Greenwich Union

Greenwich Union

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As a World Heritage Site, birthplace of four monarchs, and the home of time itself, Greenwich can get a little busy with tourists. Not so the Greenwich Union. It's perched on a hill to the west of the park, where only locals and those in the know doth venture.

The Union is the original ‘brewery tap’ of Greenwich’s well-respected Meantime Brewing Company, and the older sibling of the Old Brewery, so unsurprisingly the bar is lined and the fridges are filled with a variety of Meantime offerings, from its classic pale ales (available from both keg and cask) to its interesting coffee or chocolate-oriented stouts and porters and European-style wheat or fruit beers. The pub also stocks a barnstorming catalogue of bottled beers, handily listed and explained in this PDF, and you can even buy them to take home. No lack of choice, then.

The premises, while more contemporary than many traditional pubs, are still comfortable and relaxed. On a Saturday afternoon the pub is largely occupied by young well-turned out groups and families with kids, many of whom are tucking into the decent-looking menu. Mains are in the £10-£12 range, and there's a special stout and oyster night on Fridays. The place really comes alive in the summer when a cosy beer garden is buzzing with bright young things.

Compared to many of the dismal tourist-traps of the same postcode district (though not the excellent Richard I next door), the Union stands out for its comfortable, contemporary and relaxed take on excellent brewing, and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

On Twitter as @GreenwichUnion.

Last updated May 2015.


Address: 56 Royal Hill London SE10 8RT

Phone: 020 8692 6258


Monday: midday-11pm

Tuesday: midday-11pm

Wednesday: midday-11pm

Thursday: midday-11pm

Friday: midday-11pm

Saturday: 11am-11pm

Sunday: 11.30am-10.30pm

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