Superb family run restaurant in Greenwich village. I think this restaurant is a hidden gem. Visited it last weekend after strolling around Greenwich. The restaurant has an immense menu filled with all different types of fish dishes.
I tried the maryland fish cakes and loved them. My friends finished their plates which had classic British cod and chips. The portion sizes are huge here so don't over order and definitely save your appetite if you intend to visit here.
I would definitely visit this place again as it would beat any chain restaurant on quality and enjoyment of a classic restaurant experience.
I heard this wasn't traditional fish and chips, but I thought it tasted pretty okay(see photo).
I didn't love that the fish was fried with the skin on, but the fish and chips and a diet coke did the trick to fight my hunger and fend off the disappointment that my trip to Greenwich didn't include enough time to straddle the international date line.
If you're looking for somewhere to eat in Greenwich that isn't either a chain or a wallet destroyer, Beach Comber is often a good bet.
They've been in the Greenwich area for as long as I can remember, operated by the same family (or were, last time I was there). This has positives and negatives, however.
Firstly, the staff are really friendly and there is always a welcoming atmosphere. I used to go there both for the food and to just drink coffee, sitting outside in the old lane that leads to the Greenwich covered market, and there was never any pressure to order food or resentment that I was using one of their premium outdoor spaces with such a low-value order.
On the negative side, because it has such a relaxed feel to it, the food is not always as could as it could be. When at its best the fish is excellent, but can sometimes fall short of these high standards. I have only once eaten something a meal there that wasn't fish, and it was mediocre.
A couple of years ago the restaurant was threatened by the proposal to convert the Greenwich covered market in to a hotel, which would have required Beach Comber's demolition as it borders the market. I have no idea whether these plans are still in process but if so, it would be a massive shame as Beach Comber is a much-loved aspect of Greenwich.
I've just left Beachcomber (what a great name) and had an amazing meal for the following reasons:
1) the scallops with bacon and spinach were, I have to say, outstanding.
2) calamari, prawns and scampi dipper was great too.
3) the Dover sole with prawns and mornay sauce along with the steak and half a lobster was fantastic.
4) the pistachio ice cream I have to say, was stunning.. The best tasting ice cream i've ever tried..
5) my banana split finished me off
6) the staff were very attentive and friendly
I will definately be returning.
Out for the day in Greenwich to take a look at the special exhibit at the Maritime Museum. Looked for a place to grab a quick lunch before heading to the Observatory. We stumbled into the Beachcomber, which has been around for ages.
They have cheap daily specials, today it was £4 for roast meats, and about £3.50 for burgers and chips. My girlfriend had the haddock and chips for £8, the fish was good, I had tried some, but the chips were passable. I had the fish pie for £7, which was 4 stars, it was really nice. The fish pie had a ratatouille base with white fish and covered in a cheese sauce.
The staff was friendly when present, but through most of the meal the two staff men were outside a lot having a chat, or sitting at a table reading a magazine and came in if a customer walked through the front door. Granted, there was only another table with customers. I'd leave 3 1/2 stars for this place if I could, the fish pie was really good, but I can't leave 4 stars because of the chips and the average service, especially when the service charge is already added to the bill. Dinner menu looked a bit pricey for a local fish and pie shop.
I LOVE THIS RESTAURANT!!! Great friendly staff, clean inside, good prices and mouth-watering food. The seafood pasta in cream sauce makes me dribble just thinking about it!!!
Very poor quality food, wouldn't allow us to sit where we wanted and service was very poor (10% service charge is added to your bill). One for tourists only, if this place was in a local community it wouldn't survive very long at all. Upon paying the bill she asked if everything was ok and then argued with me that post mix cola was standard in restaurants in London! Which was £2.42 for a small glass that tasted of water. Maybe this is the best Greenwich has to offer, I don't know, despite being a Londoner, I have avoided Greenwich for reasons like this for the past 15 years. I might visit again in 2037 to see the further decline!
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