Day 13 – #20days20dinners
With the enormous dome of the O2 arena and recent addition of the cable car station, the Greenwich Peninsula seems at first glance to be a unique part of London that belongs only to the new millennium. However, if you look hard enough, between the gleaming new developments and past Beckham’s football academy, a single cobbled street of humble 18th century cottages emerges out of nowhere. For anyone without a keen interest in the architecture of 18th century workers housing there’s another reason to visit, this single remaining street also contains a pub – the Pilot Inn, which is where the SLB went for day 13 of our challenge.
This quaint little pub is the perfect antidote to the identikit restaurants found nearby and is worth remembering if you’re going to a gig or want a destination post cable car ride. It’s a cosy pub with a sophisticated food menu. To start we went for the venison carpaccio, not something you’ll find on your average pub menu, and smoked salmon served with fresh home made bread. These were modernly presented on black slate.
Moving on to the mains we went for one pub classic, the burger, and a fish crumble which on Masterchef would no doubt be described as a de-constructed fish pie (minus the mash). Generous portions of both salmon and cod with a few prawns thrown in were brought together in a delicate creamy sauce.
The Verdict –
There’s no denying the location is what you could describe as ‘out of the way’ but if you’re in the area for one of the many activities available it’s definitely worth a visit. The food is very good, way above your average pub, with a good offering of ales from Fullers. There’s an impressive outside space for the summer months with a cosy feel inside for the winter. It’s a unique slice of history in a modern part of town.
The Pilot Inn – 68 River Way, Greenwich, SE10 0BE