Harden's survey result
“Always disappointing for the food, but the view saves it” sums up the general attitude toward Gordo’s Limehouse pub, which despite its celeb chef ownership has never reliably cut it gastronomically. The “standard brasserie fare” is “average” at the very best – it “could and should be so much better”.
The “fantastic river location and views” at Gordon Ramsay’s Limehouse pub have never in all the many years he’s owned it been matched by its kitchen. No-one says its dire nowadays, but feedback on the “standard gastropub food” is very middling – a “very average offering from Ramsay, this”.
Is Gordon Ramsay’s Limehouse pub finally, after all these years, starting to live up to its “lovely riverside setting”? Even a reporter who can’t resist a swipe at the “****” food admits that “the building and location make it great for a family-and-friends lunch” and all other feedback this year praises “tasty food at quite reasonable prices”.
Gordon Ramsay’s potentially wonderful waterfront Limehouse pub has never found its mojo, but it avoided the usual drubbing from diners this year and achieved OK ratings, despite still sometimes seeming “expensive” and “disappointing”.
|Wine per bottle||£22.00|
The Narrow E14
It must be hard being Gordon Ramsay. Filming in California one minute. Establishing a flagship NYC restaurant the next. And all the while: maintaining standards at his London restaurant empire; servicing a demanding media profile, on both side of the Pond; and even running the odd marathon.
Oh, and now establishing a gastropub empire too, the first of which is at these new Limehouse premises (where the sign, a hang-over from a former regime, still says: "The Narrow Street Pub & Dining Room"). 'Gastropub' is, however, a forbidden term. This, we are officially told, is just a pub which does good food.
Well, initial impressions are certainly favourable. This is a handsome and understated riverside building. It has good outside space and impressive views. And the affable staff try hard, too.
If you just drop in though, you'll probably find the small river-view dining room - with its short and homely English menu - all booked up. And, no, you can't sample the full range of dining room fare in the bar because it's "early days", and they're "very anxious to get the standards right " ("with the critics coming in"). Soon, they hope it will be "more relaxed", and you may - just 'may', mind - be allowed, for example, to sample a restaurant-menu pudding in the bar.
So, when it does get "more relaxed", what are the standards going to be like? Like so many Ramsay spin-offs, good but not memorable, if our early sampling of the bar fare - a very restricted selection mainly from the restaurant menu, itself very short - is any indication. But that's not the big question - even if they do keep standards up, and prices down, how is a place on such a modest scale going to make any real contribution to the swelling Ramsay coffers?
44 Narrow St, London, E14 8DP
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑11:30 pm|