For any of you lovely lot that have been following me for a while now, you might remember me writing about Thames Court before, where we sat by the river and had lunch for my best friends birthday. Well, it’s been given a lovely make over, so they invited the girls and I down to check it out.
Part of the Vintage Inns group, Thames Court is situated in a stunning area overlooking the river Thames, hence the name! It’s the perfect spot to sneak away and enjoy a drink or some food, minus the hustle and bustle of city life, enjoying the charms of a quintessentially British pub.
It was very much in need of some sprucing up though. While the location and food were always great, the interior was a little dated and had more of an old man pub vibe.
Well not any more! Out with the old and in with the new. The new decor is far more in keeping with the overall feel of the restaurant. Its lighter, brighter and generally more modern. Fresh wooden floors have been laid throughout and all the fixtures and fittings have been changed too, adding lovely light features and artwork to the walls.
Thankfully the menu hasn’t changed drastically, as that didn’t really need improving. Offering a whole host of options it worked perfectly for our meat eating, fish loving and vegetarian group! We were given a lovely table overlooking the river, got the drinks in, obviously, and then set about choosing what to have.
We decided to share a couple of starters so we would still have room for dessert. Black pearl scallops and prawns in a garlic butter for half of us, and a box baked camembert topped with cider soaked raisins for the other half. Everything was delicious. The scallops were cooked perfectly, not too chewy and coated in garlic butter, just as they should be. And you cant go wrong with a camembert! I was a little dubious about the raisin topping, but it actually worked really well.
For mains we had a roasted butternut squash & Portobello mushroom tart, seared fillet of sea bass, a sirloin steak with chips and salad and a seafood risotto. Really making sure we covered the whole menu! Other than the sea bass being a little over seasoned, everything was amazing. The steak and risotto were cooked perfectly and the tart was packed full of flavour.
Desserts didn’t disappoint either. We shared a Belgian chocolate brownie and a coconut milk sorbet. Both were amazing. The brownie was warm in the middle and topped with vanilla ice cream, and the sorbet was so refreshing. Rather contrasting desserts, but both were perfect!
Overall it was a great meal. The service was spot on too. With the new updated look I’m sure this place will be packed out over the summer months, so make sure you book in advance!