Craft London, Greenwich
Greenwich Peninsula might not be the first place you would seize upon for a hot date, but this new opening by Stevie Parle (Dock Kitchen, Rotorino) has brought Soho style to a location clamouring for attention. Tom Dixon is behind the interior, a seductive palette of electric blues, aubergine leather and brushed copper tables that mirrors the expansive views with a sleek, modern feel. Curl into inviting velvet booths in the restaurant downstairs or choose retro armchairs in the upstairs bar to enjoy a 360 vista of the 02 and Canary Wharf. As stylish as Shoreditch House, but without the hipsters.
Everything at Craft London has either been baked, smoked or churned in-house or painstakingly sourced from equally fanatical British producers. Honey from their own beehives makes the cocktails silky and sweet, while meat and fish get a seeing to in an on-site smokery and cure house. There are a la carte, taster or pre-show menus to choose from, but the dish making waves here is Craft’s clay-baked duck with honey, broad bean and barley miso. Tucked tenderly into leaves of Savoy cabbage, a whole duck is baked in hay and a coating of river clay. Hammer, crack, slice and share to devour the tender flesh inside.
Greenwich has a calling card that trumps all others: the cable car. Meet at Royal Victoria docks around nine to fly across the river as the sun is setting. Lock eyes in the swinging cabin, swap skiing stories and regale each other with tales of bygone gigs at the 02. Cosy into a booth at Craft London, treat yourselves to the duck or share titbits from the tasting menu. Finish off upstairs with some carefully curated cocktails; try Tate Pink Suit for creamy, raspberry-tinged indulgence, Gin Hinny for a ginger refresher or Spurious Barrel for a whisky-based punch.
This is also a great spot for Saturday lunch followed by a daytime flight across the cable car. On July 1st a state of the art driving range is opening next door, so why not show off your ball skills before sinking some cocktails?
The cocktail ingredients are almost entirely British-sourced too, so the pared-down list of Gin and Whisky based tipples might not cater to all taste buds.