wel­come to wool­wich

The Wharf - - Property - Florence Der­rick

Royal Arse­nal River­side, Berke­ley Homes’ 5,000prop­erty trans­for­ma­tion of Wool­wich, de­liv­ers un­ob­structed views of the Thames, du­plex lay­outs and ac­cess to one of the largest health clubs cre­ated for a pri­vate de­vel­op­ment in Lon­don.

Al­ready well con­nected with its own DLR sta­tion, Cross­rail is due to start serv­ing the area in 2019 promis­ing even more rapid com­mutes to Ca­nary Wharf and the City as well as di­rect ac­cess to Heathrow Air­port.

With Berke­ley’s de­vel­op­ment well un­der­way and sev­eral phases on sale, it’s lit­tle sur­prise there’s been a knock-on ef­fect on Wool­wich, which has seen cafes, pubs, restau­rants and things to do spring up in re­cent years. We paid the area a visit to find a few gems prospec­tive res­i­dents might en­joy.

The Guard House

No 1 Street, SE18 6GH The sun­lit bar, en­closed with glass walls, feels al­most like a green­house thanks to the ferns and pot plants hang­ing above the broad, wooden bar.

“The amount of peo­ple who come up to the bar, and I’m like, can I help you? But they’re just stand­ing there star­ing at the flow­ers,” said The Guard House gen­eral man­ager Daniel Kearns.

It’s easy to see why. The restau­rant-pub is gor­geously decked out with red-leather Ch­ester­field arm­chairs and booths cre­at­ing a classy and comfy set­ting for what comes next: lunch.

“It’s all fresh Bri­tish pro­duce on the menu,” said Daniel.

“We use a va­ri­ety of sup­pli­ers and fish is our thing.

“We get mack­erel, plaice, le­mon sole, what­ever’s fresh that day – there’s al­ways a skip­per’s catch avail­able. But for me, I love the pork belly. It looks good, smells good, tastes good.”

Rich and but­tery, with a crunch of crack­ling and stuffed with herba­ceous black pud­ding, the dish does in­deed do all three.

As does the per­fectly cooked hake, which flakes off its crispy skin onto a bed of heav­ily smoked ba­con and Jerusalem ar­ti­chokes.

“We have a new break­fast menu for peo­ple head­ing to work,” says Daniel. “I con­sis­tently get the sausage and egg just to make sure it’s still good.”

I don’t blame him. Add it to the list of rea­sons to re­lo­cate to Wool­wich.

The view of Ca­nary Wharf from Royal Arse­nal River­side, in Wool­wich

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