Perkin Reveller

Tower Wharf , London, EC3N 4AB

020 3166 6949

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SquareMeal Review of Perkin Reveller

Running a restaurant at the Tower of London presents special challenges, from being dependent on passing visitors to locking the gates in the evening. Named after the apprentice in Chaucer's The Cook's Tale, Perkin Reveller meets a tricky brief with commendable style: no tourist trap this, but instead an airy modern refectory with fair pricing and British food as wholesome as the setting. Fuel up on artisan bread before tackling duck rillettes, served in a Kilner jar with spicy plum chutney or blood-red Trealy Farm lomo with leaves and punchy, mustardy vinaigrette. Mains are equally forthright – from gutsy venison sausages with dark onion gravy to lemon sole with lemon and caper brown butter. Evenings bring candles to the tables and a gentler pace, while in summer the terrace comes into its own, with jazz, Fourpure craft beers and some of the capital's more memorable views.

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7.7

Food & Drink: 7.8

Service: 7.7

Atmosphere: 8.7

Value: 7.0

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

garry b. platinum reviewer 06 April 2016

This is a great venue for a casual dinner. The location and views are excellent and we all enjoyed the room as it was relaxed and great for conversation. The waiters were attentive and made for an enjoyable evening. The menu is kept mainly to British food and we all had good options and well cooked food. Well worth a visit.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

garry b. platinum reviewer 25 June 2015

An excellent location and great views. The food is English and was well liked by our group and service was good.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Danielle A. 15 December 2013

An annual Christmas trip to London with the girls, kicked off with breakfast and Bucks Fizz at the Perkin Reveller. Fabulous location, superb food and wonderful staff that made us so very welcome. Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup is a must. It will be our first stop again next year.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 2.0

Lindsey M. 12 October 2013

We had been on our feet all day, were exhausted and looking for somewhere to eat in the evening ( somewhere other than the usual pizza express/ zizzi style eatery). We spotted the Perkin Reveller and it looked exactly what we were after! The location and ambiance were exceptional the minute we walked in, but we were very let down by the limited menu options. Anyway, due to the fact that they had managed to squeeze us in, we stayed. On ordering, we were advised that the food may take 20 mins so we ordered bread and butter (which actually turned out to be the highlight), but it ended up being more like 30/40 mins! When it arrived, my meal was lovely but my husband's sadly wasn't. He had ordered the steak and asked for it to be cooked medium to well but it was definitely rare! This meant that they had to take it back to be cooked further so I had to eat by myself until his was finally ready! By this time the sides he ordered were cold and I had virtually finished my meal, plus his steak was now only a few tiny scraps of meat, no steak. It really does have potential but unfortunately didn't deliver :(

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Mitzie8cake platinum reviewer 09 April 2013

I was first introduced to The Perkin Reveller by a fellow local and have since been three times already, but I've walked out each time with an entirely different opinion which is both confusing and unfortunate because it leaves me wondering if there will be a fourth visit. The food is good there's no doubting that, and it gladly makes up for the slightly inflated prices (but then you are literally next door to a world renowned historical site). Whether its a perfectly soft poached hens egg on a bed of rocket and pickled mushrooms or a creamy and sumptuous risotto with a crunch of pumpkin seeds. The cake selection will not disappoint either, and the wine list is nicely balanced with a particularly good biodynamic Alsace number. The problem is the speed at which both service and the dishes arrive at the table. If its a quiet day, you may be in luck but as I've also strangely experienced, you may not, which leaves you wondering what on earth is going on in the kitchen. There's also been slow service on a busy Saturday lunch service where the wait staff, friendly as they are, flit around like headless chickens and its all just a bit inconsistent really which is a shame. I get the feeling a little fine tuning would do the trick and I hope it comes sooner than later, because otherwise there's truly nothing standing in the way of this being a good gastro find.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

JoPoJo 20 November 2012

Really lovely setting down by the River Thames. A lovely place for a lingering lunch with friends. And a bit of people watching too! Scallops were delicious and beautifully presented, very pretty infact but really delivered on flavour. I also loved the donuts to finish the meal with a hot jammy sauce. The espresso was extraordinary. I really want to get back there in the summer as it's got a lovely outdoor seating area and you really are right by the River with views of Tower Bridge and the walls of the Tower of London. Definitely recommend the trip down there to experience it.

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