Guildford Arms

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Guildford Arms

A helpful history mounted on the wall of this corner site tells us there has been a pub here since 1809; it's unlikely, though, that the original landlord, Isaac Toynbee, would recognise it now.

The bar has been relegated to a small counter at one side, and inside there's not much in the way of original features. This is not to say that it isn't attractive, with its soothing grey walls decorated with large, semi-abstract paintings. 

Food is definitely the focus, and it may be hard for the casual drinker to find a seat on a busy evening. Upstairs is fancier still, and more akin to a fine-dining restaurant. The menu changes monthly and, though not huge, provides good variety for eaters of every persuasion (whether meaty, fishy or veggie). There's a lot of imaginative cooking here, and with an equal emphasis on artful presentation and quality-driven sourcing of raw ingredients. 

Out the back is a spectacular garden, a contender for the best in the city. There's decking, tables, trees and lighting; high walls shield the grassy expanse from the surrounding streets but allow plenty sunlight in to nourish the verdant borders. A cracking place for an alfresco drink.



Venue name: Guildford Arms
Address: 55 Guildford Grove
SE10 8JY
Opening hours: Open Noon-11.30pm Tue-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Greenwich/Deptford Bridge DLR
Price: Pub meal for two with drinks and service: around £60
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The Guilford Arms has my favourite beer garden in Greenwich, although it’s not near the waterfront, the garden is large enough for big groups but offers smaller, more intimate areas for private dinners too. The food is of high quality and drinks and service impeccable. I am yet to attend one of the supper clubs they host but have heard great things, I can’t wait to experience it myself.

We went to "Upstairs" at the Guilford Arms for dinner and loved it! Great food and lovely staff. We were told that the head chef goes to collect the ingredients on a weekly basis from local suppliers. Our meal was delicious and great value.  We will definitely be going back!

This felt like an incredible find, tucked away on a residential road the food blew us all away! Fantastic value.

Amazing atmosphere and superb food, definitely one of the best restaurants I've been to in London and well worth a visit on a day out to Greenwich!

Upstairs @ The Guilford Arms. Wow! What an amazing find! Michelin style dining in Greenwich and great value. Highly recommend. 

The only place to get freshly prepared seasonal food in Greenwich - caters for all budgets with a great pub, an amazing restaurant "upstairs" and the best pub garden in London by far.

Tried the new restaurants Upstairs on the 1st floor, food is based on local and Kentish ingredients and is simply stunning, fantastic flavours and presented in creative way, can't wait to try again!

Great gastropub with restaurant quality food. Owned by local chef Guy Awford of Inside restaurant just up the road. More informal, same service, fresh ingredients and good value. Lovely little bar area and garden. Nothing to complain about - keep up the good work.

just a great pub in a great location with quality food and polite staff. Outside area is a real gem

Food is lovely here. Steak is absolute juice! Definitely worth heading out to Greenwich to try the food here and also enjoy a great alfresco experience!

A beautiful new terrace and lovely garden make this one of the best pubs in London with alfresco dining. Great menu plus good beers and wine mean it's worth the trip to Greenwich to try out The Guildford Arms. Great Private dining room on the top floor too!

Went there on the last day of summer '12 with a large group of friends, who had travelled a long way to be there. The garden was lovely, but everything else really disappointing - the steak was massively undercooked, food incredibly slow, as was service... we had to keep going inside to get menus, drinks, find out what was happening with food etc. Sad to say I wont go there again, and would advise others to go anywhere else

I attended a wedding reception in the Guildford Arms late last year. All was going fine, food was good but... at around 7pm the staff turned off the music and the whole reception got turfed out even tho we had the room till close. the staff were extremely unapologetic and had the BRIDE IN TEARS before we all had to leave. reason? they wanted more covers for the evening restaurant. The Guildford Arms destroyed what would have been a perfect evening. message to the pub: in future please be aware of the responsibility you have when holding a wedding reception and dealing with the most important day of a couples lives.

Have been to eat here many times, ranging from boozy lunch with old mates in the bar, to dinner with my wife in the first floor dining room. The staff are unfailingly polite and helpful , and I have never been disappointed with the food. I think it is a much nicer place to eat than its sister,Inside.

Excellent gastropub...lacking in the 'pub' department. The Guildford is a very pleasant gastro pub just far enough from the town centre to deter the tourists. Excellent menu and some of the best pub food in Greenwich (as you'd expect from Guy Awford who also owns Inside on Greenwich High Road). Upstairs is a fine dining restaurant - pricey but worth it for special occasions. Downstairs is a less complex but still very well executed pub menu. It's worth visiting in the Summer for the sprawling and well kept garden alone. Only problem here is the atmosphere. Whilst there is a bar as you walk in, there's no room for bar stool drinking and taking a table just for drinks is frowned upon (at least, it feels that way). So the vibe is closer to a restaurant that just happens to be in a pub, rather than a true gastro pub. Because of the food rather than drink focus, the place starts to wind down around 10 and the staff are queing up to leave by 10.30 - no late night sessions or lock ins here. If it's very good pub food you're after, definitely give it a go. If it's a boozy night and a couple of packets of crisps to keep you going, Greenwich has better offerings.

Had a brilliant afternoon. Got in out of the rain to find a warm welcome. Twenty Four of us celebrating a birthday. Ages 5 - 75 all catered for magnificently. A couple of drinks followed by one of the best sunday lunches I have had in a long time - beautiful! Staff great, surroundings great. Think I'll go again next week.

Had a brilliant meal at the Guildford. Wonderfully central location in Greenwich. We had a private dining room which had beautiful and plush, comfortable decor. The service was excellent, really friendly and accomodating. We had a load of children with us who were also treated so well and made to feel especially welcome. Childrens' portions were available and the kids all got a tour of the kitchen! The food was wonderful. My fishcakes were well seasoned and creamy in texture and my partner's risotto pleased him too.I had lamb as a main which was cooked well and accompanied by the most amazingly spiced red cabbage. Great flavour combinations.My daughter says her mashed potato was so buttery..."best mash ever!" and she loved the torpedo shape in which it was presented. Custard was freshly made and rhubarb had just the right amount of sharp zing to it. Do go, you'll not be disappointed.

Front of house very good, polite and friendly. Poor food. Seven of us went to celebrate aunt's 91st birthday. Soup had to go back as Luke warm, had to wait over ten mins for more toast to go with pâté. Lamb really tough and whole main course nomt hot enough. coffee Luke warm. Not as if it was full either so no excuse. Wouldn't go back