The Gun

4.1
1211 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Gastro Pub
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  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
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The Gun is a stunning grade II listed, early 19th century, public house located on the banks of the Thames, in the heart of London's docklands.
Painstakingly restored to its former glory, the stylish venue boasts 2 bars, a restaurant, two private dining rooms, two snugs, an elegant riverside terrace and a chic sun deck.

Recently awarded London's Best Dining Pub 2012/13 by The Good Pub Guide and a finalist in the ITV London Restaurant Awards, The Gun serves the highest quality British food.
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Private dining
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Casual Dining
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Gastro Pub, British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday 12:00PM - 3:00PM,
Saturday - Sunday 12:00PM - 4:00PM;
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 6:00PM - 10:30PM, Sunday 6:30PM-9:30PM
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020 7515 5222
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AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Robert Hunter
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Public Transit
Underground: Canary Wharf;
DLR: Blackwall, Canary Wharf
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining , Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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The Gun, a grade II listed 250 year old venue, in a stunning riverside setting steeped in rich naval and docklands history just 5 minutes from Canary Wharf. Our traditional, award winning pub offers you the best of British cuisine, the finest of wines and experienced service in unique surroundings.

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London
15 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We used to love it here...
The service was really bad, it was a catalogue of mini disasters, from starters being served at totally different times, the wrong wine being served (although it did work to outer favour and this mistake was dealt with beautifully) wrong drinks came, luke warm main courses...

As it was a very special occasion I didn't make a fuss at the time but I did write to them afterwards and they dealt with it perfectly, apologised, refunded the service charge and offered drinks the next time.

So, on the night, awful but the aftercare was great.

Would we go back again? It's too expensive for what you get, so no, not until I read more positive reviews.

It used to be worth the money but since Fullers took over the waiting staff simply aren't trained very well, it's purely down to the management not the waiting staff who were all pleasant people.

We did come for drinks a few weeks before but left after one drink, a lengthy wait, staff huddled together moaning loudly about the place and the music was awful and loud.

Fullers have screwed up this once lovely both hole.

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l
London
15 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lord Nelson lived nearby and was a patron.Now the patrons are a mix,pleasant enough,good food with a Yorkshire pudding the size of a small hat.Nice atmosphere,attentive staff,coffee on the river.

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n
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best sunday roast in London! We will come back again!!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend recommended 'The Gun' to us, so I made a reservation for Sunday roast - the food was delicious, the staff very friendly and swift, the view (it's opposite the O2) splendid. I had the roast rump of Cumbrian beef with duck fat roast potatoes, a true delight. I'm definitely looking forward to the next time at this pub.

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LP
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very friendly staff, good solid Sunday roast, lovely atmosphere

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OT
London
13 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not my first visit and hopefully not the last! Simply delicious food, excellent wine and friendly and knowledgable staff.
If available I'll recommend the bloody Mary oysters!

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NL
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I was hosting colleagues from abroad for dinner so wanted somewhere with good British food which would feel "special" but relatively relaxed. We enjoyed drinks on the terrace and a fantastic meal so all boxes ticked. Only slight downside was that service was a little slow when we were trying to order drinks, but very friendly and ultimately worth the wait. Looking forward to a return visit.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2016
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Meal spoiled by a very noisy group in the same part of the pub as us. We made representations to the staff but they were unable or unwilling to talk to them.

The food was OK on average and our drinks were good.

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LM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2016
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Great food but the service was patchy - we got our drinks after the food had arrived- we had to ask for salt and pepper - it was a bit confused - I still enjoyed the food immensely and the building

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h
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

beautiful setting on the terrace facing the o2, attentional service, excellent food 😋.

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NS
London
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We went on Saturday for dinner with my in laws. The duck I ordered was very dry and was really hard to chew and my mother in law had an upset stomach from rare kidney with goat. However wine and desert were very good and delicious. The overall pub experience is great with amazing views and atmosphere. We have been before with my husband on Friday and Thursday nights when we had drinks and burgers for dinner, but not in the restaurant. I would not recommend the restaurant as it is overpriced for what it is compared to other places on London but the pub is great with good wine and beer selection.

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NR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2016
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

the waitress knew nothing about the menu.....I mean nothing!

