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Friday, July 13, 2012

Butler's Wharf Chophouse

London Bridge

We dropped into Butler's Wharf Chophouse on a hot and humid Monday and sampled the fantastic afternoon tea platter along with some delicious champagne. Served in a wicker picnic basket, the contents were an exceptional delight. Naturally we delved into the sandwiches first (roast beef, watercress and red onion jam, poached salmon, cucumber and cress); a perfect example of simple food done very, very well. A particular highlight was the beef which was exactly what we like for a sandwich filling. We then moved onto the pork pie which was of high-quality yet unassuming, and the cheddar and onion tarts which were tiny tasty delights. While stuffing our faces, we broke up the consumption of the, admittedly heavy, food by snacking on vegetable sticks with chickpea dip.

We took a break, then dove into the best part of the spread: scones, strawberries, clotted cream and jam. We would honestly say these are the best scones we’ve ever eaten in London. Again the set-up is simple, but the payoff was exceptional and worth the visit alone.

Along with the food, the location of Butler's Wharf Chophouse makes it a great place to eat in the summer; right on the river, just next to Tower Bridge. My friend and I found it most romantic, eating the picnic set, looking across at the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Coupled with the informality of the afternoon tea set, this is an excellent place for a date. Hopefully we'll have some sunny weather soon to make the most of their picnics this summer!

36E Shad Thames, SE1 2YE

Picnic baskets: £15 per person
Average price for glass of wine: £6.50
Food/drink: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Value: 4/5


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