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Fuller’s opens newly built pub on the Thames

By Nicholas Robinson

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Ex-Duck & Waffle chef takes up head chef mantle
Ex-Duck & Waffle chef takes up head chef mantle

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Fuller’s has opened its latest new-build pub on the River Thames, the Sail Loft on Greenwich Reach, with room for 300 customers and a nautical-themed menu designed by ex-Duck & Waffle chef Jacek Zywa.

The contemporary pub, which has three glass walls looking out onto the Thames, is on two levels and was designed with the river in mind.


Fuller’s has also rolled out its brunch menu to the site, which will be served every weekend, while roasts will also be served on Sundays.

Zywar, who is the Sail Loft’s head chef​, previously worked under Daniel Doherty at the Duck & Waffle on the 40th​ floor of London’s Heron Tower.

Dishes include

Dishes on the menu include North Atlantic hake with roasted fennel, samphire, cockles, cider and butter sauce; braised ox cheek with bacon dumplings, kale, burnt onions and bread crumbs; and smoked duck with Roquefort, poached pear, walnuts and watercress.

Greg Meikle , general manager of the new site, which has an open kitchen and views of Canary Warf, the Cutty Sark and the O2 arena, said the site had been a year in the making.

Fuller’s in figures:

  • 400 pubs
  • 5.3% increase in managed like-for-like sales
  • 3% rise in like-for-like profits
  • 1% decrease in total beer and cider volumes
  • 10 June – publication date of preliminary financial results
    • Figures for the 43 weeks to 23 January 2016

Beers stocked at the bar include Fuller’s new red ale, Montana Red, Frontier and London Pride. Spirits, wines and other beverages will also be stocked in a bid to cater to a variety of tastes.

Fuller’s Inns managing director Jonathon Swaine said: “The Sail and Loft is a fantastic addition to our portfolio. It is set to be one of our flagship sites and I am looking forward to seeing this pub gain in popularity.”

Best Food Offer

Fuller’s won the Best Food Offer (51+ sites) at last year’s Publican Awards.

The company’s former tenanted operations director Mike Clist was announced as the new British Institute of Innkeeping’s (BII’s) managing director​ this month, a role which he will take-up this April when the organisation’s chief executive officer Tim Hulme steps down.


Clist said: “Tim has done a great job as chief executive and I am delighted to continue his good work in order to optimise the BII member experience.

“I have had a long-standing relationship with the BII as a member myself, trustee and industry advisor communicating the perspective of the tenant and so am keen to offer my industry knowledge to the BII in such a key role.”

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