On a drearier day, you and fido can dine in the classic interior dining room or enjoy a snack at one of the high-stool tables in the bar; be sure to keep an eye out for the daily specials on the blackboard. The real pull here however is a seat in the covered conservatory, or on the decking of the spacious wooden terrace, especially on a sunny summer’s day.
The cuisine is classic brasserie fare with a pleasingly short menu, making decisions that little bit easier. Expect fresh cuts like roasted Suffolk lamp rump with puy lentils, fish of the day such as pan fried stone bass with curly kale and a mussel and cider butter sauce, as well as classics such as sausage and mash.
There is a short but quirky cocktail selection, while the wine list you may want to peruse for a while… the focus is on European wines from France and Italy, but there is still a good spattering of New World delights to explore.
The Narrow is fully dog-friendly, so fido can join you in the restaurant, bar or on the terrace. Don’t forget to ask for a water bowl and a treat or two.
Indulge with the à la carte menu, including dishes such as pan-fried sea bream, mussels cider cream sauce and kurly kale. Alternativly, the Express menu will get you a main course for £10 at lunchtimes from Monday to Friday, from noon to 5pm, for up to 6 guests.
Bar snacks are also on offer if you’re just popping into the bar for a drink. On Sundays, there is usually a choice of two roasts of the day.
There’s something different on offer almost every day of the week at The Narrow – some change seasonally, but Craft Thursdays (£12 for a burger and a craft beer) is usually a menu staple all year round.
If you fancy going the whole hog, why not ‘Host Your Roast’ in their private River Room, available for 8 to 18 guests. Choose from a whole sharing joint of beef, pork or chicken (or a selection of all three), alongside a selection of starters and desserts, on any day of the week.
Children are welcome at The Narrow – for every adult main course ordered, a child under 12 can choose a meal from the children’s menu free of charge.
The dog loving Gordon Ramsay Group also offers a collection of dog-friendly dining experiences. Find out more..
With the restaurant located right on the banks of the Thames, you won’t want to miss out on a riverside stroll with your pooch.
After your meal, head west along the Thames Path to King Edward VII Memorial Park – a small but delightfully green space just a 10 minute stroll away, where your dog will enjoy a run off the lead and an opportunity to chase after some trend setting east-end pooches. After a few games of fetch, head slightly inwards from the river towards Wapping and take in the sights of Tobacco Dock and St Katherine Docks on your way to the magnificent Tower Bridge, which should take you less than 45 minutes at a leisurely pace.
For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.
Address: The Narrow Limehouse, 44 Narrow Street, London, E14 8DP
Its location just south of the Limehouse Link tunnel, and a little bit out of the city centre, means The Narrow is relatively easy to travel to by road if you’re already out east. There is free parking for customers on site.
The nearest station (Limehouse) is a five minute walk, and served by the DLR (two stops from either Bank or Tower Gateway, which will both connect you with the wider tube network). Limehouse is also served by overground services from London’s Fenchurch Street, with trains continuing on to a number of South East destinations.
If you’ve got a bit more time, travel in with your dog by bus from either direction on routes 15, 115 or D3.
Travelling with your pooch in London is much easier than you think – check out our handy guide.
On a bright, blustery day, Rigby and I set off for a lunch date at Gordon Ramsay’s dog-friendly restaurant, The Narrow at Limehouse. As we took the last turn or two, Rigby was keen to show me the way to the churning Thames, his nose twitching as he kept a firm eye on the occasional passing seagull.
Clearly pleased to have arrived, Rigby took up a patrol of the terrace while I took in the vantage point. Sitting proudly on a small piece of land, jutting out at the river’s edge, The Narrow has wide angle views to the towers of Canary Wharf. After persuading Rigby that he was windswept enough on the unusually blowy day, we headed into the light, airy spaces, orientated to enjoy the view beyond. I sunk into a comfy sofa in bar, while Rigby almost dived into his water bowl, thoughtfully delivered.
In no time at all we were delighted to see our dining companions, discerning duo Marcel le Corgi and his maman, Aurélie arrive. After much tail wagging from the four-legged buddies, keen to catch-up on their paw-outings, we were shown to our dining spot. With tables running along the windows of the conservatory style dining area, orientated to make the most of this laid back restaurant’s position, it was a pleasing place indeed to adjourn to.
After drinks and welcome exchanges from all, our friendly waiter soon brought us some drinks and the enticing modern British menu.
Now decisions decisions…. While I plumped for the goats cheese, English beetroot, pine nuts and truffle honey, followed by The Narrow’s take on a classic fish and chips, my dining companion selected the smoked salmon, crème fraîche, pickled cucumber and watercress, with the wild mushrooms, caramelised leeks and crispy polenta to follow. Meanwhile the boys looked up from their resting spots, facing the river, both keen to ensure they didn’t miss a thing!
Relaxing in the welcoming space, filled with locals and visitors alike, it seemed like no time at all until our starters arrived. From the tangy array of beetroots to the rich creamy goat’s cheese, served both au natural and as a warm croquette, it was a lovely way to start the meal; while the smoked salmon i’m assured was delicate and fresh.
With our appetites opened up, we were delighted to see our main courses arrive and we were not to be disappointed. With the polenta, light and fluffy and the superb fish and chips, with the fish still moist and chips crispy; we had our fill while Rigby and Marcel continued to happily catch-up by our feet.
Dessert…? Well why not. So selections made, we were soon brought a brownie and ice cream, along with a vanilla panna cotta, blueberry compote and shortbread.
Defeated and with some stirrings from the fluffy ones, the helpful staff brought us a coffee while the dogs stretched out, before wagging a hello to our neighbours. Once more ready to explore, we headed to check out the sofas, with Rigby and Marcel giving them a thorough sniff test before insisting it was time to put a paw outside, both keen to take a close look at those passing boats.
From its paired back welcoming inside, to the friendly staff and tantalising fare, this is a lovely spot in which to relax with a hound by your side.
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