Old Brewery

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The Old Brewery © Scott Wishart

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  • Address:

    Old Brewery Pepys Building
    Old Royal Naval College
    London
    SE10 9LM

  • Venue phone:

    020 3327 1280

  • Venue website:

    www.oldbrewerygreenwich.com

  • Opening hours:

    Open Bar 11am-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Café 10am-5pm daily. Restaurant 6-11pm Mon-Sat; 6-10.30pm Sun

  • Transport:

    Cutty Sark DLR

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JTO P

So, it's Mother's Day and we decide a boat trip followed by a relaxed meal at a child friendly place in a picturesque setting would be perfect. I call beforehand, we can't book but we're reassured it will be fine.

We arrive at Meantime Brewery in Greenwich at 1.15. The sun is shining. We get a lovely table in the garden. Great. After we've been there 10 minutes we ask if we can order as 5 year old is hungry. I'm told that person I'm addressing (all staff wear the same uniform) can't take our order but he will send someone over. After 5 minutes we ask again and this time the staff member says she can't take our order but she'll send someone over who can. We've been there 15 minutes now and I tell her that this is the second time we've asked and she says 'ok it's just that I have allergies and I...' and then she's off. What on earth could the end of that sentence be?!

I know, I know. At this point we should have read the writing on the wall. We should have got up and left. But it was by now 1.30 on Mothering Sunday and we were in a place we didn't know. What was the likelihood of finding somewhere that could accommodate 5 of us given that my 70 something year old diabetic mum and 5 year old son needed to eat ASAP? Optimistically, we hope, this is a blip.

So someone does take our order. Time passes. 30 minutes later, after we're forced to ask where our drinks are, they arrive. We don't see our food for another half an hour. This is an hour after we ordered and an hour and fifteen minutes after we sat down.

I promise i'm not making this up: one side dish is missing. One burger initially comes without cheese before we point this out and its remedied. The burgers are cooked exactly the same even though we were asked how we'd like them cooked and different orders were given. The salad was requested with dressing on the side so 5 year old will eat half of it, it comes dressed. There are no crackers for my crab so I sit eating chips, salivating over my inaccessible crab while trying to get someones - anyones - attention. As the waitress later points out there's no finger bowl either but that's the least of our worries.

Amazingly when we get someone's attention to point all of this out the guy is just rude, telling us we're not being clear about which side dish is missing. It's the green vegetables. They only have one vegetable dish. He points at the salad and walks off. We call him back; I have to pick up the menu and point to the dish before he appears to be willing to go and get it. By this time my normally very placid mum was pretty upset.

So I don't know about you but when I'm thinking about going to a restaurant and I see a bad review I often wonder if the reviewer was just having a bad day. Or maybe an ulterior motive. Or maybe they revel in posting nasty stuff. This restaurant has enough passing trade to care not a bit about anything I write but if you don't want a lunch, let alone a lunch on a special day, ruined, you might want to leave it to those who havent had a chance to do a bit of poking about online for reviews first.

Full disclosure: halfway through eating and realising that indigestion had set in obliterating any chance of enjoying the food I went to speak to the manager. By the time I was halfway through the sorry tale he (all but with his hands over his ears) just started repeating 'I'll get rid of it, I'll get rid of it'. Meaning the bill. The problem is we won't get our Mother's Day lunch back and when your mum is 70 something, well...obviously, I'd just rather have paid for a good meal.

Sean Donegan

My girlfriend and I enjoyed a wonderful Tuesday "Ribs Night" at the Old Brewery, indulging in a huge rack of smoked baby ribs (marinated in Meantime Wheat beer) with home-made spicy coleslaw, BBQ sauce, and hand cut chips for only £9.95 each! The waiter warned us that the portions were large, but given my feverish appetite, it didn't prevent me from ordering a side serving of roast potatoes (so soft and flavoursome, they simply melted in the mouth). How right he was though: the serving was enormous, the most meaty and delicious ribs I have eaten, perfectly balanced by the condiments. Both Meantime Pale Ale and Meantime Yakima Red were the suggested choices of beer for this meal (every dish on the menu has a drinking pairing), so we asked for a rack of Meantime beer comprising four 1/3 pint glasses, allowing us to try each, together with the fruity, rich American Quad (a guest Meantime beer which surely needs permanency!). What a feast for the taste-buds! I followed this up with a half pint of the rich, coffee-like, satisfying Meantime Stout. Both of us struggled to finish our meals, and we were sorely tempted to bag-up what was left. The restaurant is tall and spacious, with warm lighting, and terrific acoustics for the unobtrusive eclectic jazz and soul music, most apt for such an interior. We were so comfortable in our velvet booth, it was a struggle to leave. The staff were highly knowledgeable, professional, and helpful, and told us about their "Lobster Night" on Thursdays. Based on the superb standard of cuisine that night, we will definitely be returning. There are few restaurants that could leave such a strong impression on me as the Old Brewery. Top marks. An absolute gem. (To the reviewer who bought two bottles of Orval, Belgian imported beer will be pricey wherever you drink in London, but with the wealth of exquisite Meantime beers at your disposal at the Old Brewery, it's far cheaper and more rewarding to buy the local, Meantime brew. You won't be disappointed.)

Sean Donegan

My girlfriend and I relished a superb Tuesday night (billed as "Ribs Night") at the Old Brewery, each indulging in an enormous plate of smokey baby ribs, the most delicious and generous serving I have ever eaten.The accompanying bowls of hand cut chips and home made coleslaw and bbq sauce were wonderful too. As I was feverishly hungry, I also ordered a side serving of roast potatoes, which just melted in my mouth, they were so soft and flavoursome. Both of us struggled to finish our meals and it was tempting to 'bag-up' the left-overs. We have drunk at the adjoining bar on several occasions - which I highly recommend -, but this was the first time we had dined in the restaurant - a large, high ceiling room, softly lit, calming, and so comfortable, we didn't wish to leave! We ordered a rack of Meantime beers: four 1/3 pint glasses served in a wooden rack (which drew looks of surprise from the neighbouring diners), allowing us to sample the superb Yakima Red, Pale lager, and American Quad (a guest beer which surely needs to be a permanent fixture in Meantime's repertoire!). It's the ideal way to sample the extensive array of brilliant Meantime beers, but one rack is not enough given the choice. The unobtrusive eclectic jazz and soul music suited the decor - the acoustics are terrific! There are few restaurants and meals that have left such a memorable impression on me (and my girlfriend). The knowledgeable staff are highly professional and attentive. We were told about their "Lobster Night" on Thursdays (£15 for a whole grilled or poached full lobster!), and based on the standard of culinary quality on offer that night, we shall definitely be returning. Top marks all around. An absolute gem.

John Roberts

Tried the Yakima Red for the first time which was great, and the bar snacks, real pork scratching very cool! Bar tender was great too let us sample the beers first! Haven't tried the main restaurant yet but will on our next visit!

K.R.

I was excited to go to this microbrewery/pub/restaurant. The beer was nice and the burger I ordered was tasty. However, there is no customer service in this place. The lady who took our order looked like she's depressed, annoyed and doesn't want to be there at all. She was just rude! The food took 30mins to be served. she even sneezed loudly near us.. hopefully our food didn't get infected.