view over river excellent but the food left a lot to be desired. I had the lamb roast - not cheap at £16.50 - but I'm afraid, it fell well below standard, the vegetables in particular were dehydrated and tasteless! Having said that, it was very busy because the Tall Ships festival was on and we ate at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. I would go back there and give the food another try. If you just a drink in a nice atmosphere in a pub steeped in history then I would highly recommend a visit.

2 reviews so far 5
25.07.2016 15:51

This is an historic restaurant on the south bank of the Thames. When we visited on a warm, summer, Saturday evening both the bar and restaurant were noisy and busy. Despite being busy the staff were pleasant and efficient. The food was good and reasonable value for London. Although the steak was a little underdone for medium/well, the food arrived quickly and was the correct temperature. Overall a very pleasant experience; will visit again. N.B. Booking is essential.

1 review so far 5
11.05.2015 11:15

perfect location with large outdoor area and airy rooms with wooden floors, fireplaces, a lounge area with sofas and fabulous views of the river from huge windows. Service was excellent, staff were so pleasant and helpful. Food was great. Will return. However, one thing needs changing...swiftly...the unisex toilet at the far end of the restaurant - absolutely awful! Stained pan, and tiles hanging off. Such a shame but has to be mentioned as it was appalling.

1 review so far 5
07.01.2017 11:48

Service was good. Food was good. One quibble: The menu item `Whitebait': a collective name for the fry of many fish species, was comprised solely of sprats (Sprattus Sprattus) fried in a coating of (spiced) flour. There was a lot of it and it tasted great. But these were mature fish of length three to four inches and not quite what I was expecting. Our table looked out over the river; a great location. Go there!

1 review so far 5
14.12.2014 14:48

We ordered the whitebait as it had been recommended on a tv programme and were not disappointed. A generous portion and very tasty. Nice pub with great views over the Thames. Would recommend it. Not happy about the so called 'discretionary' 12.5% service charge added to the bill though. We are always happy to leave a tip if we receive good service, which we did, but would prefer to make that choice ourselves.

1 review so far 4
05.01.2016 08:02

On the plus side, the whitebait was delicious and the wine was tasty and reasonable. We enjoyed our meal and didn't feel at all rushed even though plenty of people were turning up in the hope of getting a table. On the minus side, we called in person before the meal and were told we could have a window table - that didn't happen (however, the MD was both polite and apologetic and gave us a complimentary bottle of wine for the inconvenience). Also, the steak was a bit chewy.

1 review so far 4
02.04.2017 21:22

The Trafalgar is a good, historic pub in a wonderful location. Overall, it's a good place for a pleasant meal - this was not our first visit. Having said that, it's also fair to say, I think, that although the food at The Trafalgar is good on the whole, it is not exceptional; service on this visit was OK but a bit charmless and a tad slow, and it would have been difficult to justify paying as much as we did in any other pub. Room for improvement!

1 review so far 6
14.03.2016 19:39

Prompt service, amazing views, really good atmosphere. Very busy so always advise booking. Because of how busy the kitchen was, we waited a lil while for both food and desert. But complimentary glasses of wine for the two of us was a perfect gesture. Recommend to Families, Couples and Smaller groups if eating on a Sunday. A* service.

1 review so far 5
19.04.2016 08:42

Normal pub grub menu, but we had the cottage pie which was very tasty. The 2 ladies had desserts - sticky treacle pudding was excellent and the lemon and pink grapefruit posset gorgeous. The waiter was attentive without being overbearing. But best of all was the view of the Thames and as one of our party was an ex-lighterman brought back many memories. Would certainly make a return visit.

1 review so far 6
20.03.2016 21:27

Brilliant staff, brilliant Sunday roast, brilliant atmosphere - and having the option of a nice walk along the river after such a hearty meal that is closed with a satisfying dessert, it was the perfect experience. Would definitely come back here and make it a local favourite, but best booked before coming as it gets really busy!

1 review so far 5
29.03.2017 09:32

We went on a very busy Saturday lunchtime, there was also a wedding on, so took a long time to get served at the bar, they could have done with more than 2 bar staff! Table was booked for 2.30 and we were seated by this time. Food good but had a long wait between courses. Highlight was pudding, the chocolate fondant and sticky toffee pudding were delicious.

1 review so far 6
04.10.2016 22:38

The Trafalgar Tavern has a beautiful atmosphere, delicous food, a good range of drinks and very friendly and helpful staff! Thank you very much for the pleasant stay!

2 reviews so far 3
03.05.2016 10:05

Firstly, they got our booking wrong but they sorted that our fairly quickly so we were happy. We all ordered at the same time, food took over an hour to arrive. Two dishes however didn't arrive with the others and we had to wait another half an hour. The pub was busy but it wasn't full by any means. Roast dinner was okay, meat was nice with good crackly on the pork, potatoes were terrible. I had the ribs, they were okay sauce was out of a bottle and a bit claggy. We were there for three hours and managed to have one course so we didn't bother having dessert.

1 review so far 5
01.03.2017 18:03

The Trafalgar Tavern is a special place indeed. Out of the touristic path, we have enjoyed a very beautiful dinner. Quiet atmosphere, stunning location and lovely food. Highly recommended for an evening out.

1 review so far 5
14.01.2016 08:24

Food was great. setting is fantastic overlooking the thames. Service is the only thing that knocks it from a 6 out of 6. Waiter struggled to be clear when taking our order. Then two dishes came out and the third didn't. When we enquired they said it had been taken to another table by mistake. Overall great just frustrating delay when we were very hungry.

2 reviews so far 6
24.01.2016 12:14

The staff were extremely pleasant and helpful. We also did not have to wait long for anything. The food was lovely, the fish and chips fresh and delicious. The ambience and view onto the river were great. All in all we had a fabulous evening at the Trafalgar Tavern. Thank you very much!!

1 review so far 5
09.09.2016 15:36

The location is awesome The service wasexcellent The cooking technique absolutely over the standard. In my very case probably the meat cut or ore-cool preparation was not the perfect one for the Sunday roast, that resulted in slices of meat unexpectedly too hard,not tender at all. They would have surely sort this incident out, after my report before leaving the venue.

1 review so far 6
08.08.2016 13:34

I booked a table for 4 for the first time at the Trafalgar Tavern and loved it, we had a table overlooking the thames and that added to the enjoyment. The food was lovely and a special thumbs up to the proper fish n chips , we will book again

1 review so far 3
02.11.2015 16:32

We booked for 6, on arrival were told our table wasn't ready, while waiting for it to be laid the manager told us that the kitchen was closed for the evening. When told we had a reservation he admitted us. The unnecessary lie was a bad start. The food was OK but pricey (my husband says the roast potatoes had obviously been kept hot for too long) and the service pleasant but hurried, we felt that they wanted us to go. If they don't want to run a restaurant on a Sunday evening they don't have to, it's not compulsory.

1 review so far 4
23.10.2014 07:41

Lovely food and more than generous portions. On the day we visited the restaurant was very busy and there was a considerable wait for our food. However, the staff were very apologetic and we were given free drinks to make up for the wait so it did not spoil the experience. The view from the large windows over the river was a good one and the tables were well spaced out so it was comfortable.