I discovered it some twenty years ago, as a comfortable, cosy respite from the demands of exploring the extensive displays of ancient civilisations within the museum.
Though thesedays, the Museum Tavern is way more upmarket than I remember, with a range of boutique ciders and beer, food options outside meal times remain pretty basic, with pork pies or fish finger sandwiches, with or without chips being amongst the selection. The lunch and dinner menus seem to be way more extensive!
The Tavern still meets the needs of a place to get off your feet, enjoy a beer or cider and have enough of a break from the demands of exhibition viewing to return reinvigorated.
It is an atmospheric place, with a history that goes back at least as far as the Museum itself.
I felt as much at home there today, as I did twenty years ago, though I do remember it as being way more jaded and frequented by academics, students and eccentrics that were pretty much regulars back in those days.Though it has been very much gentrified and the decore now reflects British twee, I still have a very soft spot for the place. Today's clientelle and staff are just as welcoming and friendly, if way more cool and cosmopolitian!