When launching CAMRA’s premier publication, the Good Beer Guide, I need to choose a pub that delivers on good beer. If you want to know which London pub makes the cut you’ve come to the right place!
The Star Tavern in Belgravia, London is one of just five pubs across the country that has been included in every single edition of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide. This means it has been consistently serving great beer in a fantastic pub setting for the last few decades. This little pub tucked away in the mews of Belgravia has to be one of London’s best-kept secrets.
Finding the pub is no easy feat. It’s not on the steps of a tube station and there isn’t much in the surrounding neighbourhood aside from embassy buildings. I don’t think most of us would stumble upon it by accident, unless you’re lucky enough to work in the area.
However, if you do end up on the right mew, the pub is hard to miss – its stunning to behold.
Once you enter, you will be greeted by the friendly and warm bar manager Marta or one of her incredibly competent bar staff. If you’re lucky, you may even find a special Fuller’s beer on tap – I managed to get my hands on their 2017 Vintage Ale. At a strong 8.5% its a good thing these are only served in half pint measures! With a lovely thick caramel flavour, this beer tastes more like a dessert wine than a beer.
If you prefer bottled beer you’re also in luck – the Star Tavern has an extensive bottled beer menu brewed by Fullers and elsewhere. I indulged in the traditional Fuller’s Black Cab Stout – a rich dark stout with a bitter chocolate taste. Easy to pick up from your local Morrisons, this is a beer that anyone can try.
I also managed a few sips of a Franzishaner Weissbier – a German wheat beer which is another personal favourite. With hints of bananas and citrus fruits, this beer goes down far too easy, and again is widely available in supermarkets if you want to give it a go.
The Star Tavern takes a lot of pride in its food – everything served was cooked to perfection. We had your typical pub grub buffet of fish and chips, pork pies and pasties (but the “posh” version – if you know what I mean). Their full menu covers a much wider range of food, if you prefer something along the lines of a pasta linguine, beetroot & squash salad or even a breakfast waffle.
The atmosphere couldn’t be more quintessentially British with a polished wooden bar, a cosy fireplace and lovely decor. I’d love to curl up with a book and a pint on a cold winter day here, or take a break from hectic shopping on Oxford Street next time I’m in London.
Most of the pub-goers appeared to have traveled to the area specifically to visit the pub or work at the local embassies, if the group of tuxedo-clad men in the corner was anything to go by.
Next time you find yourself wandering the streets of Belgravia make sure you turn down the right mew so that you don’t miss out on this fantastic London gem.
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