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The Grapes, Limehouse, E14

76 Narrow Street
E14
E14 8BP
Phone: 02079874396
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. Wittenden left this review about The Grapes

Charming and ancient pub in a upmarket area of East London.We were banging on the doors just before noon on a late spring Saturday, but still failed to secure a space on the little balcony overlooking the River.
On the bar, behind which is stached Gandalf's Staff, Landlord was joined by a couple of beers from Adnam's-a nostalgic Southwold Bitter, and a collaboration with Siren Craft.As with the food, prices seemed "not bad for London".
We enjoyed our visit, and all seemed well.

On 1st June 2023 - no rating submitted
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Delboy 20 left this review about The Grapes

Very old and very narrow pub which is well described below. 4 ales listed on a chalkboard and my pint of Proper Job was excellent. I'd been wanting to tick this one off for a while. Well worth a visit - if only to see Gandalf's Staff!!

On 13th June 2022 - no rating submitted
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Tris C left this review about The Grapes

In an area once teeming with dozens of dockers’ pubs, many now converted, this is one of the area’s oldest riverside pubs, dating back to 1583, the current former Taylor Walker incarnation rebuilt in 1720 (a 19th century façade), with the name abbreviated from [Bunch of] Grapes by 1938. It’s grade II-listed and on CAMRA’s inventory of pubs with historic interiors, this being of Some Regional Importance.
The interior is suitably aged, woody and very atmospheric, with photos available on the pub’s and CAMRA’s websites. The pub is noted for being part leased by local resident Ian McKellen, who played Gandalf in the Rings franchise and indeed his staff – which he apparently refers to as his ‘bar staff’ – is lashed to the bar back; to the rear is a poop deck patio, with fine views out over the Thames. Décor comprises a few knickknacks, with black and white pictures of the area from yesteryear, along with some oil paintings, at least one by a Royal Academician. Customers are a mix of locals and perhaps the odd tourist, with under-18s prohibited: “You shall not pass!”.
Ales amounted to one clip reversed, then Doom, Black Sheep, Landlord and Hophead at a fairly reasonable £2.55 a half and nice, served by a charming barmaid.
This is a must-visit pub in Tower Hamlets and pretty much a must-visit if in London.

On 27th May 2022 - rating: 8
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
Limehouse, 0.48 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Shadwell, 1.1 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Rotherhithe, 1.51 miles, 29 min walk (show)
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25th Jan 2024, 15:56
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25th Jan 2024, 15:56
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 30 May 2015 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 13 May 2022 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Rear patio. - last updated 13 May 2022 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : No - 18s and over only. - last updated 13 May 2022 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes - On leashes. - last updated 13 May 2022 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 13 May 2022 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 24 October 2017 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 13 May 2022 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 13 May 2022 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 13 May 2022 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 13 May 2022 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Mondays 20.00. - last updated 13 May 2022 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 24 October 2017 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 13 May 2022 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs upstairs. - last updated 13 May 2022 by Tris C
  • WiFi : No last updated 10 November 2017 by Komakino .
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