Down a side St near Canary wharf and facing the Thames, the Gun was firing on all cylinders. First, it's a proper pub with decent beers, friendly, welcoming atmosphere and appealing outside terrace directly on the Thames overlooking the O2.
Second, the food was just fantastic. Smoked haddock and mussel soup was so good I almost licked the bowl clean, the roast cod with borlotti beans and garlic was really well executed, full of flavor and the fish was thick and succulent and perfectly cooked.
We didn't make it to deserts but they looked good, maybe next time.
Great wine list with my favourite Italian white, Greco di Tufo and reasonably priced.
Third, impeccable service.
Really impressed. You could go for a drink or for dinner and feel right at home.
Since moving to London, this has become my local. It's a destination rather than something you'll wander past. It's right on the Thames, across from the O2, an easy walk from Canary Wharf.
The food is good, if not exactly cheap. You won't get out of dinner without spending £30. But...
There's a nice selection of excellent beer. There's a real fireplace in the back. And the staff is great. They're attentive and genuinely friendly.
I really enjoyed this little gem tucked away in a neighborhood.
They have a good selection of beers & to be delight they are nice and cold. The food here is also outstanding and surprisingly quick service. If you get here early you can perhaps snag a seat out on the back deck and enjoy the view. If you don't want to be outside, then there are plenty of little nooks to sit yourself in and let the excellent wait staff take care of your needs!
The only downside to this place is finding it as it is kind of tucked away in a neighborhood. However, if you follow the trail of black cabs going through the neighborhood you'll find it quick enough.
This pub has a lovely riverside location. The view over the river and to the Millenium Dome is worth braving the tables outside in daylight, even in cold weather! When needed - there are heaters to take the edge off. The pub itself looks quite nice too, despite its obvious gastroisation (yes - it's a word! Or should be) It is actually listed (and dates from the 18th century...unlike pretty much everything else nearby!). It is something of an oasis, just a stone's throw from Canary Wharful.
The real ale choice was a bit dull (but at least they have real ale). I had cask John Smiths for the first (and only) time...turns out it is bland from keg or cask alike. Luckily I discovered they had a row of Kostritzer Dunkel bottles in the corner of their fridge. Never seen it in the UK before, a decent German beer I rather like.
Why can't The Gun be located nearer to my house or my office? Not fair!
The plan was to have a Portuguese BBQ by the river at The Gun but due to the delights of our unpredictable English weather this was impossible with the sudden torrential downpour. The staff, however, put our large party into a private dining room upstairs with a fantastic view of the Thames and the adjacent O2 Arena.
The staff were attentive and friendly, keeping our glasses topped up and the bread rolls coming. Our 'A Grelha' menu included grilled chorizo, squid, cod croquettes, dourado, lamb stew, chicken piri piri and lots of new potatoes and salad.
The food is fantastic and the staff pulled out all the stops to give us a wonderful meal. Give it a go!
This must be one of my favorite places in London: not only for the lovely food and location, but particularly because of its slightly secluded nature, which makes it an unlikely destination for tourists or strangers. Not being a native Londoner I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to discover this place, thanks to a bunch of colleagues and a totally unrelated paintball experience.
The Gun is located in the former docks area, near Canary Wharf. In fact, I think we scored full points by reaching the area with a TFL boat from Embankment in a beautiful sunny sunday and walking through the surreal atmosphere of the skyscraper area in the weekend (the gun is on the opposite side of the wharf with respect to the pier).
There normally is a small staircase descending from the Cartier Circle roundabout to an anonymous southbound road that hugs the coast and ultimately brings to Cold Harbour, but it's closed for works, so we had to walk on a pretty long and unexpected northbound diversion (not unpleasant, though, given that it skirts a couple of nice boathouse docks).
It was a 20m walk that added some charm to the experience: we got to the pub hungry as bears, and asked to be seated outside. Not that the inside is bad: it's actually a wonderful place, but it simply can't compete with the terrace on the Thames, overlooking a quiet bight of the river with the O2 on the opposite side. That for me, coupled with the beers we ordered to complement the food (and kept warm by the hat-shaped radiators), is the perfect London experience.
Apparently the Gun is one of the most reputed gastropubs. It's a fact that both times I ate there I was very happy with the food as well. This last time we ordered Oysters+Guinness (a matching suggested by the house that was very appreciated by the person who ordered it), a pigeon salad where the meat was tasty and full of personality, a fennel soup (smooth and well balanced), a perfect roasted pork belly and various side dishes (cheese, broccoli, etc.). Everything very good, everything not expensive: we walked out very satisfied with a £90 bill for three people.
