Happy Birthday to South London’s secret sunken treasure
Greenwich’s gorgeous Guildford Arms is four years young this month and, to celebrate this popular neighbourhood haunt, known for its fantastic food and idyllic sunken garden, it has been treated to a mini-makeover.
Loved by locals, the elegant first floor restaurant Guy Awford at The Guildford Arms and the cosy, more relaxed pub downstairs are now united by a less formal but equally fabulous menu devised by Guy himself. A chilled out, welcoming pub feel now runs throughout, including in the sunken garden which is heated in the colder months so it can be a true London oasis all year round. Who else can offer that aye??
Guy’s distinctive modern British style has already won him a reputation in the industry, with local legend Inside, the pub’s sister restaurant round the corner recommended in the Michelin Guide and runner up in Time Outs best neighbourhood restaurant. The new menus are inspired by making the most imaginative use of the finest British produce and will change regularly to reflect the best of what’s in season, which keeps things interesting!
The Guildford Arms team pride themselves on making absolutely everything they serve – from chutneys and oatcakes to pasta and ice cream, using ingredients sourced wherever possible from local suppliers who share their passion for freshness and quality – spanking fresh fish from The Fishmonger, free-range meat from traditional butchers Drings and fine artisan cheese from The Cheeseboard, all in Greenwich. Drinks meanwhile come courtesy of Greenwich’s famous Meantime Brewing Company, with their on-site state-of-the-art brewery, and Theatre of Wine, champion of small producers.
Expect treats like butter roast quail or heritage beetroot salad, followed by pan-fried wild halibut with roast shallot mash, girolles and salsify or slow-cooked pork belly with Swiss chard, puy lentils and ravigote sauce. As well as the main menu there’ll be a streamlined mid-week lunch menu on offer, with starters for just £5 and mains for £10, plus a tempting blackboard of bar snacks and hearty suppers. Munch on salt cod fritters or pulled pork sliders with a craft beer or two, or the more peckish can tuck into a comforting home-made fish pie or slow-cooked ox cheek followed by chocolate brownie sundae or elderflower bavarois for those with room!
Happy Birthday you guys!