Town of Ramsgate

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Words by Simon Difford on 22-Nov-2011

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Address: 62 Wapping High Street, London, E1W 2PN, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7481 8000
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10:30pm
Door: Open door
Style: Pub traditional
Recommended for: Beer
Price guide: Value
Food: Full menu
Established: 1545


Dating from the time of the Wars of The Roses, this 15th century pub is the oldest on the River Thames. It is also where the notorious Judge Jeffries sentenced hundreds of local people to death in the 17th century. They were hung on the gallows behind the pub, guilty or not. Legend has it that the judge was captured here as he prepared to flee to France and taken to the Tower of London.

The Town of Ramsgate is a narrow pub that stretches to the river: its small rear terrace backs directly on to the Thames, although the view is limited. The interior has been much amended over the years but remains very traditional with panelled walls and dark stained wooden furnishings.

Three well kept traditional ales are joined by continental imports.
However, the menu is all British with ploughman's lunch, steak and kidney pie and bangers and mash. The history and style of this place attracts a few tourists but despite that this is very much a locals' pub which is renowned for both its food and pub quizzes.

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