The Gun Bar and Restaurant in Spitalfields, London, describes itself as a Barrel House and Kitchen. As we approached Spitalfields Market, we spotted The Gun and noticed they had outside dining. After a glance at the menu to see if they had vegetarian options, we were seated and tucked into a lovely lunch. The Gun Bar and Restaurant is perfect if you’re looking for pub lunches near Liverpool Street Station, places to eat close to Spitalfields Market or bars in London E1.
“The Gun serves elevated pub classics like Prawn Cocktails, Fish and Chips and Burgers. With outside dining opposite Spitalfields Market, it’s a great place to soak up the buzzy atmosphere while you catch up with friends over lunch or drinks.” Homegirl London
The Gun Spitalfields Lunch and Dinner Menu
The food focus is on pub classics using British ingredients. If you’re ravenous, you can start with a few nibbles like Pecorino and Truffle Nuts, Marinated Gordal Olives (the plump green ones), Edamame or Padron Peppers.
We were feeling peckish but held off until our small plates arrived. The Sweetcorn Fritters with Avocado Cream and Pickled Onion were excellent, they weren’t dry like others I’ve tried, and the Avocado Cream Dip was a delight. Other starters include Prawn Tempura, Crispy Chilli and Lime Squid, Buttermilk Chicken, Wagyu Beef Sliders, Prawn Cocktail and Burrata. If you are with a group of friends, you may like to share the Mediterranean Board with Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, Tzatziki and Flatbread. Another option is the Charcuterie Board with Olives, Pickles, Artichokes and Sourdough.
For our mains, we shared a couple of dishes. The Pea and Mint Ravioli with Summer Vegetables was pretty to look at, with a delicate and light taste. Other mains were Moules Frites, Steak Frites and Beer Battered Cod and Chips.
We also divided up a Wild Mushroom Five Bean Burger with Vegan Cheddar, Basil Aioli, Chilli Onion Marmalade with Rosemary Salted Fries. The Burger was delicious, and those fries were spot on and not over-salted, which was good. Meat eaters will be happy with the Double Stack Grass-Fed British Beef Burger or the Grilled Chicken version.
We spotted the table next to us tucking into the Pad Thai Summer Salad, so we added that to our meal. The Shredded Cabbage with Carrots, Spring Onions, Chilli and Roast Salted Peanuts were refreshing in the heat. It didn’t have the Thai dressing, but it was an excellent idea for a salad. Other options are Caesar or Chopped Salad.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have room left for dessert. Choose from a Strawberry and Cream Sundae, Kiwi and Gooseberry Pavlova or Sticky Toffee Pudding. To give you an idea of prices, nibbles cost £5-7, small plates are £9-12, sharing boards cost £15-17, mains are £16-17, burgers are £16 and desserts £8.50. Being a pub, you can expect an extensive list of cocktails, wines, spirits and beers. We enjoyed a couple of mocktails.
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The Gun Bar and Restaurant Spitalfields Information
To find out more, visit The Gun Website. The Gun was once home to King Henry VIII’s weapons practice ground on Artillery Lane hence the name. It’s located at 54 Brushfield Street, London E1 6AG, a short walk from Liverpool Street Station and opposite Spitalfields Market. On Sundays, you can order a roast with all the trimmings, including a vegetarian option. There is likely to be a DJ in the evenings, making it a destination for city workers.
We dined outside, which was excellent for people-watching. Inside, the décor is stunning, with intimate booth seating, a lounge area and a space called The Forest. On our visit, the service was friendly and attentive without an area being annoying. I’d return, hopefully for the veggie Sunday lunch!
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. I only write about restaurants where I had a good experience. I recommend you undertake further research as restaurant standards fluctuate, as do opinions. Please check if the restaurant is still in business and the opening times before you go. If you discover this restaurant has closed, contact me to remove it from my blog.