View of The Narrow

The Narrow is situated on the northern Thamespath and the entrance to the Limehouse Basin.  From the main street you climb down a steep staircase to enter the pub.  Do not be put off by the astro turf and deck-chairs at the entrance to the pub.  Once inside the Grade II listed pub has a traditional feel with a distinctive bar area.  A conservatory has been added so that diners can admire the fine views of the Thames.

There is very little to inform you that this is part of the Gordon Ramsay empire.  His name features in very small letters at the bottom of the menu.

I stopped for lunch whilst on a walk along the Thamespath from the City of London to Canary Wharf.   I was delighted to get a table by the window as it was one of those fine autumn days when the sun is low and bright so the views were exceptional. The restaurant was busy and welcoming.

The menu offers classic British dishes that are locally produced and sourced. I was disappointed that we were not offered the daily special menu  I later checked the website which states that the daily special menu is available Monday to Saturday lunchtime and two courses are £18.

The starters range from £4.00 to £9.50.  I had the herring roe on toast and my companion had the squid with salt and chilli.  Both were very good. As a main course I had the spatchcock red leg partridge which came with gratin potatoes.  The potatoes had a depth of flavour more like the French pommes boulangere. They were delicious. In contrast the Chruchfiled Farm Beef pie main was competent but not inspiring.  The main courses range from £9.50 to £16.50.

Beer from the Greenwich Meantime brewery is available.  I chose the London Pale Ale which went very well.  The brewery is located a few miles down river at Greenwich their website is worth checking out as it recommends food pairing for each of the ales.