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Decent Docklands drinking and dining within easy reach of the DLR is now available at the Gallions Hotel – a restored Grade II-listed pile originally opened by P&O in the 1880s to accommodate first-class liner passengers newly disembarked at Albert Docks. Turner-esque views of the river aside, today’s populace can expect a smart, post-industrial warehouse serving global brews and a mix of trad Brit pub grub, Asian dishes and tapas. Start with gratinéed oysters, bruschetta or salmon ceviche, ahead of Cumberland sausages and mash with a boozy Burgundy sauce, beef satay, linguine with pesto, moules marinière or tempura king prawns with pak choi. Puds include the usual suspects (tiramisu, crumbles, brownies etc) and there’s a children’s menu too. A short, largely French wine list offers plenty of quaffable stuff around the £20 mark. Occasional live music is anticipated. 

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  1. Last week my companion and I set off to brave the gust of sudden winds and temperatures plummeted to sub zero to Gallions Reach DLR station. We went round in circles near the big roundabout before finding a secret path. Big yellow signs with a warning “private land” were set upon us. Was it safe?

    Ignoring the sign my gut instinct told me the restaurant was only minutes away.

    Eventually we came across a white and green grade II listed building, the mini fortress had a gym, beauty salon etc. The Reach bar and restaurant occupied the Gallions Hotel.

    Stepping inside the area, simple wooden tables...
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  1. Ambiance?

    The Reach is set in an old grade II listed building, so has that Old English vibe.

    It's warm, dark and cosy inside; I nestled myself on the cushioned seating next to the window where you can gaze out to the Thames.

    I was invited to the launch of The Reach Bar & Kitchen, and had the pleasure to sample teasers of the whole menu.

    Sex Appeal?

    To be perfectly honest, I didn't really know what to expect as once you walk in, The Reach is essentially a pub; and normally for me pub food is to be enjoyed whilst nursing a hangover :P

    So I was really impressed with...
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