SquareMeal Review of
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.