A brilliant riverside location and cheap beer make the Captain Kidd pub a big hit with Wapping residents and visitors.
Just 5 minutes walk down Wapping High Street from Wapping Overground and on the 100 bus route the Captain Kidd is conveniently located.
Between two Wapping wharfs, the pub entrance slightly hidden so keep an eye out for the the sign hanging above the door.
Captain Kidd the pirate
One of the most colourful outlaws of all time, Captain Kidd himself was ultimately found guilty of murder, five counts of piracy and hanged at Wapping’s execution dock in 1701.
The hangman’s rope snapped at the first attempt and Captain Kidd was taken down before trying again. Following this his body was doused in tar, left to rot and suspended in a cage over the Thames as a warning to others.
London was the first city to have a dedicated river police service, mainly because of Captain Kidd and the scale of pirate activities in the 18th century. You only have to take a look in the Thames Police Museum in Wapping to understand the problem the River Thames presented as a commercial artery for cargo and pirate activities.
For more Captain Kidd history, references and links take a look at Wikipedia.
Captain Kidd pub in Wapping
Possibly the best riverside pub location in Wapping there’s a large outdoor garden with stunning river views.
In summer months the Captain Kidd beer garden comes to life as you can see from this 2010 summer photo by Wapping resident Alex Baxevanis. Luckily the the beer is reasonably priced and may well be the cheapest in Wapping.
Wapping reviews the Captain Kidd pub
Many thanks to our Wapping reviewers, Mark and Mark for their reviews of the Captain Kidd. Reading these and comments on Wapping’s Facebook Page the recommendation is drink and enjoy the atmosphere: the Gallows restaurant which closed 6 months ago is sadly missed. But what do you think?
Beer drinkers review
Wapping resident Mark Osborn shares his review of drinking in the Captain Kidd.
The Captain Kidd is one of my favourite Wapping pubs.
Tucked away behind a subtle exterior on Wapping High Street, it has a wonderful restored wooden decor, with stone floors and low beam ceilings, and a fantastic riverside terrace which is superb in the summer.
It’s one of many pubs in London operated by the Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery. Samuel Smiths produces a wide range of beverages, from Old Brewery Bitter, Wheat Beer and Alpine lager, to their own ciders and fruit beers. I find it refreshing to walk into a Samuel Smiths pub and see that the more common lagers, stouts and ales that you’d see everywhere else are not present.
Also not present in Captain Kidd is the high price of many London pubs. Being a pub operated by an independant brewery, and also with no PRS fees to pay for background music – they have none – the drinks in here are very reasonably priced. The Alpine lager was £2.12 a pint last time I checked!
The other drinkers have always been very friendly each time I have visited. It tends to attract a slightly younger crowd (perhaps due to the cheaper drinks), but there are always older regulars sat at the bar, and the staff are consistently a pleasant to deal with.
Unfortunately, they don’t have any guest ales or a weekly pub quiz like The Town of Ramsgate, but for excellent priced Samuel Smith’s ale in a nice envrionment with a great view of The Thames, The Captain Kidd is well worth a visit.
Reviewed by Mark Osborn www.google.com/profiles/mark.osborn
Bar food review
Following the closure of Captain Kidd’s Gallows restaurant 6 months ago Mark Baynes tried the bar food and tells us what he found.
What better place than the Captain Kidd for a pub lunch? In the summer an old friend was visiting from abroad and wanted nothing more than a good pub lunch in a traditional British pub.
I took him to the Captain Kidd one sunny day and we were rewarded with fantastic food (bangers and mash and a lovely dessert if I remember rightly) in a wonderful Thames-side setting.
So when I felt a bit peckish one Tuesday lunchtime this week I had no hesitation in wandering down to the Captain Kidd again. I just wanted something simple so ordered a cheeseburger with chips and a side of onion rings from the very friendly Aussie bar staff.
On a weekday the Captain Kidd is not overly busy, the usual regulars enjoying their pint at the bar and a mixed collection of other customers all enjoying the relaxed nature of the bars and the view of the Thames passing by.
My food arrived fairly promptly and to be honest it did not look very appetising. The burger was obviously mass-produced and was coated with cheese grilled to a liquid. The chips (I forgot to count them but there were not many) were large and on tasting them a curious mixture of over cooked outside and mushy inside. The onion rings were, well, doughy.
However I was very hungry so put my newspaper to one side and dug in. As I worked my way through the burger I considered the lot of the professional restaurant reviewer. Sounds a fabulous job but in reality is probably more a trial.
It’s difficult to describe the taste of the burger to be honest. At the time I was thinking it was similar to something you might buy from a catering van you often find in the car parks of the out of town shopping centres. Or maybe it was more motorway catering? Somewhere between the two, although to be honest I have eaten much better food motorway services.
After finishing my meal – which took determination – I went and sat outside in the garden and enjoyed the view of the Thames.
How many other pubs are there in London where you look down at the Thames?
The sky was grey and miserable, a complete change to my last visit. Now I can understand why the weather changes, but I am baffled as to how the Captain Kidd’s standard of food can change so much in six months?
Reviewed by: Mark Baynes www.baynes.co.uk
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The Captain Kidd Story
This coincides with the release of Depp’s new release Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides.
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