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Greenwood

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Victoria
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A sports lounge and restaurant with in-house hairstyling.

Has there ever been a more bizarrely multi-purpose drinking venue than this ginormous joint opposite Victoria Station? It’s hard to think of one. On the one hand, it’s a TV-filled sports lounge-cum-restaurant with pretty decent pub grub. On the other, it features an in-house barbers and ‘brow bar’ (yup, you read that right), open until 7pm and positioned near the screens, for anyone wanting their eyebrows threaded but unwilling to miss a minute of the footie.

Decor-wise, old books and hanging plants perch on dark wooden bookcases enclosed in a steel and glass atrium, as though someone had decided to open a library in a conference centre. There is a wall of bread bins and coffee mugs. An albatross is suspended in front of a neon sign. I honestly don’t know why.

The selection of craft beers on tap is pretty impressive, though. There’s a permanent selection from Ealing’s Long Arm Brewing Co, plus a rotating range that included offerings from small breweries like Wild Beer Co and Siren on my visit. For the hops-averse, there’s also a decent list of cocktails and G&T variations.

A decent enough place for a drink, then, but perhaps not a destination worth devoting a full evening to. The crowd of suited post-work drinkers nipping off after a swift one certainly suggested as much.

Greenwood says
Greenwood is Victoria’s newest and largest pub. Open seven days a week, Greenwood serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, pre-/post-theatre dining and weekend brunches. Upstairs awaits a sports fan’s field of dreams – a sports lounge boasting five screens, showing all domestic and international sport.

Details

Address: 170 Victoria Street
London
SW1E 5LB
Transport: Tube: Victoria
Price: £26 to £40
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Users say (7)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.1 / 5

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tastemaker

Greenwoods has a great atmosphere with lots of segmented areas to sit so it has provided a bit of intimacy in what is essentially one huge room. The bar tenders were really attentive and there's a great range of spirits but for such a huge place, not a massive choice of draft lagers. 

The drinks are pricey as well so you can't be there all night without having to remortgage. The outside seating area is nice though but it is where all the smokers sit and there's not enough table options separated from the barrows so you do end up getting wafts of smoke in your face. We were lucky to be sat for a long time before a smoker came along and left the bar shortly after one did.

All in all, I'd say it's a nice place for a short time... on pay day.

tastemaker

The 'sports bar# is huge so there is plenty of seats and tables. It's well decked out and. Great spot for a few drinks and to watch a game but i would definitely avoid the food next time. It's not great. The burgers were dry and tasteless and the pizzas were terrible. It's extremely overpriced for what it is. The service isn't ideal but the atmosphere is great. There are much better options for food in the area though. 

tastemaker

Greenwoods is fantastically located in the heart of the new developments at Victoria. For an area that used to be an odd in-between area stuck in the middle of Westminster and Pimlico, Victoria is now quite vibrant. Greenwoods is a huge bar, packed full of employers from the new office blocks, so it's busy and loud - don't pop in for a quiet, intimate drink. The outside space is great and the decor is fabulous - think stuffed animals and leopard print! The drinks weren't too expensive for London and the food service was good. I ate some snacky tapas bits, all of which were good. I'd recommend for a mid-week drink with colleagues for sure. 

tastemaker

I popped in Greenwoods for the first time last night, and doubt it will be the last! Conveniently located close to Victoria Station, this multi-purpose bar/restaurant/barbers (yes you read that right!) ticks the boxes for quirkiness whilst not being too overbearing. We were seated for dinner without a reservation – though I’d recommend to book as there wasn’t much availability, even on a wet Tuesday evening, so I’ll be sure to do so next time. The menu isn’t very extensive, though I imagine has something for everybody. After seeing the pizzas the couple on the table beside us opted for, I followed suit and got the meatball pizza, and this was as good as it looked – on a stone baked base (my fav!) with generous toppings of mozzarella and flavoursome chilli meatballs, I really enjoyed it. The waiter was attentive, topping up our glasses of water before realising that we were guzzling it away quickly and bringing a carafe of water over for us unprompted. After our food we headed over to the statement island bar where we both took advantage of the offer on the Drinki app (I strongly urge you to download it if you haven’t already, you can use my code ZFRANCI1 for an extra credit) and each got a free Brit Fizz cocktail which was well made! The staff struck me as talented mixologists, making drinks that were both eye-catching and go down well. Though I thought the food menu was reasonable, the prices that I saw on the bar menu were on the pricier end and didn’t see any signage for a happy hour offering either, so not somewhere I’d necessarily head to for a drinking session but okay for one or two.

P.S Ladies, be sure to check out the loo’s upstairs for pretty pinkness!

tastemaker

This is a nice sports bar near Victoria station that is well-decked out and looks quote swanky.  The choice of beers is very good, although the night I went, there were a lot of taps off.  It’s not just a sports bar though and would be a great place for a few drinks after work, before the theatre etc.  The service was a little slow, but not terrible.

Tastemaker

Recently opened in the new foodie complex; Nova, Greenwood offers so much more than your standard food and drinks.

As you walk in the glass faceted building you're greeted with large leather sofas, industrial pipe work and Art Deco lights.

Sat in a booth adjacent to the large central bar; we ordered food and drinks and the service was very efficient but sometimes persistent.

The food was surprisingly good with my bavette steak cooked pretty much to perfection but the drinks were more expensive than expected; with a gin and tonic costing £11 which is more akin to city and hotel bars; not a new establishment trying to draw in customers.

After dinner we wandered upstairs to the top floor which was decked out like a college games room complete with large screens, chesterfield sofas and pool tables but the bar staff decided to close earlier than normal as they were so quiet.

Greenwood are tapping into the multi function space trend with a brow bar and barbers alongside the games room, but this felt disjointed whilst the games room alone would have been sufficient.

tastemaker

I visited Greenwood's during their soft launch, not entirely sure what to expect. The place itself looks impressive, if a little slapdash in places. The upmarket sports bar vibe really works - something which is difficult to pull off. The food is good, if slightly overpriced for what it delivers. I had a scallop burger which was delicious, washed down with one of the many gin and tonic pairings on offer. Everything feels slightly too expensive, and while it offers high quality it doesn't necessarily translate into good value, given how it is pitching as a pub cum bar. While friendly the service wasn't fantastic, I had to ask a number of times for a glass of water, and our additional pittas for our starter only materialised during the main. I really hope they iron out their issues as it has real potential, it just isn't where it should be right now.

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