Sunday 19 July 2015

The Cutty Sark pub, Ballast Quay, south east London

A charming Georgian riverside pub, the Cutty Sark is in an idyllic spot on a cobbled street overlooking a big bend in the Thames. The elegant flat facade is punctuated by a beautiful double-storey bay window. Inside, tasteful wooden panelling, leather sofas, vintage lanterns and Victorian posters contrive to conjure up a historic ambiance. But the most impressive feature is a grand and curvaceous wooden staircase leading up to the first floor. Outside, there are a dozen or so wooden tables across the road, but many drinkers like to dangle their feet over the brick wall lining the river. With views of the mecanno-like Millennium Dome and shining towers of Canary Wharf, the Cutty Sark is an ideal pit-stop for anyone cycling or walking the Thames Path. 8/10