Butlers Wharf Chop House 1

36e Shad Thames , London, SE1 2YE

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SquareMeal Review of Butlers Wharf Chop House

There’s a decidedly nautical feel to this riverside restaurant with its oak panelling and enamelled ship’s pendants. Although the menu pays homage to the watery setting with oysters, potted shrimps and fisherman’s pie, the real draw is slabs of 28-day-aged beef, their juices locked in from the blisteringly hot charcoal grill. The fillets, sirloins, rib-eyes and T-bones all come at a price, with hand-cut chips an extra three quid, but there’s financial relief in more affordable mains such as grilled ox liver with mustard mash and onion gravy, or roast rump of lamb with beetroot, carrot and red-wine sauce. For afters, puddings are in the comforting nursery mould of lemon posset or apple crumble and custard. The adjoining bar is a good spot for a pie and a pint at wallet-friendly prices.

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2 courses £20.00 or 3 courses £25.00

From a set menu.

From: 02 January 2018

To: 31 January 2018

Max: 10

Maximum of 10 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

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6.3

Food & Drink: 6.9

Service: 6.5

Atmosphere: 6.6

Value: 5.8

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Vi W. bronze reviewer 16 September 2015

pea and wild garlic soup – very tasty but I thought the chicken stock (shop bought stock cubes is my guess) was slightly too overpowering. deep fried whitebait with mayonnaise – the whitebait was fried in a lightly spiced batter, but was overly oily. It was however served with a delicious tartare sauce. sausage roll salmon fishcake with devilled mayonnaise – the fishcakes were slightly dry and the salad looks like a slapdash work. The crab meat in the mayonnaise was ace and I wish there were slightly more of it! steak sandwich – I wasn’t asked how I like my steak, but fortunately it was not over done. The meat was good and tender so I enjoyed the sandwich, but the crisps that were served with it were so oily and over-salted as to be almost up there in the cholesterol league with deep-fried mars bars!, It also gave the impression that it was a cheap bag from the supermarket. sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice-cream fish platter GBP 13.50

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Avril K. 22 May 2015

My friend & I had a very pleasant evening. Little bit too chilly to sit outside, but had a lovely table by the window with good views of the Thames and surroundings. Waiting staff were great, friendly and attentive. Food was very good and our cocktails were delightful, especially mine, Vodka, vermouth, olives, very lively!! Will definitely be going back.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Melanie M. bronze reviewer 30 August 2013

I always enjoy the Chop House. I don't think it can be beaten on a breezy day if you can bag a table outside. Service was prompt apart from around 14h30 when everyone seemed to disappear, but our waiter was attentive the rest of the time, and the food was well cooked and arrived on time. A nice varied wine list.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Toby N. platinum reviewer 11 October 2010

I really struggled to review this – partly as the experience was so mixed. Went on Friday night with my girlfriend and booking online was simple although we didn't get the window table I'd asked for, despite some being free. When we arrived we got the wrong menus to start with (the dessert ones) and when replaced we still only got one main menu and yet another dessert menu. Drinks were a little slow to arrive and bread had to be asked for rather than offered. Main courses arrived and my girlfriend sent hers, the roast beef, back as it wasn't hot (my roast pork was), but a replacement turned up in very short order together with new side dishes that were so hot the plates took the varnish off the table. Food was good but not exceptional by any means. Dessert choices were simple (we'd had ample oportunity to browse) and quite tasty – poached pear with winter fruits and chocolate mousse and a melt in the middle chocolate sponge. Staff were polite and apologetic about the mix up. Value for money not bad at around £75 for 2 courses and drinks before a tip. Its one where you'd have to rate it as an almost – some really simple changes could make this very good, but its not quite there now.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Andy S. 12 August 2010

Me and my girlfriend ate here through an Evening Standard offer so expectations weren't exactly high but we were pleasantly surprised as we hadn't eaten at Butlers Wharf Chop House before. We were impressed by the choices on the menu and didn't leave hungry like you sometimes can on these things. I had pork with crispy crackling and my girlfriend had wild seabass. We had a great table on the terrace infront of Tower Bridge and our Italian waitress was really bubbly. It's amazing what a smile can do!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Mitzie8cake platinum reviewer 06 August 2010

