The Narrow, Limehouse
When it seems most of the pubs around London are turning into pub-themed restaurants, Britain's no. 1 foodie has turned the old Narrow Street from a below-par gastropub, into a genuine pub with a separate restaurant that simply serves good food. The Narrow's principal attraction is its unique location at the mouth of Limehouse basin and a large terrace with a bracing view of Limehouse reach. In its previous incarnations, this was not enough to compensate for the poor pub experience, but things have certainly changed for the better. The beers on offer feature a couple of old faithfuls in the hand pumps - Pride and Deuchars, accompanied by Meantime Brewery's excellent Wheat beer, Leffe, Peroni and the usual suspects on tap, plus a fine range of bottled beers and ciders, along with a pretty fair wine list. The menu is just what you'd expect - an upmarket take on traditional British food and although prices are a bit more than the local average, many gastropubs charge comparable amounts for less. On top of this, the service is friendly and the decor pleasantly understated. The clientele might predominately hail from the luxury apartments and offices nearby, but its a little more mixed than you might imagine and if you just want a drink here, you'll find a good atmosphere (even if one or two people drinking around you are actually only waiting for a table in the restaurant). The Narrow is the most attractive reincarnation of the place since it was the derelict, old Dockmaster's House and the long-standing local pubs have a real challenger in their midst. Overall, the Narrow gets a hearty three-pinted thumbs-up.
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Narrow Street, Limehouse, London, E14 8DP
020 7592 7950
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How to find the The Narrow pub
From Limehouse DLR station walk straight towards the river and turn left. From Westferry station go right up Narrow Street. The pub is at the lock entrance to Limehouse Basin on the river side.