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Tattershall Castle, SW1

Victoria Embankment
Phone: 02078396548

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Bucking Fastard left this review about Tattershall Castle

A fine old craft that used to be a paddle steamer foot passenger ferry across the Humber Estuary before the Humber Bridge was built in the 70's.It's been a London landmark for many years.The upper deck is used for external drinking and is serviced by two bars in shacks offering keg beer only.However descent to the Wardroom level where the bar is in the bows to the right.There is a lot of wood panelling here,a small upright piano,carpeting and large plate glass windows giving excellent river views .Descent another flight of steps to discover a darker hold with seating booths and a very small additional bar.Two corridors lead from the Ward Room to a rear State Room which is a restaurant or can be hired and looks very plush.Framed photos on the way explain the history of this craft.Pub grub style food is available if you can find a free table,many of which will have timed reservations.
The bar does sport two handpumps but on ordering I was told both the Hobgoblin and Doom Bar were unavailable yet the clips were not reversed,very bad practice.This left some dull mainsteam keg lager and beer ,I did not investigate the bottle options due to copious bar blockers.
Poor for beer but interesting to have a look over,the transient tourist customer base maybe another negative that you may have to bear with.

On 5th May 2019 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Tattershall Castle

Landmark 'pub on the river' which had to relocate slightly for the Thames Tideway construction works so it's just as well that this vessel can move sideways as well as up and down with the tide and rock from the wash of passing traffic. The main draw are the deck tables, serviced by small bars fore and aft, and there is extra seating in the Bridge above. However, if you are looking for real ale you will need to head downstairs to the Wardroom where there is more comfortable furniture in traditional nautical surroundings (and picture widows if you are lucky enough to find a free table in the right spot). As you would expect, neither the menu nor drinks selection are cheap, but as a novelty place for a pint I quite enjoyed my Hobgoblin (£4.70) as the Doom Bar was 'sadly' unavailable.

On 30th September 2018 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about Tattershall Castle

This was known by all of us in the MOD as the Belgrano, in a sort of black humour kind of way. The original ship has been returned after being away for a refurbishment. It has comfortable inside seating on two decks, but the main draw for this pub/ship is the seating space on deck, with superb river views of course. As others have said, it's all about location.

When I was here on Monday there were a couple of ales on - London Pride (£4.60 a pint), and Marston's Pedigree (£4.65 a pint). So, the prices are still sky high, but there's no incentive to change that when the place always seems to be busy. For some reason they were dispensing the Pedigree through a sparkler, and it took me a fair bit of explaining and gesticulation to get the foreign barmaid to understand that the nasty little widget can removed. Neither the Pride nor the Pedigree were in very good condition.

You don't visit this place for the ale quality (it's never been particularly good), but if you can bag an outside table on a warm summer evening then it's a great place to watch life on the river pass by.

On 11th August 2015 - rating: 5
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E TA left this review about Tattershall Castle

Well described below, the boat being one of three sister vessels, paddle steamers launched in 1934. After a career as a passenger ferry, Coastguard support ship and various other unglamorous roles, she was brought to Victoria Embankment and converted into a hard-moored pub and restaurant. There is a fairly regular cadre from some of the nearby Government departments, and she is known affectionately among MOD Navy staff as The General Belgrano. There is currently only one ale on, London Pride, but on this occasion I tried a Czech beer for novelty value: Kozel, a lagered beer from the VelkopopovickĊ· Brewery which was fine but not good enough to justify the high price. Staff were a bit dim, but this too has been mentioned below. The food tasted good but was probably very damaging to the waistline. I actually quite like it and quite often pop in for lunch when I'm passing.

On 17th September 2014 - rating: 7
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Steve of N21 left this review about Tattershall Castle

Yes, it’s a boat moored on The Thames. And as the property programs say what the Tattershall Castle has is location, location, location.
The top deck provides a large outside drinking and smoking area which gives fantastic views of the London Eye, Westminster Palace and the Thames.
Inside are two floors well decorated with plenty of comfortable seating. The big flat screens at the ends of the bar area displaying a marine aquarium set up was a nice touch. And the large glass windows provide a great view of the South bank and the river whether you’re sitting or standing.
The downside is that the beer choice is limited, but at least they now have real ale on in the shape of a solitary London Pride pump. Being the centre of London its over £3 a pint but what you’re paying for is location and as the blokes get a great view of Big Ben from the port hole in the gent’s I think that is worth 3 quid a pint of anyone’s money..

On 27th March 2009 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about Tattershall Castle

Even less choice than previous, Budvar has disappeared and prices are sky-high. Could be a whole heap better but doesn’t need to try.

21 February 2008
Fairly average beer boat, only really worthwhile on a summer's day for the scenery. Not much on offer of interest. Think Budvar was the most interesting option. Better examples of beer boats for my money would be the Charters in Peterborough, or Grain Barge in Bristol.

On 8th September 2008 - rating: 4
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Steve C left this review about Tattershall Castle

This large boat moored on Victoria Embankment has a bar on the upper deck where there is plenty of seating and great views of London as it is located opposite the London Eye. There is also a lounge bar below deck that has a Hotel Bar feel and during the evening another large room opens up as a night club with dance floor, but it is many years since I entered here.

The staff can be a bit hit and miss with the service, but the draught quality is usually pretty good. I wouldn’t drink here all the time, but it would be difficult to find a better location in town for a few beers on a hot summer’s day.

On 1st October 2007 - rating: 7
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Philip Carter left this review about Tattershall Castle

This is a boat on the river. Has a upper deck drinking area, which is great in the sunshine and offers good river view. The lower deck has large windows so you can still see the river view in cold weather. Worth a visit, but no real ale.

On 1st May 2007 - rating: 8
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