Trafalgar Tavern

Bars and pubs Greenwich
3 out of 5 stars
(18user reviews)
© Kate Beatty

Thanks to the Thames lapping against its wall and the resulting busy tourist trade, this place is something of a local landmark. Built in 1837 and regally restored in 1968, it feels more historic than it is, with photographs of maritime scenes and portraits of braided admirals aiding the illusion; there are rooms named after Nelson, Hardy and Howe.

In fact, the place is huge: downstairs alone there are five spaces, in addition to the side terrace guarded by a statue of Horatio. The very end space looks quite contemporary, but everything else here is visitor-pleasing traditional.

The food menu is classic pub fare, so expect fish and chips, burgers, bangers and mash with onion gravy, wild mushroom risotto and pork belly with mustard mash and honey-glazed carrots. Bottled beers include Peroni, Sol and Heineken. 


Venue name: Trafalgar Tavern
Address: Park Row
SE10 9NW
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-1am Fri, Sat. Food served noon-10pm Mon-Sat; noon-5pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Cutty Sark DLR or Maze Hill rail
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Average User Rating

2.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Terrible wedding service.

I always had to be the one that called them. They didn't call me. I had concerns about this throughout, however we were so keen to proceed with the venue I figured I would find my polite way to suggest they need to improve their communication somewhere along the way.

I was assured I had a pencil in the diary for two months. I called numerous times to double check. I was told I was unable to proceed any further with the pencil as the room was undergoing refurbishment however they will put me in the diary and once the room was available they would get me in to proceed. After a few weeks I still hadn't heard from them and so I called again. I was invited in to meet a manager who told me there had been a muddle and the room was no longer available for hire. I asked what on earth I was doing there?

I have discussed this with friends and family and responses have varied from 'rubbish', 'quite unbelievable in terms of service, attitude and general shiftiness' to 'total bulls**t'.

I would strongly advise anyone to think twice before entrusting these people with large sums of money, let alone 'your big day'.

Featured in plenty of tourist guides (due to its history and Grade II building listed status), this Thames side pub has great views overlooking Greenwich and Canary Wharf and many a fine beer on tap. It also has a nice outside drinking area (great in the Summer). The fish & chips are also pretty good, as pub grub goes.


The view is stunning and makes it worth stopping by (if you are in the area and find a seat outside). But it did not charm me enough to spent more time sadly. 


Great views across the river and beautifully decorated, totally worth a visit if you are nearby for a drink or two. Sadly I do have to say, the afternoon tea served here is not worth it.

It is usually £29 for the sparkling version which includes a glass of prosecco but I had a deal which got me £10 off (£19 for two). My voucher said I could book from 12pm - 5pm however when I called to book, the lady told me that the chef did not like doing it after 2pm and could I come before this time. The menu for afternoon tea states that you can choose 4 out of the listed sandwiches, 4 of the cakes, and 1 of the scones, but we were not given any choice and the bread was dry and cut into the smallest fingers. The only good part of it was the cakes which I took home as we couldn't get through them all!

Amazing building in a stunning location. Cheerful service and tasty food. Excellent upstairs venue for special events such as a wedding reception.

A trip through History proper Time traveling the smell, the flavors ,the views -so different and beautiful , i loved the energy .

Great hospitable people ,stunning views , delicious food , romantic during the week fun during the weekend

Amazing Events Venue with a lovely restaurant and a traditional pub , great history and stunning views a Greenwich landmark .

Nice position, great view, nice building but, boy do they know how to charge! If you have more money than sense then this is the pub for you. Oh and the beer is not that great either. If you want nice food and drink (but without the river view) then find the Greenwich Union, which, in my opinion, is much better – your choice.

The reviews below have not instilled any change in the place. I ordered pork belly and a pint to the tune of GBP27 !! The pork was dry and whilst the beer was good it was far too expensive. That and the mice that was merrily going up and down the stairs and under one couples feet (they quickly left) means that this will be my first and last visit

This is a wonderful old pub in a lovely location, which I've eaten in many times over the years. Sadly greed has got the better of them, and the prices on their menu are now beyond a joke. Mains tend to be around £20 each, and come instantly, meaning that you scarcely get the time to enjoy your surroundings, quite aside from the question of how they manage to bring it so quickly. My fish and chips was £16, and came with precisely 6 (chunky) chips. It's a great shame. I've no doubt the landlord is now a great deal richer, but the punters are being taken for idiots. Stop by for a drink, but otherwise avoid.

What a disappointment, and far too expensive for what you get. We had lunch, and both our meals were absolutely tasteless. My starter (endive salad) was mostly comprised lettuce leaves with some endive and sugared walnuts (yes, sugared walnuts!) with an insipid dressing. My husbands whitebait was tasteless. Our main course of fish and chips was, again, tasteless. The fish had obviously been frozen, the chips tasted as if they'd been re-heated (not twiced fried) and the tartare sauce, served in little pots, had a 'crust' on the top indicating they'd been in their pots for some time. The ladies toilet, although clean, is in a bad state of disrepair, with the toilet floor lino so worn away that the floorboards underneath are mostly visible (not very hygenic!). A tap was loose, so I nearly got 'showered' whilst washing my hands. I would NOT recommend The Trafalgar Inn as the food is very, very mediocre. There are plenty of other places nearby where you'd eat better food more reasonably priced.

Recently went to a private function and was appalled by the attitude of the 'bouncer'!! He was very rude and extremely aggressive and I was totally embarrassed for the host who had paid a lot of money to be spoken to in that manner! Great venue but they need to take a close look at their staff and invest in some kind of course teaching manners and how to speak to paying guests!!! I was considering booking my 40th there but will take my custom elsewhere and make sure everyone I know steers clear of being humiliated and bullied too!

The Trafalger is obviously living off its historical background and view. Another historical figure is Dick Turpin who at least wore a mask when he robbed you. £3.90 for a pint of beer is extortionate

Ignore the website that shows a restaurant with table clothes and quite posh. It is in fact a basic pub restaurant but with prices over the top for the ambience. The food was good if you want a gastro pub style meal although pricey. The service was also good. If you are looking for a special night out then this is not the place - you will be very dissapointed

Great view across the thames and great beer selection. Interesting little menu but VERY small portions. £13.00 for 5 tiny ribs which is described as a "rack" served with a teaspoon of coleslaw is not what you expect as "pub grub" it was more Nouveau cuisine sized ! . I would drink there again but I'd give the rip-off food a miss, there are plenty of pubs in the area that are much better value if you want a decent meal.

Great views across the river and great selection of beers including selection from Sharps and Adnams. Very friendly staff will let you taste any of their products. Good selection of belgium lagers especially Estaminet - love it ! I will definatly be back again!!!

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