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  • “This may well be my favourite Sam Smith's pub, well.in the summer at least.” in 7 reviews

  • “this is a must-do on a (proper) summer's day to enjoy a pint and soak in some vitamin d.” in 6 reviews

  • “The drinks are the usual Sam Smiths choice, their own brand of spirits, lagers and ales from their own distillery.” in 3 reviews

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  • 4.0 star rating
    24/3/2014
    1 check-in

    Nice pub, right on the water, so it offers brilliant views - especially if you go outside.
    The vibe is very casual and fun. Everyone seems friendly and at ease. They serve some lovely cider on draft and best of all, they serve chilli peanuts - and not the plasticky kind either!

    The whole place is made of dark wood and it has loads of little nooks and crannies, rooms off of rooms and places to have an intimate conversation.

    My only serious gripe is the smoking outside - such a beautiful spot with amazing views from the docklands to the city, and people spoil it with noxious cigarette smoke. Bleuh!

  • 1.0 star rating
    14/5/2014

    This is a lovely riverside pub that is spoilt by awful food.
    The pub grub at its most average. Shame really because it would be mobbed if it sorted this out.

    Not helped by the Sam Smiths beers either.

    I won't be returning for some time and then only in the hope that things have changed because the location and the outside beer garden on the river is great.

  • 1.0 star rating
    29/8/2013
    1 check-in

    Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me!

    I love this pub for a quick drink as it's very close to home. It's a real shame that the upstairs space which is beautiful is wasted on perhaps the worst food you'll come across in all of London. I have given the food several chances and today's food was so disgusting that I had to update my post.

    The reason I tried again is that the menu seemed to have been updated with tasty sounding dishes. I ordered a fish platter which consisted of Goujon of lemon sole, two crab cakes, two prawn tempura, two scampi and potato wedges.

    When the food arrived my heart sank. It was like a snack selection from Iceland for a kids party. Minuscule pieces of fish - about the size of a pen lid!!  - I wasn't convinced that it was even lemon sole. Absolutely hideous crab cakes that tasted like mud. Mushy scampi and inedible prawn tempura that was limp, greasy and leathery- I couldn't even bite through one of them. All the pieces were insultingly small and clearly cooked from frozen. Oh and the (yes cooked from frozen as well) potato wedges numbered a grand total of four. About the size of a small mandarin wedge. I couldn't help but laugh not in amusement but sheer astonishment.

    To top it off it was accompanied with the smallest side salad I have ever seen, but worse than the size it was dried out, brown and slimy. I think the plates had been dressed with salad hours before in anticipation of the frozen "food" that would soon grace the plate.

    At £10 I felt this food wasn't just disgusting it was an insult. If I were the cook I would be ashamed of what came out of that kitchen. I was not at all surprised the room was empty.  

    Close down the kitchen. Open up the upstairs bar and serve only snacks. The food is an embarrassment and shameful and spoils what is otherwise a lovely pub.

    GO HOME CAPTAIN KIDD - YOUR DRUNK!

    DO NOT MAKE MY MISTAKE AND ORDER FOOD HERE AGAIN!!

  • 3.0 star rating
    24/11/2008

    From the Wapping High Street this pub looks like nothing special, with an old warehouse front and not much to hint at what you'll find inside. However this is simply the façade and as you walk through into the courtyard to the tavern, it appears Captain Kidd has a lot to offer.

    Named after Captain William Kidd, who was convicted of piracy and hanged in Wapping in the 1700, the pub walls hang framed illustrations and writings telling his grisly story. Paintings of ships, nautical diagrams and maps of the Thames crowd the remaining wall space whilst the low beamed ceiling is very traditional and barrels are used for tables. There's an olde worlde feel to the place and is quite easy to imagine what is must have been like a couple of centuries ago.

    Next to the Thames, this pub has the most fantastic window views and in the summer you can enjoy the lovely terraced area, where you can relax and watch boats sailing by. The beer is well priced (all pints are under £3) which is impressive feat in London and the bar staff are friendly too. It is mostly occupied by locals but it's worth a trip from further afield on a nice, sunny day.

