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A riverside pub with an entrance up a sidestreet, may be overlooked by comparison with the Trafalgar but I found it a nice place to sit and look out at the river. Had a half of Purple Reign (second Prince reference of the day after something about Raspberry Beret in the Admiral Hardy).
rainlight - 3 May 2016 09:02
TOOOO expensive. Pint of Sambrookes Junction, £4.80. Not too many people in on a Friday night. I wonder Why? 10% discount for Camra members brings the pint down but still over £4. moved on to The Plume of Feathers.
rpf1955 - 29 Aug 2015 16:22
Went in for a few beers on the 20th june the place was buzzing ,a really great atmosphere the Maltese landlord really seems too have turned this pub around . A very well done sir,keep it up. After going into the Trafalgar we wished we had stayed in here. So will you. This pub is now back in our top 5 pubs in Greenwich
gpca - 28 Jun 2015 16:16
Again another Greenwich pub i have been meaning to go into for years.
Very busy due to the firework display on the river. Getting served was a chore, but just after i sat down the bar cleared, it was then i saw the Camra 10% discount sign, alas to late. It would have bought my Windsor and Eaton Conqueror at £4.35 down to a reasonable ish price. Food looked good and plenty was being served.
rpf1955 - 6 Sep 2014 17:46
Well, thats a real shame to read the last comment about this Pub, as we are coming up to Greenwich in November for a leisurely weekend with friends, and were looking forward to a nice meal and pleasant atmosphere here, whilst looking over the Thames.........
DuncanDisorderly - 21 Sep 2013 19:24
Disappointing. I am aware that Taylor & Walker have increased there beer prices.
This pub has been on a downward spiral for well over a year.
The increase in prices can't help. I had an okay pint of ferrymans gold but for £4.05!!!
The head of the pint (and all I seen being served was huge).
I asked for it to be topped up and was met with some irritation.
This was strange as the pub only had 4 people in in on a Sat afternoon (not like they were busy).
Make toilets were ROTTEN and stank of stale urine.
I didn't try the food so can't comment.

My main gripe is the price and the (on going) battle to have a pint served how It should be ie at the customers discretion ie head or full pint.

I won't be back - even the cutty sark and the monopoly of Greenwich inc pubs charge less than £4. If the pint, service and pub was exceptional they may have (half a leg) to stand on!

Clearly the summer trade has died. Its time to rely on local trade. As a local - I (sadly) won't be back to this pub.
stan2008 - 21 Sep 2013 15:28
A GOOD HONEST PUB WITH GOOD VIEWS OF THE THAMES [IF YOU CAN GRAB A SEAT THAT IS] CAN GET VERY BUSY AT TIMES ON A SATURDAY NOT IT SEEMS A TOURIST TRAP UNLIKE THE TRAFALGAR AROUND THE CORNER .TURN LEFT OUT OF THE PUB AND WALK ALONG THE PATH TO THE CUTTY SARK PUB
gpca - 19 May 2013 19:01
Underrated pub, located as it is between the swisher Trafalgar and Cutty Sark.
It is ok in here. It is just enough off the main track so as not to be mad busy.
You can often get a great seat overlooking the window even on a weekend night (you will not manage this in one of the other 2 I mentioned).
It is a little dark and dated with a rubbish carpet but so what...
bigaerials - 16 Feb 2013 17:04
Called in here on Saturday 14 July, about 6:30pm, after visting the Cutty Sark, and some other visitor attractions around the Greenwich area, we found it by accident really, after wandering in off the narrow street on which it is situated, and liked the atmosphere in here immediately, nice happy crowd at the Bar and another crowd up the steps looking out over the Thames, music was just about the right level too. We sat in the Dining Room area, which is clearly set out, and the window tables have a great view over the Thames, and we sat in one of those. Staff were extremely helpful and very pleasant when we ordered our Meals at the Bar, and they were then brought out pretty quickly, and were both excellent indeed, the drinks were not expensive, and neither was the food. So we stayed a LOT longer than we thought, and just enjoyed chatting about where we had just visited, and looking out at the superb view on offer here. Great Pub all round in my opinion, and well worth a visit if you are in the area.......
DuncanDisorderly - 16 Jul 2012 09:53
Will never go back to this place. Table for 8 booked for 1.30 pm lunch today. Staff gave our table away - told us it woud be another 15 mins. By 3.15 pm we were still waiting. Staff couldn't care less.

