The Union Square is a modern bar & restaurant with an American look.
On the menu are starters, sandwiches, grill dishes, main dishes, salads, side dishes and desserts.
Bar: Noon - Midnight
Restaurant: Noon - 9PM
Update December 2012.
On a recent trip to Greenwich where I had not been for some time, I was dismayed to find that the Goddards shop I mentioned in my original tip was no longer there. However, all was not lost. Walking round the old covered market, I found that they had merely relocated to larger premises two minutes walk from the original and are now at 22 King William Walk SE10 9HU. This in itself was a bit of a bittersweet experience as the new premises was formerly a pub which I knew and liked and marks the passing of yet another London pub. Despite the new premises history, Goddards is still only licensed for beer, lager and cider.
I have amended the contact details on this tip to reflect the new location and added a new image to help the reader. I have not eaten there myself but I should think that having been in business for well over 100 years, it is still pretty good and pie and mash at £3:60 looks like a bargain in central Greenwich.
Pie and mash is a London culinary institution, and the jokey tip title relates to the "cockney" accent. Simple as it sounds, it is just a pie (traditionally meat) with mashed potatoes and liquor, which is a sort of parsley flavoured white sauce.
Goddards is something of an institution, and serves the traditional meat pies along with several other varieties as well as other savouries. If you've any room left, they also do excellent fruit pies with custard or ice cream for dessert.
You can also buy pies to take away.
There is a limited drinks licence (beer and wine - no spirits).
Considering the tourist orientated area they are in, and the price of some nearby establishments, I genuinely don't know how (or even why) the prices are so low.
A really good place to refuel when you're on the Greenwich tourist trail.
Favorite Dish: Meat Pie and mash with liquor - what else?
This shop is primarily a sausage speciality shop, but they also have a small restaurant. We noticed it one morning, looking for a simple place to have an English breakfast, which they were advertising on their board outside. It's a quaint looking place steps from Greenwich Park, and the people working there are very friendly and helpful. Service was fast enough as well. It's nice and bright inside with large windows right on the small lane way and the décor was a nice country style.
With the exception of the sausages, the food, however, left quite a bit to be desired. The eggs were overcooked and hard, and a "Full English" was only said egg, toast, bacon, and a pretty good sausage. For two of these breakfasts which included orange juice and one coffee, we paid over £16.
The main complaint is worse, though, and it's one that I've rarely made. It's not very clean. We first sat at the window and noticed that there was still spilt coffee under the place-mat. If you ran your finger just a few inches along the top of that counter and also at the table where we later sat, it came back slightly greasy. Cutlery was stacked in a basket where you help yourself. We each had to go for second attempts to get some that seemed sufficiently clean.
Favorite Dish: Normally I would prefer a Full English, however here it would be best to simply buy their sausages, which did look pretty good, as were the ones on our plates.
I didn't do any research on Greenwich restaurants so when I spotted a branch of Pizza Express, I suggested it for lunch as I have enjoyed eating at their other locations. Pizza Express is a chain of upscale gourmet pizza restaurants throughout the UK, it's a midpriced place to have lunch and the pizzas are usually good.
Favorite Dish: I opted for one of the dullest options, the American pizza (£7.70), pepperoni topping on a wood fired crust. You can create your own pizza or choose one of the 20 or so combinations on the menu, the average price is £7-£8. The pizzas are not big enough to share unless you have a very small appetite, I usually finish at least 3/4 of the pizza, today I was hungry enough to finish the whole thing.
Fish and chips or fish 'n chips, in Scotland a fish supper, is a popular take-away food, consists of deep-fried fish in batter with deep-fried potatoes.
Fish and chips have great popularity in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, and considerable popularity in Canada, Ireland, South Africa, the United States, and some coastal towns of the Netherlands and Norway.
Favorite Dish: In England, cod appears most commonly as the fish used for fish and chips, but many kinds of fish can substitute, especially other white fish, such as pollock or haddock; plaice, skate; and rock salmon (dogfish). In northern England and Scotland haddock redominates.
If you are on the diet - this dish is not for you...
There are 119 Café Rouges throughout the UK .
The one in Greenwich is a nice place with the frendly service.
Mon to Sat: 7.00am to 11.00pm
Sun: 7.00am to 10.30pm
Favorite Dish: set lunch Prix Fix menu is available every day from 12-5pm.
