Mon - Sun 12:00 - 23:30
- Disabled Access
- Private Dining
- Free WiFi
- Outside Seating Area
- Families and Children Welcome
About Chapel Down Gin Works
Gin Works & Restaurant
Introducing the Chapel Down Gin Works & Restaurant, a hub of flavour discovery and the London home of Chapel Down.
Discover our iconic canal side gin works and restaurant, a stone's throw from Kings Cross and St Pancras International, celebrating the very best of English food and drink.
This was our second visit and we were not disappointed. Service is smooth, but not obsequious, the steak and crab doughnuts were just as good the second time round, and the big, beautifully presented G and T'swere an excellent way to start the meal. We will be returning again.
Really nice place, perfect for the summer or group occasions, both for personal and/or work.
Fantastic location right on the canal; full range of drinks from their own vineyards, brewery and distillery. Staff are wonderful; engaged and friendly. The upstairs bar is a great place to hang out and sip cocktails. The terraces will be packed in good weather but it's a stunning spot any time of year.
Lovely space, excellent service and great gin!
Fantastic venue and really good food and drinks. Service was occasionally not the most attentive but overall a fantastic place for drinks and/or dinner. The setting and location is great and the overall atmosphere is fantastic!
To be totally honest I was rather underwhelmed coming to the new chapel down gin works and felt somewhat disappointed. Having grown up near Tenterden, I have always loved the Chapel Down brand and endorsed British wine. The prospect of bringing the experience to London was very exciting and I booked soon after I heard of its opening. The wine and cocktails were excellent and these did not disappoint at all. They were also reasonably priced too. However, the service from the start was disappointing. Each guest arriving on their own had to awkwardly wait at the bar for quite a while before being shown to the table. It wasn't a slick process. We were only given one menu between four of us before we asked for more. The waiters were not overly attentive given the restaurant was quiet and there were a few of them. We poured our own wine rather than being topped up etc. The food was ok but not amazing (and also not cheap). 3 out of 4 of us ordered the steak medium rare, they all came extremely rare / practically blue. The men were ok eating them like this and chose not to send back, but I can't stomach eating meat that rare and asked for it to be cooked to medium rare like I had ordered. This took well over 10-15 minutes and the others had finished eating by the time it came. It was perfectly cooked but not taken off the bill like you would expect for a £23 steak (you did eventually take it off once we asked at the end of the meal). I felt the restaurant lacked a bit of atmosphere, granted it wasn't hugely busy but perhaps creating some more ambience with the lighting and music would be something to look at. I hope this feedback is helpful because I genuinely hope this restaurant is a success. Hopefully these are all mainly teething problems having only opened recently. Good luck.
Drinks are good. Not the food. Too small and expensive and no flavour. We have asked to swap the pressed potatoes for the chips and the waitress said yes. Then we realised we were charged for both. When we asked about it the manager didn't want to give the money back and when we asked she said: we took it from her tip as she wanted us to feel guilty. I do not recommend for dinner.. but for drinks
We thought the bill was comparatively expensive for the quality of the food and drink compared to some of our recent restaurant visits of late. Chips with truffle mayo particularly disappointing- no discernible truffle flavour and chips were flaccid and tasteless. Steak was very chewy also. The bar is great, the staff are really friendly and helpful and in the summer this place should heave. But on our visit the restaurant was unnaturally quiet. Wine list is neither interesting nor good value which is a bit surprising for an actual winery!
Great dinner. Good food and nice venue.
The front of house staff and servers were really friendly and knowledgeable. I know it's only been open about 3 weeks so hopefully it will get busier as it deserves too. Please consider some soft furnishing to baffle the noise when it does though as the room is pretty cold and loud at the moment!
Lovely building, though the restaurant seems quite loud for the number of diners. That was really the only thing I could find fault. Enjoyed all the food immensely, service was great and the wines superb. Have to say I was very impressed with the cocktail menu and is a good reason to come back soon!
