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.