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The Nags Head offers a range of beers, wines and spirits. The Nags Head also serves a choice of traditional English food.

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By Andrew M.

For what you get The Nags Head is not bad at all. The food menu was quite standard - the food on offer being filled baguettes, salads and bar snacks. However, the decor is grandiose, really something that must be seen with period features abounding. Not too sure about the ladies toilets though...a little grubby. You get what you pay for at the Nag's Head and it is IN Covent Garden - value for money!

By Andrew M.

Nag's Head lacks adequate seating but other than that it was fine. We popped in for a pint and a sandwich and found the food to be good and the staff courteous. The customers at the Nag's Head seemed to be a mix of both tourists and locals, and the pub must have Covent Garden's cleanest loos!

Cleanest pub and exellent service

me and my wife have just spent 4 days in London and we think the service was excellent the food was excellent it has to be the cleanest and best pub we went in the toilets were fit to eat in

By Eli J.

Please avoid at all costs. Treated rudely for no reason. Manager could not "manage" the problem. Only the kind French woman tried to help but could not save the place for us. Beware of ill treatment It's such a shame when it looked so good from the outside...

By Beyza U.

I completely agree! On top of this, I wasn't given my change and accused of taking it and saying I haven't! You go to a pub to have a drink and have a good time and not to be treated rudely. Avoid at all costs!

By W.

Nags Head is an expensive and unspectacular pub. It's not awful, but if you must drink in the West End, then you might as well go elsewhere.

By C.

The Nags Head looked nice and the clientele were a good mix of people. However the bar staff are generally rude which makes the experience of visiting this pub unpleasant. I will not be returning again.


The Nags Head is Covent Garden tube station's very own waiting room and, depending on how you like your pubs, that may be all it's good for.

The Venue
Standing adjacent to Covent Garden tube, at first glance the Nags Head seems like the perfect place to wait for a friend or pop into to make plans for the night ahead. It gets the thumbs up as its glowing orange bulbs, red carpet and sheltered booths make it seem like a very warm and welcoming place to be. On closer inspection, however, the seats are hardly nailed to the wooden booths that support them, the carpet has a veil of grey over its original red and the orange lights sicken the mind after a while, with the consumption of more drinks the only way to blot the glare.

If you can disregard this then you'll see that the layout isn't all bad - you can escape from the McMillan branded mirrors that are everywhere by slipping into the secluded booths that run around the back of the bar or head for the socially arranged seats by the windows to treat your eyes to a little premium sunlight. The size is large enough to accommodate large groups but not too big that there are ever gaping spaces to deaden the ever so strange atmosphere.

The Atmosphere
The crowd is a strange one at The Nags Head. Students sit and discuss priorities of finding cash rich jobs and joining them are the generations of day-trippers from seaside towns who are comfortably nestling into the first place that tempted them in. At the same time, local Covent Garden workers confront the scene with bemusement at the characters that the pub draws in, before letting go and ordering a pint of whatever. Its location means there is always a good amount of people fussing in and out but it is mostly the uncultured - those who know are sat happily drinking in one of Covent Garden's better pubs.

The Food
In such a popular tourist trap it would be wrong for the pub to attempt to be an ambassador for our cuisine and instead it goes for something different - dull. The prices are fairly high for a pub, although not considering the area. Fish and chips, burger and chips and lasagne are all £7.95. Maybe people will be more impressed with the light bites side of things where you can sample such snacks as potato skins for quite a steep £4.95, but then the skins are the best bit.

The Drink
When it comes to the drinks on offer the anomaly of The Nags Head swells into view - there is a very good range. After serving potato skins and making a killing from selling the scooped out potato inner on a quaint little mash stall on Covent Garden Market, the proprietors have afforded the luxury of having a large number of beers behind the bar. The gold pumps pour Guinness, Strongbow, Stella, Kronenbourg, Heineken, Becks Vier and Munich's Franziskaner Weissbier. The spirits are the norm but seem to be dominated by the three bottle strong army of Bombay Sapphires sparkling down. While a wine list is extremely hard to find, the drink itself can be purchased by the glass or by the bottle. The pub also pumps McMillan ales, and there's even Fosters.

The Last Word
If you tried all of the different beers and ales on tap then you probably wouldn't remember the Nags Head in the morning. Unfortunately, there’s not much worth remembering, anyway.

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