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. Further inland by the park you’ll find craft ale spots and wine bars galore. Here we check out the best places to grab a drink in the area.
Gastropub, Pub, Pub Grub, Vegetarian, German, $$$
The home of Meantime beers, the Greenwich Union, has six of its own breweries Germanic style beers on tap and a huge range of international craft ales by the bottle. The tiny terrace out front is popular Greenwich weekend real estate and the food’s a more modern take on pub grub. All in all one of Greenwich’s best boozers.
The Old Brewery
Gastropub, Pub, Pub Grub, British, $$$
Taking things up a notch in Greenwich is the Old Brewery, a classy craft beer pub with almost fine dining level food that is solidly British in flavour. There’s a decent sized terrace which looks over the Cutty Sark and the pub is undergoing a refurb and will be open in time for Easter 2017.
Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, Vegetarian, none
One of the Young’s chain of proper pubs across London, Richard I, is a classy Saturday afternoon affair where you can order burgers and fish n’ chips and enjoy craft ales away from the tourist trap of Greenwich Market. Perfect for parents or first dates, it’s casual, cosy and it has a lovely conservatory and pub garden.
Gastropub, Pub, Pub Grub, Vegetarian, Georgian, $$$
There’s been a pub here at the Cutty Sark, right on the Thames for hundreds of years. It’s an old fashioned pub, rather than hipster hangout but the three storey Georgian bow-fronted pub is a character in its own right. Discover creaky floorboards and plenty of spots to catch sunset over the river, there’s decent pub grub and Sunday lunches and a range of draught beers.
Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, Vegetarian, $$$
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.
Gastropub, Pub, Pub Grub, Vegetarian, $$$
The Trafalgar Tavern is a Georgian landmark and local institution. Not much has changed over the years, it’s very much a community focused pub that’s also very popular with tourists. People have been enjoying whitebait fresh from the Thames for hundreds of years and you still can, washed down with a local pint. Inside find plenty of naval and maritime heritage amongst the wooden floorboards and gorgeous high ceilings.
Davy's Wine Vaults
Wine Bar, European, British, none
Davy’s Wine Vaults has been serving wine in Greenwich since 1870 and it has one of the largest wine lists in the area. There’s a cute terrace out the front and it now also opens for weekend brunch. A British menu is on offer to soak up the plonk and you can quite easily lose an afternoon in here.
Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar, European, none
Part of Davy’s Wine Vaults, the Cooperage is a cocktail and wine bar found in the original wine vaults next to Greenwich station. Cocktails, a 100 strong wine list and craft ales can be ordered as you snuggle away in a booth between the exposed brickwork and candles. It’s got a secret speakeasy vibe.