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“best food pub”
Review of Union Tavern

Union Tavern
Ranked #115 of 23,993 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $28
Cuisines: Steakhouse, British, Gastropub
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Clerkenwell
Description: The Union Tavern is a classic pub in a Victorian style where the emphasis not on food but great food, great drinks and good times. The menu has a number of elements with a big focus on steaks, pub classics as well as A'la carte dining. Look out for the great value set menus where 2 courses at lunch time are only £8.90 And the early dinner set menu is only £11.90. We offer friendly and efficient service in a warm atmosphere with great food, real ales and an extensive wine list families are welcome.
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Brilliant atmosphere, good menu choice and reasonably priced for London. Enjoyed this very much....forget about the service charges as not used to them automatically being added up North..but was worth the extra 12.5%

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Reviewed September 4, 2013

This is a great little "gastro" pub, it doesn't look much from the outside but inside it's cosy and welcoming with friendly staff and really good food. There's nothing groundbreaking about the menu, with standard posh pub/gastro pub fare but everything we had was cooked extremely well, the chef obviously cares about the food, and the service was excellent! I'd say this is likely to become a regular stop off on the way home from work.

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Thank jonuluv
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Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

We had an absolutely fantastic evening at the Union Tavern as part of my hen weekend. The staff were brilliant, nothing was too much trouble. The food was lovely and it has a great atmosphere. I would recommend this place to anyone staying in the area.

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Thank Kfletch07
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

We booked dinner at this bar for a hen do. There were 11 of us. We were staying at the travelodge a few doors down which provided us with TERRIBLE service so we headed to Union Tavern to get afternoon drinks. The barman/manager COULD NOT HAVE BEEN ANYMORE ACCOMMODATING!
I knocked my first drink over almost immediately, which I didn't feel deserved a top up, but he completely refilled it. We asked if we could come and decorate our table for the evening, which again they were more than happy to accommodate [we'd been declined at our other dinner reservation], we asked for a round of shots for the bride, again the bar staff made special cocktail shots for her, and even gave us a round of chilli tequila's for free. They also reserved us an area so that we could play games, and open presents - which they also let us store behind the bar and collect the following day.
We asked for a list of other things to be done all of which were agreed too. My friend and I kept looking at each other in shock that they said yes to everything we asked for.
The meal itself was brilliant. I had the pork loin wrapped in pancetta which was a very reasonable £12. Not one person at our table had a complaint or critism about their food.
Service for food was quick and efficient too. I can not fault the quality v value for money here.
Finally the bride left her bag at the bar. We noticed she'd left it behind within 10 minutes, and went back to get it. It had already been delivered back to our hotel by the amazing staff.

I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone, especially if they want a nice relaxed atmosphere where they can have a bit of fun, a nice bitta food and be treated with the most sincere service.

As a group we can not thank the staff at Union Tavern enough.

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Thank heidum21
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Enjoyed great food and bottle of wine. Staff accommodated selective eater (teen) and child with ease. We were drained from bus tour so wanted close proximity to hotel--which this was--and it did not disappoint. Although we didn't make it in time, they have lunch and dinner specials---the selections looked very good--and a good value. Loved having wifi and particularly liked that they appeal to families. Staff were nice and efficient. Be sure to ask for tap water or you will get a bottle of mineral water at 3 pounds. Highly recommend if you are staying at or near Holiday Inn Kings Cross.

Thank ShawnaGE
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