The Blue Nile is a family run Eritrean - Italian café and restaurant, harking back to Eritrea’s colonial history.
Our menu has a mix of Italian and Eritrean classics, from Italian coffees, pasta and ice-creams to Eritrean ‘kemem’ tea (tea infused with cloves, cinnamon, star anise and ginger), warm ‘ful’, meat stews infused with cardamom and cinnamon and cooked in ‘tesmi’, a warm and comforting spiced butter and our delicious home made sweet cardamom flavoured bread called ‘himbasha’.
A lot of our recipes are gluten .
Tuesday - Thursday: 12pm - 3pm - 6pm - 9pm
Friday: 12pm - 3pm - 6pm - 10pm
Saturday: 3pm - 10pm
Sunday: 3pm - 9pm
First time at Blue Nile, food was fantastic & very authentic. Highly recommend... hidden gem in Woolwich.
We had a wonderful time at the blue Nile, we always do, great food, great service, so warm & friendly, also great because a lot of the food options are vegan, as well as meat. I highly reccomend!
It's our fav restaurant in London. The family who run it are incredibly nice and warm people, the food is just great - if you're into "unconventional" stuff, that is - and it's surprisingly cheap. Their wine list is quite short with only a few options, but they're all quality Italian wines from independent farmers and they're all great. The Injera they make is just unique and their meat & veg stews are something else. This is so enthusiastic that some people might think it's a fake comment, but honestly, it's in my top-5 worldwide list.
A great lrestaurant, lively laid back atmosphere. Exceeded our expectations - the food was interesting, freshly cooked and delicious. Service great and owners warm and friendly without being intrusive. Would definitely go again - even though it’s a distance from where we live! Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable Sunday lunch.
First visit to Blue Nile. Thoroughly enjoyed the delicious food & the wine. The various dishes were explained to us by the lovely man who seved us. Also we were told about the history of the cafe before Blue Nile. I would recommend to friends & will be back
Delicious food, and very reasonable prices. We'll definitely be back!
Our favourite restaurant. The food is delicious. It's always a real pleasure. Thank you for having us.
Delicious food and a warm welcome. You feel as if you’re welcomed into someone’s home but with a professional service.
Happened on this by chance while searching for something different in SE London. Excellent entertaining veggetarian meal. Interesting experience eating without cutlery. Great service with a good sense of humour. Endless supplies of bread. Excellent Amber beer. Defintely will be visiting again.
My wife and I were staying locally, so we like to find interesting places to eat that are not really mainstream.
Great value & flavour, we had the veg/meat sampler for two & a drink each for under £30.
Blue Nile has maintained it's absolutely top-notch standards I am pleased to see. The best value for money you can imagine, for the loveliest food. A warm welcome too, from the kindest restaurant owner in London (or anywhere!!).
Delicious meal which left me with a warm glow! Wonderfully spices. Wish I knew how to cook these dishes.
Never had an Eritrean meal so this was the chance its a limited menu two spicy meat dishes and three vegetable dishes accompanied by flatbread type of plate cover for the standard meal, limited wine and beer choice but nice, its set in an old sausage shop so full of white tiles and the meat rack up at high level.
Went with friends the food is cheap but you can rack up the price with wine and beer etc a good night but would have to live nearer it to go again its very popular and tables are limited overall a memorable experience
Such a joy to be sharing this lovely food again. Totally recommended for dining with friends and family. If you haven't experienced Eritrean food before the staff will happily to guide you through the choices. An added bonus if you are gluten intolerant Injera is no problem. They also do takeaway. Oh and the Tiramisu is just gorgeous.
I've been to Blue Nile several times since moving into Woolwich and have enjoyed it on each occasion. Great food served with a friendly family vibe.
I love Blue Nile, the food is delicious, the service is always really chilled and friendly, and is generally a great place for a relaxed dining experience.
Beautiful food and wonderful service as always. This place is so special.
Delicious food and great experience, it is a unique, and cultural experience not using utensils with a comfortable and lovely atmosphere. Service was great and the owner is very friendly. Highly recommend and would go back again.
Tasty, authentic, interesting food and a welcoming owner who really looks after you.
Blue Nile is my boyfriend's favourite restaurant in Woolwich. We booked a table for his birthday dinner and the owner surprised us with a cake. It a lovely no fuss place to eat as a couple or with friends.
Favourite restaurant in London. It's a little out of the way (being in Woolwich) but is well worth travelling for. The value is incredible, the spicy meat stews and injera are unbeatable, especially with the spiced tea, and the tiramisu is one of the best.
We were planning to take my husband's aunt out to this castle in the Shooter’s hill for some mulled cider, stunning views and.. Christmas carols, followed by the dinner in the neighbourhood for her birthday. But, of course, castle visit had to get cancelled (snow in London is super powerful!!) and when we thought that this day is just not going to turn out well.. we went out for that pre-planned dinner. To the Blue Nile. Where we met Shewa who we connected with over Polaroid photos and her life story as a refugee back then and the owner of Blue Nile now. We had tears in our eyes while listening to Shewa’s story, then were laughing out loud when being introduced to Eritrean alphabet and true happiness visited us when we were singing happy birthday to our beloved one - Indira Fay! Us 3 and Shewa. Shewa, thank you for making our day and evening - you a truly an inspiration and we are definitely coming back!!! Absolutely gorgeous interior, amazing food and the owner.. simply a legend!!!
Lovely food, lovely environment, lovely host, thank you!
My second time at the Blue Nile and another great meal. I suspect that I'll be coming back time and time again. As a bonus we were offered a doggy bag so I had a lovely meal two nights running.
Really delicious vegetarian option, attentive service,
Refined place! The besr restaurant in woolwich for sure
Food was amazing
Really good experience. Great value and so authentic. You can forget you're in London. The lady who runs the place is fantastic.
Awesome food with yummy flavours, friendly service and great value for money.
Astonishingly wonderful place!!
The Blue Nile has simply wonderful food: very authentic, healthy and tasty. The owner goes to considerable trouble to import Eritrean flour for the Injera and you can really tell.
The service and welcome is without equal anywhere, and the whole package is wrapped up in a superb value for money package.
I can’t recommed this highly enough.
This was a first for the three of us as we popped in to have dinner as the beginning of our night of celebrations for my NZ niece's 19th birthday. We loved the food, the service where we were made to feel welcome and shown how to eat the food in a traditional manner. Lovely time! Definitely coming again for sure!
Beautiful food, brilliant service. Highly recommended.
A wonderful experience with a very helpful waitress who explained how to eat the delicious food.
This restaurant is AMAZING! Very lucky to have it in Woolwich
Great food, lovely ambience, original cuisine. And good value for money too! Really enjoyed the experience and will come back.
Amazing restaurant, tastiest food I have had in a while. Really simple menu but SOO deee-liiciousss.
Would recommend to anyone in the area, perfect local date night evening atmosphere or perfect place for a catch up with friends.
Amazing food, service and night as per usual! Would happily recommend to anyone in London - its mine and my partners favourite restaurant in London and I've lived here for nearly three years!
As usual the food and welcome did not dissapoint. The availability to share differents pots always appeals. Yummy.
I love this place! I particularly like that the wonderful people who run it remember us - and remember our favourite wine.
Love this plac. Authentic rustic and homely with great service by the lovely Shuwa
Fab meal at Blue Nile The hamli and the beef dish were great Lots of injera and free refills on the traditional tea kept us well fed and watered. The tastes were exquisite and the food had us talking about it all day the next day Its a must go destination!