If you want to broaden your mind and educate your palate, two new openings are sure to give you food (and drink) for thought. The Meantime Brewing Company is opening up a restaurant, café, bar and six barrel experimental brewery at the Old Naval College in Greenwich and at the Natural History Museum, the Warner brothers have added yet another landmark restaurant to their cultural portfolio.
The World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich has a brewing pedigree dating back to Tudor times when a brew-house was built in 1717 to supply the Royal Naval Hospital pensioners with a 3-pint daily ration of beer (practically double a man’s safe weekly intake according to current government advice!)
By day, whilst Discover Greenwich is open, the Main Hall of the magnificent Grade II listed building full of copper beer tuns and suspended bottles will be run as a cafe selling sandwiches and cakes but by night, the room will be transformed into a destination restaurant where, as one might expect, beer will be integral to many dishes: Shucked Oysters marinated in Hospital Porter, Beer-Cured Salmon and chocolate beer sorbet. Don’t worry though, for purists there’s also plenty of the amber stuff to be savoured unadulterated.
Adjoining the Main Hall, will be a bar and courtyard displaying the bottle and glass collections of esteemed beer connoisseur, the late Michael Jackson. Meantime’s founder Alastair Hook is no poodle of the nanny state and the signature beer is an oak-aged Porter packed with malt, liquorice, chocolate and caramel flavours, brewed to a 1750’s recipe and weighing in at 8% ABV!
Tutored beer tastings will take place in the cellars below – also home to Meantime’s experimental workshop where the team will trial, tinker and ultimately create brand new limited edition beers as they delve into the of the history books!
But if the Prehistoric Age is more to your taste, make sure you stop off at The Restaurant at the Natural History Museum. We can’t promise Terrasaurus Teriyaki but all day options include salads and sharing boards plus head chef, Richard Carter’s more substantial fare of Scottish Salmon & Smoked Haddock Fishcakes with spinach and lemon butter sauce and Cornish Lamb Shoulder & Pearl Barley Stew with rosemary dumplings. All main courses are priced under £10 and, make no bones about it (sorry), a family roast of the day for two adults and two kids at £35 is a damn fine deal.
The Old Brewery, The Pepys Building, The Old Royal Naval College, SE10 www.oldbrewerygreenwich.com
The Restaurant at the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 www.nhm.ac.uk