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A surviving riverside gem

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Beer festival
Wheelchair access
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

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.

Opening hours

  • 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

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, Contact pub for details


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Ramp access available
  • Accessible toilets


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

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.

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