St Stephen’s Tavern
Set next to the Houses of Parliament just across the road from Big Ben, St Stephen’s Tavern is a popular haunt among politicians and was once frequented by the likes of Winston Churchill and Harold Macmillan. As my partner and I arrived, we kept our eyes peeled for famous faces.
Inside, the classic decor made it clear that we were in for a quintissential British pub experience. We eagerly made our way upstairs to the dining room and settled in with our drinks – a pint of award-winning Tangle Foot beer for me and a glass of chilled chenin blanc for my partner. My meal began with a homemade pork pie with piccalilli – a feast of traditional English flavours – while my vegetarian partner sampled the pitta with hummus and tzatziki. The list of mains includes hand-battered fish and chips, slow-cooked pork belly, and a squash and chickpea burger and we were thrilled by the huge range of choice. I chose the sticky beef short-rib with sweet potato fries and my husband opted for a delicious Thai red vegetable curry. We couldn’t resist a dessert to finish and decided to share a helping of mouth-watering sticky toffee pudding. Having enjoyed excellent food, amiable service and high-quality drinks, we’re both looking forward to a return visit soon.