It's fitting that Captain Kidd should be remembered here at Wapping, although it took almost 300 years for it to happen. Kidd was hanged a little further upstream at Execution Dock in 1701 after being found guilty of murder and piracy; charges that were, at best, exaggerated. The hangman's rope snapped on the first attempt, so they hanged him again. His corpse was covered in tar and left to rot in a cage overhanging the river, a stark reminder to passing sailors of the penalty for piracy.
The pub, like the 'pirate' status of its namesake, is a fabrication, skilfully executed, but not authentic. But don't let that spoil things. Although It was created in this old Wapping warehouse just over a decade ago; the grey stone floors, mellow brickwork and soft timbers give the impression of an ancient pub softened by passing centuries. The warehouse is, after all, a listed historic building and what better use could it be put to than a traditional pub?
The spacious ground floor bar has the Thames lapping beneath its windows, which are open wide on warm days. For sun worshippers there's a substantial south facing riverside terrace. Upstairs, the pretty restaurant has views over the river, a large hoist a reminder the building's previous life. Above the restaurant is the observation deck, which is available for functions.
Whatever its provenance this is a nice pub, in a wonderful building, in a great location. Just relax and enjoy the river views, you may even hear the sound of a creaking rope.
FOOD: Bar food includes tortilla wraps, burgers, hot dogs, scampi and sausages and mash. Priced from £4 to £6. Same times as the restaurant except 9pm weekdays.
The restaurant offers a good choice of freshly cooked food, the menu changing with the season. Starters of soup, foie gras, salmon and blinis, scallops or warm goats cheese. Meat main courses of wild boar sausages with celeriac and potato mash, roast duck, rump of lamb with crispy polenta or Aberdeen Angus fillet steak; fish dishes include monkfish with fennel, red mullet, salmon and herbs, or simple haddock and chips. Vegetarian options of wild mushroom risotto or warm feta cheese with vegetables. Please note all or none of these dishes may be available depending on the season.
This was the WORST Sunday roast I have ever had. It was a lump of microwaved, overcooked, dry, old meat and vegetables. The Yorkshire pudding was inedible which is a crime. I never leave food on my plate but it was so bad i couldn't eat it. To add insult to the injury, they wanted to charge 2% on top of the bill if we paid by card. A day light robbery.
The Captain KiddLadyShadwell,
The only time I was in here was a day when I had already drunk too many of the exceptionally strong bottled Ciders down at the Grapes, Narrow St. So I can remember very little about this pub, other than is was spacious, pleasant enough, but did not seem that "olde".
The Captain KiddHoraceThrockmorton,
I thoroughly enjoyed the Captain Kidd. It is hard for a tourist to understand that a friendly pub in a fantastic position can serve excellent beer for such a small price, while nearby pubs with similar river views treat tourists as necessary evils & charge accordingly.
The Captain KiddTramline,
This pub is fantastic the staff are great and the managers are good sound people. The pub always has a great buzz about it and after all it is a Sams Smiths right on the river good priced beer and a fantastic view well done all at the kidd keep it up.
The Captain Kiddbarney,
A new pub opened within the past fifteen years or so in Wapping High Street. A large venue which until recently I would have highly recommended as it's been my local for several years. However a new licensee took over around three months ago and since then the service has gone rapidly downhill. Woefully small measures given on pints of all description. I have even complained to the licensee about them but he takes no action. I shudder to see some of the inadequate pints served to tourists. I find the inadequacy of the measures embarrassing as a British person to the point where I now boycott this pub. Sam Smiths as a brewery should hang their heads in shame for foisting such a poor quality manager on the good people of Wapping.