The Gun

Spent an enjoyable evening at the Gun pub / restaurant in the Docklands on Monday night with David from Tressillian blogspot.  One of his remarkable pictures is below.

From their website:   The Gun is a Grade II listed riverside pub which dates back to the early 18th century. It is situated on the banks of the Thames in Docklands and is directly across the water from the Millennium Dome and a stone’s throw away from Canary Wharf.

About 4 years ago, a terrible fire destroyed much of the interior of the old building and the pub then remained closed until September 2004 when Tom & Ed Martin re-opened the doors. This followed about 9 months of painstaking restoration works in close consultation with English Heritage.

The Gun now has a 40 cover dining room in the main bar, a back bar with two snugs, two private dining rooms and a fabulous riverside terrace that seats 50.

There has been a public house on the site of the Gun for over 250 years. The surrounding area was home to the dockside iron foundries which produced the guns for the Royal Naval fleets.

The pub dates back to the early 18th Century but it took its current name from the cannon which was fired to celebrate the opening of the West India Import Docks in 1802.

In the late 18th century Lord Horatio Nelson acquired a property just up the road, still known as Nelson’s house, and he regularly visited the docks to inspect the guns up until his glorious death at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Lord Nelson would frequent The Gun and to meet Lady Emma Hamilton in an upstairs room for their secret assignations.

The Gun also has a long association with smugglers landing contraband on the site and distributing it via a hidden tunnel. To this day there is still a spy-hole in the secret circular staircase to watch out for “The Revenue Men”.

As the docks on the Isle of Docks flourished so did the pub, becoming the local for dockers, stevedores and boatmen.

The food is modern, without being over trendy and of a high standard.   Slightly daft over sized plates for the starters I thought, but quality was high.  An excellent Halibut over spinach with clams and a salty butter sauce made an excellent main course.  Sensible Reidel wineglasses and a reasonable list, coupled with good service, provided a result and a good reason to return.

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