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Catering for tourists mainly. Greene King's range of beers are normally underwhelming and no massive difference to that here. Sun trap beer garden. About 50 dogs in the garden.

terenced - 25 Mar 2019 08:01
Greedy king pub,Chris kamara beer crap,miserable staff,awful toilet,worst of the day!
talesofthebar - 22 Jul 2018 14:32
Saturday afternoon, clearly catering for tourists and families who wish to eat rather than drinkers. However beer in good condition.
Aztecgoat - 7 Feb 2015 21:31
Visited on a Tuesday evening, quiet, with music playing in the background, interesting choice of real ales including some I'd never heard of.
Not a lot of atmosphere, but friendly efficient staff and well kept beer.
All together a perfectly pleasant pub (at least on a quiet night) but nothing special
Penguino257 - 1 Oct 2013 22:45
gpca - 16 May 2013 22:06
Quite boring pub. Decor is that low-risk modern 'hotel lobby' style. I suppose it would be good for tourists but regular pub goers may wish to try elsewhere. They do have a couple of Greene King ales on tap but this doesn't feel like a proper pub anymore, maybe it once did. No soul.
Richard_ReadingFC - 14 Jan 2013 13:52
I'm not usually a visitor to Greene King pubs but my mates were hungry and I have eaten there in the past. Had Old Golden Hen [not met this one before] which was good. Everyone, including me, enjoyed the food which was reasonably quickly delivered and the staff very friendly. A bit too much of the 'is everything OK?' for my liking but would definitely return.
TiaMariaJim - 14 Nov 2012 09:53
I have to disagree with the previous (1st time post ... ahem) post from vodkalover.

I used to drink here quite often, as it was one of the few pubs in Greenwich to have a beer garden and place is notorious for slow slow service.

Attracts a lot of tourists whcih accounts for it usually being 3 deep at the bar with 2 people serving.

One of the poorest pubs in Greenwich.
Pat_Bateman - 6 Nov 2012 10:33
Got to say one of the best pubs I have visited in Greenwich.
So pleased with the customer service, staff seem so happy and are helpful when it comes to the product knowledge and helping you choose.
A little over priced, but if you want a decent pub I suppose you need to pay a decent price.

4 Ales on tap! Old Golden Hen which I had not seen before, staff were happy to give me a taster though :)

Had such a winter feel to it with its open fires and lamps could have honestly sat there all night.
Did not eat but food looked good, fish and chips came on a large wooden board which I thought was quirky. The menu verged on Gastro but still had all your traditional pub favourites.
Going to go back for the Saturday night Jazz, lived in Greenwich all my life and this has to be the first pub I have visited that makes me want to come back... even with its large tourist following I still feel like a regular and as Cheers would say ' Where everybody knows your name'
V0dkal0ver - 5 Nov 2012 22:39
An arguably rather dull and unmemorable establishment, though one which seemed to fundamentally deliver on all the main areas of concern - most cask ales were inevitably from the GK stable but 1 guest featured and was served and conditioned well enough. Staff on the bar were pleasant and efficient (business was reasonably brisk being a dry Saturday afternoon during the Olympic Games period). The interior was smart with plenty of seating (aimed partly I think at eaters though we weren't hungry). The exterior is notable at the rear as there is a capacious garden which was home to a mix of punters from American tourists to locals. Toilets were as I recall in reasonable order.

No detailed or indulgent review possible here because the above paragraph just about sums the Kings Arms up; not especially great but certainly not bad. A reasonable inclusion for a Greenwich-wide pub crawl, but I'd guess you'd be quite bored if you outstayed your welcome here.

