Life as a London Venue finder is certainly busy, but who says work can’t be fun? Mr Flavour and I do love a good research trip and decided to check out some riverside spots. With the chilly winter breeze nipping at our noses, we hopped on a boat to Greenwich for an afternoon of discovery and indulgence.
We picked the right day for a jaunt down the river. The Greenwich Christmas market was in full swing and Mr Flavour proved his Hunter-Gatherer status by grabbing us some warming mulled wine. We strolled along the riverfront to the pleasing tones of the Christmas Choir. Up ahead we spied the Sail Loft. This magnificent venue sits on two floors, with huge glass windows offering splendid views of the City, Canary Wharf, The 02 Arena and the mighty Thames. The interior is fittingly decorated to reflect the Maritime history of the local area. Ship-shape with lacquered woods and rigging rope, this grand and airy space invoked memories of summer holidays by the seaside, even if it was too cold to sit outside.
We dropped anchor at the bar, crewed by the cheeriest of bar staff who were more than happy to offer drinks recommendations. Mr Flavour sipped his favourite pint of London Pride, while I sampled the English Garden cocktail. The pretty colours and flavours of Tanqueray No. Ten Gin, cucumber and citrus were almost vivid enough to bring the Summer sun back out. With whetted appetites, we ventured upstairs to the first-floor restaurant and were shown to the table by our delightful Italian waitress.
We were so captivated by the view from our table that we barely noticed the arrival of the menu. Our starters were lovely: Grilled Squid with coconut & cauliflower purée and curry butter spliced sea and spice to create a tasting-first for us. The miso glazed Ox cheek with Jalapeno puree ticked Mr Flavour’s slow cooked and spicy boxes. We were off to a great start!
Moving onto the mains, we chose a seasonally appropriate Gressingham crispy duck leg with potato, gin compressed blackberries and juniper jus. The rich meatiness of the duck paired beautifully with the Rioja Crianza Marques del Atrio wine. The Chalcroft Farm Beef Burger, with pulled brisket, oak smoked cheddar, chipotle ketchup and Russian Sauce belonged at the Captain’s table. Piled high with prime lean beef and juicy spiciness, I had to work fast to get a taste before Mr Flavour condemned it to the watery depths of his Leviathan belly.
Already chock-full with deliciousness, we were going to take a pass on desserts, but the tantalising menu had other ideas. We ordered a white chocolate marquis with cherry compote and the chocolate brownie with salted caramel & vanilla ice cream, dulche de leche and peanut butter crispies. Both dishes were decadently sublime and reassured us we’d be coming back again for future indulgence. Pleasantly full, we resigned ourselves to having a few more drinks as the setting sun cast a soothing orange glow over the Canary Wharf skyline. London sure looks gorgeous when viewed from The Sail Loft.
All in all, this was a successful afternoon of discovery. We’re sure our clients will love The Sail Loft: Prime location, stunning views, tons of space, lovely food and a tasteful Maritime theme. It’s no wonder they’re so popular. With our mission complete, we set sail into the crisp winter darkness, charting a course for the nearest pub. Anchors away!
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The Sail Loft
11 Victoria Parade
London, SE10 9FR
020 8222 9310