The Tattershall Castle is one of the "boat-pubs" moored on the Thames along the Victoria Embankment. It is an attractive navy and white boat, and has an enviable spot on the Westminster side of the Hungerford Bridge.
You can reach the Tattershall Castle from a number of tube stations. It is right beside Embankment station, but is also very close to Westminster, Charing Cross and Temple, and can be easily reached from Covent Garden as well.
The Tattershall Castle has indoor and outdoor areas, with a very large deck area. There are plenty of tables with benches here, some with parasols for those hot summer days. There are also higher tables which you can stand at with a drink, and as icing on the cake, there is a deck bar, removing the need to go downstairs to the indoor bar! There are on deck barbecues in summer time, but I have never sampled these.
Inside, the Tattershall Castle is very nice and clean, and appears to have been refurbished within the last few years. It has plenty of standard tables and chairs, and some lower tables with comfy sofas and armchairs for a lazy drink when you can't stay outdoors.
The view from the Tattershall Castle has to be its biggest draw for me. From the outside deck, you have a spectacular view of the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament. I've been living in London for over two and a half years, and I'm still not tired of these views - so they are bound to be appreciated by visitors as well! From the inside bar, there are large windows along the river side of the boat so you can see the Eye and watch the activity on the river.
The drinks on offer are fairly standard pub fare, with nothing too interesting to report. A pint of Strongbow is around £3.30, so expect to pay normal London prices. In June there was an offer of a free glass of wine with any pasta dish, an offer I have seen before, so if you are planning to eat check out the menu before you get your drinks!
The menu is very good. There are plenty of pub dishes, such as fish and chips, steak sandwich, lasagne etc. There are also plenty of salads and sandwiches. On my most recent visit I had fish and chips, which was delicious. The fish is a very generous size, there were more chips than I could eat, the mushy peas are spot on, and you even get a portion of bread and butter with it. My friend had a leek risotto, which she thoroughly enjoyed. In the past I have visited with friends and family who have sampled burgers, steak sandwich and salads, and all have been delighted with the food. Main courses are on the whole around £9, salads and sandwiches are a little less.
A note on accessibility: as with all the boat pubs, the Tattershall Castle is not necessarily ideal for those in wheelchairs or with mobility problems. If the tide is out, the boat and subsequently the gangway can drop significantly, meaning a steep uphill walk when leaving the pub. This is also not ideal after a few drinks...!!!
The Tattershall Castle is my favourite of the boat-pubs, for the quality of its food, the lovely interior and large deck, and its amazing position on the Thames. I would strongly recommend you include a visit here in a day out in the area - have a stroll along the Embankment, check out Parliament Square and walk up Whitehall, see the lions in Trafalgar Square and do some shopping in Covent Garden. It's amazing how much there is to see and do in this area.
Last saturday I was attacked by the bouncers of Tattershire Castle in a tottally unncessary manifestation of violence after I asked to leave the boat with a drink in my hand in order to make a brief phone call. After the brute bouncer puhed me and lifted me by the shoulders I clearly said that I was leaving (I was not intersted in staying in a place were the security is managed by people of this kind). Nevertheless, when I was leaving the premises without showing ANY kind of reisstance whatsoever, a second bouncer came and kicked me in the spine, provoking an injury on my coxis bone (the last vertebrae of the spine). For this reason I called the police, who came to the premises and got the bouncer's names and details. After seven years of law studies (degree + maters) I can easily tell when violence is legal (in the grounds of protection from a biger threat) and when it is illegal. This was a clear cut case of illegal and unnecessary violence. Attnding the club of the Tattershir Castle constitutes a thret for unaware costumers.
So there we were walking round the Houses of Parliament / Westminster Abbey area last summer, feeling hot and sticky (yes we did have one or two warm days!) and rather tired when my friend said 'Lets walk to Tattershall Castle' I'd never heard of it and was not interested in walking or castles at that moment in time but he said 'Trust me' and I'm so glad I did! We walked a short way along the bank of the Thames and there was Tattershall Castle, a boat converted into a pub moored on the bank opposite the London Eye. The beer was good, the food excellent and good value so we just sat on deck in the sunshine watching the world go by. There was a large comfortable lounge downstairs in case of bad weather. The toilets were spotlessly clean. Now that's what I call a castle!