Cutty Sark Tavern

Posted by Colin

Where: 4-6 Ballast Quay, SE10
Cost: Mains approx £10 per person
Twitter: @CuttySarkPub

I miss Summer. With the weather getting ever colder I long for the longer days when you can stroll down by the Thames without wearing countless layers. On such balmy occasions there is hardly a finer place in London to sit and watch the world go by than at the Cutty Sark Tavern slightly downstream from Greenwich.

A firm favourite of ours, we had never actually been along during the dark months of winter. So when the pub suggested via Twitter that we should come along and try their new venison pie, how could we resist?

Sunset from the Cutty Sark Tavern last year

Sunset from the Cutty Sark Tavern last year

Whilst we normally sit outside in the summer, winter brings a chance to soak in the beautiful dark wood interior.

Sitting upstairs also allows you to gaze out of the window across the water in the same way you can from the benches outside.

We decided to go for two starters to split between us: salt & pepper squid, coriander, chilli & lime along with Gressingham smoked duck, heritage beetroot, walnuts and watercress. The starters were nice enough, but didn’t set the world on fire.

However, our mains of venison pie were divine. They came out in their own individuals pots complete with lids. Lifting the lid revealed a gorgeous shepherd’s pie but with venison mince instead of lamb. The potato was creamy and smooth and the venison the perfect hearty antedote to the winter blues.

I am pretty sure there were even little bits of dark chocolate hidden amongst the filling. My only criticism was that it was a little over seasoned, with the pepper taste a tad too strong.


A pub for all seasons. In summer make sure you’re there to sip a cool glass of wine as the sun sets behind Canary Wharf. In the winter move inside to take advantage of the beautiful Georgian interior and their hearty selection of beautifully cooked fare.


Rose and Crown

Where: 199 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16
When: 03/11/12
Twitter: @roseandcrown16

Saturday afternoon saw us settle down for a spot of lunch at the Rose and Crown in Stoke Newington. Our friends were getting married in St. Mary’s Church right opposite the pub and had recommended it as a good place for a bite to eat before the ceremony – we weren’t disappointed. Owned by the same family since 1986, it is a perfect winter pub with dark oak interior, complete with real log fire. We nestled on a table next to the flames and examined the menu. Ruth went for the warm goat’s cheese salad, whilst I opted for the prawn, mussels and squid risotto. We both washed it down with a glass of white Rioja.

Considering the pub was busy with a lot of the guests from the wedding, the food came promptly and was absolutely delicious. My prawns were cooked perfectly and the risotto had just enough of a chilli kick to provide plenty of warmth without making your eyes water. Ruth’s goat’s cheese was perfectly caramelised on the outside whilst maintaining its indulgent gooey centre.


Top notch pub grub. The food was heavenly and we would recommend it to anyone. A real British pub, it would be the ideal place to kick back with a glass of mulled wine now that we are firmly in scarf and gloves season. Grab a board game from behind the bar and settle in for a cosy afternoon next to the log fire. The pub also has a quiz night on Tuesdays.