Add in the filthiness of the place and 5 bottles of wine marketed up to nearly 20! NEVER AGAIN.
agmcbride - 4 Jun 2012 21:45
Very nice pub, served just what I wanted!!
Thewill1212 - 16 May 2012 16:24
Will certainly give it another try. Thanks
mazza1959 - 22 Feb 2012 20:01
A one room pub situated right on the river Thames.

Served a decent pint of real ale (London Gold) and looked to do a god trade in food.

Good service from pleasant bar staff.

The only issue for me was the very loud music played, for an afternoon session it seemed a bit "over the top".
beershot - 4 Oct 2011 17:54
Been a few times, and like this place very much. It's never actually been that busy when I've been here, and I've bagged a window seat relatively easily. Always offers well-kept beers with the option to try. The dining area was the only part of the place laid up for diners, and this was seperate enough so as not to imping on the atmosphere of the pub side. I have ordered food from the bar a few times and it has always been great. If you're into engravings there are loads and loads of wonderful examples on the walls. Spent the evening of Feb 2nd 2001 here, the night the whole of london was snowed in, and it was great to look out onto the river with the blizzard descending.

A winner!
shand83 - 30 Aug 2011 16:20
Extremely friendly service and great views from the picture windows of the Thames.
curioushistory - 4 May 2011 00:24
Nice pub on the river Thames. Looks like they're more interested in being a restaurant nowadays. Doom Bar was off so settled for a pint of Young's London Gold and agree with previous post, it was a bit tired. 2.75 makes it a lot cheaper than other riverside pubs.

zapsincl - 21 Sep 2010 08:37
A year ago I was dithering over which was better of the Yacht and the Cutty Sark and the Yacht now has it hands-down. The only reason to go to the Cutty Sark is to sit on the wall in the sun. If you want decent ale or a nice glass of red wine go to the yacht. The Cutty Sark fails on both counts with dodgy pipes and expensive dishwater.
dan88 - 28 Aug 2010 17:05
Another Greenwich with a lovely riverside position which leads to loads of tourist trade in the season. A particular draw are the raised window tables which were very popular on Saturday but the pub suffers from not having the outside areas of nearby establishments.

There is a lot of wooden panneling internally and a number of leather armchairs and sofas that I am not particulaly fond of. A large screen tv strikes an incongruous note.

Beer wise Doombar and Young's London Gold were on, the latter seeming a bit tired.

It's ok but nearby pubs are better.
flashharry1965 - 27 Jul 2010 11:35
nice food and beer great place to pass away the time
dsteve - 7 Apr 2010 10:15
Visited and eaten here three or four times over the last five years, and it's got much better in recent months (echoing other reviews below). The beer is perfectly serviceable, and the main improvement has been in the food. Could do with a slightly more welcoming attitude from the staff - lovely once you get them going, but as usual you have to talk first.

Lovely spot. Wish they'd been able to rehabilitate an old barge that used to be moored outside as some sort of 'terrace', but it's been towed away.
ferners - 25 Mar 2010 14:09
This place has improved but still isn't quite perfect. Called in for a meal the other day and I had the fish and chips whilst my friend had the pie of the day. My fish was excellent (large portion, nice quality, no bones at all) but the chips were very poor. I didn't bother complaining as they looked to be the oven variety and I couldn't see them being able to improve them too much other than getting them a little warmer. Apart from that it was all fine, lager was cold and the views as always are great so hopefully they'll rectify the minor problem with the chips soon and the rating will then be "Excellent" !
nrj746 - 19 Mar 2010 12:24
Recently this pub has moved, in our humble opinion from about 10th to 1st in the Greenwich pub league table. Given that we're locals we go to quite a few in the area for a bit of food or a quiet drink.

The Drink was never a problem with lovely beer and really good wines..
The food however was awful and the layout was all wrong rendering most of the middle part of the pub unwelcoming..

A change in layout making full use of the gorgeous open fire makes every inch of the pub now really accessible.. But by far the biggest improvement is the food.. In a month I've eaten the Tower Burger 4 times on the way home.. I've also had the lasagne which was gorgeous altogether..

