There are few better places to enjoy our short summer season than a day out in Greenwich. Fantastic views, lush parks and plenty of things to do – what’s not to like? The problem is that the rest of London has the same idea, so getting a lunch/dinner reservation at anywhere decent is as likely as Rihanna turning up on time to her concert. Veer slightly off the beaten path however and you may be lucky enough to come across the Cutty Sark pub.
With stunning riverside views looking across the Thames and Canary Wharf, Cutty Sark is already an established favourite amongst locals. Having recently undergone an extensive refurb and refit, it will surely gain popularity from much further afield too.
Spread over three floors, the venue is just as suited for an intimate dinner as it is a long lively lunch with a group of friends. The ground floor plays its part as a quality boozer, with a selection of cask-conditioned and locally brewed craft beers alongside a tempting menu of bar bites.
For a more wholesome dining experience, head to the first floor where you’ll find a room decorated with artful nautical imagery, including old-fashioned maps and vintage-style posters of boating knots. Grab a group of friends and head to the top floor and you’ll be met with a room full of large tables and cosy spots in which to admire the best view in the house.
More than just a great hang-out, the new food offering also impresses. Must-try starters include lamb breast croquettes; and ham hock terrine with pickles and sourdough. Standout mains come in the form of ‘The Crab Pot’ – whole dressed Brixham crab with a watercress salad and fries and a Bloody Mary; or the Cutty Sark’s signature ‘posh chicken Kiev’ with celeriac and truffle mash, hispi cabbage and smoked bacon. If there’s room left, the tempting desserts will be hard to resist. Chocolate delice with kirsch cherries is a boozy delight, whilst the Paul Rhodes Bakery brioche bread & butter pudding served with chocolate sorbet is a decadent treat.
Cuisine: British / Gastropub
Dinner for two (excluding drinks): £55
4-6 Ballast Quay
London, SE10 9PD
Tel: 020 8858 3146