It's pretty easy to miss the Guildford Arms. Only a short walk away in the wrong direction from the tourist trail in Greenwich, this Georgian gastropub lies in the middle of a fork road sandwiched between two residential streets.
Walking in you'll greeted by, well, nothing spectacular. The dressed down modern décor is void of any frills so you'd never expect the huge sunken garden and terrace lurking in the back – and the surprises don't stop there.
Globe Artichoke and Pink Fur Apple Potato Salad, and Salt Cod Fritters for starters are two dishes which show the diversity on offer. The former offers a bit more variety for the adventurous diner, while the crunchy fritters paired with smoked mayo and watercress and radish salad, does just enough to make a textbook pub menu dish stand out.
As with the starters, the mains are generous in portion size and there's always a lot going on with your plate. For example, my fellow diner went for the Corn Fed Chicken, Wild Mushrooms Cream, Roasted Butternut Squash and Shallot, Black Kale and White Asparagus. I had the Halibut (apologises for the lack of details with the latter, I have a word count to adhere to).
As you've probably noticed, the Guildford Arms tries to stand out with the vast array of ingredients on the plate - normally grounds for complaint - but in each of our dishes for some bizarre reason, it worked. Never too rich, always balanced and cooked to a tee.
The cheese board for dessert and the wine on offer were all up to scratch, and the service was friendly and attentive without being annoying. I know what you're thinking - It's hard to get excited about your bog standard 'gastropub' these days, but stopping at the Guildford Arms, rain (or definitely shine) wouldn't be the worst idea.
Venue: 3.5/5 (in garden 4.5/5)
Meal for Two: £56 (excluding wine)
Wine: From £4.30
The Guildford Arms
55 Guildford Grove
T: 020 8691 6293