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Published July 23rd 2017
Something's 'brewing' in Greenwich
Greenwich is known for a few things; the London Marathon route, views of the Thames, Greenwich Park. Being from South-West London, I'm certainly not a pro when it comes to East London, but I know where Cutty Sark is.
Now there's a new spot in Greenwich which deserves some attention. After a summer's day exploring the local area, The Old Brewery is the perfect watering hole for couples, families and friends - a combination of old pub charm with a modern menu.
The Old Brewery 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 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 as homemade/fresh as I thought it might be). My favourite part of the dish was actually the cucumber salsa – it was the best green salsa I've ever tasted.
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 - a Florentine specialty. 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 chunks 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.
Sorbet is usually only available in one flavour - and more often than not, it's 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 watery. Unfortunately. there actually was no lemon, so I substituted two scoops for mango instead.
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 Old Brewery really is a lovely spot to spend the evening, especially if the weather is good and you can grab a table on the outside terrace, overlooking the City lights and the Thames.
The closest station is Cutty Sark on the DLR, which is just a 5 minute walk from The Old Brewery.