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Butler's Wharf Chop House: Good value English cooking with great river views
Hmmm .. no option on the VT restaurant type list for English food!! Well there should be, if only to draw attention to places like the Chop House.
It's in the shadow of Tower Bridge, with tables outside right on the river (on,not in)when the weather is good. There's a set menu which can be as little as £10 for 2 courses in the bar area. A reasonable wine list, and friendly staff.
It's part of the ever-expanding Conran empire of restaurants, so the design is clean and simple, right down to the ashtrays.
The food is also simple but tasty, especially in the front bar. If you viist the more formal restaurant section, there's often a good selection of game during the winter.
Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12noon-3pm
Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6pm-11pm
Favorite Dish: Fish and chips and mushy peas.
English classic cooking, with great fish. Also very reasonably priced, considering you're right on the Thames with a wonderful view of everything.
Butlers Wharf Chop House: Butlers Wharf Chop House
One of the fabulous Conran restaurants in London, of which there are quite a few these days. This is one of the cheaper ones but bears all the Conran hallmarks of fine food and excellent service. There is a great view of Tower Bridge and there are tables outside, weather permitting. The menu is traditionally English, featuring fish & chips, steak & kidney pud, roast beef etc.
In addition to an à-la-carte menu there are also fixed price 2 and 3 course menus. The wine is not cheap with a glass setting you back about £4.50 and bottles from £15 upwards. For an average meal expect to pay between £30 - £40. However, for the superb location and excellent quality of food and service it really is great value. Everything is just right. Even the bread they serve is mouth-wateringly delicious and it is this kind of attention to detail that makes the Butlers Wharf Chop House worthwhile. Too expensive for me to eat there regularly but definitely a place for those special occasions.
Here is a selection of dishes from the à la carte evening menu to give you an idea (courtesy of the Conran web site).
Hot Smoked Eel £7.50
Fresh Pea and Lettuce Soup £6.00
Veal, Pork and Mushroom Terrine £8
Lambs Lettuce, Stilton and Pear Salad £7
Loch Fyne Smoked Salmon £9
Venison & Wild Boar Faggot £8
Fish & Chips £12.50
Roast Suckling £16.50
Steak & Kidney Pudding £13
Steamed Sea Trout Fillet £15.50
Peppered Rump of Lamb £16.50
Slow Roast Belly Pork with Prunes £15.50
Smoked Haddock Fish Pie £14.50
Roast Rib of Beef £17
Charcoal grilled Steak & Chips
Sirloin 8oz £16.50, 12oz £21.00
Fillet 8oz £19.50, 12oz £25.00
Favorite Dish: Steak and kidney pudding. This is a traditional English dish, the kind of thing I grew up on so I appreciate a good one and it IS good here.
I was working with an American years ago when we saw this on the lunch menu. He turned to me sheepishly and asked whether the kidney meant kidney beans. No, I told him, it is real kidney! Americans and Canadians, in my experience, have a real hang up about offal but these dishes are delicious. My Canadian cousin ribs me mercilessly about our diet of lung and spleen pies but I don't care!
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Chophouse - Butler's Wharf: Perfect location
Being a Conran restaurant, I visited with high expectations.
The restaurant itself is situated right on the Thames next to Tower bridge so for dinner it is a lovely place to sit and have something to eat. In the summer its lovely sitting outside with a drink and looking at Tower Bridge and the rest of London lit up.
It is such a shame that the food is nowhere near as good as the view! The waiter took four attempts to get a drink order right, before finally having to get someone else to take the order, admitting that he doesnt speak english too well. The food in general was uninspired, bland and overpriced, best displayed when I ordered a "classic prawn cocktail" to start. For £9 I was expecting large prawns at the very least, however what arrived was a small bowl with sliced lettice, a small handful of prawns (as found in any supermarket) and some very boring sauce, had it not been my girlfriend's birthday dinner I would have sent it back in disgust!
Maybe we caught them on a bad night, but my advice would be to stay well clear, £39 a head for two courses of that quality.....Seems there's one born every minute
Favorite Dish: Lobster - it's only saving grace!
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The Butlers Wharf Chop House
The Butlers Wharf Chop House serves British food like steak, seafood and poultry from around the British Isles. It has a nice summer terrace for some amazing views of the Thames and Tower Bridge.
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