A really lovely inviting homely cosy pub, with great views, great music and great food..

forget any reviews prior to the new menu that came in in November 2009 and give it another shot.. please please please keep it up.. 10 all round
simonmaguire - 2 Jan 2010 17:21
Not a bad pub, been here a number of times and had a few meals here - ordered a steak here before which was cold when it got to my table, however had a roast dinner on sunday and it was VERY nice in both quality and portions. Decent beer available, service was quite sloppy though (first guy that served me walked off half way through ordering). I'll give it 7/10.
sir_adam_of_downham - 14 Oct 2009 17:48
Decent beer, nice views over the river if you can get a table by the windows. Some very strange looking S&M types at a private function in the 'restaurant' section the last time I was there only added to the evening. Not bad at all.
GreenwichGraham - 13 Sep 2009 13:09
Nice pub, friendly staff and stunning views. They serve a nice selection of lagers and ales, and the food is great as far as pubs go. The only negative points I find are the fact that they don't have an open space to soak the sun facing the river, and that they don't have a tele to show sports on.
mikeshinoda - 8 May 2009 04:40
Shocking. One single member of staff trying to run the whole pub, the ale was dire, I am not sure how they managed to get it to taste of nothing but metal but it did. I tried the fish and chips and it was poor, soggy and not hot and the chips had been undercooked, it was inedible. I complained and was given my money back without a smile or anything bar a curt sorry. Disgraceful.
publover25 - 24 Apr 2009 15:30
Please do take my comment seriously as I do not want anyone else having an accident. No body checked on my mother.
mazza1959 - 18 Apr 2009 20:28
Please be aware of the seating in the dining area. My elderly mother sat on a chair and it completely collapsed and she fell to the floor. The chairs are so ancient and should be checked.Was not offered a free drink or discount.VERY POOR
mazza1959 - 18 Apr 2009 20:21
Went to The Yacht for lunch today, a bad idea all round. Pub full, one young girl trying to run the pub single handed. Waited five minutes and walked out.

Never again.
ericstadd - 8 Apr 2009 22:15
Nice pub with a lot of seating available looking out onto the river - very pleasant in the evening. The beer was ok, but the food really let the place down on this occasion. A few of us had the fish and chips, and although it wasn't frozen as in a previous review, it was luke-warm at best. Staff weren't particularly competent either, especially given there were only about 10 people in the entire pub!
bananaco - 31 Mar 2009 20:03
this was not good. the staff were truly rubbish and the fish my friend ordered was still frozen in the middle. we got our money back and moved on.
aussiefi - 16 Feb 2009 12:35
Great little pub, which surely must be picking up trade from the now lamentable Cutty Sark Tavern and the Trafalgar. Had a couple in here a few weeks back and was surprised at how much I really liked it in here.

In the past this pub might have been considered the poor relation to it's more historic neighbours, but this worm has most definitely turned. And for the better. And I think the fact that it was so busy in here is testament to that.

Will come back again next time I'm in Greenwich.
PigPen_in_the_Fens - 15 Feb 2009 13:36
It's a good sight better than The Trafalgar. There's nearly always free seating, the drinks are quite reasonably priced and while none too varied in the cider arena I was really impressed with the Christmas beers on tap last month. The food's pretty good too, with their rendition of fish & chips as good as any in a pub of this kind. It's by no means one for the die-hard obscurist but as a resting-place after a stroll in Greenwich Park it really can't be beat'.
kid_b - 16 Jan 2009 00:42
ok, as an update to my last review, the more expensive but generally much better Cutty Sark down the road now has the black sheep back again. Hence Cutty Sark now has it hands-down for me.
dan88 - 13 Jan 2009 17:48
I have been to this pub 3 times before, my latest was about 1 week ago. I found this my favourite visit. (opposed to previous visits which were average) the pub seems to be friendlier and have a nice atmosphere. for the first time i have been here my friends and i got table service when we ordered food, if it keeps this style of service up i would highly recomend.

also the views are unbeatable
pub_boy - 3 Jan 2009 00:08
nice beer selection, i think better than the cutty sark down the road, also less expensive. Not as nice a pub to sit in though, less atmosphere, more chainy.. Nice view of the river if you get a good table.
dan88 - 12 Dec 2008 18:26
Only tourists in there as far as I could see, with prices to match. Like the Trafalgar next door it has excellent views over the river. Had Okells Bitter (an IOM brew that I had never seen before) which was absolutely superb. Preferred it to the Trafalgar as the seating and layout seemed more comfortable even though it was a much darker (literally not spiritually!) pub. I think I have yet to find the best pubs in Greenwich I would not visit Greenwich just to go to the Yacht.
RexRattus - 2 Jun 2008 01:36
Decent pub, tucked away down a side alley, that rarely seems busy during the week. Suspect it picks up tourist trdae at weekends. As mentioned by previous posters, good view of the river, so I always wonder why there are not more customers. Part of a company chain, although can't for the life of me remember who - but its the same menu as The Crown in Blackheath. No problem with the clientele.

Usually have 2 or 3 real ales on, with at least one of them rotating on a regular basis. I happened to visit during a beer festival so there was an additional choice. Drank my way through several pints of Hobgoblin and Specky Hen, both in reasonable condition.

