How dangerous is it to have a pub on the same block as your B&B? Very! A pint or cocktail at the end of each long day of walking becomes a must. And of course, it’s pretty convenient for dinner.
The St. George’s Tavern began life as a restaurant. In the mid 1800s, it became one of the first establishments of its kind to successfully offer a variety of entertainment in addition to food.
That history is evident in the street-level dining/bar area. When the St. George’s first offered entertainment, the restaurant was divided into two areas: one for dining and one for drinking and entertainment. When we first stopped in late one night, we sat in the restaurant section because we didn’t want to sit at a high-top in the bar. From the expression on our server’s face when we just ordered drinks you could tell we’d committed a faux pas, but he just said, “Oh, that’s fine. Just stay where you are.” Point St. George’s.
After taking our order, the server came back and said, “You’re Americans, aren’t you?” We answered, “Yes.” Then he asks, “Do you know Texas?” “Yes.” “Do you know Houston?” “Yes.” “Houston, we have a problem.”
We just looked at him waiting . . . Couldn’t imagine where he was going with this. Then he tells us they are out of the beer PIC ordered and that he has decided to bring him something that he thinks he’ll like. If he doesn’t, no worries, he’ll take it back.
What showed up was an awesome flight of seven beers. We tasted each one, and both had the same favorite. Turned out it was London Pride by Fuller’s. Our server spent a lot of time with us, talking beer. In the end, he only left because they got busier and the other servers were giving him the “eye”. Nice guy.
The St. George’s was also the first place in London I’d had a Gin & Tonic served British style (see photo in Gallery). A new twist for an American, you might say.
Churchill’s Dining Room is downstairs. It’s two dining areas are on either side of a brick wall. It’s more subdued and a little nicer dress is called for. There’s also a bar, but it’s more for table service than anything else.
PIC had the Haddock and Chips (£9.95) – “Hand battered haddock fillet with skin on, chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce.” Read this: “Make your fish large for £2.50” and then look at the Gallery picture of PIC’s plate. That was the regular size serving! This was PICs first mushy pea experience. Let’s just say he’s not a fan.
I love well-done pot pies, so I ordered the Beef Rib Pie (£10.95) – “A tender beef rib cooked in a Nicholson’s pale ale and mushroom gravy, puff pastry lid with creamy mashed potato.” I got carried away with how wonderful the puff pastry looked when taking photos, so I’ve included a pie shot from their website for you.
The St. George’s Tavern is on the corner of Belgrave Road and Hugh Street near Victoria Station and the Eccleston Street bridge.
The St. George’s Tavern
14 Belgrave Road
Victoria, London SW1V 1QD
020 7630 1116