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It’s hard to beat the riverside location of this historic Greenwich boozer (dating from 1837). At high tide, take a seat in a bay window projecting over the Thames – ideally with a pint from the
choice of guest ales – & you’ll feel like you’re practically in the water. The atmospheric bar, with its dark-green walls & oil paintings of naval battles, seems to have changed little
since Charles Dickens & William Gladstone drank here. By contrast, the large Collingwood Restaurant (fish is a forte) feels rather corporate, packing in tourists & displaying special offers
on wine. All this history comes at a price; whitebait with paprika mayonnaise, the house special, costs £7 & you’ll pay upwards of £15 for mains, including baked haddock & Welsh rarebit, or
spiced leg of lamb.
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020 8858 2909
Island Gardens Station 477m
Island Gardens Tube Station 477m
National Maritime Museum 369m
Mon-Sun 12N-10pm ( Sun -10.30pm)
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I have today taken some visitors to London for a bar meal at the Trafalgar Tavern on their first visit to Greenwich
to see the Cutty Sark, and wanting to try the renowned Greenwich Whitebait.. In past this has been the ideal
choice: I have not been for a year or so but knowing of the popularity of the venue I assumed it had not changed.
How wrong I was, the location is excellent but the food is DIRE. I have never been so embarrassed in my
choice of eatery than I was today. The presentation of the food was very poor for a start: the Welsh Rarebit was
one and a half overcooked slices of a bloomer loaf on a plate with no garnish whatsoever with a mixture whose only flavour was the mustard. The Greenwich Whitebait was a large ramekin of whitebait in thick batter and overcooked
in tainted oil with a pot of pink mayonnaise, again with no garnish; the Ploughmans comprised three small
triangles of tasteless cheddar, a quarter of an apple, a couple of small pickled onions and a small amount of
endive accompanied by two slices of white sliced bloomer bread. NONE OF THIS FOOD TASTED THE LEAST
BIT PLEASANT AND IT WAS NOT CHEAP and not what you expect from a venue calling itself a Gastropub.
I don't know what has happened to the Trafalgar Tavern in the past year but the Management needs to buck
up its ideas: offering food of the standard it is currently it does not deserve to survive. My guests are off to eat
at the Gavroche tonight by comparison. Like your previous reviewer we shall not be eating at the Trafalgar again.
Such a shame!
Steak was over cooked and thin as a pancake. Child's meal was full of mustard and Rocky Road ice cream was a poor excuse for vanilla ice cream with a biscuit on the side. Service was very slow. Overall an increadibly disappointing experience. We came back after a wonderful meal last year, but clearly the food and service standards have dropped and prices have increased. We will not be back!!
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