Preview – Shrove Tuesday Pancakes – The Gun:
The Gun is a historic public house, dating back to the early 18th century. Back in the day it enjoyed the patronage of Lord Nelson, where it is said he used one of the upstairs rooms for his secret liaisons with Lady Hamilton. These days it plays host to those lucky enough to live in the nearby vicinity (myself included) but the reputation of its excellent dining room also means that it is a favourite of the nearby Canary Wharf corporates.
A stone’s throw from Billingsgate Market, the menu has a good selection of fish and seafood dishes. But with the emphasis heavily on seasonal produce, what is on offer changes frequently. There are also daily specials. Next Tuesday, being Shrove Tuesday, the specials will include some innovative pancakes. Last night I dined with my husband at The Gun and we were given the opportunity to preview these pancakes as part of our meal.
To start we each chose a dish off of the regular menu (Ray, white onion soup and me the salmon tartare) but we were also given the savoury pancake to share, as it makes for an excellent starter. Both of the dishes we ordered were of supreme quality. My salmon came with a smoked caviar purée which added another depth of rich flavour to the dish and a refreshing cucumber relish on the side. Ray’s soup was creamy, rich and flavoursome. You would think a pancake on top of this would be too heavy but we were surprised. The savoury pancake comes with pecans, bacon and maple syrup. A lovely flavour combination with only a subtle touch of each ingredient covering the light as a feather pancakes.
To follow Ray chose the fish and chips from the specials menu and I had the vegetarian dish from the regular menu of tortellini, roast squash and sage butter. Again the quality of the ingredients shone through. The fish could have been caught that morning (and probably was) it was so fresh. My dish was beautifully presented, tasty and the sage butter was rich without being too heavy.
For dessert we shared the two sweet pancakes which will feature on Tuesday’s specials. These were rhubarb compote with vanilla creme fraiche and banana, peanut butter and chocolate. The rhubarb one is a must for anyone with a sweet tooth but the rhubarb itself stops it from becoming too sweet. To be honest I’m sure I had more than my half of this one, as I couldn’t stop eating it! I’m not a fan of bananas, so I wasn’t looking forward to this one as much but they tasted flambéed and the chocolate and peanut-butter sauce was a lovely accompaniment. Sweet and savoury in one mouthful.
As I’m sure you can tell, dinner at the Gun would be a treat on any evening but I would certainly recommend a visit on Tuesday (17 February) when these pancakes will be on the menu for one night only!
The Gun: 27 Coldharbour Docklands London E14 9NS T: 020 7515 5222 E: firstname.lastname@example.org