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Town of Ramsgate, Wapping, E1

62 Wapping High Street
Phone: 02074818000

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Moby Duck left this review about Town of Ramsgate

A single long carpeted room leading to a narrow outside drinking area on the bank of the Thames. Four handles and four beers, the same as described by Blackthorn below. Despite the staid beer offerings the pub was a reasonable stop off.

On 12th June 2022 - rating: 6
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Town of Ramsgate

A traditional, brick-built pub in the centre of what Wapping describes as it’s High Street, this is a long narrow pub that backs on to The Thames, although the small width means that there are only two tables directly overlooking the river. That said, the courtyard itself is a decent size and with some of the seating being elevated, you can certainly get the odd glimpse of the river or the buildings opposite from elsewhere.

Internally it’s quite traditional and fittingly perhaps has a slightly nautical feel with tartan style carpet on much of the floor and wood panelling covering much of the walls. A row of tables on the right of the pub opposite the bar counter were segregated with glazed green wood panelling, and there was further green wood panelling on the walls at the front. The pub felt light and airy with windows on two sides, ship’s lanterns providing additional lighting and cream wooden boards on the ceiling. A history of the pub was displayed on one wall, as well as a few old portrait pictures, a barometer and a few other odds and ends.

Beers on tap were Black Sheep, Harvey’s Sussex Best, Whitstable Bay and Young’s London Original, whilst the solitary cider was Cornish Orchards. Overall, with it’s jovial landlord, riverside setting as pleasant ambience I thought this was a decent pit stop and would have stayed longer if we had time.

On 27th May 2022 - rating: 7
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Ian Mapp left this review about Town of Ramsgate

Best in the area for me. History dripping off the walls and more of a claim to fame to some stories than the Prospect of Whitby and Captain Kidd nearby.

An incredibly good pint of Harveys Sussex Best at the second cheapest price of the evening - beaten only by Turners Old Star.

One to visit.

On 19th January 2022 - rating: 9
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Town of Ramsgate

A long narrow pub ,with ultimately a three level beer garden which has views of the River Thames and is a good suntrap.There is a sensible glass screen to keep high tide wash from spraying customers and the quiet lapping of water is a relaxing soundtrack.
The internal decoration contains a lot of wood panelling ,a drinking area at the front but with food being popular from a pub grub menu ,you may well be seated next to diners.There are no river views from inside the pub.
The 4 handpumps were drawing Youngs Bitter,London Pride,Harvey's Sussex Best and Woodforde's Nice Try (sadly tangy).This is a decent ,traditional pub but with that ale line up,I'm unlikely to pay another visit.

On 25th March 2019 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about Town of Ramsgate

This riverside pub, just a short walk along the cobbles from Wapping station, was originally known as the Prince of Denmark and Ramsgate Old town before adopting its present name in 1811, as a nod to the Ramsgate fisherman who would unload their catch outside the pub. The pub's position next to the Thames means it has witnessed a lot of interesting moments in history, with Judge Jeffreys apparently being arrested in the pub and Dick Turpin supposedly firing his final shot just outside. Today we find a pleasant single room pub with a long narrow interior which manages to mix traditional and contemporary aspects quite well. You enter to a front seating area with dark floorboards and pleasant large latticed windows where a few standard tables and chairs have been arranged, supplemented by some low stools. The walls here have decent wood panelling, a large section of which is covered by a board detailing the pub's background and the wider history of Wapping, whilst to the side of this there is a huge 'Ramsgate Harbour' mirror which looks rather spectacular and dominates the front section of the pub. The servery appears along the left hand side of the room, with a curved ended, dark wood counter with cream frontage and a smart mirrored bar back. More regular tables and chairs run opposite, under barometers, old lamps, large potted plants and other such bits and bobs. The room then opens out again to the rear in a pleasant seating area with more wood panelling and various old paintings. From here there is access to a riverside garden of sorts - an elevated space with a view that is rather hemmed in by the large warehouse buildings to either side. A visit isn't really complete without descending Wapping Old Stairs which can be found down the passage to the right of the pub.
There were three ales on hand pump at the bar - Youngs Ordinary, Sharps Doom Bar and Wye Valley HPA - with the latter setting me back a rather troubling £4.60 a pint. The bar staff seemed a bit distant, but I was served quickly and my HPA was in very good condition, as you might expect from a pub in the current edition of the Good Beer Guide.
This is an interesting old pub with a history that seems a little at odds with its current incarnation. Perhaps the place is better visited at night when all that dark wood no doubt helps create an image befitting the pub's legacy, rather than a daytime visit when it's bright and full of children and diners. I liked this place but not as much as I'd expected and whilst I'd happily revisit, I'd rather cross the river for the superior Mayflower.

