There’s a new spot in Greenwich which deserves a little attention.
The Old Brewery in Greenwich sits between the river and Cutty Sark. The pub is located behind the porticoed façade of Sir Christopher Wren’s Royal Naval College, which has a brewing history dating back 350 years. The brewery actually used to supply the Royal Hospital’s Pensioners with their ration of three pints a day.
We were pleasantly surprised by the menu, which is full of seasonal British food, sourced from the South East of England. Even though the weather was amazing we ate in the restaurant as it is decorated so beautifully – the ceiling is sky high, there’s a gallery wall filled with old illustrations and canvas paintings, and 8 huge copper brewing tanks.
Knowing it’s part of the Young’s group, sometimes you don’t expect more than classic pub grub. I didn’t even have a chance to look at the menu before we arrived, so I was more than pleasantly surprised that there was much more than pub food on offer.
For starters, we had the Cornish pan seared scallops with cauliflower puree and London chorizo (£9.50) and the Stoutcured salmon which came with a mini smoked salmon scotch egg, pickled cucumber, and toasted sourdough (£9).
I don’t know what it is about cauliflower puree with scallops but when I see it on the menu I always order it. Scallops are one of my favourite foods to eat when I’m out as they’re something I never eat at home, and I love when you don’t even have to properly cut them, you just press the knife and they fall apart. The oil from the chorizo added the slightest tanginess to the cauliflower puree and, as always, makes for the perfect combination with the scallops.
The cured salmon almost gave me food envy. Even though I normally don’t like scotch eggs, this one with the smoked salmon probably could have tempted me.
Second courses were up and we went for the Goat’s Cheese, Baby Spinach and Heritage Tomato Roulade, with Cucumber Salsa (£11.50) and the Wicks Manor Pork T-Bone, served with Apple and Fennel Slaw and Hasselback Potato (£15.50).
The roulade was the best decision for a warm summer evening, it was light but full of flavour (though the pastry didn’t seem fresh). My favourite part of the dish was actually the cucumber salsa – I’m desperate to know what it was mixed up with because it was the best green salsa I’ve ever tasted.
Do men always think of value for money? Because whenever I have gone out to dinner with a guy they order the biggest steak possible, on the basis of getting more food on the plate. (Just me? Let me know!). Either way, the pork T-Bone was a big hunk of meat, and really reminded me of a 500g pork steak my brother had eaten when we visited Florence. The gravy dripped off of the perfectly cut hasselback potato, while the home-made slaw added some much-needed freshness to the dish.
Though we were both completely full, I couldn’t say no when I found out there was sorbet for dessert. Interestingly, the sorbet didn’t actually feature on the dessert menu, so if you’re looking for a dairy-free alternative, definitely ask your waiter which flavours are available that day.
My dessert came under the Selection of Jude’s Ice Creams (or sorbet) (£4.50 for 3 scoops) and our other dessert was the classic Ice Cream Sundae, served with 3 scoops of Jude’s ice cream, warm brownie chunk and caramelised walnuts.
The sundae was every bit as decadent as you would expect. I haven’t eaten a sundae in years and this one looked much classier than I remember them to be! Jude’s Ice cream in Vanilla, Chocolate and Hazelnut topped with caramelised walnuts… dreamy.
The sorbet surprised me. Having lived in Italy for a while, even in Italian restaurants you’re lucky if there is more than one flavour sorbet available – and it’s always lemon. Our waitress told us there was lemon and apple available, but I was unsure about the latter because sometimes apple flavours are a little wishy-washy and watery. Having gone for 2 scoops of lemon and 1 of apple, it turned out the lemon had run out and they could substitute those two scoops for mango.
My oh my did I make the wrong decision. The apple sorbet was fresh and light and fragrant without being too sweet or heavy. I wish I had had more than one scoop, as the mango sorbet felt so much more creamy and heavy, like a traditional ice cream.
As we dined, the kitchen really came to life and groups of people settled down on the outside terrace as dusk fell. We took our wine outside and watched the lights of the city grow brighter as the sun set.
The next time I’m in Greenwich, I know where I’m heading.
Where is your favourite pub in London?
Love, Chloe x
The fine print:
The Old Brewery
The Pepys Building, The Old Royal Naval College
London SE10 9LW
020 3437 2222