Historical version 4 of Zero Degrees, SE3 0TJ
- 020 8852 5619
- 29/31 Montpelier Vale, SE3 0TJ
- noon-midnight MonSat; noon-11pm Sun
Zero Degrees is a restaurant and microbrewery in Blackheath, just off the Heath itself. It is a few minutes' walk from Blackheath Station. Zero Degrees also have branches in Bristol, Reading, and Cardiff, and own the Zero Bar in Bexleyheath.
The restaurant has a large ground floor and a mezzanine. It can get quite busy, but it's never usually been necessary to wait more than a few minutes for a table (Pete G and companion were seated straight away on a busy Saturday night). The mezzanine can be quieter. There are tables outside in the summer. Service is brisk but friendly.
The food is simple and mostly pretty decent, specialising in pizzas, kilo pots of mussels, and 'gourmet' sausage and mash. Appetizers, salads, pastas, and side orders are also available. The pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired oven, and have good crispy bases with an interesting range of toppings (Pete G can particularly recommend the porcini mushroom, which comes with red onion, smoked cheese, and a white wine and garlic sauce).
The steel vats of the modern microbrewery are visible in a side room off the restaurant. The beers are in a US West Coast micro tradition. The regular brews are a Pilsner (good fresh flavour, with zippy Czech Saaz hops), a Pale Ale (copper coloured, malty, with American hops), a Black Lager (which I found disappointingly bland), and a Wheat Ale (tasty but a little sweet to pair with some food). They also have a special: on my last visit, this was an excellent Viennese lager; on the previous occasion, it was a pomegranate beer. Happy hours are 4pm7pm Monday to Friday.
A takeaway service is available, and the beers are offered for sale in 5L and 50L party kegs.
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