Sharing a building with the Greenwich Picture House, this neighbourhood restaurant serves up seasonal British dishes sourced from responsible suppliers. With maritime decor, Rivington Greenwich is set over two storeys with a loft-style dining room and relaxed eating counter. There’s also an attractive terrace for the summer months. Diners can enjoy brunch at weekends, bar snacks, cocktails, lunch and dinner. There's also an extensive gin menu, with 130 different brands.
Must-try dish: Fish fans should plump for the catch of the day.
Champagne + Fromage
Conveniently sited on the edge of Greenwich Market, charming bistro and shop Champagne + Fromage offers an authentic French menu, including tartines, cheese and charcuterie boards, salads, baked cheeses and tempting desserts, all washed down with champagne. The fromagerie offers more than 50 French soft and hard cheeses, from Brie and Comté to blues and Camembert.
Must-try dish: Afternoon tea, which includes a tower of macarons and French cheeses, a cup of tea and a glass of champagne.
Sited next to a golf driving range on the Greenwich Peninsula, this restaurant and wine haven offers more than 600 different wines, many of which are served by the glass. But it’s not all about the wine at Vinothec Compass; the food offering is equally impressive with a casual fine dining menu that’s described as "modern British with Basque influences".
Must-try dish: Pork belly or grilled octopus, and cheesecake with a sweet pistachio crumb for pudding.
Food on the go
From Brazilian churros to Ethiopian vegetarian fare, buzzing Greenwich Market is awash with delicious street food stalls that span the globe. There's a fantastic choice of organic, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options too, such as vegan-friendly Big V Burgers. For the sweet of tooth, there's a glut of cakes, biscuits and chocolates on offer, with top stalls including artisan vegan patisserie Rubys of London, which serves up dairy- and gluten-free doughnuts and cupcakes. The selection of street foods changes daily and there is plenty of seating in the new food court area, including deckchairs. The market is also home to a range of cafes and restaurants.
Must-try dish: Start your day right with a fresh-from-the-oven Chelsea bun at the market’s Peyton and Byrne cafe.
MBNA Thames Clippers Coffee Bars
If you want to grab a snack or a drink during your boat ride to Greenwich from Central London, MBNA Thames Clippers coffee bars serve up a huge range of drinks, from cappuccinos and juices to mojitos and pale ales. Champagne and prosecco is also available for special occasions or if you simply fancy proposing a toast to a fabulous holiday! Snacks include sandwiches, crisps, popcorn, ice cream and more.
Must-try dish: Treat yourself to a yummy pastry.
Pubs that serve food in Greenwich
Just steps away from Greenwich Park, this three-floored, elegant pub has an attractive outdoor terrace. Greenwich Tavern serves up traditional British pub grub, with burgers, fish and chips, and sausage and mash on the menu. There’s also a children’s menu if you have little ones in tow. Unusually for a pub, the Greenwich Tavern offers cocktails as well as beer and real ale.
Must-try drinks: The cocktails! Visit during happy hour between 5pm and 7pm Monday to Friday for 2-4-1 cocktails.
The Sail Loft
Set right on the river Thames and just a short walk from Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum, this riverside pub’s view is its major selling point. Tuck into traditional pub classics at the water’s edge on The Sail Loft's outdoor terrace, or enjoy views of London’s cityscape from the first-floor dining room.
Must-try dish: The seafood. On the menu is crab and shellfish linguine, battered cod and chips, and pan-fried monkfish.
The Old Brewery
Just a stone’s throw from the river and situated behind Sir Christopher Wren’s Old Royal Naval College, The Old Brewery has a brewing history that dates back 350 years. Following a dramatic refurbishment, this Grade II listed pub serves up seasonal British food, as well as a range of London-brewed craft beers and distilled spirits. Visiting in summer? While away a balmy evening in the pub’s expansive outdoor terrace.
Must-try dish: The Sunday roast, with options including pork belly, lemon-thyme chicken and 28-day-aged Aberdeen Angus rump, served with fluffy Yorkshire puddings, crisp roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and lashings of gravy.
Accessible by both boat and Emirates Air Line cable car, The Pilot has a rich history as its building dates back to 1800. Located near The O2 Arena in North Greenwich, the historic boozer also has an impressive claim to fame as it featured in Blur’s music video Parklife. Punters can expect a sumptuous mix of traditional pub classics and modern cuisine.
Must-try dish: A shellfish extravaganza featuring West Mersea rock oysters, king prawns and baby squid ceviche.
Goddards at Greenwich
Frequently hyped as London’s best pie and mash restaurant, family-run Goddards was established in 1890 and serves up a wide range of handmade pies, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. Pie fillings include steak and ale, and lamb and rosemary, and are dished up with mash and liquor or gravy. Traditional puddings include fruit crumble or fruit pie with ice cream or custard.
Must-try dish: The pie and mash, of course!
Sticks n Sushi
Fusing Japanese and Nordic fare, sleek eatery Sticks n Sushi features a mix of sushi and sizzling yakitori sticks, with a choice of chicken, pork, fish, beef and vegetable skewers grilled fresh to order. Friendly and affordable, this restaurant can be found in a listed building in the heart of Greenwich, just moments away from Cutty Sark and Greenwich Park.
Must-try dish: The yakitori sticks.
Eltham Palace Café
Set in a greenhouse at art deco mansion Eltham Palace, this bright and airy, plant-filled cafe opened in 2015 as part of the venue’s new visitor centre. Great for families, the cafe is right next to the children’s play area and offers lunches, including sandwiches and heartier meals, as well as tea and cake.
Must-try dish: If you’re feeling decadent, munch on a delicious cake, scone or biscuit.
Cutty Sark Café
Open to Cutty Sark ticket holders only, the charming Cutty Sark café is located directly beneath the copper hull of the world’s last surviving tea clipper. Serving up sandwiches, cakes, snacks and children’s dishes, the cafe also offers afternoon tea.
Must-try dish: Make your visit memorable by plumping for afternoon tea with a glass of prosecco.
The Orangery at the Fan Museum
Overlooking a Japanese-style garden in the Fan Museum, this beautifully muralled room offers a budget-friendly afternoon tea menu, which is available on Tuesdays and Sundays (when you can make reservations), and Fridays and Saturdays when the Orangery operates a walk-in service. Note that refreshments are only available to museum visitors.
Must-try dish: The afternoon tea which includes a pot of tea or a cafetiere of coffee, Victoria sponge, lemon drizzle cake or salted caramel brownie, and a scone with clotted cream and jam.