Restaurant with micro-brewery to open in Greenwich

22 February 2010 by
Restaurant with micro-brewery to open in Greenwich

London-based Meantime Brewing Company is set to open a new restaurant, bar and cafe containing a micro-brewery next month.

The Old Brewery at the site of the former Royal Naval College in Greenwich stands on the foundations of a 19th-century brewhouse built by Joseph Kay in 1832, which had fallen out of use by 1870.

The main hall of the Old Brewery will be dominated by eight 1,000-litre copper-clad tanks. The brewing process will begin within the next few weeks.

Master brewer and Meantime Brewing Company founder Alistair Hook will revive ancient recipes that use ingredients such as ‘bog myrtle' and ‘wormwood', as well as creating avant-garde beers such as Mojito Pilsners and Juniper Pale Ales.

Meanwhile his signature beer for the venue will be Hospital Porter, brewed to a 1750s recipe and matured for a minimum of 1 year.

During the day, the main hall will be run as a cafe with a selection of freshly-made deli sandwiches, simple British bistro-style dishes, house baked cakes and pastries.

By night, the Old Brewery will turn into a restaurant, serving modern British food with the occasional nod to Britain's rich naval history. Beer is expected to be "integral" to the menu, which includes beer cured salmon, shucked oysters marinated in Hospital Porter, served in their shells with watercress and a glass of the beer, or chocolate beer sorbet.

Hook said: "It is always a special moment to see a new brewery installed. Especially in London, home in the 14th century to some 1,300 breweries compared to only seven or eight today. The previous brewery on this very same site closed in the 1860s and in two weeks' time we look forward to firing up the ‘coppers' after 140 years."

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By Neil Gerrard

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