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The Town of Ramsgate
62 Wapping High Street, Wapping, London E1W 2PN (map)
Tel :020 7481 8000
Town of Ramsgate
Opening Times
Monday12:00 - 00:00
Tuesday12:00 - 00:00
Wednesday12:00 - 00:00
Thursday12:00 - 00:00
Friday12:00 - 00:00
Saturday12:00 - 00:00
Sunday12:00 - 22:30
Food Times
Monday12:00 - 16:0017:00 - 21:00
Tuesday12:00 - 16:0017:00 - 21:00
Wednesday12:00 - 16:0017:00 - 21:00
Thursday12:00 - 16:0017:00 - 21:00
Friday12:00 - 16:0017:00 - 21:00
Saturday12:00 - 21:00
Sunday12:00 - 21:00
Adnams Bitter, Young's Bitter, Fullers London Pride,
The curiously named Town of Ramsgate is a long narrow pub next to an alleyway known as Wapping Old Stairs. The stairs lead down to the riverside where fishermen from Ramsgate, Kent, sold their catch. The pub was formerly called the Red Cow, supposedly because a barmaid there had red hair.

Hemmed in by its neighbours, a former warehouse and an elegant merchant's house, this charming little pub was once part of a lively and bustling port. Now mostly gentrified and respectable, the area has a dark and brutal past.

Men pressed ganged into serving on ships and convicts destined for transportation to the Colonies, were held in cellars at the pub. Execution Dock was situated nearby, the condemned were hanged then chained to posts in the river, the tide rising over them three times before their bodies were removed. The pub's seating area overlooking the river, has a mock gallows as a reminder.

It was on Wapping Old Stairs, in 1688, that Judge Jeffries (the Hanging Judge) was captured whilst trying to flee the country dressed as a sailor. One story claims the ship he was on, bound for Hamburg, moored at Wapping and Jeffries went ashore for a pint and was recognised. If this is true then what about the claims by the Prospect of Whitby? Jeffries didn't go to Execution Dock but was held in the Tower of London, where he died of natural causes.

Events: Monday - Quiz Night. Tuesday - Steak Night

See also London's Riverside Pubs & Thames Pub Walk

The Town of Ramsgate - Paulk
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User reviews for The Town of Ramsgate, Wapping
what a shame , had drink and dinner a couple of weeks back lovely atmosphere , warm , friendly staff& customers ; tables clean BUT the food was very dissapointing to say the least ; sausage and mash that was barely mashed and NOT onion gravy ; chips that were white and floppy and and a buger bun that fell to pieces ; in retrospect we should have sent the whole lot back to the kitchen but no time ; we went to a pub in little venice yesterday , the bridge , fabulous
The Town of Ramsgatecolincheesehouse,
Visited 3x while on a week's holiday. Great pub,friendly and efficient staff,friendly landlady and customers. An enjoyable experience every visit.Highly recommended
The Town of RamsgateRobertGW,
visited this pub recently,and as an exile from the East End I found it brought back memories.The staff were very friendly and the view across the river was great. Particularly liked the poem "To all Cockneys Leaving" which was on the wall! GOOD BEER TOO!!!
The Town of Ramsgatewapping123,
visited via Rough Guide for London. Two adults and three children) 13,10 and 8) Very friendly service and great food. Sat at the back over looking the THAMES.Will re-visit
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