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The Three Stags pub and restaurant is situated opposite the London Imperial War Museum, just a stone's throw from Waterloo Station. The Three Stags offer a varied menu including pub classics and authentic wood fired pizzas, cooked fresh to order.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 00:00


12:00 - 00:00


12:00 - 23:00

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The Three Stags reviews

By Donna H.

Calgarians, from Alberta, Canada, foodies who found the most delightful gastropub across from a budget hotel in London, England! Gourmet food served with sustainability as a core value. Line caught fish that was served with every detail matched; and to encourage you to think about where your food actually is sourced. They have a theme called 'from nose to tail'; in the name of respect and conservation! They served gourmet calves liver done in a way that you are still thinking of it after three beers and a cognac! We feel blessed to have found such a lovely establishment, where the owners are personable and proud of the food and the ambience; and so they should be! The people are a mix of locals, suits, tourists. And those who return three days in a row foregoing the risk of disappointment anywhere else in the area. When you have found a gem, why risk it till you have tried the whole menu? R + D

By Eliza C.

The Three Stags, what a fantastic place! The redecoration and the change of management did wonders. The fact that it is now a gastro pub is a very welcome change - the food is absolutely delicious. The wine list is lovely and they even do cocktails! I love the new sumptuous decor - it's much more intimate and cosy. Last but not the least, the music is really cool. It's pretty obvious that the new owners are passionate about what they do. I will be definitely coming there more often.

By Rachael C.

It seems since the last review The Three Stags has had a face and personality lift. I was there on Saturday and it was absolutely lovely. The decor is funky/ traditional, the food amazing and the wine fabulous, I wasn’t familiar with any of the wines with so just went for the house white which was so good I stuck to it all afternoon. I ended up spending a good few hours in there chilling out, there’s a great mixture of people in there, tourists, locals, young and old – it’s great for people watching and has a really friendly vibe. I got chatting to the bar staff and discovered it's under new ownership and had just that day re-opened after a re-furb, which inspired me to write this review because if you’re in the area you should check it out – for the food alone if nothing else

I had a lovely starter of Smoked Trout Pate (£4.50-ish), followed by a supremely tasty pasta with a stuffed baked mini pumpkin in the centre (about £9.50) and for desert a chocolate nutty tart with orange crème fresh sauce (can’t remember how much it cost but it rocked my world at the time!). There were lots of dishes I wanted to try so can foresee another visit coming up very soon!

By Scott Williams

The gastro pub boom of recent years has been a hit-and-miss affair but chalk a victory up to this classic Kennington foodie haven, savvily combining passionate cooking with fine wine and beers.

The Venue
The Three Stags is ideally situated within walking distance of three main tube stops: Lambeth North, Waterloo and Elephant and Castle. Of the three, Lambeth North is most handily situated, a mere three minute stroll north of the pub along Kennington Road. Its location opposite the Imperial War Museum means there is steady tourist traffic during the day, but by night the clientele feels distinctly local. This charming gastro pub relaunched to great fanfare in January 2008 and presents passers-by with signage outside its Kennington Road front door suggesting only two possible destinations: one leading away from the bar (No Beer) and the other inside (Beer). It’s a convincing argument well made.

The decor is pure class. Its L-shaped dining and drinking area hugs the central bar, filled with eighteen or so gorgeous, rustic wooden tables and leather-padded chairs. The rustic theme is continued through the chocolate oak floorboards and chalkboards on which the daily rotating menu is displayed. Each of the tables has a set of handy coat hooks for the storage of personal items, a vestige of the bar's earlier days. Another nod to yesteryear lies next to bar's entrance where a wooden booth labelled ‘Chaplin’s Corner’ is a tribute to Charlie Chaplin’s father, a former local who allegedly passed many a drunken hour inside these walls.

The Atmosphere
The humour of the Three Stags’ initial beer promise is carried through to the smiling staff who know their stuff. Their service is welcoming and attentive. The clientele is a mixed bag of post-work suits, unwinding locals catching up over a lager and romantic tete-a-tetes. On the whole the patronage is young, which is reflected in the cool choice of music ranging from Cafe del Mar compilations to Coldplay.

The Food
Fine food has always been a focus at the Three Stags. An earlier incarnation of the bar apparently used to admit diners only, as if to underscore its priorities. That alienating entry policy thankfully no longer applies but the place remains visibly passionate about food. The menu changes daily and is a head-turning affair with excellent meat, seafood and vegetarian options.

The starters range between £4.50-£7. A salmon and haddock fishcake with spinach and poached egg is a slightly disappointing starter, somewhat dry and flavourless although beautifully presented. The chicken supreme with bacon, roast turnip and sweet potato is infinitely better - tender and succulent meat perfectly seasoned with sage and rosemary and delicately dressed with a garlic vinaigrette. At £9.50, it’s a sensational melange of flavours matched by its mouthwatering price. On Sundays, a trio of roasts is on offer, including a particularly delectable cut of lamb sourced from Snowdonia in Wales.

The Drink
A small but sturdy cocktail selection is offered at the Three Stags, each created with skill and accessibly priced at £5. An unhurried, well-crafted mojito with generous helpings of fresh mint is expertly pressed with aromatic lime quarters and bitters.

The wine offer is particularly commendable. It’s a constantly revised roster focusing on French and Spanish vineyards, alongside the occasional Austrian or Argentinean blend. The dependable Kent label Chapel Down also makes an appearance with its Bacchus Reserve, a marvellously dry white priced at £20 per bottle and offered here by the glass. Bottle prices range between £13-£30 depending on blend, label and vintage, but nothing here disappoints. A 2007 Veneto Pinot Grigio rose (£17 or £6 for a 250ml glass) is particularly recommended, uncommonly crisp and dry with just the right hint of thirst-quenching fruit.

Beer lovers won’t be disappointed with an unusually vast selection of draught beers for a pub of this size. Usual suspects such as Peroni and Heineken mingle with rarer draught favourites Greene King IPA, Leffe, Amstel, Hoegaarden, Abbot Ale and Ruddles. Bottled beer is more extensive including Budvar, Sol, Asahi and Tiger, whilst their spirits shelf is equally well stocked with classics - shot prices start from £3.

The Last Word
You are promised beer on entry, and on that count it succeeds marvelously, but a visit to The Three Stags delivers so much more. You’ll be hard pressed to find fresher food or menu ideas in this price range, or a more lovingly crafted ambiance.

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