Pub watch: The Star Tavern

Continuing my series on London pubs, today I’m in Belgravia at a pub nestled down a lovely London Mews. Mews were originally stables, usually with carriage houses below and living quarters above and were built along a paved yard or court behind the large  houses of London during the 17th and 18th century. This was where the horses and carriages were kept and the servants lived. Now they are highly desirable quirky residences set in picturesque streets around London. And the home to plenty of pubs, too.

The Star Tavern won infamy during the fifties and sixties as the hangout for London’s master criminals. They are said to have polished off bottles of Dom Perignon alongside the stars of the era like Diana Dors, Peter O’Toole and Albert Finney. Most of the planning for the Great Train Robbery took place here and who knows what other nefarious plots were hatched!

The landlord at the time was a larger than life Irishman called Paddy Kennedy (what else?) who was said to swear at all his customers, no matter who they were! Nowadays there’s no rudeness and no criminal masterminds in The Star, though who knows, maybe I was there on a quiet day! I love that every pub in London has a story to tell.

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The Star Tavern welcomes you at the end of the mews

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The beautiful hanging baskets in mid-summer

The pub is cosy and welcoming with a traditional bar area. They’re known for their excellent ales and range of whiskies from around the world. And of course, Friday Pieday.

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The traditional bar

The menu offers a great range of pub favourites, including hearty roasts every Sunday.

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The cosy interior

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Outside in the mews

The Star Tavern is at 6 Belgrave Mews West, Belgravia, London SW1

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