The dearth of decent restaurants in South East London has improved in recent years with the arrival of The Rivington Grill in Greenwich. You might expect a Manhattan-styled restaurant (especially one in the same stable as Scott’s and The Ivy) serving high end British food in a place like Shoreditch, but in South East London it is worthy of celebration.
Keen to ensure the Rivington took firm root in this gastronomic desert, it didn’t take us long to try it out, along with a high-chair ready, but pre-walking Jack. It was a weekday lunchtime and relatively quiet so the staff had time to coo over Jack. Paper and crayons appeared as if by magic, but Jack got more enjoyment from throwing them around the room than from using them for their intended purpose. Still, the thought was there.
They don’t do specific portions for children, though they didn’t bat an eyelid when we simply asked for a a side plate on which we put bits from our own delicious choices (sausage and mash with bubble and squeak for me and beef and ale pie for Dan, if you must know) for Jack to play with. The warm, homemade sourdough bread went down particularly well. The food soon followed the crayons. No eyebrows were raised and the food was cleared up cheerfully.
The Rivington is let down by the lack of changing facilities – the ladies loo is snug even for ladies, let alone ones with a toddler or baby. We haven’t let that put us off though, as we’ve been back several times with Jack because we like the food and the atmosphere. Next time we go I will check out the disabled loo for changing potential and update this review accordingly!
Top tip: If you’re local to Greenwich and booking a babysitter with a view to a rare night out, the Rivington do a mean Cosmopolitan!
Feeding Facilities: 3/5
Changing Facilities: 0/5
Overall rating: 15/25 ££