Good place for a hassle-free drink.
Mercurial - 10 Apr 2008 14:28
Arguably better views than the Trafalgar Tavern next door, but the inside is a bit chainy. Large menu with standard pub grub which looked nice enough. Had three beers on, the Pride was as about ad good as it ever is.
I always think you can smell the toilets in here, although my companions didnt.
Overall nice enough, and slightly more of a pub than the Trafalgar, but not as good as the Cutty Sark 5mins further on.

mrse1 - 20 Mar 2008 19:39
This was a nice little place, tucked away behind the Trafalgar. Always had a nice atmosphere - warm, and the promise of something idiosyncratic happening, like walking in on a party and being offered crisps. Always a good place to go after a sunny (or even wintry) afternoon in Greenwich park. Great views of the Thames in the evening, too.
codebreaker - 3 Mar 2008 21:35
Visited again before Xmas and have to say the food was very, very poor. My friend's pie was cold inside and both of us were unwell the day after. The food is very obviously microwaved and, compared to a pub like New Cross' Royal Albert, you can get a proper, freshly-cooked meal for the same price. Joins The Cutty Sark on my list of local pubs not to be revisited.

As for the beer, well, a so, so choice and not very well kept.
JonW999 - 12 Jan 2008 22:13
Visited this pub whilst walking the Thames Path. Nice views and beer but the food service was very poor. Give it a miss! We had to wait 40 minutes for our food and when my fish and chips arrived it was luke warm and my wife's food was cold. My wife asked for it to be reheated and after 15 minutes I had finished my fish and chips and my wife was still waiting. We decided to leave and were refunded for my wife's meal. Incidently, the food arrived without any cutlery and this took another 5 minutes to appear.
John44 - 31 Dec 2007 09:27
Been in here a few times- very friendly staff- the view is amazing over the river Thames. Always clean and tidy and defenetly a cozy place to visit in winter with the fire and candles, creates a perfect chilled out atmosphere- if you can find this one it is we worth it- clue for you- behind the Trafalgar Tavern.
smellhead - 5 Nov 2007 19:54
Nice pub. Much improved bar staff. Revamped but not naffly. Definitely worth getting a pint here. This has now become one of our (favourite) locals!
Moomin - 25 Mar 2007 20:47
Following on from oliver's comments regarding the refurb; Didn't even notice that there had been one. Not a criticism - most pub refurb's are horrific and should be avoided, after all how many once great pubs fade into nothingness after being subjected to one?

Okay, the Yacht is just as it was the last time I was herre - with the exception of the bar staff 100% more friendly than before and dare i say it easier ont he eye as well. There was a good atmos and the beers was cold, very cold. Which is a good thing. Will come again when in London.
PigPen_in_the_Fens - 22 Mar 2007 13:32
Recently refurbished but the only difference I could see is that they have moved the quiz machine about 15 feet to the other side of the pub. Money well spent I think. They also decided to clean all four beer lines at once on my last visit. Annoying.
anonymous - 23 Feb 2007 22:24
was in here last week, great pub,great river view,beer was lovely if a bit pricey,but over all seemed like a nice place to while away an after noon over looking the Thames
vinnnie - 19 Feb 2007 17:00
Called in mid afternoon on a works pub crawl a couple of days ago. Really good Christmas ales on and a friendly welcome from the chap behind the bar.
nrj746 - 22 Dec 2006 11:54
not a bad pub really. nice cozy sofas and ace views of the thames at night, real ales very tastey and the staff seem well informed. i hear there getting done up in early january some sort of refurb should be pretty cool. would recomend a visit definatly a better choice to the traf next door
anonymous - 13 Dec 2006 17:58
Ate their last weekend. Views are great, big windows right on the river. Food was okay - very average pub grub. Recommend the Bishops Tipple ale.
motley101 - 11 Dec 2006 12:06
one of the few not wrecked by greenwich inc...not that bad! had a great wedding reception in there a couple of weeks ago! ....lose the beatles music though it's naf!
anonymous - 7 Sep 2006 21:08
Was here at the weekend and, although the atmosphere and layout are nice, was not impressed by the food and disgusted by the service. Ordered bangers and mash, which cost the best part of 10 and was a couple of manky sausages and a tiny blob of what I'm fairly sure was Smash. And no gravy, despite it being advertised as including 'onion gravy' on the menu. When asked politely if I could have the absent gravy, the barman became surly and, when he brought the food over, huffed and puffed and made a big point of saying how he 'had to make it especially'. It was f@cking Bisto. Really, don't eat here.
Wooz - 29 Aug 2006 09:13
Chilled out staff, good separation of the eating people from the drinking people. Food's fine, no worse than anywhere else in the gastronomic wasteland of Greenwich. The best rainy day river views. Nice boozer.


anonymous - 12 Jun 2006 09:27
This pub is awful! The first time I went here it I ordered fish & chips. We were told, "we haven't got any chips", so I tried to order a jacket potato. "we haven't got any potatos". Then I chose chicken...guess what? They didn't have any chicken! I asked them if they had any food at all, they only had sandwiches that day!

