If you’re seeking the quieter side of London life, living in Westcombe Park could be for you. With its close sense of community and wholesome mix of local businesses, there’s a more relaxed buzz about the area.
Located in the trendy borough of Greenwich, Westcombe Park benefits from its proximity to the riverside and the expansive Greenwich Park. You’ll also have a couple of train stations right on your doorstep: Westcombe Park and Maze Hill overground trains easily connect you to Cannon Street in 20 minutes.
Pick up your morning coffee from an independent roastery, unwind with a pint at a local brewery on the weekend or enjoy a romantic date night with vibrant global cuisine. Here are some of our top-rated places for those living in Westcombe Park.
The River Ale House
The River Ale House is Greenwich’s first micropub. Since winning the SPBW London Pub of the Year 2019 award, the pub is helping to shape a new era of London’s pubs scene. The no frills interior keeps the focus of the pub on the great selection of drinks it serves. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to craft beers, real ales and local ciders.
If you’re living in Westcombe Park you can visit for an after-work pint or relax at the weekend with friends. No matter how many times you visit, there will always be something different to try. Take a look at the blackboards lining the walls to find out what drinks are available each day. The bar staff are well trained to recommend different beers, ciders or ales for you.
Address: 131 Woolwich Road, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0RJ
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 07963 127595
The delicatessen and coffee shop Masserie brings the flavours of southern Italy to those living in Westcombe Park. If you have a sweet tooth, the bakery counter is sure to whet your appetite. Choose from authentic pastries and biscuits, including cannolo Siciliano and pasticciotto — the perfect accompaniment to a rich Italian coffee. Or indulge in the lunch menu, which boasts classic pasta dishes, cheese-filled Pugliese focaccias, and charcuterie boards.
If you don’t have time to stay for a coffee, pick up some fresh produce, pastas, breads and cheeses from the deli, and create your own Italian cuisine from home.
For delicious pizzas, look no further than Wandercrust Pizza. The pizzeria serves traditional wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas from their street food van at various events and festivals across London. They have a permanent spot in The Crown Pub in Greenwich though, letting you enjoy their award-winning pizzas with a pint.
The pizzeria prize themselves on their simple dough recipe (just water, salt, yeast and flour), making way for a generous number of toppings. Choose from classic flavour combinations like four cheeses, pepperoni or wild mushrooms, as well as more exotic options like wild broccoli and fennel chilli pork sausage.
The capital has a vibrant scene of independent breweries, but Meantime Brewery stands out from the crowd. Since the company’s conception by a group of friends in Greenwich, the brewery has been producing craft beers for more than twenty years.
Tucked away near the waterfront, the brewery is a hidden gem if you’re looking for somewhere to unwind with a good pint. Visit the Tasting Rooms to sample the array of IPAs and lagers made on the premises, alongside some pub nibbles. Beer enthusiasts can also book a tour of the brewery to get a behind-the-scenes look at the beer crafting process, learning from master brewers.
Embrace the flavours of Thailand without leaving London at Thai Tiger. The Thai fusion restaurant serves a diverse menu, balancing spicy dishes with fresh citrusy flavours. There’s something to suit all palates, making the restaurant a good place to visit with friends.
Start your meal with classic sides like spring rolls, tempura, Thai fish cakes or a broth soup. Main dishes vary from spicy curries and chili sea bass platters to stir-fried rice and pad Thai noodles. Inside, the restaurant is decked out with Asian-inspired interiors. The decorative wallpaper, dark wood furnishings and green potted plants provide an ambient setting any night of the week.
Address: 1 Woolwich Rd, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0RA
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 8858 5538
Plume of Feathers
Holding the title as the oldest pub in Greenwich, Plume of Feathers is the ideal spot for a pint. The classic pub was established all the way back in 1691 and has been serving the best of British beers and ciders ever since. Overlooking Greenwich Park, the pub is conveniently located as a more relaxed venue away from the bustle of the city.
The pub offers the best of both worlds: in winter, relax by the cosy log fires, whilst in the summer you can unwind in the beer garden. There’s also a candlelit restaurant tucked away inside. Experience the atmosphere of a traditional country pub, dining on the best of British gourmet pub grub. Visit on Sundays for a delicious roast served with fresh seasonal vegetables.
Address: 19 Park Vista, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 9LZ
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 8858 1661
Indian restaurant The Coriander delivers a menu of bold flavours. Mixing traditional north Indian cuisine with Bangladeshy street food favourites, the restaurant’s dishes will transport you beyond the streets of London. Be tempted by a classic chicken korma curry or try an authentic spinach palak curry.
The menu is well labelled so spice lovers and haters alike can find something to suit their taste buds. There’s also an abundance of vegetarian-friendly options. You can visit the restaurant in other locations across London, including Barbican and Vauxhall.
Address: 1-3 Station Crescent, London SE3 7EQ
Telephone: 0208 858 7878
With its welcoming community vibe, The Vanbrugh will become your local neighbourhood pub when you live in the Westcombe Park area. You can expect all your favourite British pub foods on the menu, from sausages and mash to beer-battered fish and chips. On Sundays, enjoy a classic roast with alternative versions for vegans and vegetarians.
Head over with friends to watch live sports matches throughout the year. Dogs are welcome in the pub, making it a good spot to bring your pooch after a walk through Greenwich Park (before heading back to your pet friendly flat if you're living with us). There’s also a walled garden at the back of the pub – the best place to enjoy a beer in the sunnier months.
Address: 91 Colomb Street, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 9EZ
Telephone: 020 8305 1007
Living in Westcombe Park
Westcombe Park is a great choice if you’re looking for a good neighbourhood scene without the bustle of the City. You’ll have plenty of cool hangouts nearby, whether you’re looking for a refreshing beer, rejuvenating mug of coffee, or a bite to eat.
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