Having opened with a blaze of glory in 2004, it’s great to see The Gun is still showing the way to so many young pretenders in the gastro-pub world. But, saying that, with gastro-pub maestros Tom and Ed Martin at the helm, quality was probably never going to be an issue. The brothers have eight pubs in their mini-empire now, including The Botanist and The White Swan, so they’ve clearly got some sort of secret formula locked away!
The Gun is located on the banks of the Thames in a Grade II listed 19th century building that has been restored to retain many original features. Unfamiliar visitors are likely to be perplexed by the myriad of seating options, including a main bar and restaurant, private rooms, two snugs and a riverside terrace overlooking the Millennium Dome. More recently, they have also launched A Grehla, a completely al fresco summer dining experience with an emphasis on southern Portuguese food cooked on a huge open charcoal BBQ.
A Grelha aside, the food at The Gun is based on high quality British food with a regularly changing bar and restaurant menus. We popped in to check out their Sunday lunch menu recently. The small menu is well thought to ensure that those who don’t fancy a roast have still got appealing options to choose from.
Freshly baked bread earned them early bonus points and the starters to follow were also delicious. The daily special of Hare stuffed with fois gras was as rich and flavoursome as you’d expect, whilst the Dressed Dorset crab was fresh and tasty but strangely devoid of the brown meat. For mains, we both ordered their full roasts, which for £14.95 each, presented good value. My Pork belly was a proper hunk of meat with lovely crackling and the Roast sirloin turned out to be a couple of impressively thick slices of beef which tasted like they’d been cooked with a loving mother’s touch; accompanying trimmings were also of a high standard, including crispy potatoes, sweet veg and meaty gravy. For desserts, I must admit that I was disappointed with the lack of traditional British puddings, but at least the Valrhona bitter chocolate & pistachio tart with honeycomb ice cream was well executed.
Sunday lunch for two (excluding drinks): £55
27 Coldharbour Docklands
Tel: 020 7515 5222