The Best Bars and Pubs in Greenwich, London

The Trafalgar Tavern is a local institution
The Trafalgar Tavern is a local institution | © Roger Garfield / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Georgina Wilson-Powell
16 October 2019

Greenwich hasn’t changed much over the years, which is part of its charm. Along the river, you’ll find pubs that date back centuries with creaky floorboards and plenty of tales to tell, while further inland there are craft ale spots and wine bars galore. Here are the best places to grab a drink in the area.

Greenwich Union

Gastropub, Pub, Pub Grub, Vegetarian, German, $$$
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The Greenwich Union is the first pub of the Meantime Brewery.
The Greenwich Union is the place to go for craft ales | © UrbanImages / Alamy Stock Photo

The home of Meantime beers, the Greenwich Union has six of its own home-brewed beers on tap, plus a huge range of international craft ales by the bottle. The food is a modern take on pub grub, and there’s a midsize beer garden for sunny days, plus a tiny terrace out front that’s proven to be popular Greenwich weekend real estate. All in all, this one of Greenwich’s best boozers.

Richard I

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, Vegetarian, $$$
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One of the Young’s chain of proper pubs across London, Richard I is a classy Saturday afternoon affair where you can order burgers, fish and chips and enjoy craft ales away from the tourist-heavy Greenwich Market. Perfect for parents or first dates, it’s casual, cosy and has a lovely conservatory and pub garden.

The Old Brewery

Gastropub, Pub, Pub Grub, British, $$$
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London, UK - July 23, 2018: visitors having lunch in the summer terrace in the Okd Brewery in Greenwich, London, UK
The Old Brewery adds a fine dining twist to pub classics | © Aleksandr Faustov / Alamy Stock Photo

Taking things up a notch in Greenwich is the Old Brewery, a classy craft beer pub decked out in maritime memorabilia with a food menu that puts a fine dining twist on pub classics. It’s perfectly located, with a large, sunny terrace that looks over the Thames and famous Greenwich clipper ship the Cutty Sark.

Ashburnham Arms

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, Vegetarian, $$$
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The Ashburnham Triangle is perhaps the nicest residential part of Greenwich, full of Georgian and Victorian terraces and mansion houses overlooking the huge park and the river below. The Ashburnham Arms caters to its local residents, with rugby and cricket screened regularly, a huge kids menu and plenty of room for toddlers to rampage around at the weekend.

Cutty Sark

Gastropub, Pub, Pub Grub, Vegetarian, Georgian, $$$
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The Cutty Sark tavern, Greenwich
The Cutty Sark is a traditional pub overlooking the river | © D Hale-Sutton / Alamy Stock Photo

There’s been a pub here at the Cutty Sark, right on the Thames, for hundreds of years. It’s an old-fashioned Georgian pub, rather than a hipster hangout, spread across three floors and overlooking the river. There’s decent pub grub, Sunday lunches and a range of draught beers.

Davy's Wine Vaults

Wine Bar, European, British, $$$
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Davy’s Wine Vaults has been a Greenwich institution since 1870, and serves up a whopping 600 wines from around the world. There’s a cute terrace out the front, and their Sunday roast or weekend brunch will help to soak up the plonk.

Trafalgar Tavern

Gastropub, Pub, Pub Grub, Vegetarian, $$$
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Trafalgar Tavern, Greenwich. Image shot 2007. Exact date unknown.
The Trafalgar Tavern is a community-focused pub that's also popular with tourists | © Pictures Colour Library / Alamy Stock Photo

The Trafalgar Tavern is a Georgian landmark and local institution. Not much has changed over the years; it’s a community-focused pub that’s also very popular with tourists, mainly for views over the river from its floor-to-ceiling Regency windows. Guests have been enjoying whitebait fresh from the Thames for hundreds of years, and you still can, washed down with a local pint. Inside, you’ll find plenty of naval and maritime relics, plus wooden floorboards and gorgeous high ceilings.

Grace Beard contributed additional reporting to this article.

These recommendations were updated on October 16, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.