It offers great value at £6.50 for one course or £8.50 for two courses (the menu changes monthly)
In Victorian London there was a pub.
Reopened in 1965 as a pub after having been restored to its Victorian grandeur. And stands again in the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site.
Nice place were the past can live on in the present.
Favorite Dish: a variety of twists on the traditional dish...
Greenwich whitebait served with brown bread, lemon & paprika mayo £7.00
Confit pork and chicken liver terrine served with toffee apple & beetroot £7.95
Rib eye steak served with mushroom, watercress, cherry tomatoes (peppercorn or mushroom sauce) - choice of chips, mash or green salad £17.00.
A discretional 12.5% service charge will be added to your bill
We were short on time on a December 2009 trip to Greenwich and basically called at one of the first restaurants we came across. The Green Village restaurant is a real trip back to the 60's - awful garish prints on wallpaper that was probably put up in the 60's and an equally old carpet. The fish tank is in desperate need of a clean and you can only just see the fish in it. There is also something missing - Londoners. Just before Christmas the town was busy but we shared this fairly large restaurant with just three people from Germany and three people from the far east. So you get the picture...........that's the background to this rather dated restaurant and the photo below will also give you an impression of what it is like.
However it not all bad - the one waitress was friendly and helpful and the service good. In the equally dated rest room I saw the chef wash his hands thoroughly and a brief glimpse at the kitchen showed it to be clean and acceptable.
Favorite Dish: And the food. Well not bad - I had steak and kidney pie with chips and vegetables. The pie was home made and the crust a nice texture. The chips were fine and the carrots and cabbage were fresh and not frozen. My sons fish however was clearly from a packet and not great. The German tourists at the next table had Chicken Tikka Masala and seemed to enjoy it. `
So what the restuarant lacks in style it does make up certainly with waitress service and some of the food served.
Acceptable if you are say in a group where a good variety of food is required.
After our vt meeting we wanted a spot of dinner so Pizza Hut hit the spot.
I shared a salad and pizza although the salad with roasted meditteranian vegetables was not as delicious as I expected and it was a bit on the small side next time I will stick to the shredded chicken salad. The salads come with a small amount of pizza base bread.
This pub serves a variety of beer from Bavarian wheat beer to a Vienna style larger.
The beer is from the meantime brewing house and they even have fruit beers.
They sell food here and have a lovely beer garden out back, as you can see from the picture its a little sun trap. It is also a bit off the beaten track so well done film (Paul) for his recomendation.
Open 12 noon to 11pm
They serve a cream tea here in the Orangery from 3pm Tuesday to Sunday
We arrived before tea time but it looked very nice inside. I expect that tea would be english scones with jam and clotted cream washed down with a lovely cuppa tea.
We didn't have a lot of time to spend in Greenwich so we decided to get takeaway food and eat it in the park before heading up to see the Observatory. There are a few tables to dine in but the space is fairly cramped and we were just as happy to find a park bench and eat outside.
Favorite Dish: The others all ordered fish and chips and I got a lamb kebab. All of it was good although mine was closer to a gyro than a kebab and it came unassembled and I ended up with 1/2 of it on my lap as I was trying to put it together.
After visiting the musuem i was tired and very hungry, on the 1st floor of the museum there is a cafeteria called Paul where i had a fantastic ham and cheese sandwich with a soft drink. There are a selection of soft drinks, coffee, teas, sandwiches, crisp, muffins and cakes for a very resanoble price.
Después de visitar el museo estaba cansada y algo hambrienta y encontré en la primera plata la cafetería Paul, me tomé un sandwich de jamón y queso con un refresco de naranja. Tienes donde elegir entre refrescos, cafes, te, sandwiches, patatas, magdalenas y pasteles por un módico precio.
Pie & Mash (meat pie & mashed potato) used to be all over the east and south east of London...but are gradually declining. Goddards sels the standard fare...pies, mash, stewed eels, and liquor...liquor is just a parsley sauce. I'd highly reccomend this place...its basic...but cheap & cheerful.
Update: November 2006 Unfortunately I've heard the family that run Goddards have decided to close it...shame!
My friend only wanted a bruschetta and we were all surprised with what she got! The portions are huge and the bruschetta was a meal in iteself. We findihed our sarnies before she even got hers! Our sandwiches were good but this beat them all! Lots of seating area outside which is a great idea to get away from the smokey interior!