    Ahoy there sailor!

  • 5.0 star rating
    22/9/2009

    I've always loved this pub, which is a standard English pub -- don't expect to order too many exotic drinks here -- with a beautiful traditional interior, and a great patio outside with a view of the Thames and flower boxes.  Has a solid selection of beer, whiskey, spirits, etc.  Usually staffed by a crowd of friendly Australians.

    Next door/upstairs is a posh restaurant that has really outstanding food.

  • 4.0 star rating
    27/7/2009
    Listed in Venues with cats!

    This may well be my favourite Sam Smith's pub, well.in the summer at least. If you like this chain of pubs then you should come here in the summer and head to Ye Olde Cheshire cheese in the winter!

    Has the usual selection of cheap Sam Smith's drinks. I think I have found a new favourite in the stout, which looks like Guinnessbut tastes much better. This is a good development for me as I sometimes find the selection in these pubs a little limited.

    This pubs major asset is the beer garden with the view over the river. They have a number of tables and benches outside on which to spend one of those lazy weekend afternoons. When it is busy a number of people end up sitting on the river wall, in defiance of the 'DANGER: Do not sit on the wall' sign.depending on the tide, you could fall into the river or into mud. It's quite interesting seeing the variety of buildings on the opposite bank.

    Although the pub is new and has no history of its own, it does look out over the old location of execution dock. You are supposed to be able to see some remnant of the construction at low tide, but I haven't ever seen anything myself. The pub also takes it's name from a famous pirate (captainkidd.pwp.blueyond…) who was hung there (three times!) in 1701. And thank goodness for this name as other establishments nearby seem to have renounced old fashioned names in favour of bland monikers. The pub has an old fashioned feel to it too, even if this is not particularly authentic.

    I haven't been upstairs to the restaurantthe food menu looks very expensive, so I'll give that a miss.

  • 2.0 star rating
    28/5/2013
    1 check-in

    Good pint of bitter. Crap food. Do not eat here. I ordered a mushroom Wellington and it was clearly microwaved or heated in some other way from frozen - and not well might I add. Mine was mostly frozen/cold in the middle. When I asked for HP sauce to go with my potatoes I was given catsup. My American accent isn't that thick. C'mon.

    • Qype User Wappin…
    • London
    • 10 friends
    • 16 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    28/11/2007

    I suppose if I had to name a London pub as my "local", this would be it. I've lived about 5 minutes from its front door for the past four years, so consider myself an experienced consumer of its offering.

    The ups: fabulous cheap beer. Seriously, a decent pint of lager for £2. As the price of a pint spirals into madness elsewhere in London, the Kidd has maintained a very decent price list. The service is always very friendly, with not a single sour-faced student in sight.

    They have a fantastic beer garden to the side, providing excellent views onto the Thames - though I'm consistently amazed more people don't fall in each summer - the wall is about knee-height.

    Possible downsides? Well, once the sun comes out, the beer garden can get a little crowded. And it occasionally falls prey to large groups of aged tourists who take up vast numbers of seats and nurse a half-pint of beer for three hours.

    All in all though, a quality pub.

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/3/2008
    First to Review

    One of the best spots in London to enjoy a pint. The real find is The Gallows Restaurant upstairs. The food is superb there and as a veggie I'm always surprised with the decent choice they offer outside the usual red onion and goat cheese tart cliches.

    With a table over looking the river you won't want to be anywhere else.

    • Qype User christ…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 15 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    20/6/2009

    Each time I visit, I am delighted by the cheap but good beer, and the similarly bargain steak and ale pies, which are very filling and taste fresh and splendid.

    The Thameside view is brilliant, and there is plenty of comfortable seating in the side garden.

    My friend Charles Dickens probably used it regularly, it still being so similar as in his letters by Boz (mid 1830's)

    Apparantly, Wapping High Street once had more than 40 pubs, so it is a great tribute that this one still thrives.

    • Qype User coldwa…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 29 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    24/7/2010

    Yes this is a Sam Smiths and yes the interior does not budge far from the generic decor that this chain has become known for. But it is not to sit inside and drink that you come to this pub for, it is for the fantastic patio garden out the back which overlooks the eastern part of the Thames, looking over into Rotherhithe.

