Review on The Narrow
Gordon Ramsay's first foray into the world of London gastropubs, The Narrow is a good-looking listed building by the banks of the Thames in historic Limehouse. Originally an Edwardian dockmaster's residence (and later a brewery), it has been sympathetically converted with much use of muted colours, durable furniture, exposed fireplaces and original features - plus reminders of the past in the vintage black-and-white photographs on the walls.
The whole place now comprises a bar and dining area on the ground floor, a private room upstairs (the Captain's Table) plus seating for 100 souls outside. Since opening it has been packed to the gunnels with young locals, families, curious foodies, beer buffs - a motely pub crew, in fact. Not surprisingly it's become one of the 'hardest-to-book' venues in town.
Those with appetites come for a taste of 'right and proper' British food for the twenty-first century. The seasonal menu hops and skips around the land, so expect grilled Dorset mackerel with warm fennel and watercress salad alongside the iconic 'London Particular' (pea and ham soup), or braised Gloucester pig cheeks with mashed neeps elbow-to-elbow with Loch Duart salmon in autumn vegetable broth. 'Things on toast' hit the target, and there might be Yorkshire parkin or Devonshire chocolate sponge for afters.
Those with a thirst might consider the admirable range of draught beers from independent breweries or the cracking choice of bottled beers from around the globe; alternatively, celebrate with some fizz. Gordon Ramsay is planning a string of gastropubs as part of his relentlessly expanding portfolio, with the Devonshire, Chiswick and the Warrington, Maida Vale next in line.
The Narrow is also featured in: Good Food Guide, HardensRate this Restaurant
Gastro pub / British
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 through until
Dinner: 11.00pm (10.30pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express