5th May 2012 3:09pm | By Editor
In honour of the Tower Bridge Summer Festival on, a prime piece of real estate by the Thames, the Butler’s Wharf Chophouse has ramped up its ‘Best of British’ and transformed the bar area into an English country garden.
The combination of its green grass-like carpet and pink flowers winding up the walls, together with the incredible views and classic British menu, make it a fairly unbeatable spot to contemplate saving the Queen and start peppering your conversation with the likes of “spiffing, old chap”.
The grub: The menu is a ruddy ripping riposte to anyone who questions the quality of Brit cuisine. The bar menu is a little simpler than that of the adjoining restaurant, but if you fancy a serious feed, just ask for the fuller menu and you can have it served up to you in the bar.
A good-value ‘Best of British’ set option offers three courses for £25, but for a proper treat go á la carte and try the Dumfriesshire lamb, which is butchered in-house. Perfectly pink slices are packed with flavour – we swear we could even detect the dairy sipped by this milk-fed creature.
The Old Spot pork chop with black pudding hash and a pile of sweet apple sauce is another highlight – thick, flavoursome and served with expertly crisped crackling. For dessert, you can go traditional with usual suspects such as sticky toffee pudding, or add a twist and order the lemon posset with lavender shortbread.
Behind the bar: Plenty of ales and vinos, but give the cocktails a spin – we loved the sweet and spicy Hot Chilli Passion, a blend of passion fruit and red chilli.
Bill please: Starters from £5.50; mains from £15; desserts from £6.50; wine from £5.50 a glass; cocktails from £7.95.
verdict Great grub at affordable prices in central London.
Verdict: Great grub at affordable prices in central London. A real gem. 4 out of 5 stars.
Words by Laura Chub
36e Shad Thames, SE1 2YE
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