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The Cutty Sark Tavern

4-6 Ballast Quay, Greenwich, SE10
Tel: (0) 181 858 3146
DLR: Island Gardens, then Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Known as the Union Tavern since 1804, the pub was renamed the Cutty Sark Tavern in 1954 when the famous Tea Clipper was permanently dry docked in Greenwich.

Ballast Quay is said to have gained its name in the busy shipping days of the Seventeeth Century. Fire Insurance Plaques dated 1695 are visible on several buildings in the area.

Having deposited their cargo, empty vessels were loaded with gravel to stabilise them. The colloquial term for gravel used in this way is "ballast". The Quay was also known as "Whitebait Alley" due to this house having had the first choice when local fishermen returned to distribute their catch amongst the riverside taverns of Greenwich.

In more recent times, this Georgian pub has been refurbished to provide an upstairs restaurant. Enjoy a window view and Thames-side outdoor seating looking across at the new Millennium Dome, Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs. The bar service is very slow when the pub is busy.



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