The Trafalgar Tavern
|Address||Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10.|
|Telephone||020 8858 2437|
|Hours||11.00 to 23.10--every day but Xmas Day.|
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Built in 1837 on the site of an old inn described in the 1815 edition of Epicures Almanac as “the principle house within the village”, the Trafalgar Tavern retains many of its old style Regency features. The favourite haunt of Charles Dickens (who immortalised it in “Our Mutual Friend” and regularly dined there with his friends Thackeray and Stanfield), it became the home of the Ministerial whitebait suppers, made famous by Gladstone.
Set at the eastern end of the Royal Naval College, it enjoys stunning river views which are perhaps best appreciated from the Hawke & Howe Bar--with its atmosphere of an 18th Century wooden-walled Ship of the Line, complete with upper gallery and quarter deck.
The Nelson Rooms adjacent to the Hawke & Howe Bar on the upper floor of the Tavern are a popular venue for wedding breakfasts and several important Antique Fairs held throughout the year. The Trafalgar Tavern also offers a fine wood-panelled conference room for meetings and private luncheon and dinner parties.
Under dynamic new management that has led to the Trafalgar being designated “The Evening Standard Pub of the Year (1996)”, restoration work has continued and traditional features reinstated--such a well-rounded monthly jazz programme and table service of good bar snacks, in addition to the restaurant service available at lunch times.
Though a short stroll from Maze Hill BR station on the downline from Charing Cross BR, you may care to alight one stop before at Greenwich, and take in the Cutty Sark at Greenwich Pier and the superb views afforded along the river walk in front of the Royal Naval College, which leads directly to the Trafalgar Tavern. Alternatively, take the Docklands Light Railway from Tower Hill or Bank to Island Gardens and use the foot tunnel under the river.
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