GODDARDS at Greenwich opened its doors to hungry punters yesterday, marking a return to Greenwich after a six year absence.
The much-awaited return of the family-run pie shop, along with a new pub opening, two new exhibitions and a surprise gig by the most famous band to have come out of Greenwich made it Super Thursday in SE10.
It was as if Goddards had never been away as customers at the new 100-seater restaurant in King William Walk tucked in to pie, mash and liquor while listening to classic songs like 'Roll out the Barrel'.
Kane Goddard told Greenwich.co.uk:
"We've been looking to come back to Greenwich for such a long time and we're fortunate to have found such a lovely building. We're looking forward to seeing all of our old customers again, getting back into the community and letting everybody enjoy our pie and mash."
The Stonegate pub, formerly The Auctioneer, relaunched after a two week refurbishment and laid out the red carpet for its surprise mystery guest - top David Beckham lookalike, Andy Harmer (pictured right).
Elsewhere in Greenwich, a new gallery space opened up on Creek Road. Made in Greenwich features a range of works from a variety of disciplines, and the opening exhibition, which includes work by Edward Hill, Mike Curry and Tom Dingley amongst others, is dedicated to Greenwich Park.
At the Ben Oakley Gallery in Turnpin Lane, Greenwich Market, it was the opening night of an exhibition by Dartford-born artist David Bray called Far Out Is Not Far Enough.
Greenwich's Super Thursday ended with a surprise gig by Greenwich legends Squeeze at the Pelton Arms. It was the band's last gig before jetting off to the US for a tour that starts in San Diego on Tuesday.
"Awesome night at the pelton arms. To see The Squeeze in your local is a real treat. And they were brilliant!!!", tweeted one audience member lucky enough to see them play.
The splurge of new openings comes just days after the opening of two restaurants in the Greenwich Pier development. Byron, purveyors of "proper hamburgers", and Frankie & Benny's both opened for business this week.
“Greenwich is one of London’s most iconic locations, as popular with visitors as it is with locals. We’re excited to be bringing proper hamburgers to this historic maritime location,” says Byron’s founder, Tom Byng.