The Old Brewery
We counted 52 different artisanal thirst-quenchers on the menu of Greenwich’s new microbrewery, opened in spring 2010, including Trappist ales, Belgian Lambic varieties and even an unusual yet exquisite smoked number – you’ll be getting a serious London drinking experience here. The Old Brewery is a temple to the amber nectar – and not just because of the excellent salty bar snacks, or the calming, low-lit décor of exposed brickwork and glass (a must, seemingly, if you want to concentrate on your ale). But first, let’s clear up this confusion of whether it’s a new or old brewery. Right: beer has been brewed on this site since Henry VI’s time, though it had stood empty for 20 years before the much-admired Greenwich-based Meantime Brewery (Fergus Henderson is a fan) came and installed beautiful copper-clad vats and the like for more merry ale-making, as overseen by Meantime’s founder and award-winning brewmaster Alistair Hook. Old thus became new. Overlooking the Thames, this destination venue (with a café, restaurant and museum, and plenty of site-specific brews) already sees a regular flow of gastro-tourists. The Old Brewery will no doubt be around for a very long time. Again.