Star Tavern, SW1X 8HT

Fuller's pub in Belgravia, a long-standing entry in the Good Beer Guide and a long-standing favourite of several RGL contributors.

There's no TV and no piped music, which makes it a good place to actually talk to people. The facilities have also been improved — the gents' are now described by elvum as "spacious", and while the ladies' toilets are still quite cramped, they're at least a bit smarter than they used to be. There's an upstairs room, whose purpose has varied over the years - as of February 2018, it appeared to be a bookable function room, according to the pub's website. Tables downstairs in the pub can also be booked, with advance selection of food requested for parties of more than ten people.

On John's Friday afternoon visit in July 2008, it was pretty much empty at 4pm (fewer than 10 customers), although it was a bit busier by 6pm; on a second July 2008 visit on a particularly warm Thursday evening, it was very busy at 6:30pm, but by 7pm there were a few empty tables and by 9pm it was pretty quiet. When bob et al. visited on a Wednesday evening in May 2013 it was quiet throughout the evening from when we arrived about 6:15pm. On a Sunday lunchtime in February 2018, it was unsurprisingly quiet at the 12pm opening time, but became moderately busy between 1-2pm.

On our visit in May 2013, the food was pretty good. Richard was very happy with his steak if not so enthused by the jenga chips (£15) photo. Robbie enjoyed his fish & chips (£9.80) photo. Martin had a decent burger (£9.80) photo. bob had a basket of whitebait from the specials menu (didn't note price, but about £5-6) photo and a portion of chips (£3.80) photo, both of which were very good.

In a February 2018 visit London Pride was £4.35. The bacon chop(£12.50) was tasty but the eggs weren't runny which was disappointing. The roast beef Sunday lunch was good, with a good selection of vegetables including cauliflower cheese, beetroot and turnip. The burger was fine according to [Robbie], if not outstanding. Fish and chips was good, although the chips were a little soft. It was noted that the Sunday menu on offer was different to that on the pub's website. Other Beers on tap were Front Row, ESB and Oliver's Island with Adnam's Mosaic "coming soon".

Food service times as of February 2018 were noon-3pm and 5pm-10pm Mon-Fri; noon-10pm Sat; noon-4pm and 5pm-9pm Sun.

Kake, bob, Martin, elvum, Richard, and Robbie's collective verdict: We've been coming here for years and the beer is always excellent. The food isn't as cheap as it used to be, but the prices still aren't too bad given the area.

Accessibility: Belgrave Mews West is cobbled throughout, with no smooth surfaces. There are two or three steps up into the pub. The gents' is on the same level as the rest of the pub, but the ladies' involves several steps. As of February 2018, the pub was described as "wheelchair accessible" on its website.

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Getting here: The Star can be quite hard to find, but it's worth it for the beer. It's easy walking distance from several tube stations: Knightsbridge Station, Sloane Square Station, and Victoria Station.
Last visited by bob, elvum, Robbie and others, Feb 2018. Opening hours and food times taken from website, Feb 2018.
OS X co-ord: 528113 OS Y co-ord: 179347 (Latitude: 51.498551 Longitude: -0.155763)
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