Restaurant review: The Sail Loft, Greenwich, south London

Last Sunday I ventured down to one of my favourite part of London to try out The Sail Loft, a new Fullers pub that is part of Fuller's Kitchen and prides itself of its food. Situated along the river in Greenwich, it's a short walk from the Cutty Sark DLR station around the back of the Cutty Sark itself. Offering fantastic views of the other side of the river, you can gaze at the impressive Canary Wharf and watch the river come to life.

As soon as walked in, I fell in love the nautical theme. Quirky sailboat ornaments, copper interiors and bundles of rope decorated the pub, making it feel more like a country pub rather than one in a bustling city. I'd already given the interiors a thumbs up but was the food about to hit the spot too?

Yes it did! When I found out the pub boasted the former chef of Duck & Waffle, I knew we were in for a treat. With eyes bigger than our bellies, we scoured the menu and opted for a creamy spiced pumpkin soup and roasted octopus with wedges of onion to start. Just the right start to wet our appetites. The octopus was tender, flavoursome and served alongside a spicy chorizo jam, it had a great kick. I often find octopus can be rubbery and squeaky but this was cooked to perfection. I can vouch for the soup being delicious too, thanks to stealing a mouthful!

As it was Sunday, we decided to pay tribute to our British heritage and opt for a roast dinner. Controversially I'm not too much of a fan of a roast and it's not always my first choice as I can find they can be boring. But I really fancied one this day so took the plunge! Choosing roast chicken, when the plate arrived I actually did a little gasp. Half a roast chicken is actually quite a lot! Paired with glazed root vegetables, a fluffy Yorkshire pudding, crunchy roast potatoes, a bundle of kale and lashings of gravy, it was a joy to eat. The chicken was juicy and tender and the potatoes were exactly how a roast potato should be. Nothing worse than a weak, undercooked roastie!

A delicious cheese board was just the ticket to round off such a great meal. Black bomber cheddar, Ragston soft cheese and Barkham Blue cheese helped to give the board a luxurious feel.

I'd heard good things about The Sail Loft and after visiting myself, I discovered all the praise was well deserved. Sometimes places rely on their good location to draw customers in but this time, the food is just as fabulous as the views. The portions were generous, prices were decent and the food was absolutely delicious. We left with full bellies and big smiles on our faces. Thanks for such a wonderful afternoon Sail Loft!

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