The Dickens Inn used to do scrumptious pizza upstairs. Not sure if they still do, and the last couple of times I went the decor upstairs had gone downhill, but those pizzas used to be really terrific.
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Tower Hill, London
222 South Ealing Road, London W5 4RL
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17 reviews of Dickens Inn in English
Lovely place to go in the summer especially. Service can sometimes be a little odd (I’m often served by a trainee barman for some reason) but is generally polite. Large place but the lovely outdoor tables get snapped up quickly so get there early (or prepare to spend time hovering) if you want a good seat.
Food has also been lovely on the occasions I’ve been there. I once arrived with a group of friends on a Sunday afternoon when most of the roasts had sold out…but we managed to get a few bowls of roast potatoes and gravy which were amazing!
I'd only been to St Katharine's Docks once before, and that was years ago, even before I had moved to London. So I couldn't remember what pubs and restaurants were there. I certainly didn't recall the Dickens Inn - a huge creaky-looking drinking establishment in the corner, overlooking one of the docks.
It was a gorgeous evening, so we thought our chances of bagging a table on one of the balconies were slim. Amazingly there was a free table straight away, and we couldn't believe our luck, looking out over the water as we sipped our drinks. OK, so the food isn't anything special, but that's not what we were there for. It was quick and served with a smile and a bit of friendly banter.
So all in all a solid choice if you're in the area, and perfect on a mild, summer's evening.
Situated in the historic St Kathryn’s Dock in a converted Tea Warehouse this is a busy early evening and weekend pub and restaurant. It has a couple of restaurants one serving Pizzas etc., and the other a more extensive menu.
The was the first time I tried Ostrich and was pleasantly surprised. (By the way the picture is the view from the Dickens Arms over St Kathryn’s Dock.
A proper posh dockside setting and it seems to be there's a bit of a naval theme going on, but without the scurvy and considerably more spacious.
There are three levels of action, complete with wooden frigate-like decor. There's a huge bar area, staffed by friendly and helpful folk. Pizza on the next floor up and then a grill at the top. They serve a pizza platter, which by the time it had arrived I'd already scarpered but by all accounts it was pretty, pretty good.
You'll also find a few screens showing all the sport that's occurring and there's also a doorman keeping watch so if things do get a bit lively, he'll quickly have you walking the proverbial plank.
We stopped in here for a quick evening meal after going to the Tower. The pizza we ordered was great, really tasty & served by staff that were pleasant.
A lovely spot to watch the boats and enjoy a drink with friends. The only downside to our visit would be that its looking a little bit old & tired!
This is a strange place, with an olde worlde exterior and a warehouse like interior right in the middle of St Katherine's docks.
It's a safe choice for a post-work drink with plenty of space for large groups. Beers & wines are generally decent & well-kept if a little expensive (albeit not for St Katherine's docks).
If the weather's decent, the outside seating area is quite pleasant.
As others have commented, it could be a great place with a little refurbishment and a bit more effort.
fourth visit to the Dickens Inn now and I think the best thing about this place is where it is. In the middle of St. Katherine's dock. An amazing setting amongst the posh yachts of London. The place itself is also a really nice building but I think it just suffers from it's own success. It needs a really good clean and repaint for one. The service has never been anything particularly good. They always seem overstressed, overworked and really not wanting to be there. The pizzas are really worth a visit. It;s just a shame that the management realise what potential they are sat on and start investing in some customer service training and some redecoration as then it really would be a destination venue.
This place can divide opinion, which I can totally understand why, having come away with different opinions myself on different visits. To some it might seem like an old fashioned London pub, in quite an idyllic location. To another observer it might seem like a tourist trap that doesn’t need to try too hard as it will be busy whatever happens.
I have enjoyed visits here in the distant past, I remember enjoying cheap and decent pizza upstairs on one occasion for example, but this rating is based on a recent visit (as it should be, because places can change) where the service seemed fairly distracted and the ale was not of a particularly good quality (you may as well not bother serving it if you’re not going to serve it properly). Tables had also been left uncleaned for a while too. Some sporting event (it was rugby I think, so I didn’t care) had just finished, which may be some sort of excuse.
The pub has no link to Dickens whatsoever, I figure that is just a name that would appeal to tourists. I mean it’s only about 20 odd years old. The building used to be a brewery elsewhere before being plonked down in the docks.
I absolutely love the Dickens Inn! The food and service are always outstanding! Perfect place for a romantic meal and also a big meal for a group.
Superb location as St Katherines Dock is beautiful at anytime of the year.
This place is even more special for me as it’s where I met my now husband and where he also took me before proposing on the deck on a boat moared in St Katherine’s Dock.
My fiancée & I ate here on Sunday afternoon (August 2009) I had a pizza which was a bit soggy & not very warm, it reminded me of the frozen ones one can buy in the supermarket! My fiancée had a pasta dish, she informed me this was a little bland. The service was rather rude & unfriendly, not once did they ask if everything was OK. Overall I get the impression it’s just a tourist trap & I won’t be going back, its fine for a drink but defiantly not to dine! The Indian next door looked very nice but unfortunately was closed for a family wedding!
What a delightful setting, in one of the most interesting areas of London, St Katharine’s Dock. The floral display is magnificent, and worth a visit for this alone.
I often enjoy the friendliness of the staff, and the bustling atmosphere downstairs.The beer is good and prices not too bad. Lots of information and history around the walls.Charles Dickens would have enjoyed visiting here.
The 2nd floor restaurant has yet to be encountered, but the pizzas on the first floor were crisp, flavourful and imaginative, too big for my friend, but good value and a beautiful view. I could imagine Charles, if he was still around, quipping that 'with 9000 Pizzerias in New York alone,an American could rarely find a better setting than this.’
After walking what seemed like miles I finally managed to find this bar,and what a pleasant place to visit.great service was provided,and the ale in this case London Pride was in perfect condition.the atmosphere was excellent.and its a great place to visit on a summers afternoon.
Finding restaurants can be just like house-hunting, it’s all about location.
Nestled amongst the super yachts The Dickens Inn looks dubious from the outside but is actually a great place for drinks and/or a meal.
There’s some quite pricey places in St Katherine’s docks but a pizza from their upstairs pizza restaurant is reasonably priced with a cheap and cheerful wine list to match.
We sat next to the window with a great view of the water, next time I hope to nab a spot on the balcony.
This pub, on the edge of St. Katherine’s Dock, is a wonderful summer watering hole, overlooking the most elegant boats London has to show. There is nice decking outside, and a huge amount of inside space. The management has tried to keep the traditional feel inside, although this is only partially achieved.
The menu looks pretty standard pub grub, perhaps even good, but I have not had the pleasure of digging in.
All in all, hard to surpass for a sunny summer Sunday.
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