Have been there a couple of times and unfortunately we didn’t get a seat all the time. It is a very crowded and narrow pub, due to its great location and view on Big Ben. Prices are little bit above average and the selection of drinks is rather bad (asked once for a Magners and only had the choice of Gaymers). They offer Badger beers on cask and have a few bottles as well. The atmospere is busy but also comfy in a certain way. Would go there anytime for a quick stop again, but won’t consider staying there for an whole evening.
Nice pub just by parliament. The selection is somewhat limited with just three different Badgers on cask. We had a decent enough brunch to go with the beers. It was fairly quiet at our visit on a Thursday late morning.
Was closed for many years until taken over and nicely refurbished by Hall & Woodhouse (Badger). It’s directly opposite Big Ben so no surprise that tourists often make up much of the clientele. They have the standard Badger beers and this is probably the most convenient of the few London places to get them for visitors.
Nicely restored pub on two levels opposite the Houses of Parliament.
I’ve only popped in here late evening and the place hasn’t been too packed but I can imagine it being the proverbial tourist trap during the day due to its location.
St Stephens Tavern is a H&W tied house, so the range of real ale does not stray beyond their (IMHO) muted offerings.
Service has been Ok here, but as mentioned above I’ve not been here at peak times.
If you’re passing by or doing the tourist thing there’s no harm popping in for a pint, but I’d never recommend a visit here as part of a pub crawl, certainly not in the modern day London beer scene in which we imbibe !
St Stephen’s Tavern is the nearest pub to Big Ben and a bit of a tourist trap, although members of parliament and Londoners also frequent the place. Built in 1873, it was refurbished in 2003 with many of the original features and fittings re-used, notice the chandeliers for instance. The interior design and carpets are the same as parliaments.
You walk down into the bar area and a choice of three cask conditioned beers from ’Hall and Woodhouse’ (aka Badger) are normally available, Tanglefoot being my selection whenever I pop into the place. They also sell lagers, Guinness and cider on tap if you must have something other than Real Ale.
Like all London pubs (well most anyway), the staff change on a regular basis, if you are lucky they’ll be interested, helpful and understand English!
Never had any food here, just a pint or two while showing people the sights and sounds of London.
The bar has a ’division bell’ so members of parliament who are in there having a beer know they have two minutes to get back into the chambers and vote if they wish too. This isn’t a must see, must visit sort of place, but if you are doing the ’Tourist in London’ then you may as well go inside and have a pint, you will definitely see it because of its location.
Consistent classical and traditional British pub next to Big Ben and The Parliament. Despite the location the pub was far from overcrowded when we popped in on a Sunday afternoon. Cosy two room place with more seating upstairs. Four Badger cask ales on display in addition to bottled beers also from Badger. The beer quality was excellent. Friendly service. The pub gave an laidback and relaxing impression. Well worth visiting. (31.07.2011).
This was my 1st visit to a London pub. Found this place on walk went back on a Sunday afternoon. It’s a small place - it has a balcony but we didn’t go there . Nice looking place inside with wood paneling. Wasn’t too crowded - maybe 40% full. They offer Badger’s, Tanglefoot, Guinness and I noticed some bottles behind the bar, but I didn’t take note. The beer is drawn correctly and served at the right temperature. Staff is cheerful and friendly -we got food very quickly, maybe too quickly. And the food - I was told to avoid eating at pubs in England, but we were pleasantly surprised by the selection and quality. To summarize, a decent, low-key place that you can take your family for good beer & food.
One of my favourite London pubs, can get extremely busy with an eclectic mix of parliamentary types, MOD and tourists. Good food, good beer, great decor. I believe it was a favourite haunt of Winston Churchill.