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The Star of Greenwich, Greenwich, SE10

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
60 Old Woolwich Road
SE10
SE10 9NY
Phone: 02083051144

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David Walton left this review about The Star of Greenwich

Had previously visited this venue in July 2021 when it was still the Star & Garter and had a pint of Young’s Original on that visit. Even more limited options this time since re-opened as the Star of Greenwich. Again another one that only opens Thurs to Sun but at least this one opens end afternoon rather than 6pm. My quaff of “choice” was a pint of John Smiths so you can see why the lowly rating in spite of a noble effort to keep this place open. Was pretty quiet a bit before 7.30pm but at least the function room to the side of the main bar was closed for a private event (the mind boggles). Again many better places to quaff in Greenwich and so v unlikely to return but I wish the place well.

On 4th April 2024 - rating: 4
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Tris C left this review about The Star of Greenwich

Renamed and reopened only about a week ago, this pub dates from the early 19th century and given the oriel windows, I can well believe that this is the original building, with an interior from either the ‘30s or ‘50s. It’s also a bit confusing due to the Electric Star Pubs chain, with the Star of Bethnal Green, Star by Hackney Downs and Star in Shoreditch, to name but a few, this not part of the chain being a community-owned pub. However, those who aren’t a fan of the brand my avoid this pub simply because they may think it’s part of the chain.
The interior is very traditional, though in quite an old-fashioned way, with carpet – except to the darts area – exposed rough hewn dark wood beams, white Artex, games machine, jukebox, exposed brick fireplaces (one with a Mann, Crossman & Paulin brewery tile, see photo), décor in the form of framed nautical prints and flowers in vases. To the rear is a spacious, largely empty room, done up like a nursery school, with masses of toys and a Wendy house. Customers are a resolutely older bunch and all obviously local, no-one wanting to raise their voices above a whisper, so as not to attract attention to themselves and presiding over proceedings is a friendly old-school landlady, serving me with a half of Moretti at £2.48.
This isn’t a bad place, but it really is very traditional to the point where it may be avoided by the students, not that this is necessarily a bad thing. This is the type of place which gets my blessing, but it’s not really my thing, the lack of a decent cask adding an extra disincentive.

Rated 3.5.

On 29th April 2023 - rating: 3
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Strongers . left this review about The Star and Garter

I popped into the Star and Garter just after midday on a recent Wednesday and found myself to be the only customer. The woman working behind the bar was very welcoming and I settled down for a quick half of generic lager from the standard draught range. The bar supports two hand pumps and there is another in a separate area to the right which doubles up as a function room where a pool table can be found. During my visit all three hand pumps were badged with Young’s Ordinary. To the left and rear of the bar area is another seating area where a dartboard can be found in an alcove.

There was some background music playing courtesy of Magic FM and the two plasma screens were switched off. I didn’t see any sport advertised, but there was some mention of a weekly quiz night and live music. There is also a poker night every Thursday.

As I was about to leave an aged gentleman came in to pay up his lottery subs. This backed up my thoughts that this is a local community boozer. If I lived locally I would use this pub as I thought it had a friendly vibe.

On 23rd June 2014 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Star and Garter

This really is a locals’ pub, and one which any self-respecting tourist is likely to shy away from. When I was in on Thursday afternoon/early evening there were about a dozen or so other punters in there. As far as I could tell they were all drinking lager; all roughly the same demographic as my companion and I; and all seemed to be avidly and mostly vociferously following the racing being shown on the TV. We fitted in quite nicely – except of course that we were drinking the sole real ale on – Young’s Bitter at a very wallet friendly £3.10 a pint. There was no sign of any food of course.

This pub is quite large for a backstreet local, having been extended into an adjoining house at some stage. It was very traditional 70s inside, being carpeted and furnished with banquettes and normal tables and chairs. There were three distinct yet interconnected drinking areas, separated by dark varnished rustic posts above the dado level. Everybody else clearly knew each other, but we were made welcome as strangers. It has to be said that the Young’s Bitter was not the best I’ve had, so you wouldn’t come here for the beer, but if you are after a quiet(ish) unpretentious locals’ pub then this one should work for you.

On 5th January 2014 - rating: 5
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Roger Button left this review about The Star and Garter

We called into this back street local’s pub on the basis of some good reviews elsewhere but were quite disappointed with what we found. There isn’t much intrinsically wrong with the pub but the very plain interior is just dull, faceless and lacking anything that stands out. For a Saturday night the place was virtually deserted apart from a private party being held in the screened off end section although the punters we did encounter seemed friendly and chatty enough. There is little on the beer side to tempt anyone in with the sole Real Ale being Youngs Ordinary and the rest standard kegs and lagers. A dart board at one end of the pub is worth noting but, unless you fancy sitting in a rather subdued atmosphere for an evening, there is very little to justify the walk from the centre of town.

On 21st April 2010 - rating: 3
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