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9 Mabledon Place, Bloomsbury, WC1H 8AZWEBSITE
Mabels Tavern is a traditional English pub with a variety of different ales but emphasis is placed on a varied food menu. The ales are highly regarded and have regularly won awards from CAMRA.Nearby office workers make use of the pub at lunch times and early evenings creating a lively atmosphere.Mabels Tavern is found just off the busy A51 Euston Road, between King's Cross St Pancras and Euston railway stations. University College London and Russell Square are nearby. Bloomsbury Theatre is just 10 minutes walk away.Before being renamed the pub was known as The Great Escape.Mabel's Tavern apparently takes its name from a local woman, Mabel Macinelly who was born in Dublin, Ireland. She married into the family who owned Hamilton House in Mabledon Place and became Mabel Hamilton.Not much information is known about Mabel except that she owned a cat called Felix and she died in the 1970s. Since her death she has been known to revisit the pub and on one occasion she called the landlady's name repeatedly in the early hours of the morning. She has also been known to operate the dumb waiter that used to stand in the pub - this is a little eerie as the dumb waiter was ripped out of the pub several years ago. The occupants have heard it in operation in the early hours of the morning but when they investigated there was nothing to be seen.
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