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The Prospect of Whitby, Wapping, E1

57 Wapping Wall
E1
E1W 3SP
Phone: 02074811095
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Prospect of Whitby

A well known and highly regarded pub on the banks of The Thames, it looks quite traditional from the outside with a brick façade and black wood panelling with curved white windows facing on to the street. It’s worth taking a walk down the passageway at the side of the pub, where you cannot only see the rear elevation, but the banks of the river and a hangman’s noose as a reminder of the executions that used to be carried out nearby.

Internally the traditional look continues as well as something of a nautical feel perhaps, which seems appropriate given it’s location. The flooring is all old flagstones, with varnished old boards on the ceiling in the majority of the pub, although the rear section was more conventional painted plasterboard. The walls were predominantly painted render, although there was also some dark wood panelling in places, and a fine old staircase to the right. A number of beer kegs were scattered around in front of the bar counter, as well as a couple of larger wooden ones for vertical drinking. Nautical artefacts included a ship’s wheel, compass, model sailing boat, lengths of rope and a few pictures. Even one of the windows was reminiscent of a porthole. The rear room was up a couple of steps separated with wooden balustrade, and the large windows gave good views over the river. An old stone fireplace was off to one side, although these days all it contained was a wood burning stove.

The menu offered a selection of “pub grub” dishes such as Hunter’s Chicken, Sausage & Mash, Lasagne and so on, and these were mostly priced in the £10 - £15 range. Our Fish & Chips and Gammon, Egg & Chips were both decent enough and generous portions.

Beers on tap were Southwark’s Bermondsey Best and London Pale Ale, along with Greene King’s IPA, Abbot and Jubilee. Ciders meanwhile were Lilley’s Apples & Pears, Old Mout Cherries & Berries and Aspalls.

On 27th May 2022 - rating: 7
[User has posted 1802 recommendations about 1726 pubs]


Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Prospect of Whitby

I may have been to this pub in the dim and distant past, but I don't recall it. Wapping is a really atmospheric part of London, giving us a key glimpse of life in times gone by.

The Prospect of Whitby is one of those pubs that is very much part of that history and is therefore loved by both tourists and locals alike.

I arrived to find the main bar to the left-hand side, with a semi-orderly queue backing onto the stairs. Not wishing to jump the queue, I joined the back of it only for others to appear either side.

This is clearly a popular place. So getting served can be a lengthy process. However, I was eventually faced with a choice of regular beers Greene King IPA & Abbot, along with 3 guests - Black Sheep Best Bitter, Twickenham Grandstand & Truman's Firestarter. I tried the Firestarter and also received a CAMRA discount. There was no real cider that I could see.

Inside, there is a maze of rooms spread out over 2 floors. With the ground floor looking quite full, I headed upstairs to find a fairly open plan second bar at the front of the pub, along with 2 further rooms overlooking the river. Most tables were occupied with groups of people tucking into or waiting for food. But I did managed to find a small table in the middle of one of these rooms and was half expecting to be kicked off in favour of some diners. But my visit was fairly swift, as I found the place a bit too foodie and touristy for my liking. Things may be different at other times, but it doesn't feel like the kind of place you would want to settle down in the evening for a session.

I'm happy I've definitely now been. But I doubt I'll be back again, unless passing.

On 1st March 2022 - rating: 6
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Prospect of Whitby

Another one of those must visit London Pubs - if you are in the area.

A board traces its history through the monarch's since Henry VIII. Frequented by Captain Kidd. Many stories to tell.

On this visit, it was a relatively quiet Saturday lunch which meant I could have a proper mooch - head to the back for the Thames Terrace or upstairs for the Smugglers Bar.

Seems churlish to talk about the beer in a living museum but my Isle of Rye from the New River brewery was in perfect condition.

Not bad for a Greene King.

On 2nd March 2020 - rating: 10
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Wapping, 0.31 miles, 5 min walk (show)
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