In fact, I'm not sure whether I should glorify this place as it deserves or just keep it to myself and be sure to find a spot to eat next time I go there...
Was really surprised to see this place already reviewed on Yelp, it's tucked down a back street in the depressing docklands area. Rocked up here for a team lunch expecting to find typical English pub grub and footy on the telly. Eh no.
It's actually quite a posh place with tables properly set up for dinner. Dark wood, guns on the wall, classic paintings. Dressed corporately, we must have looked like bankers, wallets stuffed with cash, ready to party like it's 2007. Again, eh no. The vibe in this place is definitely up-sell.
We were ferried into the back room, or the captain's room, as it seemed, with a giant wall painting of Nelson and some other contemporary looking gents. Disconcerting. Since we'd been given the dinner menu which ranged from £15 up, we had to troop back into the pub to get anything off the bar menu.
But you're not gonna get fish and chips or a ham sandwich in this pub, the cheapest thing was Welsh Rarebit and a half pint of prawns. Then they tried to up-sell us on the Argentinean special, a steak for £30.
A colleague mentioned how the last time he was in, he tried to order chips and was sent to the deck where the Portuguese BBQ was set up, cheapest option £18.
Since we'd abandoned the captain's table and not ordered the steak, we were obviously bumped in the kitchen's priorities and waited about a half hour for food to appear. A half hour... for essentially cheese on toast.
Meh. The general consensus was that the food wasn't great. Welsh Rarebit was way too rich, the chicken pie was like chicken soup but the fish finger sandwich seemed alright. If it's a sunny day, you want an extra cold Guinness and a nice plate of food on the deck overlooking the river then by all means go.
Did I mention they have guns here? Awesome.
Four of us went to the Gun for New Years Eve a week ago. Having eaten well every time we come to London, my expectations were high, I'll admit.
When we arrived, we were ushered to the back room, where only we were seated. There was a 95 pound tasting menu, which included the following:
Canapés and a glass of Joseph Perrier Champagne NV (good)
- Amuse bouche: Jerusalem artichoke soup, fennel foam (awesome)
- Gressingham duck, game and foie gras terrine, fig and jasmine jam (awesome)
- Scottish lobster ravioli, confit tomato, lobster bisque, iced fennel (good if you like fennel, but I do not)
- Devilled loin and roast rack of lamb, white onion purée, sweetbreads, fondant potato, sprout tops (huge and delicious)
- Lemon posset (ok as a palette cleanser, but unnecessary)
- Chocolate and hazelnut marquis (too rich after so decadent a meal)
- Coffee/tea and petit fours (these weren't petit fours, they were more like various brownies)
- Glass of Joseph Perrier Champagne NV at midnight
The only thing I found a bit annoying was the people in the "dance" room next to us. These were people that had not dined, but rather paid for a "space" at the bar; they were falling down drunk and ridiculous. I mean, I know it's New Years, but please. Oh, and the guy next to us fell asleep at the dinner table he was so drunk - which strangely made the night more and less entertaining simultaneously.
The food was good, and I would return in the summer to try out the patio, which looks great.
The Gun has something in the summer called "A Grelha" which is a Portuguese barbeque. They have the most wonderful outdoor patio which on a warm sunny day/eve is a slice of heaven along the Thames across from the o2 arena. What is even better about this deck is that its geographic isolation keeps it from being crowded.
They really go authentic on their Portuguese theme--they have Portuguese beer on tap, in bottles and a selection of Portuguese wine. The menu is all Portuguese specialties (deemed authentic by my Portuguese friend). While the service is spotty and the food is not "blow your mind" it is a good effort and the patio setting is lovely.
We jumped inside for a nightcap and liked the pub too--we were in the library-esque room on a worn leather couch. It has lots of rooms and lots too offer including a nice porch of the main bar.
Service can be a bit slow, but when they get to you the staff is great. Pub menus is the way to go. I visit here often during my travels and The Gun has the best burger in town. Amazing! Stop in and try one for yourself. Perfect place to sit by the fire with your burger and Guiness :)
Best part about The Gun is that it's off the beaten path and hidden. We found it by mistake actually and now I can't get enough of this place. Great place, worthy of a visit!
This sophisticated gastro pub is situated in Coldharbour looking out to the O2.
The dining area is small and a reservation is an absolute must for a Sunday roast! Trust me I was disappointed before. The decor is quite contemporary but posh, with white dining cloths on all tables and waiters in white shirts and black waist coats!
