down river to Greenwich, the home of time

Although world-famous for the Meridian Line, Greenwich is also home to the National Maritime Museum, the Old Royal Naval College and the amazing Painted Hall, the Cutty Sark and of course the Royal Observatory.

Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

Greenwich Park is one of London’s eight Royal Parks that extends to a staggering 183 acres with stunning views over the skyline of Canary Wharf on one side and is the gateway to Blackheath on the other.

View across the River Thames from Greenwich

After a bracing walk through the park with H, the mischievous Miniature Schnauzer we’d worked up a healthy appetite.  After a quick ‘Google’ for dog friendly pubs in the area (and there were plenty), we settled on the closest Ye Olde Rose & Crown which was almost next to the park gates and adjacent to the Greenwich Theatre.

Pub in Greenwich - Ye Olde Rose and Crown

We were lucky enough to bag the last table and settled down for a leisurely lunch.  Part of the Greene King chain it offers a traditional pub style menu with pies, burgers, sandwiches together with more substantial “Great British Classics’ and a reasonably priced wine list.

There was just one member of staff on duty at the time who gave us a lovely welcome followed by excellent service. Food was served promptly, piping hot and delicious, couldn’t ask for more.

I remember frequenting this pub when I lived in nearby Rotherhithe many years ago and happily not too much has changed.  Rainbow flags adorn the bar proudly welcoming the local gay community, visitors and tourists alike.  When we visited recently the atmosphere was calm and relaxed, just perfect for a Saturday late lunch session.

Getting there

Greenwich is easily accessible by Tube, the DLR and more recently by London’s only cable car (see my previous post) which crosses the River Thames to the Greenwich Peninsular and the O2 or Millennium Dome as it was formerly known.

Highly recommended for escaping the city for a few hours… check out the tourist information website for all things Greenwich


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