Greenwich Union pub taken over by Young’s

Young’s have purchased yet another Greenwich pub as the former Meantime establishment Greenwich Union is taken over.

The Union pub is directly next to Young’s Richard I pub on Royal Hill, and they’ll be knocking through to create larger establishment.

Young’s have expanded to take over many pubs in Greenwich. Just next week a new pub on the riverside opens on April 13th.


That joins other Young’s pubs including Richard I, Coach and Horses, Cutty Sark and the Old Brewery site – another former Meantime location.

Personally I find this is a shame. I always enjoyed the Greenwich Union with some varied beers and good food, and the reduction in choice is not particularly welcome. I find Young’s decent enough but painfully middle of the road and corporate. Young’s actually split into two in recent years and the company no longer brews. It is more of a property company these days with beer production outsourced.

Also owned by Youngs

Not that their beer choice is usually very interesting. You’ll find four or five pumps of very similar ale. On the bright side, a more interesting prospect in Greenwich is news that a new brewery and taproom is to open from Brew by Numbers at Morden Wharf. I took a look at that earlier today.

The town also retains some great pubs with character like the Pelton Arms. Perhaps these days any pub space not lost is a minor victory, but the reduction in choice across much of Greenwich town centre as Young’s take over ever more places isn’t going to set the heart racing.

Nearby Blackheath also has the prospect of a brewery and pub at a former Barclays Bank from local brewery Common Rioters which is something to look forward to.



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4 thoughts on “Greenwich Union pub taken over by Young’s

  • What a massive shame. Was hoping for something interesting to open there, but Youngs pubs are so predictable.

  • Less choice is not good particularly as Young’s is not the great brew that it once was. Also one less pub (The Greenwich Union) to visit on a pub crawl around Greenwich.

  • I ran past the Old Brewery earlier today and noticed that it was displaying a sign saying “ Camden Brewery”, is this part of Youngs or has it changed hands again?

  • Young’s prices are stupidly high for a “local” pub. I wish they would introduce a Resident’s Card giving locals a better deal. Cheaper drinks are available at other pubs just a few minutes walk away from the Richard 1st.


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