If you are willing to afford the premium prices at the Greenwich Union, then there is very little not to love.
Just off the beaten track in a salubrious part of Royal Greenwich, the Greenwich Union is compact but immaculate.
It has a trendy black frontage with reds and brown decor and a tidy suntrap of a garden.
Yes, it’s all a bit hipsterish, but in a refined way. It is perfectly possible to enjoy a drink here without overhearing painfully middle class chitchat and seeing umpteen silly beards.
By my reckoning, it’s more an oasis for people who like a nice place for a drink and a bite to eat.
The bar had a staggering 18 beers, lagers and ciders on tap.
Being a Meantime pub, around half were excellent Meantime brews while the other half was a smorgasbord of great booze from around the world. The chillers had an even greater range of bottles.
There’s no Fosters and pals here.
Naturally, it comes at a price; my Sheppy cider set me back £4.30. I can live with that though because it was light, summery and served in a fetching goblet by a smart, friendly chap.
People moan about PubSpy not eating at places he visits. Guess what? This time I did. And I expect News Shopper’s bean counters won’t be too delighted.
First let’s say that the lamb roast was glorious: tender, full-flavoured lamb, sweet braised cabbage, crisp roast spuds and a giant Yorkshire. The mint sauce was pleasingly sharp.
It’s possible it justified the rather grand £13.95 that it cost.
The Greenwich Union, Royal Hill, Greenwich
How it rated:
Staff **** Lots of them. Attentive and friendly.
Drinks ***** Simply staggering
Price * It all comes at a price
Food ***** Epic roast