Hazel Nevard heads to The Chop House on Butler's Wharf to sample the special Afternoon Hamper especially for the summer.
Butler’s Wharf Chop House, the quintessentially British establishment, has long been a favourite haunt of mine for informal and happy dining. This fine restaurant has an enviable spot stretching along the Thames where it meets Tower Bridge. Chef Martin Kroon specialises in generous, honest and distinctive menus at very affordable prices.
I have particularly fond memories of bringing my parents here on lazy, sunny Sundays. No worries about my Dad being served a medallion of beef and half a carrot here. Seriously good Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding and the best Steak and Kidney Pudding you are ever likely to eat are on the menu. The wine and beer list is extensive with a great British wine selection.
Having enjoyed a rather good Oyster tasting event here last year, I was keen to try another of Butler’s Wharf Chop House special event and decided on the ‘Afternoon Hamper’. This restaurant has always been a destination for happy and relaxed diners but I found the English Country Garden transformation of the bar and terraces, complete with lawns and cherry blossom trees a delightfully frivolous backdrop, especially during such a wet summer.
Sitting at our window table, with a London postcard view of the Tower Bridge being recently adorned with Olympic rings, our mood was light and my guest and I decided to sample the Nyetimber Cuvee Classic. Already a fan of British sparkling wine, I anticipated this would be good but it really took me by surprise. This classy little number stands head and shoulders above a mediocre champagne and easily matches a good vintage.
Next our hampers arrived .. yes, a small hamper each, containing a splendid selection including crudités, melt in the mouth tartlets, pork pie, salmon and dill finger sandwiches and the lightest of light scones, with sweet strawberries and cream. Well this was a bit of fun but to the usual very high standard of fair, oh and the service was faultless, a nice balance of attentiveness without intrusion. A very nice time was had and we will be going back very soon.
‘An English Country Garden’ runs to the 10th September, so beat the summer rain and drop in for a treat.
Special Offers include:
Best of British Bar Menu
Showcasing traditional, hearty and robust dishes that explore classic and nostalgic recipes from around the British Isles.
Three courses and glass of wine £14.00
36e Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE