Find this excellent foodie pub, now under the ownership of top chef Gordon Ramsay, in a Grade II listed building (built as a Dock Master House) in the Limehouse area of East London.
Some of the area's history has been highlighted using black & white photographs, adorning the walls.
Expect bare wooden tables and a good selection of traditional ales, but apart from the odd barstool, a pub formulaically-laid out for dining - although there's also a riverside terrace. The food on offer is an upmarket take on traditional British dishes, and presented in an almost too careful manner - 'painting by numbers' springs to mind. But if you put this notion out of your mind, the food is good, and competitively-priced for the quality on offer.
Starters such as 'Pressed Tongue with Capers & Green Tomato Relish'; 'Bubble & Squeak with Soft Poached Egg'; 'County Paté with Pickled Red Cabbage' and 'Morecambe Bay Brown Shrimps on Toast' set the style.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Braised Gressingham Duck Leg in Cider with Baby Onions'; 'Chicken & Wild Mushroom Pie with Mash'; Bangers with Colcannon & Red Onion Gravy'; 'Whole Baked Bream with Purple Sprouting Broccoli' and 'Pea & Leek Tart with Salad' among the main course offerings.
Finish with the likes of 'Bannoffee (sic) Pie'; 'Chocolate & Pecan Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream' or their selection of British Cheeses.
Friendly and professional service.
They also have a private dining room, seating 14, on the first floor.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Mon-Fri 12.00-15.00, Sat & Sun 12.00-16.00; set L £15 (2 courses), £20 (3 courses); mains £11.25 to £17.50
- Dinner: Mon-Fri 18.00-22.30, Sat & Sun 17.00-22.30; mains £11.25 to £17.50; set D before 19.00 £15 (2 courses), £20 (3 courses)
- Seats: 70, plus 40 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list kicks off at £13.75
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Limehouse Underground & DLR
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Outside eating