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S
London
16 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous seafood and Chablis. Charming interior. Impeccable service. Lively and congenial atmosphere.

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2016
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We went for Sunday lunch as a family of 3 for Fathers Day. Having tried Sunday roasts in many eateries around London, I can't say that The Gun was one of the best. The beef was fatty, the parsnips hard, there were only 3 roast potatoes and the Yorkshire pudding was so crispy is disintegrated into dust when cut into. It wasn't all bad; the roast pork belly was delicious, as was the little pot of cauliflower cheese you get on the side board; lovely and crispy on the top and beautifully creamy inside. The apple sauce and the extra bit of gravy you get on the sideboard was also a nice touch. I can't fault the service, friendly, humorous and very attentive from the moment we arrived, they even done a child's size portion of the roast beef for our daughter. Location is good, and there are tables on an outside terrace for the warmer weather.

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C
London
202 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great pub with lovely views. Steak was great, really tasty, pigeon was unfortunately on the small side. A great start to the weekend!

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RR
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We booked for 7:30 and there was hardly any options of food left available. Some of the food okay but on the whole very disappointing especially as we had come a long way.

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NH
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely Sunday lunch at the Gun. Delicious food in fab surroundings with an excellent view over the River Thames. The staff were all friendly and helpful. Our overseas guests felt very well treated and were very pleased to find out about the history of this lovely building from the enthusiastic manager. Top marks to all the staff.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Met some friends here for dinner. Ambience is good although price / quality ratio could be better. Standard pub grub at double the price

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Although it was a 25 minute walk from Canary Wharf, (along not particularly pedestrian friendly roads or walkways either) it was well worth the effort!

We had read some excellent reviews of The Gun before booking for Sunday lunch.

We were not disappointed with either the food or the venue, and the views over the Thames and the O2 were spectacular!

Will definitely make and effort to return next time we are in town.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have now eaten at the Gun on 4 occasions and every time it has been excellent. The service is impeccable and puts others to shame. We will be back soon. Highly recommended.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's nice and old world cosy... Service and food were excellent..

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RM
London
32 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I booked a table for six as a birthday meal. Not having been here before, I didn't know that it is only the conservatory/terrace that has riverside views ( and quite spectacular at that). So, I booked for the dining room, and when confirming, asked for a terrace view but was told that it was first come first served . Fair enough, but she didn't say there were only two tables of 6 there. So when my son arrive at 6.30 pm ( our booking was at 7.30), they were booked. We had a fairly average meal in the dining room (and were going to be put by the door until we asked for a nicer table). It's a nice room, but could have been anywhere.
Service was very poor. The friendly waiter didn't tell us the crab was off until we'd all made our choices and most of us had chosen it - basic rule no 1. tell us what is off before we choose! I ordered the asparagus with a ducks egg in a nest as a starter. Funky idea ruined by the server tipping it up all over the plate. They took it away to redo, but left the asparagus to get cold. Then there was only one bottle left of our chosen wine. Waitresses nudged us out of the way to serve and leaned across the table. Despite me requesting a "birthday treat" in advance , this didn't materialise. We did manage to get onto the terrace for an after dinner drink. Fabulous views if you can get them.

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e
London
277 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pub in London

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EB
London
174 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

the gun never disappoints! first time parents we took our week old daughter to sunday roast and we had a great time! food was delicious and service perfect!

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SW
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely the best Sunday roast I've had in a long time. Went with my boyfriend on a quiet Sunday afternoon for a roast and drink. Food was amazing and staff were wonderful. Only thing that was a slight disappointment was that they were all out the specials.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2016
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Food was average - disposition of the manger was terrible - very rude. We have had a number of business lunches at The Gun and I think this will probably be the last!

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SU
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Went here with my 16 year old daughter with the intention of giving her a lift after a bad day. Reviews were good. However, service wasn't great. We waited 15 minutes before we were even given a menu, had to ask for water, had to ask for the wine menu, had to ask for bread rolls and side plate, 35 minutes before I actually got a glass of wine, by which time to be fair, I should have been getting my second glass - and I only got the first glass by saying that I had been waiting 30 minutes! After a bad start in service, I tend to get really critical - so when they told us they had run out of 2 of the 7 dishes available - and the first 2 of my wine choices - not great. Disappointing when my expectations were based on Michelin recommendations. Maybe got it on a bad night. :(

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I took my partner here as a treat and it fulfilled that. The food was beautifully cooked and presented and the service efficient without being over fussy. The one facet of the evening which let it down was a wine list which while comprehensive could have been more reasonable.

