Greenwich can feel like a rural village that somehow wound up in the big smoke, but many of its restaurants have married the charm of inglenook eateries with the high quality of London fine dining. We pick our favourites in our guide to the best places to eat in SE10.
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Often referred to as Greenwich’s best restaurant – an accolade it’s held for the bulk of the ten-plus years it’s been open – Inside didn’t disappoint on our last visit, showing that chef-proprietor Guy Awford’s aim to create a top-notch neighbourhood restaurant is still in full swing. The compact, smart interior (white tablecloths, subdued grey and ochre tones) and rather cool staff might not appeal if you like a rustic vibe, but the formal atmosphere does help to spotlight the seriousness of the cooking. A new banquette wall has done wonders for the acoustics, meaning that the background chatter from the well-dressed patrons is more civilised murmur than echoing din. Top-notch own-made bread with olives made an auspicious beginning, and a beautifully arranged starter of gravadlax, crème fraîche and perfectly cooked beetroot was superb. Meaty cod fillet on a bed of spinach, served with herby mash and pea sauce, managed that tricky line between comfort food and fine dining, while a rare grilled ribeye was well complemented by potato and turnip dauphinoise. Desserts of sticky date pudding with cardamom ice-cream, and raspberry and vanilla crème brulée, weren’t highlights, but were tasty. It’s wise to book – locals seemingly celebrate most of their successes here.Read more
Sister to the edgier Shoreditch original, this Greenwich branch of Rivington Grill has an appropriately maritime feel, with brass railings and mirror-lined mezzanine. Both restaurants carry a meat- and fish-focused menu, though with somewhat more vegetarian choices here. The cooking is of the modern style that the Caprice group has been instrumental in championing: an essentially simple approach aimed at highlighting good ingredients. Marinated sardines might be served with a radish and fennel salad, devilled mackerel with tomato & basil salad. Menus change from lunch to dinner, though not in size: these are not the Bible-size documents that can make choosing so difficult. Desserts are true Brit, and slanted towards the territory of comfort food. House cocktails are a major feature, with lists devoted to both gin and the Bloody Mary. The wine list is priced with the budget-conscious and quality-conscious equally in mind: most bottles are under £30. If you're around for breakfast, prices are reasonable.Read more
Situated a stone’s throw from the Royal Observatory, the Pavilion Tea House (run by Company of Cooks) has white picket fences surrounding lush greenery, making its grounds a safe haven for children to play, as well as a prime spot for taking in the magnificent City views from the outdoor tables. In winter, you may prefer to sit on the mezzanine level inside, which is bathed in natural light even on the most dreary of days. Hot food is ordered at the counter, but delivered to your table; pizzas with crisp bases and peppy toppings (chorizo and caper, artichoke and mushroom) are great value at around £5. An unctuous salmon and dill fish cake was on the pricier side at £7.25. Decent sandwiches and baked potatoes are also available, though you may prefer to drop in simply for the Fairtrade tea and coffee, a glass of wine or a hefty slice of cake.Read more
A traditional pub overlooking Greenwich Park, the Greenwich Tavern encompasses a main bar area and two private function rooms spread across three floors. In addition to the beer and real ale on offer, the kitchen serves a mix of traditional British favourites and modern European dishes, while the drinks menu is bolstered by a large selection of freshly-made cocktails.Read more
‘Would you like to sit by the window? It’s a good view,’ said the waiter. Except it was after dark and this stylish brasserie, sitting high up in the National Maritime Museum’s new multi-million pound Sammy Ofer Wing, is brightly lit and Greenwich park is not. The reflection of ourselves, noses pressed against the glass, wasn’t as charming as the terrace and greenery beyond but the owners have at least given some thought to the interior decor. Polished concrete floors are a neutral base for the muted and appropriately marine blue of the linen and staff uniforms. The restaurant claims to marry modern British fare with the heritage of its location – it lies 16 seconds west of the Prime Meridian – but provenance is highlighted only occasionally, with starters such as ‘Severn & Wye hot smoked salmon’, and mains simply split as being from England’s coastline, the farm or the field. A well-selected charcuterie starter was accompanied by lightly pickled gherkins and caperberries and was more than enough for two to share. The restaurant has been open for eight weeks but is still tussling with portion size versus pricing. An 8oz feather-blade steak was paired with a punchy chimichurri and excellent sides but, at £17.95, seemed pricy for a cheap cut. At £16.95, a mean portion of mixed grilled fish featured only a small cube of salmon, two fillets of faintly muddy trout and a tangle of watercress. A mackerel fillet was MIA and our exceedingly charming waiter immediately tracked dowRead more
