Historical version 24 of Plume Of Feathers, SE10 9LZ
- 020 8858 1661
- 19 Park Vista, SE10 9LZ
- 11am-11pm Mon-Tue/Thu; 10am-midnight Wed/Fri-Sat; noon-11pm Sun
Small, cosy locals' pub in Greenwich.
The main part of the pub comprises two narrow spaces leading back on each side of the bar. Regulars tend to congregate around the bar, so it can be quite tricky to manoeuvre (and indeed get served). It was quite warm in this part of the pub, and although they have an aircon system it didn't seem very effective.
There's a dining room further back, and a beer garden (accessed via the dining room, I think), though we didn't check out the garden on our visit. There are also a couple of benches and tables at the front of the pub; they're on the street, but it is a fairly quiet street, and at night you can see the laser beam pointing along the prime meridian from Greenwich Observatory, which will no doubt appeal to geeks.
Piped music occurred sporadically during our evening here; none of it particularly recent, and none of it particularly interesting, but only obtrusive on occasion.
Beers available on our May 2007 visit were Fuller's Discovery (£2.95/pint), Adnams Bitter (£2.85/pint), Fuller's London Pride, and another beer, which we noted down at the time as being (Hardy and Hanson's?) Old(e?) Trip, but an anonymous visitor changed seven months later to "Harveys Old".
Sadly, the Lebanese food advertised in the 2007 Good Beer Guide is no more; but the more traditional pub food that's on offer is still good. For starters, we tried the deep-fried breaded Somerset brie with cranberry, port, and orange sauce (£4.75) - Liz claimed she wanted to marry the sauce. Mains that we tried were the marinated aubergine burger with parmesan, served with home-made fat chips and aioli (£6.75); the standard beef burger (£7.90); and the 8oz ribeye steak served with onion rings, mushrooms, tomato, green peppercorn sauce, and more of the home-made chips (£11.50) - all very good, steak cooked rare as requested, fantastic mushrooms, very good chips, though the sauce was rather uninteresting.
Other starters include game paté served with pickle and walnut bread (£4.50) and smoked salmon parcels with cream cheese and asparagus (£5.75, and inexplicably marked on the menu as "vegetarian"). Mains include slow honey roast pork with crackling, served with apple sauce, potatoes, and vegetables (£11.55); lamb shank served with parsnip mash, rosemary jus, and roasted baby vegetables (£11.25); and vegetable lasagne served with salad and garlic bread (£8.25). Desserts are around £4.50, and cheese board is £6.50. Children's meals are available too, at £4.25-4.50.
Oddly, you can't order food at the bar; you have to let them know you want to eat, and they'll send someone over to take your order (and your payment; so it's handy if you have the exact change).