We arrived after my wife had her card wallet stolen on the tube and we were still calling the banks. Staff were most helpful and understanding and ensured that we had a good experience. Like the concept, the menu and pleased to be a shareholder in a high quality venture.
The drinks are wonderful especially the blanc de blanc. I do not eat meat and would have liked more choice with vegetarian options . The vegan dish on offer was limiting . Regarding atmosphere, the circle bar is lovely but the terrace lighting is all wrong, the white lights are too bight and cold and do not work. The lighting should be more ambient reflecting the canal vista ,,as in softer up right light . The restaurant is cold and the wall colour is not working next to the lovely copper . I think the dark blue which is in the circle bar works but the restaurant should be a virdigris green to enhance the copper and also reflect the moss on the canal and the nature outside . The restaurant needs more plants and the square dark tables are too austere, natural wood would be better with more circlular tables to reflect the wine barrels , this would create a softer environment, at the moment it feels it is cold and corporate . I love the gin distillery and the circle bar and the service was very good
Fabulous experience, Delicious food , Very friendly attentive staff , Great service , A big thank you
Service was lovely. Upstairs outside balcony bar a delight - but cushions needed for the wire work seats. Lunch menu looked promising, but was a disappointment to eat. Crab starter tasted good, but was very small, whereas duck terrine starter also tasted good but was large. That would have been fine, as we were sharing, but the main course was a real disappointment. Risotto, with a very thin slice of brie, and an overwhelming spoon of honey, with pretty but tiny cauliflower. Thankfully it was small, but even then only one of us managed to finish the honey and rice mix. Pity, I would have liked to have come again as the service and ambience were great.
We've had a lot of fun and enjoyed our drinks. Had some issues with the food, but it was quickly resolved and handled in a really professional manner. At the end we were really satisfied and will definitely come back
Being from Kent i am a big Chapel Down fan anyway. It was a Monday lunchtime so you cannot expect it to be bustling (hence atmosphere score)but the waitress was brilliant, well informed on the wine front and we got the best table in the house (on the balcony on sunny and warm day). The menu was interesting and different although perhaps the Gurnard a little over-seasoned and for just the two of us the bill was a little steep! But, i would not hesitate to return!
Excellent wines and cocktails. Starters very small. Lots of dishes with truffle - not everyone likes it. Could you a lunch menu with lighter meals and salads. Service very slow considering the restaurant wasn't busy.
It was absolutely fantastic Thank you
We booked online but had a call a day later to explain the menu had changed slightly due to a special Valentines menu which I though was a nice touch, the lady who’s name I forget even explained all the changes in detail. Everyone in the restaurant was very friendly & went that little bit extra to make us feel welcome. We ate from the special 4 course Valentines menu & I must say the Cote de Boeuf was one of the best I’ve ever had. Prices are very reasonable & in particular the 4 course special we had tonight which was £75 for 2 people. Obviously Chapel Down’s own wine & gin speaks for itself but if you’ve never heard of it or tried it before this is a must! Can’t wait to come back & try the a la carte menu sometime soon. I couldn’t recommend this restaurant & bar any higher!
The service from the whole of the team was great especially Sophie our waitress who was very knowledgable about all aspects of the food & wine. One concern - which i assume will be addressed - was the length of time we waited for each course. Bearing in mind there were probably only four tables in use - around a dozen people at most - the food took a long time to arrive. If it gets busier - as it will I am sure - then there are likely to be some dissatisfied customers Shame as the quality of the food , its interesting combination of flavours and texture together with the excellent excellent gin & wine of course should determine that the Gin Works over time will be a resounding success On a minor note the hand dryers in the cloakrooms do need changing for something like a Dyson with more speedy drying power! Anyway I will be back - I have been 4 times already and am spreading the good word. Help me out here - just speed it up a little! KR Alan Hill
Fantastic experience, good wine (no surprise) great food and fabulous location. Can't wait to eat outside in the summer.