The Gun 22

27 Coldharbour , London, E14 9NS

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SquareMeal Review of The Gun

“If the sun comes out on the terrace, there’s nowhere better”, declares a fan of The Gun and its striking riverside position. Pints have been poured at this Docklands site for 250 years (famous drinkers include both Lord Nelson and Tinie Tempah), but the boozer passed into London food history as one of Ed and Tom Martin’s first gastropubs. Now owned by Fuller’s brewery, it’s still an “amazing location” full of possibilities for lazy Sundays – try the whole roast Suffolk chicken for two. Otherwise, bangers and mash are a speciality in the bar, alongside beer-friendly snacks including devilled whitebait. The restaurant set-up is smarter, with posh dishes such as seared scallops with brown onion consommé, charred button onions, grilled leeks and white onion purée followed by roast Yorkshire pheasant with sour pear jus or cod fillet with braised fennel fondue. Beers reflect the pub’s ownership, and there’s a full roster of food-friendly wines.

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7.3

Food & Drink: 7.4

Service: 7.1

Atmosphere: 7.7

Value: 7.0

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Caped C. silver reviewer 25 May 2014

The Gun is a good place to grab pre gig dinner if you are going to the O2 Arena. This is exactly what we did this weekend. The pub itself is a really nicely laid out venue. The Gin Garden has stunning views of the Thames and the O2 Arena across the river. The atmosphere in the pub is nice and calm. The food was actually deliciously cooked and beautifully presented. Mains of Duck Breast in a citrus glaze with polenta and Seabass with muscles and homemade ravioli were delicious as were the sides of chips, spinach and carrots. Had to take off half a star away as the dessert was very poor and took away from the dining experience. We ordered a the chocolate fudge cake and coffee ice cream. It looked the part when it turned up however with some hidden issues. Cutting through the dense sweet and cloying folds of chocolate covering it revealed a very dry and tasteless sponge which should have been moist. Secondly the fudge / caramel sauce was in a small saucepan which gave the impression it would be served hot. With the coldness of the icecream, you would have thought the fudge sauce would be warm as a contrast to the other elements of the desert. Not so, it was served cold. I can only surmise the kitchen messed up the sponge and added the dense layer of chocolate onto it to disguise this fact. Shame as the overall experience was good and I'm hoping the issue with the desert was a one off.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Olivia P. 28 October 2013

you must got to this amazing little gastro pub out of site from the city – has amazing food, service and scenery!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

sean j. 17 September 2013

Came for lunch for with 2 of my friends, even though it was Sunday and they were fairly busy the staff were very accommodating and managed to get us a nice table in the dining room. Was a great place to enjoy a Sunday afternoon lunch, we'll definitely be coming again!!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Anthony K. 02 August 2013

Well worth a visit for the stunning and out of the way location (provided you can sit outside). The service was very friendly but rather inefficient. They didn't seem to know when we wanted to order – good restaurants seem to be able to spot this. Also I had booked the set menu online but was only offered the standard menu and had to ask for the set menu list – I hate that. The same thing happened again when ordering dessert. Set menu was fine for only £18. I put in an overall rating of 3 stars but the review is showing 4 stars – doesn't deserve that.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 3.0

Nikki G. 01 July 2013

So disappointed with the Gun on Saturday. When we have gone for lunch before on a nice day we have been sat outside but for some reason everyone was inside. Such a shame on a nice day and think that maybe what we thought was great about the Gun is actually the view as was very dissapointed with food. The steak was so fatty and tough and service was very lacking. Don't think will be eating there again. Such a shame, my Dad loved it (because of the view) and we went on Saturday to celebrate his memory on his birthday. We will be going somewhere different next year.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Fred J. 09 April 2013

Great place – good beers, food and views of the Thames. Book a table on their deck and try a fish special for lunch. Perfect!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Emma B. silver reviewer 02 March 2013

The gun is a gastropub a short walk from canary wharf with great views of the thames and the O2. The food was good though maybe slightly overpriced for what it was.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Bob M. 30 January 2013

