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“Stunning views over the Thames” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Grapes

The Grapes
76 Narrow Street, London E14 8BP, England (Docklands / Canary Wharf / Isle of Dogs)
+44 20 7987 4396
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Ranked #3,456 of 17,041 Restaurants in London
Price range: $8 - $30
Cuisines: Fish & Chips, Bar, British, Vegetarian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Docklands / Canary Wharf / Isle of Dogs
Description: Whether you're after a quick lunch, a romantic dinner by the river or just a friendly greeting in your local pub, we'd love to welcome you to The Grapes in Limehouse. We've been recommended by The Good Pub Guide since 1996, and you'll understand why when you visit.Overlooking the Thames, in a peaceful neighbourhood not that far from the bustle of Canary Wharf, The Grapes is one of the oldest pubs in London. Charles Dickens was a patron, and even made reference to the pub in his novel 'Our Mutual Friend'. Whilst our history goes back over 500 years, our menus are a little more up-to-date! If you're looking for something quick and tasty like a pie and a pint, you'll find tempting pub grub downstairs in the bar. Upstairs in our intimate dining room you'll discover sumptuous white-linen service for both lunch and dinner. And if you're looking for a venue for your Christmas lunch, we have a feast Dickens himself would have been proud of.We look forward to seeing you soon. No under 18's allowed.
London, United Kingdom
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11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Stunning views over the Thames”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The history of this riverside London pub, with its upstairs dining-room overlooking the Thames at Limehouse, gives it a very special 'Dickens' atmosphere as one imagines the characters of 'Our Mutual Friend' in the bar. The food is good, classic pub fare and the service is brisk and friendly. Prices are not cheap, but OK for such an extraordinary, privileged location.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful hidden gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

All the way out at Narrow Street, close to Canary Wharf is The Grapes. Its almost 500 years old and it is just beautiful!
This is a pub located right by the Thames, its an old town house in a very local area.
Theres a restaurant upstairs and the food is excellent, we had a great diner with a waitress that was attentive and informative. She gave us great tips about London and other restaurants we ought to try. All in all, I would definitely go back.
Tip: They have a small balcony at the restaurant, and you can take very beautiful pictures right at the Thames from there, i loved it! It was such an old world experience!

Visited October 2012
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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“Dinner on business”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Excellent fish and chips! The crumble was to die for. The cask ale was very good quality. Overall, one of my favourite pubs in London

Visited March 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Tiny pub, great atmosphere, good food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

They say Dickens used to go there to write. There are certainly enough portraits of the great man.
The pub itself and the tiny restaurant upstairs are lovely. The food is very good. The chips were nice and thick and golden, the fish nicely battered. I only regretted it was quite small. The mushy peas needed salt.
You can eat in the pub or in the restaurant upstairs (a bit pricier). If you eat in the pub, the food will be brought to your table but you'll need to go and order it and your drinks from the bar.
Forget going there for dinner with a large party. The eating areas are really tiny.
Wonderful view of the Thames from the terrace.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Billericay, United Kingdom
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“Disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

I arranged to have lunch in this traditional old London pub with a friend visiting from overseas. The setting is great being right on the waters edge looking out over the Thames and the pub looking much as it probably did in Dicken's day. So far so good. The pub was not particularly crowded but the service was both off hand and cool. We both ordered fish and chips to go with our pints and the food arrived within minutes. It was anything but authentic. It looked the part but the chips were made from reconstituted potato and the deep fried fish was soft and tasteless. A big disappointment all round.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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