I had the roast beef, and was very happy with my meal. The meat was offered either as pink or brown. Not medium or medium well. I opted for pink and was happy with the cut which was the same as medium rare. All in all good food in a nice venue.
I hear the fish summer barbecue is really great too! Hopefully we get a summer this year so I can check it out ;)
As a tourist in London I'd have to say this pub was pretty awesome. I liked the old feel it conveyed (it probably was!) with its hardwood floors and wooden tables. It was also pretty close to our hotel in Canary Wharf which was a definite plus. It was kind of hidden and not in a very public spot but it made it that much nicer. It was secluded and perfect for some debauchery.
The night was spent drinking countless Stellas and eating some bar food. We sat on the patio over-looking the harbor and the O2 arena. The staff was very friendly and put up with our large loud American group. It has left me with some pretty good memories and I will definitely return.
I just got back from here and what a amazing time i had! the pub/restaurant is just off the manchester road.
it has a outside area that sites over the thames with amazing views of the river and the 02
food stops at 4 and starts again at 6 so we just missed it.
but we ordered wine and a mix of bar food tapas which was amazing more olives on a plate than anywhere else! the food menu looked amazing and im planning another trip soon 5 stars all the way the nicest pub in canary wharf
Recently, after many, many years of living in sin I got married. To celebrate, I took a small group of friends and family to The Gun.
What you may not realise is that, if you have a group of between 8 and 14 people, you can use the Trafalgar Room. This room, reached by a secret passage by the bar has a magnificent view across the Thames. And was where Nelson had assignations with Lady Hamilton.
The food was perfect, the service impeccable. I availed myself librally of their excellent wine list.
It is, without doubt, one of the most perfect locations for such a gathering in London.
Wow, what a hidden gem! A short stroll off Canary Wharf, this lovely restaurant caters to both pub grub as well as more refined cravings. May well save relationships as one of the few places the girls and the boys can both enjoy :)
5 stars and well worth the visit.
I didn't realise this pub was here, I thought this was just a weird residential area where you feel like you're sleeping on the motorway on the edge of some futuristic cityscape. Anyway, this pub is a lovely haven from all that, nice dining room and views of the water. Staff were very friendly and the food was excellent, especially the scotch egg. Quite pricey for a pub and the raspberry lager did NOT taste of delicious raspberries, but overall it's a good choice!
This is a nice enough pub with pretentions. The restaurant were particularly unfriendly when we arrived and, while the food was good and the beer was OK I like to think I'm welcome in a venue and I didn't feel that here. The other clients were of the stuffed shirt variety and while the pub itself is nice enough I wouldn't go out of my way for surly service.
This is one of my all time favourite pubs. It overlooks The Thames and has the feeling of a proper local boozer, especially in the winter when the fires are roaring. The restaurant is a bit pricey but it's all about having one of their immense burgers with onion rings on The Chesterfields!
This is one of my favorite gastropubs in all of London. I've gone too many times to recall over the past few years. Their best dishes seem to be game and some of the slightly odder cuts of more typical meats (e.g., veal tongue). They do a very nice burger as well.
The bar menu is good, but be sure to book a table and eat in the proper restaurant area to experience the full menu and specials.
The location is a bit unfortunate, but the view from their outside deck (across the water from the O2) makes it all worthwhile in the summer. During the colder months, you and your beer can snuggle up with the fireplace roaring in the back.
Meh. Not 100% impressed, despite all the great publicity and reviews about this place that I've heard in the past. Maybe its because I didn't venture out the back of the pub to the waterfront. I had lunch there with colleagues in the dining room. Service was OK, food was good quality, and I guess for the price you're paying its not bad. I have had much worse for the same prices in nearby Canary Wharf.
Well, when I was asked to arrange a dinner for 12 at a day or two's notice, two weeks before Christmas, I freaked out a little. I happened upon The Gun's website, and boy am I glad I did. They offered us a private dining room at no extra cost, with an amazing river view. The menu was well thought through, perfectly cooked and nicely executed.
One of the red wines I ordered was a little off and this was happily removed and switched for another. The staff were attentive and arranged cabs for us all at the end of the night.
On my trip home, the pub manager called to say of my party had left his laptop bag behind. She offered to keep hold of it and pop it in a cab back to us the next morning, which she duly did and texted me to let me know it was on its way.
Top service, great food and an accommodating team.
We were lucky enough to to try the Portuguese bbq on a beautiful warm, sunny afternoon. The food was fresh, and the paella was excellent. I would be interested in trying the restaurant, too.
I was recently treated by a friend to a well executed and very tasty huge meal The Gun.
