The Gun in Canary Wharf is hard to find. A 15 minute walk from the tube station, this gastropub can easily be mistaken for a low-key local. But when you step in, you’re greeted by a very nicely decorated, restored interior and a dining room with white linen tablecloths that adds the “gastro” to the pub.
There wasn’t much in the way of a selection of ales – London Pride and Adnams Bitter. A range of imported lagers and expensive looking wines complemented the selection.
The lunch menu is extensive, but as usual there was only 1 vegetarian option for starters and the main course. The starter, a goat cheese, potato, olive and pine nut bake, was excellent. It matched the Adnams Bitter (£3.30) very nicely. The hand cut fries were also excellent, but the main dish, a mushroom and chestnut wellington, was good but not £12.75 good.
According to the interwebs, The Gun has some interesting history to it: It was originally a favourite of Lord Horatio Nelson who would meet his lover in an upstairs room and popular with smugglers who would distribute illegal imports via a hidden tunnel. As a tribute (I suppose) the door to the men’s room has the word “Horatio” painted on it.
Overall, a very interesting experience for a first visit to a gastropub, but not a place I want to revisit.