Kentish Canteen
Kentish Canteen

Kentish Canteen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://kentishcanteen.co.uk/
  • Phone: 020 7485 7331
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday 9.30 am - 10.30 pm / Shebeen Cocktail Bar open till midnight
    Fri - Sat 9 am - 10.30 pm / Shebeen open until 1 am
    Sunday: 9am-10pm

    MONDAY BLUES
    50% OFF FOOD

    Online & telephone reservations only and you need to mention and confirm the offer.
    Please call 020 74857331 or info@kentishcanteen.co.uk
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    Your order must include at least one main course per person.

    This offer is from a la carte menu only. And excludes Breakfast & Brunch menus.

    Happy hour all day. Cocktails £5 / Champagne £25.00 / Bottled Beer £3 / Bottle of House Wine £12
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, Steakhouse, Afternoon Tea
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Close to Kentish Town Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking after 6pm
A word from Kentish Canteen
Terrific modern European cooking with a southern European tinge.
Open every day.
Al Fresco Dining. Weather permitting.
Expect to spend around £20 or less for three courses, before drinks and service.
Shebeen Cocktail Bar downstairs. Fantastic cocktails.

Happy hour daily from 5.30 pm - 8 pm

Shebeen opens from 5.30 pm
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBrunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSunday Lunch
Kentish Canteen reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since 23 November 2013
Average Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambience3.9
    Value3.7
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
brunch (31)sunday lunch (16)fit for foodies (15)outstanding value (14)special occasions (12)good vegetarian options (12)group bookings (12)afternoon tea (10)romance (9)child friendly (8)pre/post theatre (8)business meals (8)outdoor eating (4)disabled access (3)Show More
  • Thumbs up!
    AmFla
    Dined on 12/11/2014
    We had a great time at the Kentish Canteen. We were served by super attentive waiting staff and the food was really tasty. I highly recommend the cocktails too!
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We enjoyed the meal. The restaurant was however rather noisy.
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    pre/post theatre
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  • Disappointing needs a refresh
    Jeremys1VIP
    Dined on 28/10/2014
    The Canteen has been a good and reliable place, but the last two visits have been disappointing. I had a sole which was obviously frozen and just wasn't fresh or tasty. We had a duck liver pate that tasted stale and the linguini were dull. Staff and ambiance feels nice, kitchen needs a spruce up - won't go back until that happens.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • Amazing Birthday Meal
    Allusyen
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    Took my partner here for his birthday - Perfect! Food exceeded all expectations, cooked perfectly and brilliantly served by attentive, approachable staff who made the evening all the better. Absolutely perfect, will be returning again, thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YET ANOTHER AMAZING MEAL
    PegLee
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    We love Kentish Canteen. It is faultless. Great atmosphere, fantastic menu, everyone we bring here loves it!
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Good little find
    Lozz
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Was looking for somewhere to eat before going to the forum and this was a great little find. Not sure why other reviews say poor service - we had no complaints. Friendly staff, good service and food was good. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    outdoor eating, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok lunch at Kentish Canteen
    JCo81VIP
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    The food is good and it's a good option in the area.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 50%off food Mondays
    Judylew3231
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    A cocktail, main course and dessert..15 pounds yku can't go wrong and the food was yummy. Rec the lamb burger and oreo cookie cheesecake mmm.
    Special Features:
    outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How have I missed this?
    Mr80s
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Must have walked past this restaurant many times and never ventured in. Very pleased I did. Pleasant staff. Great food. Only downside is that we sat beside the open doors and the noise from Kentish Town Road was pretty intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Great food, slow service
    fratelli
    Dined on 25/7/2014
    We really enjoyed the meal but the service was a bit slow even though the restaurant wasn't full. We had to wait a long time for drinks and then between courses there was a long wait for the desert menu - so a 2 course meal took us over 2 hours! It was lovely food though and we didn't have anywhere to rush off to, but wouldn't be so great if you were trying to get a quick meal before an event!
    Special Features:
    romance
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  • Only ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 17/7/2014
    More or less indifferent experience. Food was only worth it because of 50% taste card discount, definitely wouldn't pay full price. Waitress seemed to take an instant dislike to me and made no attempt to hide it, though the manager was nice. Many other better options around
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  • Great local but poor service
    teafibre
    Dined on 13/7/2014
    I finally made it to the Canteen after living in Kentish Town for nearly a year. It has a great ambience and we were greeted with friendly service who was quite quick to take our drink order. Unfortunately it took nearly 20 minutes to be asked for our food order and our attempts to get someone's attention were ignored/overlooked. Luckily they were relatively attentive afterwards and the food was quality but it was quite frustrating. I'm hoping that this was a glitch!
    Special Features:
