Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Chain restaurant hell at Greenwich Pier

There's nothing that says "Welcome to Royal Greenwich, World Heritage Site" quite like a giant gold Frankie and Benny's chain restaurant.

Plonked in between the Royal Naval College, the newly-restored Cutty Sark, and the Greewich Pier it's hard to think of a worse place the council could have allowed this.

Spot the iconic structure
The pictures I took don't quite do justice to how out of place these building are, especially when compared to the excellent neighbouring Greenwich visitor centre and cafe/bar. [better angle here]

Frank Dowling and the Inc Group monopolise much of the rest of the town and we could really have done with some good new independent restaurants here.

Unfortunately we won't get them.

Soon Frankie and Bennys will be joined on the pier by the fourth Nandos in the borough and (just what Greenwich needs) yet another overpriced burger chain.

Of course there's nothing wrong with these kinds of restaurants if they're in the right places, say a retail park or an out of town shopping centre.

I'm just not convinced that the middle of a world heritage site is one of those right places.

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