Adorable, classic, London pub with good beer, cheap wine, and a quiet atmosphere. Great patio overlooking the Thames for the rare fair-weather day. Monday is quiz night (mostly British trivia, impossible for us). Not very touristy, and quiet enough for good conversation. They also have a wine deal where you buy two glasses and get the rest of the bottle free - I think that is Mondays but don't quote me.
There are more vegetarian food options than most pubs, and they are all quite good. Chips are also good.
Approx. 15 min. walk from tower tube station, and the 100 stops outside.
Be sure to visit the Wapping Old Stairs before or after, and do a little reading on their history. Execution Dock's location is disputed, but most think it was also right here.
The Town of Ramsgate is one of many London riverside pubs which claims to be "London's Oldest Riverside Pub". When I invent my time machine, I'm going to go back just to find out which one actually is the oldest.. and then order a pint there.
But not to detract from the pub's rich history. It used to be called 'Red Cow', but takes its current name from the fishermen of Ramsgate who used to tie up their boats here, whilst waiting for Billingsgate Fish Market to open its doors. They also used to chain up prisoners in the pub's cellar, before taking them down Wapping Old Stairs to board the boat to Australia.
That's all fine and dandy, but what about the modern day watering hole?
Inside awaits a very traditional pub decor, complete with a pub garden, and a menu boasting a different food offer on most days. We went along for lunch, which was a '1 for 1' deal - buy one meal, get another for £1.
I'm always weary of these kinds of deals, but oh how I was wrong. The food portions that came out were huge. Like, very huge. Considering our meals averaged at about £6 each, this was a total steal.
I ordered the steak (medium rare, thank you very much) which unfortunately was very chewy and left me with quite the sore jaw - but it was meaty and sizeable, so not a total loss. And the chips. Oh, the chips. The chips at Town of Ramsgate are fantastic - definitely go for them.
One of my work colleagues opted for a plate of nachos. Which turned out to be a bowl of nachos. A HUGE bowl of nachos. Enough to feed at least 6 people - that's how big the portions here were - definitely great value for money.
Drink wise, the pub is well stocked with some great local ales, your usual lagers and a good selection of wines.
All in all, Town of Ramsgate is definitely good for a lunch break, or a pint and a bite to eat in the evening, especially if it's warm out, and you can sneak into the pub garden.
A nice pub with a local feel. It has a nice beer garden over looking the river for the summer.
Not sure whether this is true, the Ramsgate claims to be the oldest pub on the river.
It really does not get much better than the Town of Ramsgate. At all.
It's located ~10-15 minute walk East of Tower Hill. This really adds to its charm - The Town of Ramsgate such a short distance from central core of the global financial nervous system, but still feels as if it is located a world away.
It's never really all that busy, but it attracts a steady stream of great folks - the banker from the City, locals, the aimless tourist.
The food is just heavenly. Monday through Friday 12-4, the pub runs a special where if you buy one of their entrées or burgers, you get another for £1. A friend and I went and each got a MASSIVE double bean burger (which itself deserves a five star review), a big bowl of hand-cut chips and a pint. The total was only ~£15.
The back deck is to die for. Go. Sit outside for hours. Watch the river boats. Be happy.
The only drawback is that I live in North London, so the Town of Ramsgate can be kind of a trek. But it is definitely worth it!
It's pubs like this that make you realise how lucky we are in Britain to walk past major historical landscape features, nay, drink at them, and not realise how old or how important they are.
Thus named, because any further up the river, and traders would have had to pay the very expensive taxes which were imposed. And a lot of them came from Ramsgate apparently. So, that's the name.
Straight up, they have a mean selection of ales. So if you like real ale, this pub is good. They have a beautifully, beautifully, located beer garden, which looks out over the Thames and some steps where they used to unload all the cargo. So that's rather lovely.
And the whole pub is old-time and full of trinkets, memos and photos from the past. I didn't know Wordsworth went to school with on of the people who mutinied on The Bounty. That's the kind of thing you find out here.
Landlord, overwhelmingly friendly and knowledgeable about his pub. And it's lovely that it's still standing, still in very good nick and still serving quality ales at really decent prices. So... I'm a fan, clearly.
This is a really lovely pub with an intimate beer garden and plenty of history
Firstly the important stuffthe drinks. Solid selection of alestasting goodjob done. They have a few familiar choices but also served Exmoor gold, which I had not enjoyed before (which is a pity as it's rather nice). Apart from that I guess they have a standard selection of wines and lagers.
The beer garden, while small has a rather pleasant feel to it. I prefer it to a large sprawling garden but obviously this means it's harder to bag a spot. If you can get a table out here than hang on to it. Looks like they light it a bit after dark too.
Now the history. Firstly people who had been press ganged into serving on ships to the colonies (and convicts too) were held here prior to embarking. It also has a link to the famous hanging judge, Judge Jeffries (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ge…) who it is rumoured was captured in the alley outside. This is just one story however.
My only gripe with the pub is the name, which I personally find rather boring. I'm not sure if it comes with the gentrification of the area but I prefer the older name, The Red Cowapparently named after a fierce red headed barmaid.
A nice, cozy little neighborhood pub that serves very good food. I'm most often here when I find myself craving pie and mash, as they have a great steak and ale pie.
Out back, there's a very small south-facing deck, which can be a bit chilly when it's windy and in the shade, but is perfect when the sun shines on it.
Truly wonderful pub food with great offers making it very cheap. So fresh and delicious. Really friendly helpful staff too.
This pub is why I love London so much. A hidden gem, in the peaceful and full of history related Wapping. Just east of the Tower of London is a tourist-shy area, where you can escape a busy evening rush hour or simply to enjoy a lovely evening. The Town of Ramsgate is really friendly, good (selection of) food and a fine selection of affordable drinks. The beer garden is cosy and if you are interested in 'dark' history, the Wapping Old Stairs is there as well.
Cozy little place in the heart of old London docks, beer garden backs right onto the Thames. definately a locals pub, which becomes obvious on monday evenings when non regulars are 'asked' to make space for the weekly pub quiz.
Dating back to at least the C14th and re-named at least 4 times - The Hostel - Prince of Denmark - The Steps - Town of Ramsgate, The present name is taken from a Thames Lighter owned by a previous landlord.
Wall to wall carpetted and very snug with a very long bar serving a very good pint of Pride and guest beers but only one cider. Food is okay but can take a while to arrive - I recommend the bangers and mash !
The staff here were really friendly and the service was great, despite their cliche patronising pub manager (or possibly a cleaner who's been there so long they feel they own the place) spouting dribble. A great selection of cask and keg beers make this place a must.
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