Thursday, November 04, 2004

Review of Butlers Wharf Chop House

Dinner for 3 at the bar (2 courses each, 1 bottle wine, side of chips, bread + water free) = about £50.
We ate off the set bar menu where 2/3 courses cost £9/11.
Morris gold black pudding, roasted apples and Celery & Stilton soup to start were good.
Mains of Beef stew, horseradish dumplings and a leek and mushroom pie were similarly good. The beef stew portion size was huge, so much so that I could't manage a dessert, which is very unusual. The chips on the side were of the proper, hand cut variety.
The free bread was excellent (from the same bakery that does all of Conran's restaurants in the complex) and the wine was English white (Bibbendum Ortega 2003 - medium dry + very fruity). Professional service.

All in all, excellent. And best of all, you have a ringside view of Tower Bridge, which opened as we were eating. Here is a photo of the view outside the restaurant.

If the prices were twice as high I would moan that the apples which came with the black pudding were too sweet, the less than crisp nature of the chips, possible overseasoning of the stew, the slight dryness of the dumplings and the intolerable heat of the room.
But, given you can have a very good meal for less than £15 a head with such a beautiful view of Tower Bridge, I can't really. I will definitely go back.

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