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If you’re wondering what the Thames docks might have felt like before their Disneyfication into Docklands, these narrow, ivy-covered and etched-glass premises aren’t a bad place to start.

The downstairs room of this riverside pub, which dates from 1720, is all wood panels and nautical jetsam (and is mercifully devoid of mobile ringtones and music); a tight stairway leads up to a more plain restaurant room that accommodates the Sunday roast overspill.

The ales (Landlord, Broadside and the like) are good, but a half-dozen wines of each colour (by glass and bottle), plus jugs of kir royale in summer and glasses of port in winter, also please the cheerful clientele of well-heeled locals and grown-up heritage junkies.

Watch out for your shoes if you step out of the main bar room on to the tiny deck at high tide.

In September 2011 the Grapes was bought by actor Sir Ian McKellen (best known to the under-25s as 'Gandalf'), so no doubt it will be Mor-dor to get a pint at the bar now.

Venue name: Grapes
Address: 76 Narrow Street
E14 8BP
Opening hours: Open noon-3pm, 5.30-11pm Mon-Wed; noon-11pm Thur-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-2.30pm, 7-9.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-3.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Westferry DLR
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I am very sad that everyone else did not seem to like this place. I absolutely love it. 

Although it was crowded (they do not take bookings) we managed to squeeze into a table and have a lovely Sunday roast. They did up the price by £2 (now £11.95) but they definitely added more vegetables so it makes me very happy and its still reasonably price compared to other pubs. We had no issues with service or anything like that. 

Its very true, this place it NOT kid friendly, and it is not well advertised. I really do enjoy this place though despite all that. A lovely, dark, cosy pub, WITH a fireplace.

Laura G

With grim dark atmosphere, The Grapes looks like an authentic pub. Owned partially by Sir Ian McKellen, it offers your regular selection of beer, and a very pubby menu at the bar. While the fish and chips were not remarkable, the ribs with super sized chips did the trick. For a breath of fresh air, try the back balcony with views of the Thames. Staff could be more helpful, and we called in to try and reserve to come in with a child and, though nothing was mentioned on the phone, the kid got barred as we got there creating major disappointments.


I have drank in this pub when visiting London for many years and often meet friends there. But we wont be going back after the insulting behaviour from the bar staff on our visit last weekend. A group of six of us had met in the back room and had spent over £100 on 5 rounds of drinks when one of our company accidentally knocked a glass of red wine over across our table. The drink did not hit anyone else and the glass did not break but we were then told that we would not be served. The bar staff refused to give a reason why we would no longer be served so we left. It certainly seems as if they dont want visitors business anymore.......