Butlers Wharf Chop House
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Time Out says
Tue Nov 30 1999
After last year’s poor review, the Chop House has delivered only a small improvement this time. But – witness the full house on a January evening – the food is only part of the point here, with stunning views of Tower Bridge and a special-occasion buzz (in a ‘visiting town’ kind of way) contributing to the overall experience. To make the most of the riverside location, the wood-fitted room is long and thin, with french windows to throw back in summer. It’s divided into bar and restaurant areas, the latter with added napery and an extra degree of fanciness on the menu. In the bar, we started with a pitcher of flavourless prawns and an oxtail soup that was greasy and seemed to be made from inferior stock. Mains were an improvement, particularly the capably roasted pheasant, but a slightly watery fisherman’s pie lacked diversity beyond a couple of rubbery clams. A dessert of rhubarb trifle was delicious, yet its sherry-soaked sponge didn’t work. Service was pleasant enough and the wine list well spread. Still, given the high-ish prices and the intensifying competition, the verdict has to be: don’t come for the food alone.
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