On 30th January 2017 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Town of Ramsgate

Historic riverside pub, but without the views from inside that most offer. However, the split-level decking terrace adjacent to Wapping Old Stairs provides some splendid views of the Thames. The interior is still reasonably traditional, although the area around the bar looks modernised compared with the seating areas at either end. Offers a reasonable selection of real ales from a total of seven handpumps in two banks on the counter, with Loddon Hullabaloo being the pick of the bunch on this visit.

On 10th September 2016 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about Town of Ramsgate

With a history dating back to the 1460s, it would seem that this pub has a greater claim to being London's 'oldest riverside pub' than The Prospect of Whitby down the road, by quite a margin.

This is quite a long, narrow, wood panelled traditional pub which unfortunately means that punters at the bar rather block through-access somewhat. Furniture is dark and traditional too and some lighting appears to come courtesy of old ships' lanterns. Muted 'easy listening' music played on the stereo. The crowd is a decent mix of people from both the local estates and yuppies.

Ales on offer were Sharp's Gloom Bore, Young's Bitter and Fuller's London Pride (£4.35 a pint) which tasted as if it was slightly on the turn; alas there was no sign of the Amber Otter; there are premium lagers aplenty. Despite the minor evening crush, service was swift and friendly.

On balance this is a good pub and I'd happily come again, but the average ale, comedically small lavs and pack of hounds lets it down.

On 26th February 2016 - rating: 5
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Steve of N21 left this review about Town of Ramsgate

There’s been a pub on this location since the 1460’s and it became known as Ramsgate Old Town in the late 1700’s and later its current identity after the fishermen of Ramsgate who used to land their catches at the Wapping Old Stairs. Although a grade II listed building for its interior, this pub has undergone significant decor makeovers to appeal to the more well heeled customers and tourists who now frequent this area. And although the interior beamed ceiling, dark plank panelling and engraved glass screen are still in situ, they are largely unnoticeable amongst the modern but pleasant enough green and grey interior.
There is clearly a focus on food here but fortunately the beer offering has improved greatly as well in recent years and alongside Doombar, London Pride and Youngs Bitter , a very passable Amber Otter was available.
Still a recommended visit if you are in the area, especially if you visit on a fine weather day and get a seat on the small two level outside drinking area overlooking the river.

On 19th April 2015 - rating: 8
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Malden man left this review about Town of Ramsgate

Long and narrow pub in an historic part of town. Leaded windows to the front and side alley, the rear has a superb river aspect over the Thames. Cream coloured bar midway along, various seating types at square and round tables. Lots of historic information is displayed, for the benefit of all visitors, many tourists find their way here.
Towards the rear you will find a few artifacts, such as an old cash register, Singer sowing machine and so forth, which to be honest appear to be token forays into recent history, I'd say to interest the tourists. Perhap's that's unfair, beer selection was Pride, Youngs Ordinary Bitter, Sharp's Doom Bar and Jenning's Cumberland Ale.
A decent spot, and our first stop on our Wapping stroll.

On 7th March 2010 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about Town of Ramsgate

In the way of ales, they had some of the usual suspects on – Pride, Young's Bitter, Doom Bar – but the guest ale was the excellent Jenning's Cumberland Ale, and very good it tasted too. This is a long thin pub leading down to the river at Wapping Old Stairs. It has a long history – Judge Jeffries etc – and it claims to be the oldest pub on the river. But I believe that the Prospect of Whitby just down the road also makes that claim. It's an improvable claim I suspect, like so many such claims involving London pubs.
Nevertheless, this is a real pub although it inevitably gets a number of tourists in. No problem with that, as it seems to have retained its essential character. It's comfortably furnished with normal tables and chairs; no one-armed bandits; and no overly loud music. There is also an attractive large mirror featuring (an etched I believe) representation of Ramsgate Harbour. I quite like this pub; I've been several times before, and no doubt will visit again.

On 6th March 2010 - rating: 8
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