The Narrow

Address: 44 Narrow Street, London, E14 8DQ, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7592 7950

- Mid-range

3.7

A gorgeous setting right by the Thames makes this worth a visit, but aim for a weekday.

Gordon Ramsay’s venture into gastropubs hasn’t been a runaway success, but this east end pub is thriving and on weekends is rammed with locals. It has everything I want in a waterside pub – a terrace for drinking, equally good views from the dining tables, a great range of beers and quality cooking. There is even undercover parking.

Food and drink
3.5
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Service
4
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Food and drink
3.5
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Value for money
3.5
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Ambience
3.5
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Location
4.1
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Food and drink

Gastropub classics with high-end touches – smoked haddock for example comes with white asparagus, poached egg and lemon and herb sauce, macaroni cheese is made with Mrs Kirkham’s unpasteurised traditional Lancashire cheese. There’s a great choice of beers – draught as well as bottles, including my favourite Innis & Gunn, which is aged in oak whiskey barrels.

Ambience

Lively and welcoming to large family groups. The décor is modish rather than traditional and a conservatory dining room makes the most of natural light.

Service

Staff cope very well given how busy it gets though on booking you may be given a restricted time in which to eat.

Location

A nondescript residential street, but once down the stairs you’ll see the appeal: a unique view of London.

Price advice

The early supper menu is £22 for three courses, but go à la carte and mains alone cost £11.50-£17.50. Bar snacks are inexpensive.

Branches

Gordon Ramsay Holdings also runs The Warrington in Maida Vale, which has a similar menu and beer list – see website for details.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Foodies
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Great views / scenery

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