This pub was voted one of the best in Greenwich by Londonist readers.
The Old Brewery is — don't act all startled now — built on the site of an old brewery...one dating back to 1717, in fact, which once served the salty old seadogs of the neighbouring seamen's hospital. It's now a brewery once again, home to the all-conquering Meantime whose ales can be found in a fair percentage of London's pubs.
The interior is small and minimalist, with light wooden furnishings and stool seating beneath a brick-arch ceiling. During anything approaching good weather, the crowds tend to linger in the voluminous beer yard, which seats over 100. There's also a well-respected cafe-cum-restaurant area, which contains the great brass brewing tubs.
Beers are mainly from Meantime, as you'd expect, and mainly on keg. A few intruders, such as the delicious Hopstar, can also be sampled on draught. For those who lack decision making skills, the brewery offers tasting boards featuring four one-third measures for sipping. A fine range of over 50 bottles can also be plundered.
While you're here, be sure to check out the Greenwich visitor centre next door, which contains a surprising number of intriguing exhibits. It's as much a museum as a tourist centre. You should also try the brewery's other venue, up the hill at Greenwich Union.
The wifi password was 'hospital' on our most recent visit (July 2014).