    The drinks are the usual Sam Smiths choice, their own brand of spirits, lagers and ales from their own distillery. The price is also usual Sam Smiths, a pint here will cost you less that £2.50, and for a lovely part of East London with a location along the Thames as amazing as this, that is a real bargain.

    A strong recommendation, especially if you can get over the fact that it's a chain and the city boys packing it out on Friday evenings, you can't do much better than this in lovely Wapping.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/12/2008

    Recently I completed a temp posting with an organization who were in the middle of a major office move. For the first while we were at the dreadfully dull Holborn. The only benefits to the location that I could find were the Princess Louise and Lincoln's Inn Fields in behind.

    It was with great relief that I greeted our move to Clerkenwell. Ah, charming Clerkenwell. Design companies, film companies, creatives galore, a lovely old green, some colourful pubs, all in all a major improvement upon our former situation.

    The next step, of course, was discovering where to eat. Luckily, the first place I tried was a gem. Bon Appetit is an unimposing little place at the corner of St John and Great Sutton. Aside from the hot dishes everything here is made to measure, and the prices are better than reasonable. Bon Appetit makes simply beautiful food, generally quite healthy with a few guilty favourites (burgers, chips). My favourites in the brief time I spent there were the sandwich of houmous, carrots and spinach and the goats cheese, roast veg & spinach. Occasionally, when suspending my horror at the thought of eating fish (they breathe their own feces) I took the fresh poached salmon which was, for certain, delicious. As for their toasted ciabatta, perfect but for the fact that crisp bread sometimes disturbs the roof of my mouth, I delighted in the brie, tomato, roast veg and pesto. When feeling flush I took the mushroom risotto. Risotto! For lunch! For under a fiver!

    It is very much the sort of virtuous small venture that you want to patronize. Surrounded as we are with healthy fast food options it's a delight to find somewhere with real character and real flare making your lunch lovingly on site. I almost miss that temp gig. Almost.

  • 5.0 star rating
    6/11/2009

    Probably the cheapest place to have a riverside pint in London, this Sam Smiths pub is tucked away amongst the cobbled streets and warehouses of Shadwell in a gorgeous 17th century building, accompanied by a large riverside beer garden... well worth a visit if you're in the area, but alas it does seem to be frequented by large groups of tourists who stumble into the pub after Jack the Ripper tours and the like.

    • Qype User haribo…
    • London
    • 6 friends
    • 47 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    1/9/2011

    One of my favourite Sam Smith pubs. The interior is huge and wherever you plant your bum you're guaranteed a great view of the Thames. There is also heaps of space outside on the terrace. The food isn't going to blow your mind but is very reasonable.

    • Qype User Callum…
    • London
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    • 45 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    25/3/2012

    Not a bad pub if you're in the area, but don't go out of your way to get there. It's in the upmarket part of Wapping, near all the converted warehouses and the Overground. It attracts a more local crowd, and there's not much else happening nearby, so not the place for a big night out. Typical traditional pub interior, but only Sam Smiths Brewery beers and unusual brands of other drinks. On the Friday evening I visited, service was erratic  sometimes quick, other times the small bar area was three people deep.

  • 5.0 star rating
    16/7/2012

    a sammy smiths pub, warm wood interior but the selling point is the huge patio on the thames.  this is a must-do on a (proper) summer's day to enjoy a pint and soak in some vitamin d.

  • 3.0 star rating
    26/9/2012

    A converted warehouse this pub was built in the mid-eighties. It remains a delightful pub sat neatly by the river side. The outside yard is ok but the seating/benches basic. Inside it's a delight and if you didn't know deceives to be a genuinely old and warm pub. The food sadly is lacking, it's Sam Smith's standard heated fare. The beers and lagers are as cheap as it gets and the Old Brewery a rare favourite of mine "down south". In it's hey day this pub was 5 star but the closure of the gallows restaurant and the reversion to Sam Smith diktat left it less than whole. It's good but could be so much better.

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