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One of the most notable pubs in Woolwich, The Guard House is a dashing and decadent boozer. 

Found in the heart of old, disused army barracks, Young's have transformed this rustic space into one of charming prints, humble furniture and stunning interiors. Set between a selection of dining rooms, laid-back drinking areas and bars, The Guard House has gone out of its way to become one of the most attractive pubs in Woolwich.

Not only can you expect a roster of traditional London pints and craft bottles, The Guard House are notable for their daily fresh fare, indulging guests in a high-end roster of gastro inspired British plates. 


No queues normally
Happily Affordable ££
South London
Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets


Day Open Close Notes
10:00 23:00
10:00 23:00
10:00 23:00
10:00 23:00
10:00 23:00
09:00 00:00
09:00 22:00

Special Opening Hours

Day Open Close Notes
12:00 20:00


The Guard House
No 1 Street Woolwich, London, SE18 6GH


Nearest station:
Woolwich Arsenal (Tube)
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Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Cost Min spend
Min spend
The Mess Private Room 30 50
The Conservatory Private Room 25- 30 40
The Glass House Venue Hire 60-70 100-120
* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

(44 reviews) Show all Show fewer

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Our son's birthday party was a success, thank you, We particularly appreciate great service provided by the waiter (Jess?) who looked after us very well. We appreciate two bottles of prosecco we were offered as well as being allowed to continue to party after our official booking slot finished. It shows everyone enjoyed the place! Food and beverage were really nice, everyone enjoyed their meal. The only comments that were fed back to me were on chips which were thought to be quite salty. I also believe Pork was thought to be quite fatty. Overall 5 stars, thank you The Guard House. visited The Guard House on 15 Oct 2017
17 Oct 2017 by

Fabulous venue to hold a private party, the food was spot on and all the staff especially Kerri the manager was so professional, yet friendly and couldn't do enough to make sure our party was as special as it was! Thank you so much and will/would definitely book again 🥂😀 jo & Kate visited The Guard House on 14 Oct 2017
15 Oct 2017 by

I reserved the a private area which included bar lounge and dining table for an intimate gathering of family and friends for the memorial of my parents. The Service was excellent, all guests commented on how lovely the venue was. The food was good. I only wish I had pre-ordered more canapes as they were delish. The communication from the staff before and during event was brilliant and polite. I would recommend 100% Thank you for helping to make the memorial perfect. Schelene visited The Guard House on 12 Oct 2017
13 Oct 2017 by

Good selection of good food. visited The Guard House on 08 Oct 2017
10 Oct 2017 by

We were hosting friends and everything was a bit disappointing. Service was always charming, but slow. Caesar salad was requested with chicken, but arrived without, Bubble and Squeak seemed to be missing all cabbage and was not as one would expect at all (clearer description required), but was tasty, crumble chosen as a pudding as double-checked that it came with custard - when other desserts came, were then told that there was no custard available that day. So, all in all disappointing. Also had to ask for music to be turned down - very loud for 12.30pm on a Saturday. visited The Guard House on 23 Sep 2017
25 Sep 2017 by

Food was excellent, quick service but one of the staff members was trying a bit hard to be cool and came across as a bit rude visited The Guard House on 24 Sep 2017
25 Sep 2017 by

A fantastic meal and the staff were incredibly accommodating in serving my pregnant wife something off menu. Couldn't recommend this place any higher :) visited The Guard House on 15 Sep 2017
18 Sep 2017 by

Beautiful venue, mix of old and new - all fantastic. We had a private party in the modern end of the building and all the guests were stunned that there was such an impressive venue in this neck of the woods. It's truly lovely, great food and friendly staff. Julie visited The Guard House on 02 Sep 2017
12 Sep 2017 by

