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Where to Eat in Woolwich and Plumstead

Nepalese community stalwarts, retro fine dining in a sixth form college, excellent Eritrean cuisine, and more

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One of south east London’s less surveyed neighbourhoods, Woolwich has the foundations to become a go-to dining destination alongside Peckham and Deptford. Perhaps still best known as the location for London’s first McDonald’s — the fast food chain launched its debut UK branch there in 1974 — Woolwich home to an increasingly exciting restaurant scene in 2019. From the clutch of local restaurants serving a burgeoning Nepalese community, through to a unique fine dining establishment at a sixth form college, an acclaimed Eritrean café, and a quality craft beer taproom, these are the best places to eat and drink in SE18.

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1. Taproom SE18

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15 Major Draper St, Woolwich
London SE18 6GD, UK

The original taproom from Woolwich-born brewery Hop Stuff, Taproom SE18 is a stylish but approachable space, specialising in local craft beers and sourdough pizzas. The house Jolly Cooperation Sour IPA — brewed in collaboration with Barbarian Brewery in Idaho — is an absolute joy, as is a pizza topped with Calabrian ‘nduja, mozzarella, and basil.

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2. YumBun

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Plumstead Rd, Woolwich
London SE18 7BZ, UK

Specialising in Taiwanese bao buns, Yum Bun’s gua bao are favourably pillowy and stuffed with a melange of corresponding flavours. Try the Japanese fried chicken with optimally craggy batter and accompanying tarutaru sauce, or the bun filled with crispy tofu, black bean mayonnaise and heady garlic choy sum. Find them at the Public food market, Friday and Saturday.

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3. D Namaste

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158 Plumstead Rd, Plumstead
London SE18 7DY, UK
020 8333 2232

Technically in Plumstead — which boasts the UK’s largest Nepalese community — D Namaste has become a local institution, and unsurprisingly so. A tiny café-style space leads to an upstairs with various dining rooms, including a space where guests sit on the floor to eat. Here, the menu is vast, but the steamed momos are an essential order, as are the crispy lamb ribs, and the mixed thukpa with its intense chicken broth and a mixture of grilled chicken, pork and mutton.

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4. Blue Nile Café

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73 Woolwich New Rd, Woolwich
London SE18 6ED, UK

A family-run operation honouring Eritrea’s colonial history, Blue Nile Café doubles up as an Eritrean-Italian restaurant. Set within a 1930s butcher shop, lunch has pronounced Italian leanings with various pastas, while Eritrean injera with zigni stews is the main focus during evening service. Staff are on hand to talk through the menu, while a set Bebiaynetu menu for two — five vegetarian zigni, or three vegetarian and two meat — offers a chance to sample a wide range. The vegetarian options are the most rousing: hamli with bitter green leaves, chickpea shiro, or peppery lentil tumtumo.

5. Kailash Momo

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79 Woolwich New Rd, Woolwich
London SE18 6ED, UK

Kailash Momo’s namesake is, unsurprisingly, the main draw at this family-run Tibetan restaurant. Of the versions served, the chilli pork or steamed mutton dumplings are amongst the best, but aren’t necessarily some of the area’s finest. Pork chura, on the other hand, a stew of pork belly “boiled with blue cheese,” benefits from the way that the astringent cheese cuts through some of the dish’s spiciness, ultimately complementing the deeply savoury flavours. A must-try.

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6. Viet Baguette

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17 Anglesea Rd, Woolwich
London SE18 6EG, UK
020 8854 5588

Formerly known as An, Viet Baguette has since re-launched with a new name and larger premises, still focussing on Vietnamese bánh mì. The new space is bright and airy, with its mix-and-match wooden chairs and bare brick walls. Pork is unsurprisingly omnipresent, featured in various styles throughout the menu. The Viet Baguette Special is a safe order, comprising pork roll, slices of gently spiced pig and earthy pâté, with coriander and pickled vegetables. So too is the fried bean curd baguette, packed with cubes of breaded tofu.

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7. Maya DD's Restaurant

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25 Anglesea Rd, Woolwich
London SE18 6EG, UK
020 8854 4396

A stone’s throw from Woolwich Arsenal station, Maya DD is one of the area’s outstanding Nepalese restaurants. Service is warm in low-key surroundings, and be sure to order the following: jhol momo, featuring stuffed momo dumplings in a restorative broth laden with sesame, turmeric and ginger; egg chatamari, and slightly sweet sel roti rice doughnuts.

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8. City View

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Red Lion Ln
London SE18 4LD, UK

A unique restaurant at Shooters Hill Sixth Form College, City View is run by student chefs and front of house staff. Hosting several lunches throughout the week and ‘Fine Dining Evening’ every Thursday during term time, the venue also boasts sprawling views across the city, given the venue’s hilltop location. While the dining room’s décor is somewhat stuffy, service is friendly and professional. The cooking is equally professional, offering good value at £22.50 per head at dinner, with occasionally overwhelming portion sizes. Dishes may include deftly grilled parrot fish with a pronounced dill, prawn and caper sauce; or chicken in sauce hongroise, humming with smoked paprika. Booking essential.

