Christmas Dinner Christmas Day
“I wonder if you know any pubs or restaurants that are open in Greenwich on Christmas Day for lunch. Everything in Blackheath is incredibly expensive.”
The Phantom replies:
I guess the problem is that few people want to actually work on Christmas Day if they can help it – and if they do, they want to be well-remunerated for it. I did it once and I hated it so much I swore I’d never, ever do it again. So restaurants do charge more on that day.
Right-ho – no Blackheath venues, then, which, I confess cuts down the list of really good eateries.
It’s been an interesting time trying to find out what will be open. I started with the places I’d actually choose to eat at for Christmas lunch, and worked out from there.
The Plume of Feathers, from its website, at least, has a Christmas menu but doesn’t appear to be serving on the day itself. Inside, too, is shut between the 23rd December and 2nd Jan. The Rivington closes Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Ditto the Greenwich Union. The Hill is open – but full. I was only able to find the test page for the Ashburnham Arms’s website and they weren’t answering their phone, but if they’re doing something, it may well be worth a look. The Cutty Sark uses that bloody awful telephone answering service supplied by beer comparison websites which I refuse to subscribe to, as does the Yacht, so I don’t know what they’re up to.
The Guildford would be my top choice. And it would have been anyway, even if all the others weren’t closed. I love that place – and the food. The proprietor is great – sincere and passionate about his place. The Christmas menu is here and comes in at £24.95 – I don’t know if there’s a Christmas Day supplement – but it seems pretty reasonable to me for three courses. Nougat ice cream bombe. Mmmm.
If you’re cool with Greenwich Inc, The Spread Eagle is open on Christmas Day, for both lunch and evening meal. Their menu is here and costs £35 or £42.50. Also the Bar du Musee, which has a choice of menu at £33. I confess I find the place soulless (it began so promisingly, but as it’s been taken over and enlarged and enlarged, until it’s developed an almost warehouse-like feel.) but plenty of people like it. The Trafalgar Tavern, which I would have expected to be a dead cert, is closed.
So there you have it -the bad news and the good news. The bad being that practically nowhere’s open – the good being that the one place that personally I would choose over all the others is open.
Good luck and Merry Bookings…