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Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by a friend, booked a table for my wife and I for a special trip to London and it was at great experience the staff couldn't have done more for us, friendly, excellent service without rushing.
The menu was well rounded and the food cooked to perfection, we will be going again without doubt.

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A
Singapore
11 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I will preface the below by saying that some of the below would be alleviated through education on the venue - not making the same mistakes next time.

The Gun is in a nice location right on the Thames near the Canary Wharf lock. It is easy to find when catching the DLR - just a short walk down the road.

The Pub when you enter is split into many rooms, you walk into the bar and also the restaurant is located in the same area away from the door (no view in this section). There are then many rooms that you can walk through to sit out on the enclosed deck. The deck section has lovely views of the river and a very "pub" style ambience.

Based on the reviews we came here for a special occasion for a great meal and nice views. Now, my fault, the deck which has lovely views is also very much a normal pub section - not a place that you would sit down for a special occasion (if I was to return, i would forego the view to sit in a nicer location with more attentive service). I could see the deck being fantastic for a Sunday Roast with the water right there in front of you.

The food for the price was a little disappointing (Entree, Main & Dessert - including 1 bottle of wine and a Digestif - £180) as I felt that the quality and portion size (as mentioned in previous reviews and in the newspaper) for the cost was not in alignment.

So, in summary, to be completely fair. If I was to return for a special occasion, I would not sit on the deck section as this is definitely a Pub area for a Sunday lunch followed by a few tasty beverages. I would personally skip Entree and go straight to mains (and definitely not order the steak!).

If I went back armed with this knowledge I might have a better time.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem! Service was very attentive and the food & drinks were awesome. Sat on the terrace overlooking the river and the O2. Weather wasn't amazing so the heaters were welcome. We were given some glasses of bubbly as it was our wedding anniversary and we shared the dexter rib special which was epic. Perfectly cooked. An excellent recommendation from our waiter. Puddings were gorgeous and little truffles with coffee was a lovely finishing touch. The decor inside was really cool.

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JC
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2016
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

This venue was in the Good food guide, so I have been wanting to try it for a while.
I clearly left it too late as the food quality was awful, we sent most of it back - cold, undercooked... On getting home i checked the new GFG - The gun isn't in it anymore - I can understand why. Shame as it's great setting and would be lovely for drinks in the summer on the terrace overlooking the water.

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s
London
68 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely place for a late Sunday lunch. Great room, great roasts and excellent beers, wines and whiskies. Nice terrace overlooking Thames too.

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MC
London
14 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The overall experience was good and would go back for drinks. However, although the food was okay, it didn't meet my expectations as it was rather on the pricier side. It seemed a bit underwhelming and the portion size was somewhat small. In the end, we were left with an unsatisfied feeling..

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, was our 3rd visit and still amazing!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Took the other half for a special treat here . A table overlooking the Thames and a 3 course menu from a Chef really vying for a Michelin Star. Fantastic

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AJ
London
10 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Tasty Sunday roast, although a bit difficult to find. Worth it, though.

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B
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great pub with lovely food and the service was amazing.
I will definitely return!

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CS
London
13 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2016
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The restaurant is VERY noisy due to no thing to absorb the noise and therefore conversation was difficult. The food was moderately OK. Think they need simpler dishes that would stand up better to the volume. Ambiance is OK but the suggestion that you may have a river view would only be true in the summer it appears!!

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d
London
10 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Unfortunately food quality and service remains below par (especially for the price charged). Sunday Roast (beef) £18 and Lemon Soufflé (served cold) £6.5 was particular poor, wine is expensive £9 for a small glass of Rioja, kind of felt cheated after the meal.

Very disappointing indeed as it was a decent local 'gastropub' a few years back. Would recommend for drinks only. Won't be coming back for food.

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