MANY OF Greenwich’s best-known restaurants, pubs and takeaways have been officially judged “not up to standard” for cleanliness and have failed council hygiene inspections, greenwich.co.uk can reveal.
The outlets which the council found did not have a “good standard of hygiene” include:
- Rhodes Bakery.
- Three of Frank Dowling’s Inc Group restaurants – including the Inc Brasserie and Union Square at the 02, and the Coach and Horses pub in Greenwich Market.
- Another restaurant at the 02, Cheyenne Spur.
- Three well-known Greenwich pubs: the Gipsy Moth, the Mitre and the Richard I in Royal Hill.
- The Greenwich branch of the well-known Italian chain, Prezzo.
In total, 59 of SE10’s 194 catering outlets failed the inspection – they are listed at the end of this article. What's notable, however, is the spread of failure – with a surprising number of upmarket and expensive places alongside the usual-suspect kebab houses.
The Union Square, for instance, is described by Inc Group as its “flagship restaurant” and a “destination eatery in its own right.” Main courses at the restaurant run to as much as £26 for a steak. It failed its inspection just last month. Rhodes Bakery, too, which failed in October, is far from cheap.
The best three restaurants in Greenwich – Inside, the Rivington Brasserie and Dowling’s Spread Eagle – all passed, as did most of the local chains, including Pizza Express, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Nando’s, KFC and McDonalds. Most of the pubs also passed.
However, other well-known central Greenwich restaurants – including San Miguel tapas bar, the Pier fish and chip shop, the Organic Café opposite the Picturehouse, the new Biscuit ceramic café on Nelson Road and other Nelson Road outlets Café Sol, Pistachios and Saigon – failed. The popular Wing Wah Chinese buffet on Woolwich Road also failed, as did the Queen Anne coffee shop at the University of Greenwich in the Naval College.
The outlets were inspected at various times over the last 18 months as part of the council’s “food hygiene award” scheme. According to the council: “The scheme is about ensuring that food at catering premises is handled and prepared safely.” Outlets which met its standards were awarded a “food hygiene certificate.” Those without an award are, in the words of the council, “not up to standard.”
Embarrassingly for the council, three of its own school kitchens also failed the hygiene test – though none were in Greenwich itself. We haven’t included these or other outlets from other parts of the borough, though there were also substantial numbers of failures in Eltham, Charlton and Woolwich.
Greenwich restaurants have, of course, always been pretty mediocre – the ceaseless flow of tourists means that restaurateurs don’t have to worry about people not coming back. None of the places that failed would have been my top destinations for a meal. But this survey was about cleanliness, not quality.
The full borough-wide list of restaurants which passed and failed – which runs to 102 pages – can be downloaded here
Here are the failures, set out by category.
RESTAURANTS WHICH FAILED
|Cafe Sol||Tex-Mex||13 Nelson Road||8.1.09|
|Cheyenne Spur||American||The O2||9.2.09|
|Inc Brasserie||Modern Euro||The O2||27.2.09|
|Kum Luang||Thai||326 Creek Road||15.5.09|
|Organic Cafe||Mod Euro||285 Greenwich High Road||3.11.08|
|Paprika||Indian||131 Vanbrugh Hill||7.8.08|
|Peninsula||Chinese||85 Bugsby's Way (at Holiday Inn)||20.3.09|
|Prezzo||Italian||35 Bugsby's Wat (by Odeon)||16.2.09|
|Saigon||Vietnamese||16 Nelson Road||4.12.08|
|San Miguel||Tapas||18 Greenwich Church Street||28.10.08|
|Tai Won Mein||Chinese||39-41 Greenwich Church Street||22.1.09|
|Union Square||American||The O2||1.7.09|
|Vietnam||Vietnamese||17 King William Walk||15.4.09|
|Windies Cove||West Indian||135 Trafalgar Road||30.10.08|
|Wing Wah Buffet||Chinese||4-6 Woolwich Road||23.6.09|
PUBS WHICH FAILED
|Belushi's (St Chrisotpher's Inn)||189 Greenwich High Road||5.1.09|
|Coach & Horses||Greenwich Market||28.10.08|
|Gipsy Moth||60 Greenwich Church Street||3.11.08|
|Hardys (not the Admiral Hardy)||92 Trafalgar Road||4.6.09|
|Mitre||291 Greenwich High Road||28.8.08|
|Pelton Arms||23 Pelton Road||14.1.09|
|Prince Albert||72 Royal Hill||27.1.09|
|Richard I||52 Royal Hill||22.7.09|
TAKE-AWAYS/ CAFES WHICH FAILED (ALPHABETICALLY BY STREET)
|Green Chillies||110 Blackheath Road||13.5.09|
|Kebab & Burger Bar||111 Blackheath Road||11.1.08|
|Burger Stall||Fountain Food court||28.9.08|
|Phillies||9 Greenwich Church St||16.6.09|
|Pier Fish Restaurant||19 Greenwich Church St||4.2.09|
|Cutty Sark (the cafe not the pub)||38 Greenwich Church St||11.11.08|
|Real Taste||243 Greenwich High Rd||28.10.08|
|Gaucho Son of Pumpa||Greenwich Market||28.2.09|
|Just Coffee||Greenwich Market||19.7.09|
|Love Me Tender||Greenwich Market||13.6.08|
|Teriya Kiya||Greenwich Market||4.7.09|
|Pizza Hot Express (not Pizza Express)||129 Greenwich South St||5.6.09|
|Le Popadom||141 Greenwich South St||8.7.08|
|Ultimate Pizza||143 Greenwich South St||9.9.08|
|Paul's Cafe||18 Haddo St||11.9.08|
|Kiosk||8 King William Walk||18.3.09|
|Rhodes Bakery||37 King William Walk||28.10.08|
|Beijing Express||79 Lassell St||19.11.08|
|Biscuit Ceramic Cafe||3-4 Nelson Rd||11.2.09|
|Pistachios||15 Nelson Rd||12.11.08|
|Diner||Outside North Greenwich Stn||20.4.09|
|Moza||101 Trafalgar Rd||10.7.09|
|Milano's Pizza||106 Trafalgar Rd||3.8.09|
|Kerala Zone||119 Trafalgar Rd||26.5.09|
|Mister Chung||166 Trafalgar Rd||22.7.09|
|Yummy Yummy||180 Trafalgar Rd||15.7.09|
|Queen Anne Coffee Shop||University of Greenwich||24.4.08|
|Curry Royal||9 Woolwich Road||14.5.09|
|New Hong Kong Garden||22 Woolwich Road||5.3.09|
|Greenwich Cafe||27 Woolwich Road||27.2.09|
|Bengal Spice||44 Woolwich Road||25.6.09|
|Morleys||117 Woolwich Road||15.7.09|
|Millennium Pizza||119 Woolwich Road||10.2.09|