You’re in Greenwich, so you know what time it is. There’s no rush – right next door to Greenwich station, Davy’s Wine Vaults is a star in the constellation of Davy’s London wine bars and restaurants. It’s unique amongst Davy’s because there are not one but two associated venues at the same address down Greenwich High Road. You have your Davy’s bar and restaurant, with over 100 wines to choose from and classic British cuisine to partake in, but there’s also an adjacent wine shop. Finally, downstairs, in the subterranean premises of Greenwich’s Victorian-era wine cellar, you’ll find The Cooperage, a cocktail bar, again with a great menu of Brit dishes.
Davy’s Wine Vaults Greenwich is something of a landmark on a map of London
stippled with Davy’s wine bars and restaurants. In a truly historic location down
Greenwich High Road, as close as can be to the Greenwich DLR and British Rail
stations, Davy’s Wine Vaults offers the excellence one associates with all in the
Davy’s stable. Here, head chef David Kirby has compiled a menu studded with
classics of British cuisine that use only the freshest, seasonal ingredients. Royal
butcher David Russell once again impresses with his traditional grass-fed, aged
steaks, while everything from the ploughman’s plate of home-baked ham, Cheddar
cheese, black pudding, Scotch eggs, bread and pickles to the Davy’s club sandwich
exude solid, traditional culinary values. Then of course comes the wine list, with a
mind-boggling selection of over 100 old- and new-world wines to choose from.
Somehow stumped? Or just like what you tried and want to take a bottle home?
Head next door to Davy’s dedicated wine shop and take your pick.
That’s not it when it comes to Davy’s Wine Vaults’ Greenwich High Road location. Downstairs, set under the road itself, you’ll find Davy’s The Cooperage. The venue is Greenwich’s original Victorian-era wine cellar, and here under the low ceilings, nestled in nooks and crannies of stripped, whitewashed brick adorned with vintage curios, is one of London’s best kept cocktail bar secrets. A small, carefully curated list of cocktails is accompanied by a grazing menu of share plates and boards, burgers, and Davy’s usual list of fine British cheeses. A point of difference here at Davy’s The Cooperage is the selection of spirits from the cooper’s barrels, featuring spirits infused with botanicals and aged on-site in original wine casks. Tequila with roast pepper and paprika, gin with cucumber and elderflower, bourbon with smoked bacon, vodka with chilli and lemongrass, rum with apple and spices – all can be built into a classic or contemporary cocktail by Davy’s The Cooperage’s skilled bartenders.
Teatime meal for three from the set menu. Good food and a great selection of wines. Our experience was enhanced by the lovely waitress, whose excellence belied the fact that it was only her second day on the job!
The site and interior is delightful, the service was wonderfully friendly including help on the wine selection. Sadly the food was mediocre especially the crab cakes and over-steamed vegetables. Next time a better menu choice is in order.
Lovely place. Plenty of outdoor seating on a beautiful day. Efficient waiting staff. Good varied menu, including the Sunday roast. Plenty of wines by the glass. Overall, a little pricey.