A couple of months later I stupidly decided to give this awful pub a second chance. I wish I hadn't. I was with a friend, she ordered scampi and I choose pasta. Her meal came, she ate all of her meal and I was still waiting for mine, nearly an hour later. We asked why my meal was taking so long and the guy said, "oh, we haven't got any pasta!" I was so livid. I wasted my whole lunch hour in this place. I demanded a refund. The barman reluctantly gave me the money and said "yeah, yeah, we are busy you know".

Please take my advice, never, ever, waste your time visiting this pub! They don't have any food and the customer service...what customer service??
zxcvbn - 7 Apr 2006 15:16
Was a pretty good pub a few years back when it used to be poular with locals. 'Modernisation' took away much of the character and the customers. If you are desperate for a pint and the Trafalgar is too busy this is an option.
greenwich_paul - 21 Jan 2006 10:15
Dwarfed by the more imposing Trafalgar, but this adds to the charm. Yet another pub that's good to relax in.
The service, beer and food are all good.
kriekboozer - 18 Aug 2005 17:40
A more homely and down-market pub than its immediate neighbour the Trafalgar. This is like a working class seaside pub - something left over from a run-down Butlins camp. It has the same view of the Thames as the Trafalgar, but the scene is less impressive when seen from such humble surroundings and through such dilapidated and dirty windows. As a bonus the pub does a range of guest ales - though mostly from the regionals or larger independents. My London Pride was very tasty.
SilkTork - 16 Jul 2005 10:00
Good looking pub with outstanding views of the river. However, it's very smoky, full of loud boring people and dining parties, and the bar staff are just plain rude. I got a snotty look for ordering a half pint, and the ale was only so-so. The Cutty Sark just up the road leaves this place in the dust for atmosphere, friendliness and quality.
foxski - 20 Feb 2005 20:35
Stumbled across this pub by chance, great selection of real ales that seem to be well looked after (more than you can say for some places), lovely views of the river and a friendly atmosphere. Landlord was an entertaining and welcoming character,would recommend this place for a quiet drink or a night out with friends
BeerBaron - 11 Dec 2004 23:52
Did our wedding. Great service. Fed 40 people in great surroundings. Real ale drinkers in our party felt right at home. PS Serve Pepsi, not Coke. And it wasn't flat!!!
anonymous - 29 Nov 2004 23:52
Miserable pub with miserable staff - only good to get away from the Trafalgar Tavern.
Darryl - 25 Oct 2004 18:04
A great pub with excellent ales. The management were very good but the strange barmaid with glasses are brown hair was extremely rude and let down a great pub, then again still worth a try
Steve - 23 Jul 2004 01:31
Dreadful. They served up flat coke [interesting to see that someone else had the same treatment a week before] and then we too got a load of abuse from the arrogant and unpleasant manager and his barmaid.He proceeded to throw us out for daring to complain-avoid at all cost.
chris - 8 Apr 2004 17:48
This is one of the worst pubs that I have ever been to. I ordered some drinks, which the barmaid mixed up, and which she was tasting to find out which ones were which. i have reported the pub to health and safety.
ella - 8 Apr 2004 14:29
I went to this pub on Sunday 21st March, the bar staff were rude and unhelpful, we returned a couple of flat cokes and received a torrent of abuse for our troubles...did they really think we had nothing better to do with our time?..shame as pub has good potential!
Holly - 22 Mar 2004 11:37
We took an American friend here because she wanted a traditional English pub meal. We like it. It had good food at reasonable prices. The tables with a river view were nice.
Karen - 30 Oct 2003 19:38
It's just like many other Scottish and Newcastle pubs, nasty! I felt unwelcome by the staff and it was seriously over-priced!
Jim - 29 May 2003 19:42
Nasty pub, expensive drinks and horrible food, I'd recommend walking further up the road to the Cutty Sark Tavern or the Pelton Arms than giving trade to this place. Better than the Trafalgar Tavern though.
Jason - 2 May 2003 11:56

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