Very upset. I made the booking well in advance. I requested a table in the bar for cocktails at 7 before dinner and access to a cake or help with my own. Your staff knew nothing about this, only of the dinner booking. You had a private party in the bar. We were told we could still have cocktails outside the toilets. Gee Thanks. Very upset and embarrassed in front of my friends. Had to go elsewhere to try and salvage evening for my partners birthday. WHAT IS THE POINT OF ADDITIONAL DETAILS BOX ON YOUR FORM IF NO ONE IS GOING TO READ IT. visited The Guard House on 09 Sep 2017
10 Sep 2017 by

The team at The Guardhouse pulled out all the stops to make our night a success! Special thanks to Shannon who's a little star! Well done all !!! Julie visited The Guard House on 02 Sep 2017
03 Sep 2017 by

Felt sorry for the poor server who had to come back to our table 3 times to tell us things that were on the menu weren't available. Overall food and service were good apart from that. Hannah visited The Guard House on 29 Aug 2017
30 Aug 2017 by

Superb staff, made the kids and adults fell very looked after. We arrived late for our booking however, the team accommodated and went over and beyond to make everything great for my nephew's 2nd celebration of his 7th birthday . Thanks again ! (4.30pm booking for 10 on Friday 25th August) virginflyer visited The Guard House on 25 Aug 2017
29 Aug 2017 by

Great food served by warm and friendly staff visited The Guard House on 26 Aug 2017
27 Aug 2017 by

A great experience! All staff were amazing and the atmosphere was soo lovely! I will definitely be back soon! :) Rebecca visited The Guard House on 12 Aug 2017
14 Aug 2017 by

Decent service - love the outdoor set up. Would come back. visited The Guard House on 01 Aug 2017
08 Aug 2017 by

We like the place and will be giving it another chance, but please train your staff on the basics of table waiting. Seat people with a smile when they have turned up having made a reservation, wipe tables before you are asked and then do it without a big sigh,, bring glasses with wine, don't bring food and walk away when there's no cutlery, etc. The table waiting provided some unexpected entertainment to a kind audience, but other customers may not come back after such an experience! visited The Guard House on 04 Aug 2017
05 Aug 2017 by

Been once before so decided to go again. Food and venue were good. Only criticism our waitress told us about the specials which one of us chose but she was unable to provide prices for them and had to go away and come back. A better idea would have been if they had been written down or on a specials board. visited The Guard House on 02 Aug 2017
04 Aug 2017 by

The side order of vegetables did not arrive with the main course. The vegetation option was bland and dry, but the others in my party enjoyed their meals. Not a great night but ok. visited The Guard House on 06 Jul 2017
10 Jul 2017 by

Cocktails were good and food tasted amazing. Shame the service was inept, despite it being a Friday night and about a quarter full. We had to wave someone down and call them over to order (they had no pad to write anything down on and took 3 attempts to get the right bottle of wine) then waited 50 mins for our main. It was worth the wait but unfortunately I don't think I'll be coming back. Such a shame: a tweak to the management and more attentive supervision of the staff and this place could be a local hotspot. As it is, I don't think it will survive - especially not with the competition that the Crossrail will bring in. Luke visited The Guard House on 07 Jul 2017
08 Jul 2017 by

I went to the Guard House for my birthday meal with family. The food was so tasty and the staff were all very friendly. Thanks for a great night! :) visited The Guard House on 06 Jul 2017
07 Jul 2017 by

Enjoyed my dinner here with my friend. The food and service was excellent. The only thing the need to improve on is how to make an Irish Coffee. visited The Guard House on 01 Jul 2017
02 Jul 2017 by

It was for my birthday and I'd invited over 60 adults and 6 kids. The staff, service, food, ambience and location were all excellent. Both family and friends felt the same and congratulated me on my choice of venue. Thank you to all at the Guard House for making my day extra special. visited The Guard House on 24 Jun 2017
27 Jun 2017 by

Well.. their Chicken Roast Dinner was amazing.. myself and my daughter loved it... A nice portion size too.... Great staff, who made us feel welcome.. and even managed to speak to the chef... Lovely man .. plus the jazz entertainment was marvellous.. visited The Guard House on 25 Jun 2017
26 Jun 2017 by