After opening a first ice cream parlour in Blackheath, Black Vanilla's second branch (opened January 2012) sits between three of Greenwich's tourist hotspots: the Cutty Sark, the Old Royal Naval College and Greenwich indoor market. The new branch is close to some fine river views, and the horizons of the owners seem to have expanded too. It's not just ice creams, sorbets and a selection of baked goods on offer - afternoon and champagne teas as well as simple food platters are served on the first floor.Read more
Conveniently located for both Cutty Sark and the National Maritime Museum, San Miguel is a tapas bar and restaurant with a terracotta and vine-strewn interior, which is dedicated to authentic Spanish cooking, including traditional Valenciana and marisco paella. It offers over 50 tapas, prepared in an open-plan kitchen and an extensive cocktail menu.Read more
Very much a local favourite for everything from casual suppers to birthday celebrations, Chapters suits a wide range of diners: couples on a date night, groups of chums, and families with small children. No mean feat, and staff work hard to keep things moving smoothly. There are breakfast, bar and brunch menus alongside the all-day list; service comes with a smile; and prices are pretty keen (the set meal deals and children’s menus are particularly good value). Quality can fluctuate a bit, but beer-battered fish and chips with tartare sauce, and most things from the Josper grill (burger with all the trimmings and chips, spatchcock chicken with lemon and thyme, ribeye and fillet steaks) are safe bets. Most recently, asparagus with a ‘crispy’ poached egg and apple and walnut salad was a stellar starter, but omelette arnold bennett overfaced us – richly savoury, yet a relentlessly big portion with little in the way of contrasting accompaniment. A global wine list has plenty of options by the glass and 500ml pichet. The modern decor plays it safe, with the light-filled ground floor being preferable to the basement, and pavement tables available for drinks.Read more
Is there a better spot in London for an Argentinian steak joint than this, right on the edge of Blackheath? Gazing through the big windows, that could be the pampas out there, where those famously flavoursome cattle are raised. The interior is promising too: small, intimate, a little higgledy-piggledy. With all the framed images on the walls, from photos of celebrities (the Queen, Rod Stewart) to a pencil sketch of Lionel Messi, it’s pleasingly unpretentious too, like a restaurant in La Boca. This down-to-earth vibe was reinforced by the presence of pizza and pasta on the menu, alongside the classics, and the chalked-up soup of the day: ‘mixed vegetables’ is all it said. No shame in that. There was shame, however, in a starter of sweetbreads that were caked in charcoal. Our polite complaint was met with what seemed like suppressed annoyance. A steak also went unfinished – we had wanted medium (not maximum) rare. A pizza genovese would have been fine if it wasn’t so soggy underneath, and for £14.70 too. The best part was the bread, a robust French-style loaf. The heath was looking very bleak as we left – the pampas it ain’t.Read more
A Mediterranean menu with a Latin-American twist is on offer at this lively corner restaurant/bar in Greenwich. Pizzas, pastas and salads, along with Argentine steaks, slow-cooked pork and classic French chicken in wine are all available to eat in, take away or, when the British weather allows, be enjoyed in the pretty patio garden.Read more
The Blue Nile is a family run Eritrean - Italian café and restaurant, harking back to Eritrea’s colonial history.Our menu has a mix of Italian and Eritrean classics, from Italian coffees, pasta and ice-creams to Eritrean ‘kemem’ tea (tea infused with cloves, cinnamon, star anise and ginger), warm ‘ful’, meat stews infused with cardamom and cinnamon and cooked in ‘tesmi’, a warm and comforting spiced butter and our delicious home made sweet cardamom flavoured bread called ‘himbasha’.A lot of our recipes are gluten .Read more
Venue says: Flame-grilled meat buffet every Sunday noon-6pm. Tasty meats to order, salads and rice of your choice. Adults £15 children £7.
