Away from the overcrowded and overpriced restaurants of central London, pioneering restauranteurs are discovering a growing appetite for good food in SE18. Supercharged by the upcoming Crossrail station and the Royal Arsenal development, both Woolwich and Plumstead have witnessed a wave of exciting new restaurants setting up shop alongside long-established favourites.
When it comes to eating out in SE18, Woolwich offers without a doubt the widest range of options. The town centre has the Blue Nile (Eritrean injera and stews), Viet Baguette (pho, summer rolls, Vietnamese grill), Kailash Momo (Tibetan) and the Woolwich Equitable (gastropub with a modern English menu) founded in 2014.
The Royal Arsenal site is home to brand-new Con Gusto (artisan Italian), The Taproom (sourdough pizzas and craft beer) that opened in 2015 and SohMarie’s monthly pop-up supper club at the Cornerstone Café.
Woolwich is used to getting all the buzz, but what about its next door neighbour Plumstead? Here’s a brief overview of some of the restaurants worth checking out:
The Red Lion
Newly refurbished gastropub with a garden in Shooters Hill. With a range of ales on tap, this friendly pub’s menu features tapas-style snack plates (Crispy salt & pepper squid, honey & balsamic chorizo, sweet chilli halloumi), burgers and pub classics. Perfect for a lunch after a stroll in the nearby Oxleas Wood.
6 Red Lion Place, Shooters Hill, Woolwich, London, SE18 3RN
Opened in 2016, Piri Hill restaurant in Shooters Hill specializes in peri-peri chicken and they do it well. On the menu are also healthy salads, piri-seasoned noodles and stir-fries.
31 Shooters Hill, Red Lion Lane, London, SE18 3RL
A relative newcomer right by Plumstead Common, this inspired foodie venture went from pop-up to permanent in 2015 and quickly became focal point for the local community. The ingredients are locally sourced and the innovative modern European menu changes frequently. Expect exceptional food without the central London price tag.
16 Warwick Terrace, London SE18 1QJ
Capital Noodle Bar
This long-established no-frills canteen-like Chinese restaurant on Plumstead Common Road offers a surprisingly tasty, wide-ranging menu covering all the classics. It’s also easy on the wallet with the mains ranging between £5-7.
42-44 Plumstead Common Rd, London SE18 3TN
Plumstead is home to the largest Nepalese community in the UK, so it’s no surprise that there are several Nepalese food joints across SE18. Located near the Plumstead train station, D Namaste won’t blow you away with its décor but the flavours are spot on.
158 Plumstead Rd, Plumstead, London SE18 7DY