Well, it’s been a while. After months of laying off the booze and being no happier for it, I’ve reunited with my one true love – the great British pub.

And I couldn’t have picked a better setting to rekindle my love affair; at the Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich, on the River Thames, at sunset.

Mind you, it was a bit harder to enjoy the setting as I wrestled to lift my pint glass off the sticky table, but I digress.

I ended up switching tables halfway through my visit because a group of tipsy customers were having far too much fun on the table next to me. I always say: The best way to enjoy a pint is alone, preferably in a quiet corner.

If you were wondering, my pint glass stuck to the second table too - consistency is key.

The staff didn't grumble when I got up to move and they were perfectly friendly. Largely they left me alone to enjoy my pint in peace, which is exactly how I like it.

All in all, there’s no arguing with the beautiful décor. It’s been jazzed up a bit in a recent makeover but keeps its original features and paintings.

The light pink painted walls brightened the place up a bit and the loos are pretty swanky, which I didn’t expect.

I was impressed by the draught selection too – not necessarily enormous but a bit different to what you’d normally expect.

I was tempted by the Pilsner on offer, as well as an IPA I had never heard of (and couldn’t pronounce) but in the end I went for a good old Staropramen.

At just under a fiver, I dealt with the price. Not exceptionally cheap, but with a view like the one I had, I couldn’t complain.

Having said that, they were also expecting customers to shell out £6.50 for a pint of Rekorderlig, which is daylight robbery – or sunset robbery, as the case may have been.

I realised after a short while why the rowdy group of people enjoying themselves had felt so intrusive – at 7 o’clock in the evening, there was no music. None. Just me alone with my thoughts.

I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about that.

After ordering a burger to soak up the Czech lager (trying to drink responsibly these days) I waited for some time to be a bit disappointed. But it did the job.

Would I go back to the Tavern? Probably. It’s hard to say no to that location, but I think next time I’ll sit outside and opt for a kebab on the way home.

Décor: ***

They’ve done it up nicely

Drink: *****

You cannot go wrong with a Czech beer

Price: ***

For heaven’s sake, don’t be the person that pays £6.50 for a Rekorderlig



I fail to understand why they couldn't stick on a Phil Collins LP at the very least



Quiet but friendly



Burger was a bit tough. That's all I'll say.