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1. Taproom SE18

15 Major Draper St, Woolwich, London SE18 6GD, UK
The best restaurants in Woolwich and Plumstead Hill, south east London: Taproom SE18 Taproom SE18 [Official Photo]

The original taproom from Woolwich-born brewery Hop Stuff, Taproom SE18 is a stylish but approachable space, specialising in local craft beers and sourdough pizzas. The house Jolly Cooperation Sour IPA — brewed in collaboration with Barbarian Brewery in Idaho — is an absolute joy, as is a pizza topped with Calabrian ‘nduja, mozzarella, and basil.

15 Major Draper St, Woolwich
London SE18 6GD, UK

2. YumBun

Plumstead Rd, Woolwich, London SE18 7BZ, UK
Best restaurants in Woolwich and Plumstead south  east London: YumBun YumBun [Official Photo]

Specialising in Taiwanese bao buns, Yum Bun’s gua bao are favourably pillowy and stuffed with a melange of corresponding flavours. Try the Japanese fried chicken with optimally craggy batter and accompanying tarutaru sauce, or the bun filled with crispy tofu, black bean mayonnaise and heady garlic choy sum. Find them at the Public food market, Friday and Saturday.

Plumstead Rd, Woolwich
London SE18 7BZ, UK

3. D Namaste

158 Plumstead Rd, Plumstead, London SE18 7DY, UK
The best restaurants in Woolwich and Plumstead Hill, south east London: D Namaste D Namaste/Facebook

Technically in Plumstead — which boasts the UK’s largest Nepalese community — D Namaste has become a local institution, and unsurprisingly so. A tiny café-style space leads to an upstairs with various dining rooms, including a space where guests sit on the floor to eat. Here, the menu is vast, but the steamed momos are an essential order, as are the crispy lamb ribs, and the mixed thukpa with its intense chicken broth and a mixture of grilled chicken, pork and mutton.

158 Plumstead Rd, Plumstead
London SE18 7DY, UK

4. Blue Nile Café

73 Woolwich New Rd, Woolwich, London SE18 6ED, UK

A family-run operation honouring Eritrea’s colonial history, Blue Nile Café doubles up as an Eritrean-Italian restaurant. Set within a 1930s butcher shop, lunch has pronounced Italian leanings with various pastas, while Eritrean injera with zigni stews is the main focus during evening service. Staff are on hand to talk through the menu, while a set Bebiaynetu menu for two — five vegetarian zigni, or three vegetarian and two meat — offers a chance to sample a wide range. The vegetarian options are the most rousing: hamli with bitter green leaves, chickpea shiro, or peppery lentil tumtumo.

73 Woolwich New Rd, Woolwich
London SE18 6ED, UK

5. Kailash Momo

79 Woolwich New Rd, Woolwich, London SE18 6ED, UK
The best restaurants in Woolwich and Plumstead Hill, south east London: Kailash Momo Kailash Momo/Facebook

Kailash Momo’s namesake is, unsurprisingly, the main draw at this family-run Tibetan restaurant. Of the versions served, the chilli pork or steamed mutton dumplings are amongst the best, but aren’t necessarily some of the area’s finest. Pork chura, on the other hand, a stew of pork belly “boiled with blue cheese,” benefits from the way that the astringent cheese cuts through some of the dish’s spiciness, ultimately complementing the deeply savoury flavours. A must-try.

79 Woolwich New Rd, Woolwich
London SE18 6ED, UK

6. Viet Baguette

17 Anglesea Rd, Woolwich, London SE18 6EG, UK
Best restaurants in Woolwich and Plumstead, south east London: Viet baguette Viet Baguette/Twitter

Formerly known as An, Viet Baguette has since re-launched with a new name and larger premises, still focussing on Vietnamese bánh mì. The new space is bright and airy, with its mix-and-match wooden chairs and bare brick walls. Pork is unsurprisingly omnipresent, featured in various styles throughout the menu. The Viet Baguette Special is a safe order, comprising pork roll, slices of gently spiced pig and earthy pâté, with coriander and pickled vegetables. So too is the fried bean curd baguette, packed with cubes of breaded tofu.

17 Anglesea Rd, Woolwich
London SE18 6EG, UK

7. Maya DD's Restaurant

25 Anglesea Rd, Woolwich, London SE18 6EG, UK
The best restaurants in Woolwich and Plumstead Hill, south east London: Maya DD’s Maya DD’s/Facebook

A stone’s throw from Woolwich Arsenal station, Maya DD is one of the area’s outstanding Nepalese restaurants. Service is warm in low-key surroundings, and be sure to order the following: jhol momo, featuring stuffed momo dumplings in a restorative broth laden with sesame, turmeric and ginger; egg chatamari, and slightly sweet sel roti rice doughnuts.

25 Anglesea Rd, Woolwich
London SE18 6EG, UK

8. City View

Red Lion Ln, London SE18 4LD, UK
The best restaurants in Woolwich and Plumstead Hill, south east London: City View at Shooters Hill Sixth Form College City View/Facebook

A unique restaurant at Shooters Hill Sixth Form College, City View is run by student chefs and front of house staff. Hosting several lunches throughout the week and ‘Fine Dining Evening’ every Thursday during term time, the venue also boasts sprawling views across the city, given the venue’s hilltop location. While the dining room’s décor is somewhat stuffy, service is friendly and professional. The cooking is equally professional, offering good value at £22.50 per head at dinner, with occasionally overwhelming portion sizes. Dishes may include deftly grilled parrot fish with a pronounced dill, prawn and caper sauce; or chicken in sauce hongroise, humming with smoked paprika. Booking essential.

Red Lion Ln
London SE18 4LD, UK

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