We started off with oysters as a pre-starter, then shared the scallops and foie gras. The oysters were of a very good quality and very flavourful. The scallops were prepared with garlic and samphire; an excellent combination. The foie gras with prunes was creamy and smoky.
For mains, we picked salt marsh lamb and steak tartare. The lamb was excellent - tender, juicy and not gamy. The steak tartare was good, but not great. It didn't have enough of a kick for me and it wasn't prepared at the table, it came already prepared from the kitchen.
Apple souffle and a chocolate fondant were our choices for dessert. The souffle was served with a cinnamon creme and was expertly executed. It was tart, but set off with the right amount of sweetness, and combined with the cinnamon creme was divine. The fondant disappointed a bit - it looked a bit anemic and there wasn't much melty-chocolatey-oozy goodness. I'd skip that next time.
The service was excellent - friendly, warm, prompt and attentive without being overly solicitous.
The interior is nice and cozy, with a fireplace near the bar in the back and simple dining tables on the side of the main front bar. The deck overlooking the river and the O2 is pretty spectacular. I'll have to revisit on a less deluvian night. But, it is a trek to get out there.
The bill for this feast, wasn't cheap - approximately £160 for the food and a couple of aperitifs and digestifs.
If you ever have visitors in town, this is the best place to go. Especially when its sunny. Either get a table on the terrace or if its open at A Grelha (The Portuguese bar and grill). Fantastic views of the river and a very British menu to pick from.
I would highly recommend the Bloody Mary and you must try the ETM wine (the wine created by the owners of the pub). For food the oysters are a must have along with the Portuguese Salt Code Croquettes!
If coming on the train use either South Quai or Canary Wharf stations!
The Gun is a pub in the docklands, South Quay, which is one stop before Canary Wharf on the DLR. It's a fairly large pub situated on a tiny, fictional looking street. The Gun has a number of features, firstly it's outdoor seating is right on the river, on the opposing side of the O2 and north Greenwich. It has an alfresco dining section for the summer which serves beautiful Portugese food and a great selection of cocktails and unlike other pubs and bars, if you choose to sit outside there is a purposely built bar outside which saves you having to go in and out all the time to get your drinks. There's also another designated restaurant area which serves food inside the pub, tucked away in the back corner.
The Gun is the kind of place where you could literally spend hours upon hours, especially in the summer. The Gun is our local pub so we often venture there after we've been for a meal, it's also a great meeting place before a big night out, the drinks are priced on the more expensive side of pub prices and the food is relatively expensive. The food in the general restaurant area is in the pricing range of a good restaurant which may be justifiable for the Alfreso dining section (as I have never tried it i wouldn't know) as it always smells awfully good, however I had a wild boar burger from the general restaurant which was priced at twelve pounds and I can think of many restaurants where I could have eaten a much better burger for a better price.
The nibbles they serve are really nice and although still on the expensive side are good for picking at if you're there just to chill, they do a beautiful bread selection with a pesto dip thing, they also have an amazing cheese board served with grapes and all the extras for a cheese board.
The Gun, all in all, although slightly pricey is a really nice way to chill out for an evening or during the day over the weekend. It's a cool place to get dressed up and go with the girls or a big group of friends and people do dress to impress here which is slightly strange for a pub, but nice nevertheless.
In order to get the full feel for this place it's best to attend in the summer.
I can recommend getting to The Gun on a sunny Sunday afternoon (it pays to be hanging around for opening time at noon) and indulging in a lovely brunch on the riverside terrace. Their Egg Benedict and Eggs Royale are delicious piquant Hollandaise sauce (not too runny) plus eggs poached to perfection consisently gooey inside, and done the proper way (no marks from cling film or pan techinques here). It took a little while for our plates to arrive, but this was no real bother. The eastward view across the Thames towards the O2 Arena as the sun pops up is interesting enough to pass the time, and you can always bring your Sunday papers along anyway! The interior is pleasingly characterful, with open fires and flagstone floors. The pub comes with a bit of history (Nelson used to meet his mistress Emma Hamilton here apparently) and you can book rooms for private hire.
Very expensive pub food, and terrible service . The burger was nice, but I think charging an optional 12.5% service charge when you order and pay at the counter is pure arrogance and profiteering. The service was terrible, with the burger only coming in two options, pink or well done, and taking almost 40 minutes to arrive. I was brought the wrong order at first, and then another 10 minutes later, when the burger did finally appear, there was no cutlery, napkins or sauces with it. The manager gave an insencere apology after I complained, but I won't be going here again.
