For traditional London-style pie and mash, you can’t get much better than Goddard’s at Greenwich. Established in 1890, the shop has been in the Goddard family ever since. Their homely and freshly made meat and fruit pies are some of the very best in London. Generations’ worth of expertise is packed into their pastry. Their ingredients are all fresh and never frozen, so you know you are indulging in a good pie and mash. The meat is British, the vegetables are locally grown and all the dishes are made in store that day. The amount of goodness a well-made pie can do a person is immeasurable, and the store just emanates a good attitude and a passion for the business. On top of the great quality of their dishes, they will barely make a dent in your wallet, whether you’re a one-pie person, or a double pie, double mash and extra liquor kind of person. Everything on the menu is made with obvious enthusiasm, and is reasonably priced.
For something completely different and somewhat intimate, the Red Door is a mixture of gallery, cafe and shop that combines perfectly to create a space that is fun, whimsical and comfortable. The sitting area is made up of eclectic mismatched pieces of furniture, and tea and coffee is served in vintage and retro china that the owners have collected. It’s a wonderful space that is, in their own words, “conducive to conversation”. They serve Monmouth coffee here, but the selection will be delightfully peculiar and will consist of whatever they currently have in stock – for example, banana chai. Cakes are all from local award-winning bakeries, and the slices are not modest. This is a place to feel at home and relaxed, no scrimping required. If this weren’t enough to tempt you, the staff are exceedingly friendly and inviting, providing extra touches that make this innocuous little spot truly a gem in Greenwich Market.
Red Door Greenwich, 10 Turnpin Lane, London SE10 9JA, United Kingdom, +44 20 8858 2131
For the perfect start to your day, Peyton and Byrne Bakery on Greenwich Church Street provides everything you need. The delightful brand has a chain of both restaurants and bakeries in iconic places in London. The interior of the store is fresh and muted, meaning that even when busy, the cafe feels like a serene haven of calm in the busy of bustling Greenwich. Collect yourself before a busy day with their build-your-own breakfast muesli or a pot of excellent-quality tea. Break up a day with their seasonal salads and sandwiches, or simply go for a cake and a coffee for no reason other than to enjoy their perfectly prepared baked goods. The cafe’s food is understated yet expertly crafted, but the atmosphere and service are what make this spot so sincerely enjoyable. With friendly and efficient staff and tasty treats, this spot is a pleasantly simple way to enjoy a few minutes to yourself with a cup of coffee.
The Gipsy Moth is undoubtedly in the best Greenwich location, taking up a corner at the very end of Greenwich Church Street overlooking the iconic Cutty Sark ship and the Thames. This Grade I-listed building will give you no small measure of the history that Greenwich is steeped in, not to mention the fact that their pub food is some of the very best in London. The Gipsy Moth takes modern pub food and makes it better, with such dishes as the traditional fish and chips served in cider and tarragon batter and double-cooked chips, and handmade burgers with a choice of West Country beef or chicken. Their famous Sunday roasts have a choice of 21-day-aged Shropshire beef or chicken, Norfolk pork and crackling, or a cashew, walnut and cheddar nut roast. The pub also has a delightful beer garden to the back where they fire up a barbecue during the summer, perfect for a summer lunch or glass of wine – or, of course, both.
The Gipsy Moth, 60 Greenwich Church Street, London SE10 9BL, United Kingodm, +44 020 8858 0786
Authentic Vietnamese cuisine is unquestionably hard to come by in London. The influence of Kentish Town and the subsequent plethora of English-influenced adaptations has meant that when something like Mama Pho comes along, it stands out. Taking up an innocuous corner of Alloa Road in Deptford, one could almost walk past the alluring family-run venue. That’s if it wasn’t for the enticing and exotic aroma of their lovingly and freshly prepared food. They are known for their coveted soup broth that is made fresh daily. This broth takes more than 12 hours to create, allowing for an infusion of mild or spicy flavours. It is this broth that makes up the base of their speciality: pho noodle soup. Their authentic yet accessible food is noticeably good for you, and, fortunately, kind on the wallet.
Café Mama Pho, 24a Evelyn Street, London SE8 5DG, United Kingdom, +44 20 8305 6649
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