The Gun is a beautiful old Georgian pub right on the river in docklands, a few mins walk from Canary Wharf. Its unexpected location makes it feel secret and certainly worth finding. The pub has tons of character, its been carefull restored but they have kept the original features and real working fireplaces. The dining area is fairly formal but there are pub tables too if you just fancy a drink and at the back, their terrace has the best views in the house. The food we tried from their British menu was expertly cooked, the menu is varied and interesting and the service was excellent all night. It is not cheap but certainly worth it. Try it!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Charlie B. 03 July 2012

I visited The Gun on a Friday night and the place had a great buzz and there are lots of different rooms and areas to explore. They also have an outdoor restaurant that opens in the summer which serves Portuguese food which we are definately going to try on our next visit here, if the weather gets better!! We thought the food was stunning, the flavours were really interesting and there was great choice on the menu. Overall a lovely place which we will definitely come back to and certainly recommend to others.

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 0.0

Value: 0.0

Toby N. platinum reviewer 21 June 2012

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear, oh dear, oh dear, oh deary dear. Perhaps we were just exceptionally unlucky, and I know a lot of other reviewers have had nice things to say about The Gun, but it’s amongst the worst 3 experiences I’ve ever had in a restaurant and I would never return – not even if I was personally invited there by Scarlett Johansson in order to pick up the keys to my new Bugatti and my cheque for £5 million that I’d won. I’m really not sure, as it was so utterly catastrophic that it’s less shooting fish in a barrel than launching a nuclear strike on it, where to start but let’s go for the atmosphere. We went on a mid week evening when the English summer time, such as it is, was trying to put in an appearance – none of us had ever been but it gets good feedback and the Times had it in its top 30 best pubs to go to when the sun is out. It was packed and the tiny dining room – which is just one end of the bar – was cramped, so hugely noisy we had to shout at each other across the table and because so many tables were rammed in every time any of the staff or customers went past we got jostled. Not a good start, but maybe the food, drink and service could rescue things? Or maybe not! Let’s do the service next – I’ve never refused to pay a service charge and demanded it was removed from the bill before – but there is a first for everything and this was that first. On arrival despite having a reservation we were just left to stand around for several minutes, when we got to our table we were promptly abandoned and a menu only made an appearance when we asked for one. Drinks didn’t arrive, water took ages and was warm when it did arrive, bread only turned up after we’d finished our starters and only then as we’d asked for it yet again, white wine was served warm and an ice bucket wasn’t offered – again it had to be asked for. When one of the main courses was sent back – more of which later – we got a distinctly surly challenge around what the problem was. Everything took too long, we sat with empty plates in front of us – in fact the only thing that did arrive quickly was the bill, and this is the only thing they do get some credit for – they at least had the decency to apologise for it being a disaster and took the bottle of wine off the bill, its the only reason I’ve gone as high as 2 for service. The food was awful. We eventually got starters – I’d gone for Cold poached Scottish salmon, Jersey Royal, bobby bean and quail egg salad, crisp shallots – the salmon was ok, the rest appeared to have come from packets in a supermarkets bargain range with limp salad and hateful potatoes that simultaneously managed to be cold, greasy and undercooked. The bread when it arrived were, I believe, those part baked rolls you can buy in a supermarket and stick in the oven for a few minutes – sadly they hadn’t gone in for long enough and were undercooked. Then having endured this we went for a main course – in retrospect this was a serious mistake and we should have just got in the car and gone. My main course was Slow roast Middle White pork belly, crushed Jersey Royals, glazed carrots, red wine jus – for the first time ever I sent a dish back: the first time it appeared I suspect, although I’m not a pathologist so cannot be certain, the pig whose belly I was eating had been run over by a rusty van, cremated following its death and then handed to me to eat. Having sent it back the second version wasn’t a whole lot better, it at least wasn’t so crisp that it looked like an English football supporter on holiday in Spain, but it still left a huge amount to be desired having just about reached edible status. I can’t comment on dessert – by that stage of the evening we just wanted to go and so summoned the bill, refused to pay the service charge and made a swift exit never to return. Perhaps you’ll have more luck, but if this is a gastropub then perhaps I’ve got a chance of Miss Johansson making the call to ask me out to pick up my prize! Avoid this at all costs, ii thought it was a disaster

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