The Grapes, Limehouse – this pub holds a lot of historical moments for the east end of London. Locals proudly tell you that The Grapes survived the London bombings and also, used to be the social place for the famous Charles Dickens. It dates further back than that, The Grapes is at least 500 years old. If I owned such an iconic building, you bet I would be shouting it from the rooftops! Once I get over my height phobia :).
The Grapes is known for the seafood dishes and this has won them many awards. The pub is small, darkish interior and furnishings but when you allow yourself to relax, it feels cozy, casual and has a friendly local atmosphere. The cold winter days made even friendlier with the fire place, when it is lit. The most attracting gaze is out of the window, at the back of the pub, onto the River Thames.
In the pub, light snacks and sandwiches (only at lunch) are served along with chips and salad. Less than GBP 5.00 buys you a lunch in the pub. If you are feeling a little posher, The Dining Room, upstairs sees a more sophisticated menu. Prices reflect accordingly. Here, the cutlery is laid out, the immaculate steam ironed table cloths, well polished wine glasses completed with a simple table decoration. Minimal and classy. Sharing the same window position as the lower ground, in The Dining Room, it looks grand. Looking out to the River Thames, you forget that the space inside is actually a narrow long rectangular shaped room which a whisper can be quite loud.
On Sundays, only roast dinner with a choice of two kind of meats, completed with side dishes. Vegetarians can opt for the super-sized vegetable side dishes. The Grapes attract a family crowd on Sundays and it is strongly advisable to book if you have a preference of where you want to be seated.
rib eye steak with homemade chips GBP 16.95 – the steak was excellent, lean and juicy, tender and with a hint of mustard, served with a largish mushroom and half of a fried tomato. Chips were chunky, well fried; crispy on the outside and soft in the middle.
The waitress was very polite and accommodating to our needs. It must be hard to know what is right and needs doing when working in such a small space and at the same time without feeling too awkward for both the customers and the waitress herself. Well done for that.
Great for a pub lunch! Note that The Grapes serves both lunch and dinner.
The Grapes (Map)
76 Narrow Street,
+44(0)20 7987 4396