Arron was brilliant ... very accommodating considering you had run out of most of the menu by 7:45 we would have gone somewhere else but he went out of his way with all your customers to serve them. Great location great drinks , excellent service but sort out the food menu and the kitchen visited The Guard House on 18 Jun 2017
19 Jun 2017 by

"Fish Pie" is NOT Fish pie - its bit of fried fish, a fried prawn with wilted spinach,with wafer thin roost on top. Sea Bass nicely cooked but barely a start sized portion of fish. Don't sit inside - the extractor is far from sufficient - you'll be sitting in a cloud of smoke. So disappointing visited The Guard House on 17 Jun 2017
18 Jun 2017 by

The food is great here but I've been a few times now and the service is just so slow! Even when it's not a full restaurant. Last night we had to literally go up to the bar and pay our bill because we were sat there for so long waiting! No need for this when you're not actually busy. Trying to get someone's attention was a pointless task as well. visited The Guard House on 16 Jun 2017
17 Jun 2017 by

It was a pleasant evening for our birthday meal so we sat on the outside decking area .. We pretty soon had to move as we were being 'kippered' by smokers and Vapers .. We placed our order and waited for our food watching the world go by .. It certainly is a nice location... .. The food arrived and looked quite nice... Sadly it was not the food I had ordered. My Fish pie had managed to morph into Cod & Chips .. The waiter offered to changed it but said it could take up to 20 minutes , which would have meant my wife would be finished before mine had even arrived ... I said I would accept the cod and chips and the waiter offered to make an adjustment to the bill in lieu of the inconvenience caused .. The food was fine .... nothing memorable but good enough ... We eventually asked for the bill and it arrived without any reduction ... When I queried this the waiter deducted the cost of one dessert ... All in all a below average experience .... Perhaps this is why the Dial arch was totally packed and you had half a dozen customers ..? I believe part of the problem lies with the way the staff work ..... One young lady took our orders ( without writing them down ) , a different person served the food and a different person again brought the bill. It might be a good idea if one member of staff looked after their customer from start to end ... This was not my first visit to the guard house, I have had below average experience previously but I read somewhere that the place was under new management and new chef , so decided to take a chance .... visited The Guard House on 16 Jun 2017
17 Jun 2017 by

Such good customer service and we had a change of time for the tables & they catered to us! Amazing restaurant and definitely will be going back! visited The Guard House on 15 Jun 2017
16 Jun 2017 by

Nice pub but a very limited choice on the menu. We booked on the basis of the menus shown on the website, but many items were not available on our visit as the menus had apparently been updated (but not on the website). We left and dined elsewhere. visited The Guard House on 04 Jun 2017
07 Jun 2017 by

Nice venue, staff very attentive, nice selection of beers, but the food didn't seem as nice as on previous visits visited The Guard House on 02 Jun 2017
04 Jun 2017 by

Hi. The food was good but the big problem was delays. It took ages for a waitress to take our order - we had been ready to order for 20 mins before we were able to order and couldn't find a waitress. Then we waited approximately 30 mins for our main course and had to ask twice. Furthermore we saw people that arrived after us receive their meals before us - I think we were forgotten. The deserts arrived in a timely fashion. We were presented with the bill but waited more than 20 mins to pay (possibly 30), we actually went looking for the waitress. In the end we gave up and took our bill to the bar to pay. The food was good though but the service needs to be much swifter and more attentive. There wasn't even that many people in the restaurant. visited The Guard House on 26 May 2017
28 May 2017 by

We didn't get the visit we hoped turned up and was told by the barman that they could not serve us hot food as they had no gas but we could have a salad or cheese board and desserts, apparently the manager should have rang us to save us the wasted journey but didn't bother not good customer service, it was for our Anniversary not just Sunday lunch, not impressed no rating. From Mr and Mrs Jackson it wouldn't let me post the comment without a rating so put one star but it's no stars. visited The Guard House on 21 May 2017
22 May 2017 by

Three of our first choices from the menu were not available. This was pretty much the case the last time we tried to have dinner at The Guard House, albeit for different items. visited The Guard House on 14 May 2017
15 May 2017 by

