The Rugby Tavern

19 Great James Street , London, WC1N 3ES

  • Rugby Tavern
  • Rugby Tavern
  • Rugby Tavern
  • Rugby Tavern

SquareMeal Review of The Rugby Tavern

With its burnt umber, glazed-tiled exterior, this characterful mid-Victorian hostelry twixt Gray’s Inn and Coram’s Fields is an old-school Bloomsbury boozer worth knowing about. Landlords Shepherd Neame supply the well-kept ales (Spitfire, Early Bird, Master Brew etc) from a handsome pillared island bar, while trad home-cooked pub staples are served indoors or at alfresco tables under the shade of mature trees. Wines include lots of interesting stuff at very fair prices – peachy Viognier and a plummy Chilean Merlot both weigh in at £15. Local office workers and residents mingle with tourists who are keen to experience a typical British pub – complete with darts, quiz nights and poker. The name refers to the fact that Elizabethan gentleman/grocer Lawrence Sheriff (the founder of Rugby School) donated the land on which the pub stands.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Chancery Lane Tube Station 485m

Russell Square Tube Station 513m


Address: 19 Great James Street , London WC1N 3ES

Area: Bloomsbury & Fitzrovia

Opening times

Mon-Fri 11am-11pm

Nearby Landmarks

The Cochrane Theatre 345m

Gray's Inn 443m


Telephone: 020 7405 1384


Cuisine: Pubs

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