The Plume of Feathers is one of the borough’s favourite pubs. You’ll find it on Park Vista, you guessed it, overlooking Greenwich Park. It’s a pretty English pub with an iconic, old fashioned green facade. Inside, it’s more of the same; the wood-panel bar and cosy seating have clearly seen a fair bit of use. However, when a pub has this much character and doesn’t feel dated, why bother changing it? The staff are always friendly, there’s a great beer garden for when the sun’s out, and the homemade food is honest, tasty and well priced. In terms of drinks, they look after their real ales, and there’s always a good selection of wine to choose from.
There are two famous Cutty Sarks in Greenwich. One is the ship, which ranks among the top activities in Greenwich, the other is the Georgian pub with a stunning view across the River Thames, which ranks among our favourite places to go for a drink. The Cutty Sark pub has been around for over 200 years. It’s got bag-fulls of character, a solid selection of drinks, and serves good food. We particularly enjoy the homemade scotch eggs.
Away from the tourist trail, The Pelton Arms is a great local pub on Pelton Road. It’s well known for its live music, with high-quality gigs regularly booked throughout the week. However, most of the time it’s just a good, unassuming pub where you can actually enjoy a quiet pint. The range of beers offers plenty of good options. The food is delicious, particularly the Sunday roast. The service is top-class, the locals are funny, the prices are reasonable, the decor is charming, and it’s just an all-round comfortable pub for killing a bit of time.
Another hidden gem, a few hundred yards from The Pelton Arms, is The Vanbrugh. Again, it’s a solid local pub. You can find it on Colomb Street, between Maze Hill and Westcombe Park. It’s great for ale lovers, with just shy of a dozen on tap, as well as an ever changing trio of taps set aside for some always-delicious craft beers. The beer garden is a good size, it’s a good place to go to watch the sport, and if you’re peckish, the food is decent enough.
Heading back to the thick of the action. A good pub in Greenwich Market is The Coach and Horses. It’s the winning combination of being both rustic and airy. It’s perfect if you want somewhere quick to wet your whistle, or you can take a seat and whet your appetite with something from their menu of simple, tasty eating.
Last of all, we’ll give some honourable mentions to three pubs on Royal Hill. The Richard I has been beautifully renovated with a large heated terrace making it a great place to go for a drink all year round. Next door, The Greenwich Union is an excellent pub with good drinks, simple but delicious eating and a wonderful legion of locals. A hop, skip and a jump up the road, you’ll come to one of our absolute favourite pubs in the borough. The Prince of Greenwich is a cosy Victorian pub with an eclectic collection of furniture, including a faux rhinoceros bust. It’s as mad as a box of frogs. There’s regular live jazz gigs upstairs, usually towards the weekends. And to make things even more weird, it also serves a menu of incredible Italian food. The pizzas are the pick of the bunch, perfect with a pint.