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All aboard the RS Hispaniola… This former Scottish passenger ferry has a permanent mooring on Victoria Embankment and on warm days its outside deck is a great spot for drinks, with prime views of the London Eye. Inside, The Upper Deck restaurant has a 1980s feel with its black-and-orange decor, but the best-of-British menu taps into plenty of current food trends – from native sourcing to heritage veg. We started with gin and tonic-cured Scottish salmon: generous slices on a pretty platter laced with slices of pickled cucumber and micro-herbs. To follow, Gloucester Old Spot pork belly came with satisfying crackling and creamy mash in a rich port sauce. Other crowd-pleasers include fish & chips, Welsh lamb shank shepherd’s pie and Aberdeen Angus sirloin steak with thick-cut chips. Desserts stick to the Blighty theme, ranging from warm cherry Bakewell to sticky toffee pudding. Helpful staff keep proceedings ship-shape.
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020 7839 3011
Embankment Tube Station 52m
Charing Cross Tube Station 330m
The Playhouse 129m
Hungerford Bridge 149m
Tues-Sat 11am-11pm Sun 12N-6pm
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Food + drink: 4
If you're looking for a quiet restuarant with great views for a weekend evening, then the R S Hispaniola is definitely it. The staff were wonderfully helpful and attentive, they amended meals to suit our group (one gluton free and one who changed their mind after ordering), yet nothing seemed too much trouble. The restaurant itself is really rather pleasant – it is what it is, a calm restaurant with a tasty menu, with no sign of the pretentious feel of many central London restaurants. Decor was plain and simple – nothing spectacular but it allowed the real focus to be on the view of the Thames, as it should be.
We ordered from the set menu which had a great range of options, and something that really would suit everyone. A plain and simple haddock and chips was on option, alongside pork belly, or wood pigeon or grilled goats cheese salad to start. Sides were brought out quickly, even when not requested until the food had been delivered, and staff were always ready to fetch more drinks when needed.
The end of the evening saw the arrival of a rather jolly pianist – playing Happy Birthday to two tables before some cheesy romantic classics. It was so ideal for our girls night out, but wouldn't have worked for a seriously romantic meal.
I'd really recommend the R S Hispaniola Upper Deck for dinner. I'd like to think it'll always be this quiet, but once word gets around I'm sure it'll become as busy as everywhere else in London…
Very pleasant meal, food a bit trendy a la television, service was good but music could have been more mellow.
Good job we checked the bill when it arrived.
I went with my friend for dinner before a theatre show and when we arrived, we were offered to start with a drink in the bar. I had two courses and my friend had three and it was really good. The only thing that let it down a bit, was that there weren't that many people and that we had to ask for the theatre menu, apart from that it was a really nice restaurant and I would definitely recommend to go.
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