Like your food and drink served with a side order of EPIC VIEWS? You have to check out The Sail Loft!
Sitting at the water’s edge in maritime Greenwich, the floor-to-ceiling glass windows reveal incredible views across the River Thames. I paid a visit last week with some of my faves, and as the sun went down, the bright lights of the city provided a backdrop to an awesome evening of dining, drinking and discussing attractive chefs. Perfect.
The Sail Loft is part of the Fuller’s group, who are a pretty big name in pubs. But they’re also not your standard boozers. Fuller’s Kitchen, currently in 100 of their pubs nationwide, provide drinking and dining experiences in beautiful and iconic locations. Their focus on providing food that’s a whole lot more than ‘pub grub’ is pretty admirable. New menus every day, signed by the head chef. Signature dishes created by in house kitchen teams. Head of food Paul Dickinson is all about bringing new talent to the forefront of running the kitchens, crafting bespoke dishes while staying true to Fullers’ ‘local pub’ roots.
What’s starters without a Cured Meat Platter (£8/£13)? Served with toast, olives, figs and caper berries, it’s a great sharer. Or just for yourself, that’s cool too. And in keeping with the sea-focused themes of the restaurant, we were presented with a big ol’ bowl of oysters to devour. (£9/£17). Definitely a far cry from your standard ‘pub grub’ fayre.
For the veggies, there’s a Roasted Beetroot dish (£6.50/£11) served with honeycomb, goat’s cheese mousse, almonds and grape molasses. I didn’t actually eat this one because lol beetroot fear (seriously, terrified of the stuff) but heard good things from the others who did try it! The one thing I did really want to give a go but didn’t get the chance with is their Pumpkin and Chilli Soup (£5). Because SO AUTUMNAL.
Continuing the ocean-based foodie theme of the oysters, for my main course I opted for the Roasted Whole Sea Bream (£17.50). Served up with artichokes, salsify (a root vegetable belonging to the dandelion family) and kale (it also comes with mushrooms but nope, not for me), I decided it was one of the better options to fit in with my recent return to Slimming World.
The small bones in the sea bream did bother me slightly – I know it’s something that happens with fish, but it was a bit of a struggle eating around them. But otherwise, the fish itself was beautifully cooked and slightly seasoned, just enough to add to the taste. I also fell head over heels for the artichokes – HOW delicious? I’d only had them once before and they weren’t well cooked, so I wasn’t expecting to be a fan, but oh boy. When your favourite part of a dish is one vegetable, you know it’s been made very well indeed. I also really liked the salsify – something I’d never even heard of before, let alone tried. In general, it was a really well put together plate and the flavours definitely all worked together perfectly.
I also had a side of Charred Chicory, pancetta and chestnut butter…unfortunately, I wasn’t a fan, although others on the table seemed to enjoy theirs. I just don’t think chicory is my jam! Alongside my Sea Bream, other dishes on offer included a Wild Mushroom ravioli (which looked really tasty…sucks that I can’t really eat mushrooms!), 8oz Rib Eye Steak with dauphinoise chips (YUM) and Ricotta, Black Fig & Truffle Honey Quiche (which looked SO FANCY on Emma’s plate).
As well as the starters, the Sail Loft team brought out a selection of desserts to the table so we could all have a little try of everything. Definitely such a fan of this kind of food trying.
The Chocolate Brownie dish (£6) in particular was such a fave. I mean, anything chocolate usually wins for me all day erryday, but with salted caramel ice cream. Come to me, mother of all sweet things. This one made me wish I had it all to myself. Actually…I probably pretty much did. Sorry guys.
Although the chocolate brownie was a winner, the Baked Alaska (£6) deserves a special mention for being bloody delicious. Crisp meringue with a berry sorbet centre, the fact that there were also poached peaches and raspberries on the plate basically makes this healthy, right? Almost? The Banoffee Sundae (£6) also went down really well with the table – creamy and packed with banana-y goodness.
Apart from the couple of bits of my main meal that I wasn’t the biggest fan of (the bones and the chicory), the food was delicious – well cooked and put together, with complementary flavours in creative dishes. Definitely not your standard ham, egg and chips down the local. If you’re looking for an upmarket twist on pub dining with INCREDIBLE views, the Sail Loft is definitely a great choice.
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