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Canteen - Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX +44 2077686913

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  • Canteen - Royal Festival Hall - London
Main course: £11
Food spend: £32
Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 08:00 - 23:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 09:00 - 22:00

Really liked the ambience and setting. Food simple but good and service was friendly and efficient. Would book again.

Geraldine Dawson 02 March 2018
from Hampshire

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Trendy, yet with retro charm, the Canteen Royal Festival Hall showcases great British cuisine. Boasting this vintage food in a sleek setting, you can relax and refresh yourself in the well-heeled and iconic South Bank.

Keeping to time-honoured traditions, the Canteen menu offers a range of wholesome, no-nonsense classics. Daily pies and seasonal sausages are on offer, as well as favourites like macaroni cheese or battered fish and chips. Puddings are similarly indulgent and old school, with offerings like apple pie and custard, or gingerbread with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.

An ever-bustling bar at Canteen – Royal Festival Hall offers fine wines, inventive Cockney-themed cocktails and locally-brewed ciders and beers. Homemade cakes, hand-roasted coffees and rare teas populate the afternoon tea, indicative of all the fresh ingredients used at the restaurant.

Located by the riverside in the landmark Royal Festival Hall, the Canteen is perfectly placed to further explore central London, and is just a 3-minute walk from Waterloo Train Station.

Canteen - Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Contact +44 2076202505
Reservations +44 2077686913

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Customer reviews for Canteen - Royal Festival Hall

3,7 ((()* (based on 722 reviews)
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  • lunch (356)
  • value (166)
  • breakfast (142)
  • child friendly (133)
  • al fresco (86)
  • afternoon tea (85)
  • business (84)
  • trendy (82)
  • large parties (63)
  • private dining (38)
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  • ((((( 14 March 2018 by Paula Stevens-hoare from London

    The staff were super friendly & efficient. The service was quick & accurate.

  • (((** 14 March 2018 by David C from London

    Good welcoming atmosphere. Quiet decor. Good seating arrangements - allowing for conversation. Friendly service. Our waitress saved the day after a bad food experience: see below. Variable food quality. Sadly, we were served cheese with mould on it. And the rice in my risotto was not properly cooked. Other dishes were up to standard.

  • (**** 12 March 2018 by Paul Conlan from Windlesham

    I had the pie of the day, which was far too small. A disappointment .
    My daughter chose the Plaice, she forgot how boney plaice can be and regretted her decision .
    Deserts were OK. I paid £72.20, which I think rather expensive for two courses and two glasses of wine.
    I would NEVER recommend this restaurant

  • ((((* 12 March 2018 by Amanda Kemp from London

    Great food, the service was good and the atmosphere nice. Good location!

  • ((((( 2 March 2018 by Kevin Carter from London

    I'm a regular and, as usual, everything was absolutely excellent. I always have their fish & chips, which is the best I know of. Eating there before a concert at RFH doubles my pleasure.

  • ((((( 2 March 2018 by Jack Barker from London

    Very good food, service, value and atmosphere.

  • ((((* 2 March 2018 by Geraldine Dawson from Hampshire

    Really liked the ambience and setting. Food simple but good and service was friendly and efficient. Would book again.

  • ((((* 25 February 2018 by Anita Bryce from Truro

    Table ready for us even though we arrived early. Friendly attentive service - given time to deliberate menu and between courses. Pan fried plaice excellent - always go for the fish as it is consistently well prepared and tasty.

  • ((((( 24 February 2018 by Lesley from Ashtead

    Greeted at the door by a charming lady and shown to our table by one of the waiters. Our order was taken, and delivered promptly. We both had a pie (one chicken one veg) which were excellent, as were the greens and the mash. One steamed lemon sponge was equally delicious. Can't fault it.

  • ((*** 16 February 2018 by Robert Chandler from Alton, Hants

    The food was reasonable. I had the special, the Plaice, which came very alone on the plate... a little bit sad. Luckily I had ordered a side dish of mash, which was very tasty. But it did mean that every mouthful was the same... fish + mash, fish + mash, fish + mash, etc. No veg, no bread... nothing else.... Was very disappointed that our booth featured a seat with its fabric violently ripped apart, exposing the cushion/padding underneath. I was taking a film director and his wife for dinner for a future project and wanted to impress them. We asked one of the staff if he could do something about the torn seat, perhaps lay some material over it, but no, it couldn't be done. I sat there myself. Finally, the staff were lovely as ever, but not so attentive this time... it was as though interest in us waned as the meal went on, to the point where when I asked for another bottle of sparkling water towards the end, none came. I like CANTEEN very much and have had better food and service in the past, but I really wanted them to deliver this time because of the importance of the meeting and I feel they came up short.

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