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Summary

£70
  £££
2
Average
2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The “unforgettable setting” of this pub and restaurant adjoining Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, “with a lovely view over the river” to St Paul’s, provides much of the draw, although its food and service are (just about) up to scratch too. The wide range of menus makes it a “flexible option”, providing afternoon teas, brunches, drinks and meals before and after performances.

Summary

£70
  £££
2
Average
2
Average
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The “amazing setting” – part of Shakespeare’s Globe with “spectacular views” over the Thames – is the USP of this venue. There’s an “excellent range of cakes, sandwiches and teas” (including the oddly named ‘Mr Falstaff’s’ savoury afternoon tea… forgetting Sir John’s knighthood). But more generally, while the food’s fine, “it’s not a serious challenger for the title of restaurant rather than gastropub”.

Summary

£75
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Fab food, awesome views and ambience” make this modern recreation of an Elizabethan tavern – part of the Shakespeare’s Globe theatre complex on the South Bank – a “real delight”, far superior to most tourist-site pit stops. The restaurant features contemporary British cooking, while the bar serves “great high-end pub fare, beautifully presented and in a stunning room overlooking the river”. It’s perfect for pre-theatre dining, naturally, but also works for full meals – thinning out when the audience is called in for the show.

Summary

£64
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A great view of the river and very competent cuisine” makes this would-be Elizabethan tavern – on the first floor of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre – “a delightful find on the tourist trail”. Chef Allan Pickett sticks sensibly to modern British rather than cod-historical cooking.

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu,Portions
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16, 120, 450, 35
No dress code
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The Swan at the Globe Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Swan at the Globe Restaurant in SE1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Swan at the Globe restaurant.
Dr E T
Not perfect service from some waiting staff...
Reviewed 10 months, 10 days ago

"Not perfect service from some waiting staff and there was a charge for a bread top up to make up for their mistimed starters"

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Neill A
I really like this gastropub, it was just a...
Reviewed 10 months, 26 days ago

"I really like this gastropub, it was just as good on the second visit. Location and views are excellent, very rare for London. Menu was creative, wine list not huge but covered all the bases and price ranges, and service was attentive and competent. It’s not a Michelin starred celebrity haunt, but punches above its weight. "

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £27.50 £32.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£12.00 £29.80 £5.00 £8.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.50
Filter Coffee £3.20
Extras  
Bread £2.50
Service 12.50%
21 New Globe Walk, London, SE1 9DT
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Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑9 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑9 pm
Saturday10 am‑9 pm
Sunday10 am‑6 am

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