My wife and I had a late lunch at the Guard House. Excellent meal and service. visited The Guard House on 14 May 2017
15 May 2017 by

Excellent food, cocktails & service perfect start to the weekend - many thanks visited The Guard House on 05 May 2017
06 May 2017 by

really enjoyed the day there nice people nice place visited The Guard House on 29 Apr 2017
01 May 2017 by

Another excellent meal at the Guard House. Very good food. One of our party was left waiting for his meal because of a mistake but we had a good time as usual. Some of the chairs in the restaurant are looking a bit scratched and need to be replaced. Please keep this place at its high standard - it is a pleasure to visit! visited The Guard House on 23 Apr 2017
24 Apr 2017 by

My experience with the food and service was very good, however my guests had problems in getting their orders for steak cooked to the degree they requested. Twice their meals were served incorrectly cooked, which was disappointing, embarrassing and fragmented the shared experience of eating together. The positive thing was the waiter was excellent and appreciated and compensated for our disatisfaction. visited The Guard House on 22 Apr 2017
23 Apr 2017 by

Food was lovely, Understandably it was a busy day but service could have a been a lot better. visited The Guard House on 16 Apr 2017
17 Apr 2017 by

Staff and food were great! Dial arch had the fire alarm go off and drove a large number of people to guard house so slightly chaotic but management did well to restore calm. Too bad as a sister pub, that the Dial management who stood outside with the staff did it send a few over to assist with the sudden flood of customers! They should be working in tandem to ensure smooth running of both establishments, although dial management has a history of grandeur. Kelly visited The Guard House on 07 Apr 2017
08 Apr 2017 by

Reluctantly giving 1 star in order to submit this review. It was obviously a great effort for the male member of waiting staff to show us to our table, he left us with a menu and we then had to wait 16 minutes for someone to approach our table to ask if we at least wanted drinks, despite the fact that there were only 2 other tables occupied. The starters we ordered were OK, but not exceptional but the main courses were a huge disappointment. We ordered a roast beef meal, a roast chicken meal which each came with 2 thin wedges of carrot, 2 thin wedges of parsnip and 2 very small squares of roast potato. The Yorkshire pudding on the roast beef meal was blackened and hard. We overheard the next table (arriving after us) asking for additional potatoes and being told by waiting staff that they had run out! My Mum ordered the chicken, ham and leek pie which had to be sent back as it was cold in the middle. This was returned to the table some 5 minutes later after clearly being microwaved. The pie crust was a soft steaming mess and could not be eaten. I went to find the waiting staff to express my disappointment and was referred to the assistant manager with a name consisting of just initials. He seemed to be preoccupied but made a good impression of listening and in response to my comment about potatoes running out , he just said "well, that's news to me" and seemed keen to get on with whatever else was occupying his mind. I asked for our bill from the waiting staff and had to wait a further 10 minutes to receive an astonishing bill of £ 86.70!!! No deductions had been made as a gesture of goodwill, I would have at least expected the pie meal to be removed. We left without apology or acknowledgement from the staff. Absolutely disgusted!! No wonder the Dial Arch is so popular and will remain our choice from now on. We thought we would give the Guard House a second try (we went shortly after it opened) the first experience we put down to teething trouble but cannot say the same now!!! visited The Guard House on 26 Mar 2017
29 Mar 2017 by

Nice food and lovely restaurant. visited The Guard House on 26 Mar 2017
27 Mar 2017 by

Great food and excellent service as always! Kelly visited The Guard House on 23 Mar 2017
24 Mar 2017 by

What a lovley evening we had. This Gaurd House is very family orientated. Quite pricey but lovley. Bar staff are great and friendly also give a good service..the children played connect 4 there was other games to choose too. Children are allowed in till close and so are dogs.. The burger and chips is amazing Thankyou to Mickeal for making my friends Birthday a special one. Will defenitly be returning visited The Guard House on 18 Mar 2017
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