Monday, December 3, 2007

The Prospect of Whitby

The Prospect of Whitby
Wapping, London

On the shores of the Thames in the forgotten Docklands still stands the sailor's haunt of a pub dating back to the 1520s. Welcoming the weary traveler in the front entry is this cheery Christmas tree and warm fire, though there are actually several spirited Christmas trees all over the pub, including the upstairs dining room.

Clos de l'Oratoire
Chateauneuf du Pape (4.95) & Sliced Granary Bread

Stunning, rich in cabernet grape flavor, full & mature, this is the best pub wine that I've ever had. It's certainly a stallion among pub wines, even at restaurants, and at a bargain price too! The bread didn't really stand out, I'm afraid, but the bartenders give you a lot and it's extra-thick and dense. This is a malt granary bread, with a slight bitter malt hint from the grains. It more reminded me of a thick sandwich bread though -- I mean it was fluffy and fresh, but it wasn't special.

The back of this pub is absolutely charming. This "the Deck" of the restaurant, on a slightly elevated level in the back of the pub behind the bar of the ground floor. There are lights and garland with Christmas trees all over the pub, and from the deck there is a spectacular view of the Thames river and wharf area. Wapping isn't much, but this place is worth the journey to the area. It's quiet, and the heavy dark wood above gives it an intimate feel. The Deck puts you on a ship-like, elevated platform with dining settles and tables (small) with a lovely view. The atmosphere is casual and warm. I truly appreciate this pub. It has quality and atmosphere, and character.

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