Richard I

Richard I

This pub was voted among the top 10 pubs in Greenwich by Londonist readers.

There are surprisingly few pubs named after the Lionheart in London. This would boss them all, perched on a hill with a mighty fine collection of worthy attributes. A recent refit by Young's has smartened the old place up. At the time of writing, it still feels a bit too fresh and needs a bit longer to fully bed down, but it surely will. The front room reminds us of something from the Geronimo chain, with a blue paint job, comfortable side-seating and the popular bay windows. Out back, you'll find one of the city's best pub conservatories, mostly given over to diners. The crowning glory comes in the shape of a generously sized beer garden, replete with heaters and awnings for the notorious British summer. A number of Young's ales are on draught, along with a couple of guests, including London microbreweries like By The Horns and Five Points.

Meantime's Greenwich Union pub is literally next door — you could play a round of blind badminton over the garden fence if you felt like it. With two other pubs just a few paces up the hill, this could be the laziest pub crawl you ever undertake. The Richard I is the best, though.

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Quiz night is Tuesday.

Last updated May 2015.

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Address: 52-54 Royal Hill London SE10 8RT

Phone: 020 8692 2996

Email:
richardfirst@youngs.co.uk

Website:
http://www.richardthefirst.co.uk/

Monday: 11am-11pm

Tuesday: 11am-11pm

Wednesday: 11am-11pm

Thursday: 11am-11pm

Friday: 11am-11pm

Saturday: 10am-11pm

Sunday: noon-10.30pm

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Bluesman

Pre-children and pre-refit would absolutely agree with this. Fines ales and good pies.

My experience with a child in tow, well behaved and during the day, has been it is just not welcoming.