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The Opera Tavern, Covent Garden, WC2

23 Catherine Street
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Opera Tavern

This establishment has re-opened, but unfortunately not as a pub. Although it’s kept the original “Opera Tavern” name, it’s now a tapas bar. When I passed by the other day the entirety of the room was occupied by serried ranks of tables and chairs, all laid for diners. There were stools at the bar, but in front of all of them were cutlery, napkins and wine glasses. In short, there was nowhere for someone just wanting a drink. In any case there were certainly no handpumps on the bar counter, and I didn’t spot any lager fonts either although there might have been one lurking down at the end of the bar that I didn’t see.

On 23rd April 2011 - no rating submitted
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Opera Tavern

Situated opposite the Drury Lane Theatre, this pub was built in the 1870s during the golden age of Victorian pub design, although there’s little remaining indication of its Victorian heritage inside. Anyway, they had Brain’s Skull Attack; London Pride; Adnam’s Bitter, TT Landlord; and Jenning’s Cumberland ale on. I had the Brain’s SA, which I had never tried before, and thought it was excellent. I believe that this is a Mitchell & Butler pub, as they had a second clip on each of the handpumps with a few tasting notes on the ale in question, plus the price and ABV. All the beers were under £3, with the Pride being a very competitive £2.60.
This is a small, one-room pub. There’s a rather nice bar back, retaining what looks like the original mirrors in place advertising Skol Lager; Long Life; and Double Diamond. Luckily these crimes against brewing are no longer available! There’s an attractive fireplace at the back alongside the bar; a TV screen of course, but not on during my lunchtime visit; plus a fruit machine and games machine. Furniture is a combination of high stools/tables, banquettes and normal tables and chairs.
There were only a handful of tourists in, so was fairly empty. The service was friendly enough, and they do decent ale at decent prices. It’s a comfortable enough pub, and OK for a pint or two, but not worth going out of your way to find.

On 5th August 2009 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Opera Tavern

Not too bad atmosphere-wise for a Nicholson's pub, but I do wish they wouldn't put silly tea-light candles on the small tables without some sort protection... Should have complained when I got given a rather cloudy pint of something unmemorable, but it tasted marginally better than it looked. Won't rush back.

On 15th January 2009 - rating: 6
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19th Feb 2017, 17:07
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19th Feb 2017, 13:53
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 05 August 2009 by hondo .
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