Food that gives a warm glow in a cosy environment.
178 Greenwich High Rd Greenwich London SE10 8NN 020 8293 9270
The centre of Greenwich has never been known as much of an eating destination; most of its restaurants are historically fusty old places that haven't changed in years or opportunistic Johnny-come-lately joints set up to fleece unsuspecting tourists. The Rivington was the first place to go all out to buck that trend, opening a decade or so ago and riding a fashionable Modern British culinary wave, using seasonal ingredients and rediscovering old classics, and, well, doing it rather well – which they still do, in a cosy, clubby environment. Come hungry; it's an earthy menu, contemporary yet vaguely nostalgic, with lots of things on toast (rarebit, roe, mushrooms), potted shrimps, scallops and oysters in season, alongside steaks, fish and chips and various things served with bubble and squeak. They serve lovely bar snacks too – Scotch duck eggs and crispy pigs' and the like – and we have to say that of the many occasions we've eaten here we've rarely been disappointed. The fact that kids eat free – and that they get to choose from things they actually might eat – Mon–Sat noon–7pm is a nice touch, as are their 'Unscrew Mondays, when you can bring your own booze with no corkage charge. If only more restaurants did that!
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