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Dickensian pub on the Thames

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Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Dog friendly

In Our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens immortalised this old Thames-side pub as the Six Jolly Fellowship Porters. While he might recognise the wood-panelled, Victorian long bar and The Dickens Snug, where as a child he reputedly danced on a table, much of surrounding Limehouse has changed beyond recognition. Sir Ian McKellan is a joint leaseholder of The Grapes which is in an area with many literary and artistic connections. Served in the tiny upstairs dining room are dishes such as devilled whitebait; smoked salmon and haddock fishcakes; fresh pan-fried swordfish, marinated in lemon and olive oil; grilled chicken burger; and the Sir Ian meaty shepherd’s pie. Salads, and sandwiches are always available, and there are Sunday roasts. Sorry, no one under 18 years is permitted.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25-26 December, 1 January
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12-2.30, Saturday 12-9.30, Sunday 12-3.30
  • Dinner: Monday to Friday 6.30-9.30, Saturday 12-9.30

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: Timothy Taylor Landlord, Adnams Southwold Bitter, Black Sheep, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Aspall

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar

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