The Greenwich restaurant scene marries the charm of inglenook eateries with the high quality of London fine dining. The riverside area offers a slice of village life without leaving the big smoke. We pick our favourites in the Time Out guide to the best restaurants in Greenwich.
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A stylish brasserie, sitting high up in the National Maritime Museum’s multi-million pound Sammy Ofer Wing. The restaurant claims to marry modern British fare with the heritage of its location – it lies 16 seconds west of the Prime Meridian – with Styles West Country ice cream amidst the desserts and mains including Meantime beer battered fish and chips.
An upmarket burger chain with 40 branches in London; Byron has found success with light and attractive spaces, and welcoming staff. The menu has burgers centre stage (including chicken and vegetarian choices), with sides including sweet potato fries, mac ’n’ cheese and salad. A similarly well-considered drinks list runs from apple juice to Oreo cookie milkshake and beers (from small breweries) include a Byron pale ale from Camden Town Brewery.
The name pretty much says it all at this Greenwich restaurant and bar - the third from reputable Champagne importer French Bubbles and artisanal cheesemonger Une Normande à Londres. The menu does extend beyond the eponymous options, so expect charcuterie boards, salads, desserts and Hop Stuff beer from Woolwich, too.
Ah, the transformative power of the River Thames. Were it a couple of miles inland, the Cutty Sark would be a charming but otherwise unremarkable pub, recently the recipient of the current style of Young’s makeover: a lot of Farrow & Ball putty colours, better-than-average grub and a decent, if unadventurous, selection of ales and wine. But add the mighty Thames and it becomes three floors of bow-fronted Georgian magic, with the top-level room in particular giving fantastic river views both up- and downstream.
Ecuadorian owners give The Hill a Latin influence, but the food sticks more or less to a Mediterranean theme. Expect dishes such as tricolore salads, hand-carved Iberico ham, pastas, pizzas and cariucho de pollo. 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.
Venue says: “Gluten free pie mash and liquor now available!”
First opened in 1952, the site of Goddard’s Greenwich pie and mash shop was bought out by Gourmet Burger Kitchen in 2007. Yet after a few years conquering the wholesale market, a shiny new shop opened in 2012 and Goddards is once again one of London’s most popular pie shops. The mash and liquor are practically perfect, though the pies are generally dry with a dense pastry base. There’s also a huge range of fillings including steak and ale, and lamb and rosemary.
Before every railway arch in this city was filled with shiny brewing equipment, a pioneering Londoner had a different vision for London’s pints. Alastair Hook set up Meantime in Greenwich in 1999 and now his beer is available all over the world, but it’s still made in London at a purpose-built site in North Greenwich – with a brand-new bar to drink it in. Every one of Meantime’s draught beers is available here, from the easy-going London Lager to the mysteriously Dark Stout and a specially brewed Tasting Rooms IPA.
Located at the base of the National Maritime Museum’s Sammy Ofer Wing, the sun terrace of the Museum Café is a pleasant place to relax, but the views of the park are just as good from the seats inside. Aside from the sandwiches and baguettes on offer, food is on the expensive side, with brunch items rising to as much as £8.25 (for a full english), while a meagre portion of poached salmon was £3.75. The Union hand-roasted coffee is a cut above, as is the excellent coconut, banana and pineapple juice.
Welcome to the spiritual home of London's craft beer revolution. This bar/restaurant is the second of Greenwich-born (and branded) Meantime brewery’s local establishments (the first is the Greenwich Union on Royal Hill) and has been serving up great beer and decent food since 2010. One of its key selling points is location: it's based inside a former Victorian brewhouse on the site of Christopher Wren's Old Royal Naval College.
Situated a stone’s throw from the Royal Observatory, the Pavilion Café 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. Hot food is ordered at the counter, but delivered to your table; pizzas with crisp bases and peppy toppings are great value at under a tenner. Decent sandwiches 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.
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La Bodega Negra (restaurant)
The neon sign outside reads ‘sex shop’; the mannequin in the entrance wears a PVC gimp suit. But the real excitement begins when you descend the stairs into the bowels of this nightclub-like restaurant. It’s so dark and loud you’ll need a moment to adjust (the light bulbs have been blacked out). By comparison, the homely Mexican cooking can feel run-of-the-mill, though effort is put into presentation. On our visit, soft flour tacos with a tender beef filling arrived beautifully arranged on a specially designed wooden board; a crunchy cheese and roasted tomato quesadilla was served ‘open’; pinto beans with a spicy chorizo kick came in a dinky glazed bowl. The real highlight was the dish least concerned with its own looks: a rich lamb shank in intensely dark juices. Seafood cazuela (a one-pot dish like a wet paella), containing clams, squid, prawns and mussels, was creamy, tangy and perfectly fine, though not especially memorable. Factor-in the small portions and two-hour table limits (though you can decamp to the bar), and you might wonder what the fuss is all about. But that would be missing the point. You come here to see and be seen, and for a thrilling atmosphere and exceptionally friendly service. A must-try.
Venue says: “50% off food Sunday - Wednesday if you dine before 7pm.”