Head to this riverside London neighbourhood for the maritime history and world-class music venue, stay for the excellent restaurants.
Bar, Restaurant, British, $$$
Located in the same building as The Greenwich Picture House, The Rivington Grill Greenwich is spread across two storeys, including a mezzanine, and has a sister restaurant in Shoreditch. The modern resaurant has a simple, fresh décor, which complements the menu well. There is a whole menu section dedicated to egg dishes, along with healthier options and an array of loose-leaf tea, coffee and Luscombe organic juices. Crumpets and bloody marys are also wonderfully available. Priding themselves on being local, ingredients are all sourced from the British Isles.
Created by hand using the finest cuts of meat, garnish and spice, Heap’s Sausages is the perfect place to grab the best fresh, meaty breakfast or brunch, serving sizzling English sausage, bacon and egg baps, a traditional cooked breakfast, hot dogs and so much more. The café offers inventive pork sausage recipes, including apple and wildflower, honey and beef and Guinness stout. Set in a small side street in the heart of Greenwich, this café also offers the chance for visitors to purchase their tasty food if they prefer home cooking.
Situated in the stunning grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, The Old Brewery is a historic working microbrewery as well as a restaurant, café and bar. Visitors can choose to indulge in rustic homemade dishes, cakes and pastries and modern British cooking. The Old Brewery is just one of many pubs and bars Greenwich has to offer.
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.
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.
Pie, mash and liquor have been one of London’s most traditional meals, being served prevalently through era’s gone by. For a classic handmade dish, from recipes that have been passed through the family-run business since 1890, Goddards at Greenwich is a vintage pub boasting 100 seats over two floors — and exactly where you need to be! There is an extensive range of savoury pies including traditional minced beef, steak and kidney, chicken and ham, and vegetarian options, all made with fresh ingredients. Diners have the option to eat in the restaurant, or if you would rather eat in the comfort of your own home, they also do take away.
You’d be forgiven for missing Zaibatsu when walking along Trafalgar Road, but at this unassuming takeaway restaurant, the food is anything but unremarkable. There’s a sizeable menu of Asian fusion dishes, including sushi, finely cut sashimi, crisp salads, noodles and sizzling tempura. Particularly recommended is the omakase sashimi selection, a seven-piece assortment of sashimi made with the freshest fish from the day’s catch and served as tender slices alongside a soya dip.
Champagne + Fromage serves up bottles of bubbly and French fare | Courtesy of Champagne + Fromage
As you’d expect, the name of the game at this quaint French spot is wine and cheese. One of three London branches, the Champagne + Fromage in Greenwich sits just outside the neighbourhood’s namesake market and offers a delicious selection of charcuterie, bubbles and French delicacies.