Until recently known as the English Maid, someone somewhere thought Tamesis Dock was a better name for this old Dutch barge turned pub on a boat. Perhaps they were seasick at the time? Having spent much of it's life sailing up and down the Seine its now permanently moored near Lambeth Bridge for life as a bar. Apart from the deck with stunning views of the Thames and Parliament, there are two further floors inside, filled with plenty of comfortable couches. The lowest level is actually rather disconcerting, with windows at the water level during very high tides, making it seem rather like you're bobbing about in the water; a cracked pane of glass didn't help, but we were assured that a low-budget Poseidon adventure wasn't about to unfold. Not much of note on tap as it is notoriously difficult to keep ale on a boat but a decent selection of bottled beers made up for it. There is also food at rather reasonable prices, including burgers at £6.50. Our most recent visit found the deck near capacity, with a few stragglers inside listening to a mixture of cheesy 80s' hits, Morrissey and the Stones from the speakers. Service at the small bar can sometimes be painful though; even with several staff they can struggle to cope. The views alone are worth coming here for a drink, but the overall experience for us was slightly lacklustre, hence the two pint rating.
Reviewed by redcat
01 Sep 2010