TWG - 7 Aug 2012 11:30
Beer on the pricey side but it is Greenwich after all. Selection of 4 ales but mostly Greene King. Great Sunday roast served and friendly staff. They should open later on weekends.
joe_blackheath - 31 Oct 2011 10:06
What a cracking pub. Great ale especially the Meantime Pale Ale which according to the bar maid is brewed in Greenwich. Food much better than a few years ago and friendly staff. I think they have recently changed management as the place seems to be very clean. Quiz night wasn't too busy but everyone enthusiastic. I'll be back soon.
grace_j - 4 Oct 2011 15:12
Do not go there on a Sunday evening, especially before Bank Holiday Monday as you may encounter young children (who should have been in bed), running about the pub screaming, running out of one front door on to the street and in again via the other front door on the main street, approximately 20 times, while the parents and the Kings Arms staff appeared oblivious. The staff were informed and retorted that it was up to the parents and then apologised to the parents for the views of the complainant customers. Luckily no harm came to the children and therefore nobody at Greenwich Council Social Services became culpable. A very poor pub for Greenwich.
angie35 - 29 Aug 2011 01:23
I love xmas decs in the pub, atmosphere is really cosy and friendly staff add massive bonus to the experience. didnt eat but i liked what i saw on the plates brought out of the kitchen. will definitely come back :)
jahelkova - 20 Dec 2010 13:18
What a rip-off! £4.55 for a bottle of Marsden's - and from a Greene King pub too. Never again
Barcud - 24 May 2010 23:59
Greene King pub with four casks - IPA, and Hen and two specioals - Bonkers Conkers and Royal London. Pub grub is available for around £7 from 12 - 9pm.

The pub has been altered internally, and has a cookie cutter "trad pub" appearance that you find in many places. The pub feels a bit tired. An OK pub, but nothing special. The screens give a feel of intimacy, but the sauce bottles and heavy carpet are a bit down market.

Overall an average sort of place.
SilkTork - 25 Sep 2009 01:22
Perfectly OK pub, although a bit touristy as you would expect from the location. Good choice of beers. Didn't try the food, so no comment.
graham2 - 3 Aug 2009 20:38
I used to come here regularly, often to eat as well as drink. While the beer is still good and the staff are still friendly, sadly the pub has now been taken over by a large brewery company and the food has become truly terrible. I thought, from the menu, it had just gone a bit mass market, but when it arrived I was actually shocked. I had a lasagne which looked like a cheap corner shop own brand microwave meal for one, all bubbled on top and burnt and chewy at the corners for that 'just hurriedly microwaved at too high a setting' taste. My friend had sausage and 'mash' which was three sausages full of bone and gristle in a sea of gravy which completely hid a tiny blob of potato. I'm really not fussy with food - common as muck, me - but this was just cheap horrible rubbish. I'm very sad that I won't be eating at the King's Arms again and I'll have to find somewhere else now to take friends visiting me for a pub lunch. I got told by one of the staff that he'd stopped eating his lunch there. I'm not surprised.
toriar - 26 Jul 2009 18:35
I am the new manager at The Kings Arms, my aim is to increase service level that we give our guests and offer a wide range of products both food and drink in a great atmosphere both in the pub and outside.
I will be carrying on with the different beers and will be trying new ones to give you all a better choice and the chance to experience different products.

We are open 11-11 Mon-Fri, 10-11 Sat and 10-10.30 Sun. Any questions please call and we will be happy to help 0208 8584544.
arms - 12 May 2009 13:56
Visited this pub on Saturday. Did not like this venue. Service was not goodand it lacked athmosphere.
birdnhandroger - 27 Apr 2009 08:52
What a great little pub! I wandered into the pub last saturday and for a drink and had a great time, I had a reasonably priced drink and a great chat with the handsome young barman, I will swing by next time i'm in that area.
MrSqueers - 27 Feb 2009 13:19
Beautiful pub, Beautiful staff. If you go anywhere else its your fault!
02bwillis - 19 Feb 2009 17:10
Great little pub with one of the best range of ales in Greenwich well worth a visit. we will be back!! foods good too
mrfish - 31 Jan 2009 20:40
Quite average tourist centric pub just down from Greenwich Park. Canít remember what beer was available. As I, such as I always do in these places avoided it.
Stuck to the Stella which was nearly flat.

mrse1 - 3 Sep 2008 15:03
Traditional hostlery full of tourists and people who had travelled much further me and my colleague had.

Queue at the bar was extensive but service was ok. Abbots ale was fine.

Nice looking olde-school pub in a good location.
terenced - 28 Jul 2008 08:58
What a great pub.....

Marvellous little outside area and had a lovely pie and mash.. staff were very friendly and beer tasted really great..