I'm quite surprised to see so many negative reviews of this local, as my dining experiences at Chophouse have been nothing but satisfactory. Service is swift and polite with glimmers of quintessentially British professionalism. The menu which changes seasonally is full of well executed and fresh ingredients brought together on the plate with great skill (I've observed their daily deliveries many a time). Even the simplest dishes of fish and chips impress. My most recent trip consisted of a lip smacking whole lobster with hand cut chips and elderflower champagne cocktail for a most valuable £27.50. All in all, a great lunch or dining venue.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 1.0

Lorraine T. 04 August 2010

Lucky I had lunch, the portions are small the menu has changed not as good at it use to be . I asked for the smoked Goose breast ( there were 4 of us I was the only one to have a starter we received 4 ), 3 piece if wafer thin slices of goose the salad was nice but not worth the £9. this was in the main resturant, will not go there again sorry to say .

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 1.0

Martin M. 31 July 2010

We tried the bar side (as opposed to the restaurant itself), where there is a restricted version of the full menu. Nobody came to receive us, so we sat at a convenient table. As it was early evening, there were just a few diners. Nevertheless, rather than a welcome when the head waiter appeared, we were interrogated brusquely about our booking status and whether we were intending to dine. Though we decided to stay, the staff remained unfriendly but also inefficient: a sherry ordered as aperitif came only after a reminder and well into the first course; vegetables were forgotten and had to be found, again on reminder (no apology). The main course was tepid – a waiter problem, for there was nothing wrong with the basic quality of the food. A shame that they seem to think they don't need to try too hard, in a location where punters will always be dropping in.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 1.0

Richard A. 06 February 2010

Having being a regular at the Chop house I have to say that the new menu leaves a lot to be desired (The head chef changed around three months ago). No longer are you able to order sumptuous steaks (not one on the menu) or some other true Brtish classics. Amazing considering the restaurant name and its heritage. In my view the chop house has now joined the long list of gastro pub style restaurants with reasonable food but nothing more. Bread – where has the famous bread gone – now only a small selection. Overall no one complained about the food but we all felt that there was nothing special and you could find this style and competence of food in thousands of restaurants across the country. We didn't stay for dessert . We were also originally placed in a table that was situated in a position whereby the door being opened meant an icy blast across the table, chilling all to the bone. Even the restaurants own staff said they would not dine on a table like that !!! Having complained we were moved but after many conversations and around forty five minutes. Not a good start to the evening. Its a shame, what was once one of my favourite resturants for a casual evening meal has now become one that I will not visit again. On a positive note, the view of Tower bridge remains stunning.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 1.0

Anne M. 26 December 2009

i went to the Butlers wharf for xmas; i thought it would be my xmas heaven and i was happy to pay a whooping 85pounds. Me and some friends were excited on the way but when we got there, te xmas spirit slowly desintegrated! 1) it was cold in the restuarant and we needed to keep our coats on- we had dressed up nicely but we had to cover up! 2) We had 3 hours allocated to our table, and we were happy to take our time and eat slowly but the waitresses kept coming back and asking if we were done with our plates and we tried to send them away politely but we felt pressurised and soon as they took the plates they would come back with the next course!! i wanted breaks in between and i expected them to give us that kind of service and not to have to keep asking and sending the waitresses away 3) They took the orders for all the courses at the beggining and though there was mention of mince pies they did not offer them till our time had ran out! i felt like if you didnt know your rights and what the menu had said the you didnt get it, dissappointing for this kind of restaurant 4) I chose venisen for main course which came with some creamed potatoes of some sort (i hate creamed potatoes) so i requested to have parsnips or roast potatoes instead which was served with something else- THEY REFUSED claiming that it was a set Xmas menu!!! i could nto believe it!!! its not like it wasnt on the menu for that day and it was Xmas…Damn!!! on xmas day i had venisen with veggies only! NOT FAIR 5) obviously i wasnt going to tip them much! but guess what? The service charge was 15% ADDED TO THE BILL; The whole xperience was not xmassy !!! the music was boring and not xmassy! i was cold and not happy obviously im NEVER EVER GOING BACK!!!

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Special offers

2 courses £20.00 or 3 courses £25.00

From: 02 January 2018

To: 31 January 2018

Max: 10

Maximum of 10 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

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