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Posted: 17 February 2012
Blog category: News
The Spanish Galleon Tavern, Greenwich, has been given a £50,000 refurbishment, with two of its bars redecorated with comfortable new furniture and stylish fittings and the third transformed into a fish and chip shop serving customers and passers-by.
Kent brewer Shepherd Neame has remodelled the street-facing central bar in classic fish and chip shop style, with white and turquoise tiling, stainless steel and glass, a counter, a display cabinet, high stools and tables and a hoist to the kitchen.
“Fish & Chips at the Galleon” offers cod in Spitfire Ale batter with chips and mushy peas as well as wholetail scampi, battered Spitfire sausages and pie, mash and liquor. It forms part of the pub’s Great British Menu, which includes such traditional fare as ploughman’s boards, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, traditional Welsh rarebit and jam roly poly.
Retail operations manager Graeme Endacott said: “The Spanish Galleon Tavern is in a superb central location and we thought we would have some fun by turning one of the bars into a traditional British fish and chip shop. We are inviting visitors to share some of our 300-year heritage as Britain’s oldest brewer, giving them the chance to enjoy great British dishes with great cask ale.”
The historic pub, in Greenwich Church Street, enjoys a prime spot just a few metres from the Cutty Sark, re-opening this spring, and the many attractions of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. Tourism in the town is set to boom this year as Greenwich Park, the National Maritime Museum, the Old Royal Naval College and Circus Field host the Olympic Equestrian and Modern Pentathlon Events in July and August, and the Paralympic Dressage competitions in September.
Designed and built by Joseph Kay in 1834, in the reign of William IV, the Spanish Galleon Tavern retains many of its original features and displays a wealth of artefacts, maps and other curiosities relating to the area’s naval heritage.
Open from 11am to 11pm every day of the week, the pub serves traditional Kentish cask ales and a good selection of wines from leading family producers across the world.
As well as tourists, the pub is also enjoyed by sports fans and Greenwich residents, and used by a poetry group and toastmasters’ club. Manager Bruno Mahsoudi, a keen cyclist, supports the local community through sponsorship of the Greenwich Tritons triathletes club and regularly shows televised football, rugby, cricket, tennis, golf and cycling.
Bruno said: “These are very exciting times for Greenwich with the Cutty Sark re-opening in the spring, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee flotilla sailing down the Thames in June and the Olympics in July. Fish and chips are a big favourite and we are looking forward to being able to offer even more visitors the chance to try this classic British dish.”