The Old Brewery – Good enough for Johnny Depp!

As we walked through the grounds of the Old Royal Naval college in Greenwich we passed a sign from the Producers of Pirates of the Caribbean 4 apologising for the inconvenience caused by the filming, not sure you can be inconvenienced by Johnny Depp filming next door!

The Old Brewery certainly has the look of a venue that would suit an A list celebrity. It has justifiably won the Time Out 2010 Eating and Drinking Awards for Best New Design.

It is a lovely location, with great outdoor space, a stylish bar and a large restaurant that somehow manages to be cool and artistic as well as warm and inviting. This is acheived by using very effective lighting and a having  huge artwork made from beer bottles hanging from the ceiling (sounds naff but it works). Even stranger is that by day, the restaurant space acts as a cafe  for the Discover Greenwich tourist attraction.

The food is British and each course can be matched with a Beer. The Old Brewery is owned by Meantime Brewing Company.

I started with a bowl of Devilled Whitebait with caper mayonnaise. My companion had a beautifully presented pork dish (it looked rather like an ice cream wafer), and a steak cooked exactly to order. For my main course I had mutton served with new potatoes.

The service was a bit weak, we brought our drinks in from the bar and only ordered one other glass of wine with the meal, they missed several opportunities to sell more alcohol, but I am being picky here, as on the whole I really rated this place.

Also on the question of cost, the meal here was actually about the same price as Fish and Chips in the Mayflower.

Marks out of 10

Food 6.7

Service 5

Ambience 7


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