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For me, British pub food always sparks visions of a traditional roast dinner or even just sausage and chips, maybe it was the period of time during university that I worked in Wetherspoons, but dining in a pub never hits the top of my list. But thankfully, along with everything else in London, pub dining is ever-evolving and Fuller’s are at the forefront of that.
Probably best known for their beer, such as London Pride, I never really associated the Fuller’s brand with dining, but that changed after being invited along to the newly refurbished Sail Loft, Greenwich. Situated along the river, a short walk away from the Cutty Sark, The Sail Loft boasts incredible views of London’s business district. Floor to ceiling west facing windows makes this the perfect place to catch one of the city’s colourful sunsets. The light modern interior makes The Sail Loft, a far cry from many of the dark more traditional pubs in the city.
I invited the lovely Ellie along as my guest for a much overdue catch-up, as a fellow veggie, we were both keen to see how the vegetarian options would shape up. Before the meal started, the visions of the Fuller brand were explained and I was surprised to learn that the majority of their chefs come from a Michelin star background.
Starters were a selection from their menu, shared between all, the vegetarian options included a flavoursome pumpkin and chilli sou with, crispy sage and hazelnut mascarpone (£5) and roasted Beetroots, honeycomb, goat’s cheese mousse, almonds with grape molasses (£6.50) which created an incredible texture. From the starters alone you can see this is far from your normal pub dining.
While the red wine and Prosecco were flowing, we were shown the menu to decide on our mains, not being a fan of mushrooms I decided on the ricotta, black fig and truffle honey quiche (£13). Oh my, it was fantastic, served a fair amount of couscous salad, I am so keen to try this again, the flavours just worked perfectly together. Despite being a filling meal, it didn’t leave the heavy bloated feel, usually associated with a carb heavy pub meal, which was fantastic as it meant it left room for dessert! For the meat eaters, the roasted duck breast with gin infused blackberries, crispy potato, carrot puree and juniper jus (£16) seemed to be a very popular choice as was the Chalcroft Farm beef burger with bacon, gouda cheese and chips (£13).
The wine continued (note to self, must learn to like red wine) and a selection of desserts was brought to our tables. Despite the fact, there was a Banoffee sundae (£6) I actually think the Baked Alaska with poached peaches and raspberries (£6) was my absolute favourite, beautifully light but just enough. The chocolate brownie with salted caramel ice cream (£6) was also delightfully moreish, however, I think it was devoured too fast to take a photo.
In my reviews I always like to highlight anything I did not enjoy or wouldn’t have again, as I want to (and always will) keep my opinions honest, but I really struggled to find any negatives with The Sail Loft, in a nutshell, it is fantastic high-quality food for an everyday price set in a wonderful location. My boyfriend is a chef and I have raved about this place to him, I am looking forward to going back here with him.
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