We landed at The Gun at 1pm and left at 18:30 hrs. That's a proper long boozy lunch for ten people who all love their food without a single complaintso big shout from the ten of us to The Gun. Wicked service, great foodand perhaps most importantly, a beautiful old pubwhich is important as its a little bit tucked away from central London.
First, a few pints overlooking the river on a lovely sunny dayit was a good start. Great Guinness by the way, another healthy sign. We were ten for lunch so we took the dining room upstairs aka The River Room. You're supposed to have the set-menu when you take this room which is a bit annoying but they were extremely helpful and allowed us to have the a la carte menu. The room itself has a nice old-school feel to it, with a wicked mahogany dining table that sits up to 14, cool paintings, spacious and airy, and overlooking the river. There's even a stereo to create an ambience should you want one. Our assigned hostess for lunch was extremely cool, friendly and professionaland you need to be with a party like oursit was all take, take, take.
Anyway, we were treated to a complimentary glass of champagne which again was an extremely good coup. We nailed three courses each and drank some damn good wine. Starters were pints of prawns, fois gras, potted smoked mackerel and baked goats cheeseall pretty solid. It was all about the mains though, the pan-fried stonebass was perfectly cooked and accompanied. Rissotto of jerusalem artichoke was mouth-wateringly delicious. The steaks were juicybut I went to Argentina recently so its a bit hard to eat steak in this country now. I normally don't give a toss about vegetables but even I was drawn to the spinach.it just looked so fresh and perfect and glistening in its cute little bowl, it was hard to ignore. And whist the pointlessness of vegetables is not something that troubles me on a day to dat basis, some vegetables just are better than others, for example, The Potato. Maybe that's not a vegetable actually, think its a tuber or something. Anway, no great meal is great without some kind of tuber, and The Gun's ratty spuds were yummy. I'm not sure what ratty is but its definitely not of the rodent variety you'll be pleased to know.
I'm more of a savoury man and don't normally do deserts but I'm big enough to give it a go once in a while, any any menu that sports the words banana and tatin, has my approval. That's a banana tatin in case you're not good at putting words together. I did try the cheese-cake, I'm not really into cheese-cake so my opinion is just my opinion but I thought it was a bit bland. But I ate and shared none of my banana tatin
Book a table, wicked afternoon!
The Gun is situated in a small st in Coldharbour, Docklands (so not very easy to find). But, if you make the effort (especially in the winter) you will find the cosiest (real fires), cutest pub with the cosiest (with a big gourmet slant) gastropub fare in town. Huge portions of melting Ox cheeks, hot bramley apple crumble to name a few. After your feast relax into the deep gentleman's leather sofas in the back rooms with a Baileys and ice.. heaven..(Book ahead though). (Monikasays.com)
Being from Los Angeles, I thought we may need to head over to the mcdonalds nearby since the portions looked small but it was pretty filling. The service was spot on with attentive and eager staff. The food was delicious and fresh. The view out in the patio overlooking the river was amazing as well. This place seemed low key and a nice place to chill and relax. Would go back and try the pub food!
Having only been there once, its hard to pass a full judgment on it. However these are my first impressions.
The establishment is very nice, with a wonderful view of The Millennium Dome, external areas where to eat from on a hot summer's day and an authentic old public house feel to it.. The staff is very friendly and courteous.
Whilst waiting for my friends, I decided to have a drink... I was driving so I went for a Virgin Bloody Mary. It was tasty and came with a long celery stick. It was also £3.50, which seems a bit excessive for a virgin drink.
We started with oysters and prawns to share as a starter. All was very good and beautifully presented. Not a big fan of oysters but had a couple anyway.
When it came to the main course, I ordered pork belly with potatoes, vegetables and yorkshire pudding. The pork was a bit dry and as there wasn't enough gravy on it, we had to order more. The potatoes were very disappointing, as they felt and tasted like they had been cooked hours before. The portions were on the small side, although that's probably because they want you to get some side orders. The dish was OK tasting, not bad, but certainly not the best one I've had, and not even good enough to leave a real lasting impression. I can think of many other places where I've had a better pork belly....
My friends ordered the beef sunday roast, and that looked appettizing, although their dishes shared the same potatoes and vegetable that I did.
I then had the crumble with custard. This somewhat redeemed The Gun from the lackluster main course. The crumble was delicious and the custard was clearly home made.
Whilst none of the above justify dismissing this gastropub completely, the fact that we spent £45 each (5 of us + 2 bottles of averagely priced wine) suggests that it is slightly overpriced.
It seems nice place, just wondered about price.....
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