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River Gardens Café

Restaurants, Cafés Greenwich Peninsula
3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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A friendly Greenwich café with riverside views.

Set within a residential development, this relaxed Greenwich spot combines views of the Thames with a good dose of community vibes. The look is shabby chic plus a few nautical touches, while full-height windows offer unrestricted views of joggers, strollers, dog-walkers and the river beyond. There are board games, comfy sofas and water bowls for pooches, too.

The food here is standard counter café stuff: light bites, toasties, sandwiches, cooked brekkies, burgers. The cakes, sourced from Greenwich-based Paul Rhodes Bakery, are the most dependable choice. But the house-made eats were less successful. Our RG burger (a thin chilli and caper beef patty in an organic brioche bun) was overcooked, and at £13 it was pretty pricy. An eggs benedict with nicely runny yolks was better value at £9. However, the slightly stale muffins and limp rocket leaves let the rest of the dish down. And our flat white tasted more like a latte, lacking punch.

Despite its culinary shortcomings, River Gardens Café is a laid-back spot with friendly staff that ticks the boxes for anyone who lives locally or trips over it on a walk. On a Sunday afternoon, it was packed: couples with dogs, families with small children, solo diners clattering away on their laptops or reading a book. Destination diner? No. Neighbourhood hangout? Absolutely.




Address: Unit 2
SE10 0FZ
Cross street: 20 River Gardens Walk
Transport: Maze Hill rail
Price: Lunch for two with drinks and service: around £50.
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