Will ensure a repeat visit next time we are nearby if only for the food !
sam2 - 28 Jun 2008 11:02


I went into the Kings Arms tonight around 7pm (22nd May 08) and unusually for me ordered a pint of Carling. I looked at the options and reviewed a number of suspicious looking half filled pints of lager sitting on the drip trays. Following my order the new bar supervisor started to top up a pint which had lager which had been there for a bit. I asked for a fresh one and this was served. The most DISCUSTING point of my rant is that a new member of bar staff had started tonight and was told to refill these "over pours" and that "only if they notice" should this be changed.

I recall working in a pub where we were regularly forced to top beer up from the drop trays and to be honest. The trays are relatively clean. So whatís the difference? The pub is trying to save on costs, I understand this. But PLEASE if you see a half filled pint of lager or beer on a drip stand watch that you get a fresh pint.....Iím sure trading standards would be interested if this is a habit for this pub. Iím a local rate this pub. The whole thing was driven by the new pub supervisor (the lanky Yorkshire guy seems to have moved on). Take care.

stanstan2008 - 22 May 2008 23:30
Had a nice few pints of Old Speckled Hen in here the other night. Very good! Always a nice atmosphere. Easy to get served by friendly staff. Beer kept well and its not as busy as it should be in the heart of Greenwich. Well worth a visit
cooperob - 30 Oct 2007 11:53
This is an excellent pub. Always walked past it without sampling what brews it may contain, but I'm glad I have now. Despite it's location, I've found it isn't a tourist magnet like other pubs in the area.
kriekboozer - 4 Aug 2007 15:40
I visited here as part of a large group of 30 and was very impressed. All staff were cheerful and the speed of the service was superb.
Alex_Bradford - 20 Jul 2007 14:38
This is a wonderfull pub for sitting quietly in and talking to freinds. The staff are quick and very freindly. A little bit expensive but where is not. If you feel the cold there is always a raging fire in winter and at night on most days
17831918 - 7 May 2007 16:44
Always a good bet this one.

Good efficient bar staff. Proper no smoking area. Decent food. Plenty of comfy seats. Beer Garden. Quizzer. Plenty of space.

Nuff said. No complaints.

8 out of 10
anonymous - 13 Apr 2007 16:26
A T&J Bernard offering, the Kings Arms in picturesque Greenwich is quite an excellent pub. I paid a visit last Saturday (10th Feb) and found it to be a warm, friendly and most pleasant experience. The staff were extremely attentive and efficient and unlike some London pubs, it was nice to see a smile. The beer was served in top condition on my visit and was far more reasonably priced than in some other establishments in the area. Recommended indeed.
HTM69 - 14 Feb 2007 18:06
I would like to respond to the comments being made by CharlyPre, being the licensee of the Kings Arms.
If you are reading this Mr. Charlie, you will remember that you and your friends were extremely drunk when you came in to the pub. As a licensee it is against the law to serve someone whom I deem to have had too much to drink.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the very sincere apology you left me on my mobile, which I still have, for the record, you apologised for your behaviour, and your friends. All is forgotton. Should you wish to be reinstated in the best pub in Greenwich, please give me a call.
anthonyhayde - 31 Dec 2006 20:22
i think mr charlypre is misguided as i visted this establishment last night and found the service to be very attentive, the new management seems to have settled in well. and id also like to remind you that if the management don't want to serve you they dont have to, its little wonder with your attitude that you were served at all.
anonymous - 13 Dec 2006 17:54
Went to this pub last night, got charged double for mediocre food, had bag stolen and because we complained, the Manager Anthony (who's managerial ability and customer relations are equal to that of the work experience kitchen boy) decided to leave the pub instructing his staff to not serve any of us anymore. We couldn't believe it. What a crap pub!
CharlyPre - 19 Nov 2006 11:59
Average pub, improved greatly by the tall, beautiful, though slightly sombre, barman on a Saturday night.
dominique - 8 Oct 2006 18:33
has been a great pub in the past! unfortunately taken over by two individuals who hav'nt a clue how to run it! theres no atmosphere, the staff are appalling, the regulars are all gone, it's crap! i am glad to say that the mentioned managers have now left to go to worcester! yipeeeeeeeee lets hope we get a decent management team again...please!
anonymous - 14 Aug 2006 15:44
Pretty decent beer garden for the area and gives the nearby Gypsy Moth a run for it's money. I was drinking in here after watching En ger land's 6 nil friendly win over Jamaica in the Auctioneer. Food was enjoyable. I would not come here over a Friday or Saturday night though, as the inside of the boozer seemed like it would lack atmosphere, talent or be full of tourists. No good for H-File hunting!! I maybe wrong, but this is certainly a boozer for daytime drinking in the sun if you fancy a change from the Moth and of course, you can get a seat(s) in the garden!!
Searching_for_H_Files - 12 Jul 2006 13:40
I went to this pub on a glorious saturday afternoon thinking it would be lovely to relax in a beer garden with some nice food. This pub was absolutely crap the service was slow and as previously written before the new management took over completely disinterested and i think the spotty teenager is still cooking the food. The mash potato is made using smash and the sausages were so so tough you couldnt cut them.

