Contrasting skylines are revealed from this historic Thames-side pub; adjoining is a terrace of dockers' cottages that overlook the nearby lock, backed by frozen-in-time crane jibs. Dwarfing these are the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, whilst across the river is the distinctive domed shape of the O2 Arena. Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton secretly met at The Gun, and the pub still retains a restrained naval and shipping heritage that adds character to the range of panelled dining rooms and snugs. From a choice of menus come first courses like venison, rabbit and pistachio terrine; and confit wild boar collar. Mains choices may include slow-braised Dexter beef cheek; Herdwick lamb rump with smoked bacon, kidney and lentil stew, or 45-day aged rare breed steaks. The chefs look to nearby Billingsgate Market for the best fish and seafood. Guest beers, several beer festivals and a great wine list complement the menus.
Closed: 25–26 December
Open all week
Opening times: 12 to midnight (Sunday 12–10)
Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–3, Sunday 12–7
Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6–10.30, Sunday 12–7
Food and drink
Real ales available: Jugged Hare Pale Ale, guest ales
Real ciders: Symonds
Credit cards accepted
Beer festival, Contact pub for details
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Ramp access available
Allowed in garden
From West Ferry Road into Marsh Wall to mini roundabout. Turn left, over bridge, 1st right into Coldharbour. Nearest tube stations: Canary Wharf, South Quay and Blackwall.