We booked our table for two at The Grapes for 19.15 arriving for a pre dinner
drink in the ground floor public bar at 18.45 where we found the part-paneled
bar hosts lots of etchings and prints, mainly of 19th century theatrical luvvies
and some elaborate acid etched windows. We took our drinks out on to the
river view deck and watched the river traffic making its way with and against
the quick ebbing tide.
Beers: Timothy Taylor, Marston's Pedigree and Guest Ales
The Grapes Bar Opening Times:
Monday to Thursday 12.00 - 15.00 and 17.30 - 23.00
Friday to Sunday 12.00 - 23.00
first floor seafood restaurant has just 28 covers, and as we were the early birds
we were positioned at one of the two Thames view tables! Later arrivals were
The Grapes Seafood Restaurant Opening Times
Monday to Saturday 12.00 - 14.00 and 19.00 - 21.00
Sunday 12.00 - 15.30
six main course fish dishes: Salmon, Scallops, Scampi, Sea Bass, Swordfish,
Lemon Sole, are all one price (£15.95 ea. - July 2010) with a selection of potatoes
and salad or vegetable portions (extra).
With pre dinner drinks, 2 starters, 2 main courses, 2 deserts, coffee and
bottle of house wine + tip; don't expect much change out of £100. For
a really special occasion, well worth it!
The Grapes AKA The Bunch of Grapes stands at the end of a rare London example
of an early Georgian brick terrace. These early Georgian houses can be distinguished
from late ones in the way that the windows are not set back from the brick frontage.
This 16th century tavern is one of London’s most characteristic old
Thames-side public houses, in a fairly quiet area, well off the beaten track
routes. The back part of the pub seen from the Thames river trips and featuring
in their commentary is the oldest façade, the recently refurbished back balcony
is a great place for a sheltered Thames-side drink; steps lead down to the foreshore.
The Grapes, Public House and Sea Food Restaurant
76 Narrow Street, Limehouse, London E14 8BP
The Grapes Telephone Number: 020 7987 4396
The Grapes Pub & Seafood Restaurant Location Map
Narrow Street is also home to a couple of other pubs and restaurants,
including The Narrow, an overrated gastropub owned by the 'F-Word' chef Gordon
Ramsay, and Booty's Riverside Bar, an independently-owned pub which dates back
to the 16th Century, with 19th century frontage.
Dickens' connection to The Grapes Pub, Limehouse? - In Charles Dickens' Our Mutual
Friend (Chapter 6. 'Cut Adrift') The Six Jolly Fellowship Porters is thought
to be based on The Grapes which backs onto Limehouse Reach, and the detailed
description of the interior certainly suggests to us that it is drawn from life.
- "a bar to soften the human breast," a tiny haven "divided from
the rough world," decorated
with thick wood and heavy curtains, "cordial-bottles radiant with fictitious
grapes in bunches, and lemons in nets, and biscuits in baskets." - "pressed
so hard and so close (together) as to leave the hostelry not an inch of ground
beyond its door."