I would never go here again

ps i had food poisoning afterwards!!!!!!!!!!!
blackkettle - 9 Jul 2006 11:05
I popped in here for the first time not so long ago (been living in the area for five years). Seems like a nice cosey, fairly old-fashioned boozer and I thought it was worth a review because the Courage Best tasted particularly good. I assume this means they know how to keep their beers since usually I find Best fairly ordinary. Now imagine if they started serving Directors!... :)
PhilPub - 8 May 2006 11:59
Some of the earlier comments are a bit harsh but since then this pub has come under new management and has greatly improved.
carterse9 - 3 Aug 2005 10:56
Have been here a few times, went a couple of weekends ago and had a great time. the staff seem like a nice enough group, particularly the ones that have been there for a while now. Great management team, and everyone seems to work so hard yet keeps happy and friendly. Well worth a visit when in greenwich!
anonymous - 12 Nov 2004 13:46
Had a pint of Nelson's Revenge in here which was pretty decent. Friendly barman, clean and tidy pub and not to crowded worth a visit on any pub crawl.
michael - 2 Nov 2004 14:39
Love this pub.. a great atmosphere. a top night out, the regulars are a friendly bunch and the staff and management are excellent. Also fab for food in the day. Anyone who knows this pub will agree! 10/10!
sarah - 31 Oct 2004 11:44
really enjoy this pub, especially in the summer!long serving staff and management plus a gr8 beer garden makes it worth a visit!
drew - 29 Oct 2004 00:00
I think the previous comments are a little harsh. I recentely moved to greenwich and find it a great little pub in which i visit frequently.
Chris - 21 Oct 2004 22:07
cool pub with a good looking leeds lad working there, think he also works in the mitre. Cool summer pub good beer garden. ok beer
sarah - 14 Oct 2004 14:26
You'd be wise to avoid this establishment if you're one for decent beer, good staff and edible food. The Kings Arms sadly has none of these.
Mark - 28 Sep 2004 03:28
not the same since Pete left,probably the best looking barman in greenwich
Sally - 20 Jul 2004 22:50
new manager Carl doing a fantastic job well worth a visit, great traditional boozer
keith - 11 Jun 2004 21:56
I was there in 1995. Nothing too spetacular. Just needed a pint on the way back to the dock from the RO.
john - 1 Apr 2004 06:45
Naff olde worldy decor. Poor, disinterested staff. Terrible pub food probably made by a spotty teenager.
lolly - 10 Feb 2004 15:24
Convenient location when dying of thirst trekking from town center to observatory. Beers were nothing special, nor was the service
martineaux - 21 Aug 2003 09:59
Pretty non-descript boozer - and clearly run by faceless managers in an office far away who put profit before customers at all times. But that's been the case here for years. Always seems to be caught between being a Greenwich locals' pub and a tourist place, and never quite pulls the trick off. And the revamp didn't do much good, either.

Still, there are worse places to go...
Darryl - 3 Aug 2003 11:22
John & Sheryl were one of the best landlords here. The pub used to have a horse shoe shapped bar in the middle.... then s&n vandalised it!!
meo - 6 Jun 2003 20:53

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