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The Perkin Reveller (Restaurant)

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The Wharf at The Tower of London, The Tower of London, City of London, London, EC3N 4AB
Cuisine: British
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The Perkin Reveller Review

Best for: British food by the river; romantic scenery; and big feeds.

Great: book of cocktails; view of Tower Bridge; meats and seafood.

Friends, countrymen, esteemed foreign dignitaries, gather round, for we have much pride to consider. 2012 was a year of greatness for the British empire so let us rally and cry “Yay!” unto the four corners of the land, for we who doth burn the Olympic flame shall be granted the civilian’s honour of dining at the Tower.

Betwixt the mighty tributary of London’s River of Thames and the moat of our Majesty’s incandescent jewel Tower, lies The Perkin Reveller, a public house unto the common man, and a vast feasting hall for all who take (open) arms onto the battlements of good spirit.

Come one, come all, for here in the belly of the colossus Tower Bridge, the Everyman may rest upon on tartan cloth and rejoice his toil with tankards of ale and medicinal potions known therein as cocktails. Only a few meagre coins each, these appetising cocktails are scribed in a great leather-bound tome, a book of toper’s psalms, split by epochs, bearing such names as London Fog, Chaucer’s Tea Break, The Seige of Thebes Punch, and The Wife of Bath’s Tale.

Pay caution, comrades; for these cocktails can prove the devil’s worth when quaffed in liberal quantities, such is their deliciously wicked and fiery potency. A goblet of spiced nuts or scratchings of pork shall help tame that internal beast yet.

This tavern hath an annex, filled with light shining through a skylight above, and through walls made merely of glass, to be cast asunder in gleeful fragments onto the dark granite floor (unless evening prevails, when candelabra finery is provided). The Perkin also boasts its own coat of arms and a pair of precautionary cannons; how regal!

It provides an opulent yet simplistic place to dine, where the spoils of lords and ladies are laid atop communal tables bedecked with cutlery hewn from glinting silver, white napkins rough at the touch, and goblets splashed with Royal red.

Outside, benches sit primed for mead consumption cometh the summer equinox.

The Perkin Reveller’s spartan interior plays second fiddle to its unrivalled vista - boasting such notable monuments as the Tower of London and the Obelisk of Shard - and this visual splendour doth provide the zenith of settings most befitting of a window seat and any courting suitor.

Yet this beautiful mistress is not merely a toothsome maid to behold; for she is also a toothsome maid to taste. The gruel therein served is far from gruelling. Although some may claim that the tax levied at the end of this feast is steep, it is befitting of the level of white sorcery that emanates from the Medieval kitchen.

Savour the taste of the British woodlands and kindly ask the kindly foot staff to fetch you back a double helping of bird: the wood pigeon and rhubarb salad to start, followed by the roast partridge with Savoy cabbage and bacon, a behemoth portion for many a man, nay woman. The former tastes of mushroom despite containing no mushroom and exceeds in quality anything one’s mother could concoct. The latter is a fine salty banquet when the addition of bacon is so forthcoming.

As an equally briny and satisfactory alternative, the pressed terrine of game with sweet quince jelly possesses an adequate serving of salty goodness.

The Cornish fish stew, a huge cauldron of treasures from the deep British waters, needing of two seats for all the accompanying apparatus, is blessed by saffron potatoes and baby vegetables and should only be ordered on the proviso that it is eaten swiftly, lest it otherwise be a lengthy hour for your table guest to sit, yawning with boredom, whilst you slurp soup, crack shells, and revel in the private time betwixt you, the sauce, and a hearty piece of Paul Rhodes bread.

Merely request that your companion sup on a flagon of Cuvée Gyotaku Domaine Mittnacht Vin d'Alsace wine - containing no less than four grape varietals (Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Muscat) - and conduct a thorough investigation into the dense putty texture and zesty gravy of the spiced pannacotta and orange dessert.

In days of yore it was customary to gorge oneself with so much gluttony that temporary purging was needed in order to make room for additional ambrosial delights. However, The Perkin Reveller is thankfully here to stay on London’s shores and the art of puking can merely be replaced by repeat visits instead in order to circumnavigate its robustly British menu. Hail The Perkin Reveller and all who devour her riches!
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“Do not leave here without sampling a few cocktails in the bar area under Tower Bridge first. And make sure you book a window seat for dinner because this restaurant has the best views of Tower Bridge money can buy. The quality of the British cuisine served here is almost perfect. Hearty feeds for tourists and City workers alike.”
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The Restaurant Hunter, London (4 years 7 months 25 days ago)

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