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The Gun, Blackwall, E14

27 Cold Harbour
E14 9NS
Phone: 02075155222
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Gun

A historic Fullers tied house,Nelson lived closeby and carried on with Emma Hamilton upstairs.There is a large plate glass window at the front with on the right side a series of copper topped tables,the bar and through a side corridor a rear snug with it's own bar access.To the left side is a restaurant section with all tables laid with white linen table clothes.The menu is expensive with mains starting at £14 and rising to £27 with steaks extra.I didn't eat so wont comment further.
There is a beer garden on some decking with river views,and the reference to the pub being involved in smuggling in the past seems believable.
The bar supports 6 handpumps offering Fullers London Pride,Olivers Island,a seasonal rugby special and Dark Star American Pale Ale on my trip.
A pleasant and interesting spot ,there are few traditional pubs in this area,but perhaps not a place for a long session,more a one pint peruse.

On 29th February 2020 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Gun

Historic riverside pub associated with Lord Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton, almost destroyed by fire in 2001 but thankfully reopened a few years later after a sensitive restoration. Retains a traditional-looking bar, but most of the front part operates as an upmarket restaurant with the tables set aside for dining. The rear room is comfortably furnished, with doors leading to the famous part-covered terrace overlooking the Thames. Also features several upstairs rooms (not visited). Four real ales on handpump, with three from Fuller's - Pride, Oliver's Island and Front Row - plus Zinzan's Drop from Windsor & Eton as a guest on this visit.

On 11th March 2017 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Gun

I paid my first visit to this pub for a couple of years, and found it essentially unchanged. There is a sign on the main road pointing to a “riverside pub”, but that it is a bit deceptive as the main business of this pub looks to be the restaurant. As you enter you are in the main restaurant area with all the tables on the left reserved for diners, and with just a couple of tables on the right that can be used by those just wanting a drink. But a door to the right of the bar counter leads to another small room, which in turn leads on to yet another room with a sort of gentleman’s club feel to it. There is an outside terrace at the back overlooking the river and over to the O2 arena. So, although the main room is effectively a restaurant, there is more seating for drinkers tucked away at the back.

I didn’t get to see the main restaurant menu, but the bar food menu gave me a clue as to what to expect, featuring Colchester rock oysters at £36 for 18. I saw a sign by the window advertising a free taxi service from Canary Wharf, which is a clear indicator of the market they are aiming for. However they do offer e reasonable ale selection, with Sambrook Junction (£2 for a half), Adnam’s Southwold Bitter, and Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted on. There was also a reversed clip for Otter Amber on a fourth pump. The ale selection is pretty good, even if at London gastropub prices.

What I do like about this pub is the decor and features in the main restaurant area. The impressive bar back and bar counter look like original features, and the numerous nautically themed paintings are also impressive features. I also spotted an old black and white photograph of two naval gunners operating their artillery piece – the photograph I recognised as the one used in the tile picture at one time in The Clarence Arms, Woolwich. Long gone now, of course. This looks like a good place to eat if you’re in the mood for splashing out on a meal, but although it has some interesting nooks for drinkers, it’s not really “pubby” enough for me to want to spend an evening in. But that’s just my opinion – I am sure that others will love it.

On 2nd September 2012 - rating: 7
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Latest updates View all updates for The Gun, E14
29th Feb 2020, 16:43
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard
24th Sep 2019, 23:41
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 29 February 2020 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 February 2020 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 29 February 2020 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 29 February 2020 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Micropub : No last updated 29 February 2020 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 February 2020 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 29 February 2020 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 29 February 2020 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes - Fuller's. - last updated 10 October 2016 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 29 February 2020 by Tris C
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