Perfection at a price: PubSpy reviews The Greenwich Union

Perfection at a price: PubSpy reviews The Greenwich Union

Perfection at a price: PubSpy reviews The Greenwich Union

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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:

Atmosphere ****Pleasant

Decor *****Gorgeous

Staff **** Lots of them. Attentive and friendly.

Drinks ***** Simply staggering

Price * It all comes at a price

Food ***** Epic roast

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7:39pm Mon 19 May 14

Ed4001 says...

Good pub but they've got too greedy. 18 drink choice isn't that exceptional in many areas of the country. It is in SE London because the pubs are generally poor. Thus they charge silly prices.

They also put prices up at the olympics to get £££ from tourists to the detriment of regulars. There beer has almost no transport costs as brewed 5 minutes away. Plus I've had meantime drinks far cheaper in central and east London (where their is better choice) than their own pub 5 minutes from where its brewed?!
Good pub but they've got too greedy. 18 drink choice isn't that exceptional in many areas of the country. It is in SE London because the pubs are generally poor. Thus they charge silly prices. They also put prices up at the olympics to get £££ from tourists to the detriment of regulars. There beer has almost no transport costs as brewed 5 minutes away. Plus I've had meantime drinks far cheaper in central and east London (where their is better choice) than their own pub 5 minutes from where its brewed?! Ed4001
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7:40pm Mon 19 May 14

Ed4001 says...

Sorry for the grammatical mistakes with 'there' and 'their' in that last comment!
Sorry for the grammatical mistakes with 'there' and 'their' in that last comment! Ed4001
  • Score: 1

11:26am Tue 20 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

The price keeps the riff raff out. Council tenant types who belong in the Lully in Swanle or the Brickies.

thank YOU.
The price keeps the riff raff out. Council tenant types who belong in the Lully in Swanle or the Brickies. thank YOU. Gypo.Joe
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