There's a focus on the food of Colombia at this charming little Latin American bistro on Trafalgar Road. There's a downstairs wine bar, too - for drinks, live music and some salsa, on occasion. The food menu starts with breakfasts ranging from a full English, bowls of porridge and granola with Greek yoghurt to a 'Latin special' of chorizo, bean rice, fried egg, arepa and avocado, Spanish omelettes and a selection of bunelos y pandebonos - traditional Colombian pastries made from corn maise and salted with cheese. Authentic Latin options pepper the lunch and dinner menu, with empanadas, boiled cassava, fried plantain, Latin grills of beef, pork, chicken and chorizo, and bandeja paisa - a popular Colombian dish of beans with white rice, beef, chorizo, fried pork belly, plantain, egg and avocado. Drinks include a selection of Latin American beers, house cocktails and aguardiente - a spirit also known as Colombian fire water.Read more
CABANA is a relaxed, vibrant and affordable Brasilian barbecue restaurant. The menu is inspired by the best of Brasil, with a Street Food selection including crispy rice "Bolinhos" and Brasilian Cheesy Dough Balls as well as sides of Sweet Potato Fries, Black Beans and Cassava Chips. However, the real highlight of the restaurant is the choice of giant barbecue skewers, such as Spicy Malagueta Chicken, Butterflied Pork Tenderloin with Parmesan Crust and Chimichurri Black Gold Steak, brought to the table fresh from the grill. To finish off, Cabana offers some of the best frozen yogurt in London, including peanut butter and dulce de leite flavours, with toppings such as crushed oreo cookies and Brasilian peanut candy. Funky Brasilian music, great cocktails and quirky interiors complete this vibrant new venue.Read more
Proudly traditional, Bianco 43 Pizzeria Ristorante has a fiercely loyal following in London’s leafy neighbourhood of Greenwich. Open daily from lunch until late, you’ll be hard pushed to find any local foodie who doesn’t make at least a monthly trip to this, South East London’s most authentic Italian restaurant. Comfortable and friendly, at Bianco 43 the service is just as important as the food, staff keenly smiling and ready to assist in any way they can to make sure you enjoy your every moment of your visit, whether it’s a speedy lunch with a colleague or a lingering romantic dinner. Having kitted out the kitchen in the very best gear, including a maestro built Neapolitan wood fired pizza oven, the Bianco 43 kitchen team pride themselves on the extreme authenticity of their food.Read more
Laicram is the sort of relaxed, reliable and utterly unpretentious restaurant that every neighbourhood should have. To the tune of Thai pop ballads, you dine from a fairly standard menu that’s accented with a few specials from the north-east of the country. Sure, the surroundings aren’t glamorous. The decor is all 1970s suburban: dropped ceiling, dark carpet, stuccoed walls (all of which are showing their age), plus the additional Thai twists of portraits of the Thai royal family and carved wooden screens. But look beyond these various stylistic cobwebs to the food, and you won’t be disappointed. Tom kha gai, the classic rich coconut milk broth with slices of chicken, was a perfectly balanced version: tangy from lemon, spicy from chilli, and sharp from generous slices of galangal. Fish cakes knocked the socks off standard London versions, offering real fishiness that made an ideal contrast to a honeyed cucumber relish. A north-eastern-style grilled chicken lacked crisp skin, but was nicely seasoned and cooked. Only some stir-fried prawns with chilli and onions were unremarkable. Friendly service and an authentic menu make Laicram popular and dependable.Read more
Relax and escape the hustle and bustle of busy Greenwich. Join us in the Wharf Restaurant, an intimate dining room perfect for any occasion. Serving traditional English cuisine along with some of our favourites from overseas we have the range to accommodate all tastes.Read more
There's a Latin influence at this Greenwich restaurant and bar - the owners are from Ecuador. The food, though, sticks more or less to a Mediterranean theme. Expect dishes such as tricolore salads, hand-carved Iberico ham, escargots, pastas, pizzas and pollo alla Milanese. South America does feature too, though, in weekly specials and in empanadas, Ecuadorian ceviche and lomo a la pimienta - Argentinian fillet steak with peppercorn sauce. The wine list offers old and new world red and whites, with bottles starting at £17.50 - for a 2012 Chilean merlot. Champagnes and sparkling wines are available, too.Read more
Our Mission is to provide a definitive theatre- style dining and drinking experience, using only the freshest ingredients to create inspiring gourmet dishes and exceptional freshly brewed beers from our onsite brewery. You will really get a sense of the processes at work around you, as the sights, sounds and smells of the working brewery and the busy kitchens, with its traditional wood-fire pizza oven, are open to view.”ZERODEGREES redefines the traditional concept of pizza by translating UK's favourite International flavours and tastes on to a gourmet pizza. Not limiting our menu to just pizza, we created an innovative selection of pasta, salads, mussels and to-die for-desserts. From the Cajun King Prawn Salad to BBQ chicken pizza to Kilo pots of mussels in Champagne and smoked salmon, our constant commitment is to deliver a fresh new dining experience.Read more
Located at the base of the National Maritime Museum’s new Sammy Ofer Wing, the sun terrace of the recently opened Museum Café is a pleasant place to relax, but the views of the park are just as good from the seats inside. The kitchen is shared with another newcomer (the 16’’ West Brasserie upstairs), so take note of the strict 11.30am deadline for the short breakfast and brunch menu, which includes the likes of porridge and eggs benedict. Aside from the sandwiches and baguettes, food is on the expensive side, with brunch items rising to as much as a stonking £8.25 (for a full english); a meagre portion of poached salmon was £3.75. The cakes that we sampled were dry and uninspiring, but drinks – including Union hand-roasted coffee and an excellent coconut, banana and pineapple juice – were a cut above.Read more