Young’s £1m refurb of brewing site near Cutty Sark

By Georgina Townshend

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Historic site: Young's opens new pub opposite the Cutty Sark
Historic site: Young's opens new pub opposite the Cutty Sark

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Young’s has launched a new pub on a historic brewing site, previously the home of Meantime Brewery, opposite London’s maritime landmark the Cutty Sark in Greenwich.

Now called the Old Brewery, the pubco spent £1m refurbishing the Grade II-listed building, which was built in 1874. 

According to Young’s, the site boasts centuries of brewing history before becoming the home of Meantime Brewery for 10 years, before selling it last year.

The ‘perfect’ successor

General manager Mark McLaughlan said the pubco “jumped at the chance” of acquiring the site.

“Now, acquired by Young’s in 2016 – the perfect successor with its rich brewing heritage – the Old Brewery has reopened with a stunning new look celebrating the area's heritage, complete with a contemporary British menu available from breakfast through to dinner”, a spokesman for Young’s said.

Original features

The refurbishment has seen many of the original features kept, while dividing the warehouse-style space into individual areas.

The “cosy” pub has the original wood-clad bar, with floor-to-ceiling apothecary-style cupboards filled with an array of the spirits.

“Guests can pore over the canvas paintings on the south wall, take in the China tea trade memorabilia or swot up on their beer knowledge from the huge mural while enjoying a bite to eat”, said the spokesman.

“It’s also hard to miss the eight huge copper beer tanks that fill the entire northern wall.”

The pub, which has been open for a month, had its official launch on Thursday (4 May) after it had been closed for a four-month refurbishment.

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