Now an up-market part of London, with an abundance of million pound housing, Butlers Wharf was once a thriving centre for the tea trade and boats from the east docked here with their cargos. The area is personified by its cobbled streets and characterful buildings owing to its history. It’s quieter than nearby London Bridge and Southbank, but with magnificent views taking in Tower Bridge, it’s no less worthy of a visit. We visited on a cold Friday in February, to try Brown’s new menu, imagining how popular their decked terrace would be on a warm summer evening. Inside though, plenty of tables benefit from a view of the river, so the location definitely has year round appeal.
So now I’ve sold you on the area, it’s time to move onto the food. As mentioned, Browns have recently launched a new menu. They’ve kept a few classics on there, such as the burger, but the rest is all change. We were impressed with the choice and struggling to decide opted for sharing platters for both starter and mains.
First course was the Fisherman’s platter (£18.95) made up of Severn & Wye smoked salmon, salt & pepper squid, Devon crab on toast, British mussels in a delicious sauce which was perfect to be mopped up with the toasted bread.
For our main course a melt in the mouth Côte de bœuf (£49.95) served with confit tomato, asparagus, grilled mushrooms, thick cut chips & béarnaise sauce. Perfectly cooked to the requested medium rare.
To finish the meal we went for Chocolate brownie (£6.50) with Honeycomb ice cream, Devon cream toffee sauce and a Creme brulee (£5.95) with Shortbread biscuit.
Food and service were spot on, and the location is superb. I’d also recommend nearby craft beer pub The Dean Swift for a pre or post dinner drink.
Browns – 26 Shad Thames, Butlers Wharf, London, Greater London, SE1 2YG