Today we discovered Wapping Food which is in an old power station just back from the Thames at Wapping. It's not really near anything else, but luckily it's a destination in itself.
We actually walked there along the north bank of the Thames River from Blackfriar's Bridge - it's about a 5km walk and at a stroll took us about 1.5 hours. It's a lovely walk as you start out amongst many tourists, and go past the Tate Modern and the Tower of London. You've lost most of the tourists by St Katherine's Docks and by the time you're walking down Wapping High Street (or still on the well signposted Thames Path) there's barely anyone around and you have a street lined with converted warehouses all to yourself.
We nearly walked straight past Wapping Food as it doesn't appear to be signposted at all - it's on a bend in Wapping Wall.
Hard to get to and then find, but such a wonderful place! It was like stepping into a little oasis!
We arrived at about 2.45pm, luckily 15 minutes before lunch finished - there was not many people there at that time, but the great space somehow has a chilled out vibe that you normally need lots of people to create.
The power station building looks to have been left exactly as it once was and tables and chairs simply moved in. There's a gallery there, a cute little bookshop outside in a greenhouse, and a great outdoor area with deck chairs and big cushions (this is set up in front of a screen and they've been screening outdoor movies throughout summer - I was so disappointed to find out the last one was tonight - hopefully they do it again next year).
We ordered a lemon martini and a raspberry mule (both yummy and with the sort of kick you'd expect from a mule). We shared the foie gras which came with a cherry compote - neither Y nor I can walk past a good piece of foie gras without devouring it and with food this yummy, why would you?
We both had entrees for our main. Y had cray fish linguine with creamy chive sauce - which was "lovely". Y thought the small portion size perfect as a larger serve would have been too rich. I had a salad of feta, peas, courgettes, pine nuts and watercress - which was simple and fresh and just what I felt like on a lovely sunny afternoon.
I really loved this place. It does brunch and dinner as well as lunch and I'm eager to go back soon (especially when, on the way out, we spotted the chef digging around in the vegie patch!).