The Goat Tavern Review

This week wasn’t my best week. Meaning I didn’t get out to explore any new pubs. Some of you may be wondering if I was ill. The answer is yes. I battled an annoying case of the flu. While I found the time to read in bed I didn’t drag myself out in search of a pub for my weekly pub review. I’m starting to wonder about my commitment to this project.

But I don’t want to disappoint you fine folks so I dug into my photo archives and remembered several of my visits to the Goat Tavern, located by Kensington Gardens and Palace on Kensington High Street. This pub is quaint inside. The Goat sits on land that has had a pub on this site for over 300 years. Long ago, the cellar led to the Palace grounds. How cool to have that connection.

I like to hop into this pub after my meanderings through Kensington Gardens. In the winter it’s nice to warm up and during the summer it’s great to have a refreshing drink. I can pretty much come up with an excuse any time of the year to stop for a drink. On a few occasions I’ve sampled some appetizers. While they didn’t dazzle me, I enjoyed them.

My favorite memory of this pub was during a visit last winter. Before moving to London, I never had mulled wine. I sampled a glass at The Goat and fell in love. For those who are not familiar with it, the drink has wine, normally red, mixed with spices. And they serve it hot. It is the perfect drink on a cold day. I sat by the window and sipped my drink and watched all of the hustle and bustle outside. The place was decorated for the holidays and it put me in a festive mood. I’ll be sure to head back during the holidays this year and enjoy another mulled wine.

The staff has always been friendly on all of my visits. I’m not saying you should run out and find this pub. But if you are in the area, this is a good place to stop for a drink. I give this pub 3 out of 5 stars. In addition, the pub is a short walk to the Royal Albert Hall, so you may want to have a drink on the way to a show and then after.

The Royal Albert Hall


About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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25 Responses to The Goat Tavern Review

  1. T.F.Walsh says:

    What a cool tavern… I want to go there:)

  2. Sorry you’ve been sick TBM. I hope you are on the mend now!! 🙂

  3. Novroz says:

    I didnt know you review pub too…I must have missed your review.

    I dont go to pub as alcohol is considered haram in my religion, meaning I am not allowed to drink 😉

    Reviewing a pub is an original idea, IMO. the word pub is so British…reminds me of Shaun of the Dead.

    • TBM says:

      I still haven’t watched Shaun of the Dead. I need to add that to my rental list. I enjoy the pubs here. Not just for the drinks, but it’s more about the atmosphere. And, I’ve met many kind people who are willing to talk to help me learn about London and the people.

  4. Caroline says:

    Is there anything more absurd than the flu in summer? I’m glad you’re better.
    I think it looks like a cozy pub. I didn’t know you could drink spiced hot wine in England, that’s so very German for me.

    • TBM says:

      I was shocked when I realized I had the flu-and it hit me fast. I don’t normally this time of year. I never even heard of mulled wine. Now I need to try it in Germany 🙂

      • Caroline says:

        It’s a big favourite during Christmas time. You should go to Nuremberg for the Christmas market or, closer to Switzerland, Colmar in France. You would love that. It’s a very old city, narrow and the Christmas market has fairy tale qualities.

      • TBM says:

        Fairy tale qualities. I think you sold me on it 🙂

  5. aFrankAngle says:

    Your mission with books, films, and countries is probably easier than visiting all London pubs.

  6. Grace says:

    I would go to the Goat Tavern just for the name! 😀

  7. Hope you are feeling better quickly.
    Thanks for taking us on a tour of this quaint pub, even though you were not able to get there yourself this time.

  8. scrapydo says:

    Hope you feel better soon. Summer flu is a nasty thing.

  9. pattisj says:

    Sorry you’ve been ill. Hope you are all better soon.

  10. zelmare says:

    Only 3/5? To me it looks like a very special place, with possibly a very wonderful atmosphere and it is beautiful. And old. I think I should go there and see if I agree with your grading… 😉

    • TBM says:

      I hope you invite me if you do go. I’d love to sit over a pint and discuss the pros and cons. And I’m always to see the other side of an argument.

  11. Fergiemoto says:

    Sorry you fell ill with the flu. Hope you are on the mend.
    The sign for the tavern alone would make me curious enough to give it a try!

  12. So sorry to hear you’ve been unwell…healing vibes and cheers to many more pubs in the future 🙂

  13. Jo Bryant says:

    hope you are doing better poor girl…lots of vit C
    even when sick you pull one out…amazing

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