    brunch, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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  • Yestvanother fab meal
    PegLee
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Our favourite local restaurant yet again served fab food.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • nm
    NM11
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    reasonably priced. service was average but staff were friendly. food and ambience very nice. menu was interesting and good for brunch
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    brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, & value, poor custom
    Topper
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    A good restaurant serving modern English cuisine at competitive prices. Very generous digestif! But nearly empty on the Saturday night we were there. Deserves to be full and buzzing.
    Special Features:
    outstanding value
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  • gluten free bread and soya milk 😊
    Lynden
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    It's always good to find a place that caters for food allergies and intolerances. The staff seemed very knowledgeable and helpful with this.
    Special Features:
    brunch
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  • Texgal
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Kentish Canteen is a short walk from Kentish Town Tube Station. Families, groups and individuals will all get a very nice reception. The food is well presented and tastes good. Al the staff have huge smiles on their faces ... that attitude makes everyone feel welcome.
    Special Features:
    business meals
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  • Great brunch
    Abinlincs
    Dined on 14/4/2014
    Good location, very close to Kentish Town station and, although the menu is a little pricy, the restaurant accepts various gourmet club cards and does many offers of it's own, making it excellent value if you pick the right time to go. And the food is simple but delicious- a great find.
    Special Features:
    brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yet another fantastic meal
    PegLee
    Dined on 12/4/2014
    We love Kentish Canteen....the food is superb - a small but perfect menu, absolutely wonderful staff. lovely surroundings. The guests we took on Saturday to celebrate a big birthday said they couldn't believe we were in Kentish Town or even in London...it feels so European.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • I liked the place
    Michaelzzr
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Its just down the road from where we work, and thought we would make a booking to take advantage of the 50% discount on Mondays. I read some reviews from another site, and they are wrong, Kentish Canteen have the most friendly and attentive staff. The food was excellent and well presented.
    Special Features:
    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, special occasions, brunch, outstanding value, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brunch
    Sazzleb
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    tasty brunch GREAT coffee, only slight let down on my part is they used flaked salmon not smoked salmon for eggs royale which some may like but I found a bit too fishy, apart from that fantastic.
    Special Features:
    brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch
    Reviewer
    Dined on 26/3/2014
    We went here for my colleague's leaving lunch and it was fantastic. Lots to choose from on the lunch menu and very tasty.
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, group bookings, brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!!
    KitMPVIP
    Dined on 13/3/2014
    Went for a client lunch. The food was delicious, the service immaculate and I have been dreaming of the gnocci ever since!
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance
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  • Brilliant Big Group Birthday Brunch
    PhDStudent
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Booked this for 15 people for a Saturday brunch. They called up to check numbers on the morning and accommodated an additional 5 people without any fuss. The waiter was really patient as the group arrived at disjointed times and we were treated with excellent and attentive service. Would not hesitate to recommend. Thanks Kentish Canteen!
    Special Features:
    group bookings, brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go on a Monday!
    ms8984
    Dined on 17/2/2014
    Our waiter was lovely - very friendly and keen to help (gave surprisingly honest opinions about certain dishes on the menu, unprompted!). However, whilst the food wasn't amazing, if you go on a Monday and book in advance it is 50% off all food, so a meal for 3 people, with a starter board to share, three main courses and a pudding to share was £33 - absurdly good value! I would not say that the quality of the food is worth going at another time, as the food would be overpriced for what it is, but certainly worth going on a Monday!
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    outstanding value
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  • Great food, shame a lot of
    steve81
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Great food, shame a lot of food from the menu what we wanted they had run out of...and table was booked from 8.
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  • very accomodating
    SLSL
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Great meal for a group of friends. Booked a table for 6, and the staff at Kentish Town Kanteen were very accomodating when it expanded to 10 people at the last minute. Lovely good, great cocktails and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    group bookings, fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Half price mondays
    MegSVIP
    Dined on 27/1/2014
    Good value for Monday's. Maybe a bit too expensive when full price. The cook can cook - for sure! Will go again, but only Monday's.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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  • Yet another fab meal
    PegLee
    Dined on 18/1/2014
    Everything's great at Kentish Canteen - brilliant menu - perfect choices to suit every taste, such lovely staff, beautifully designed restaurant, excellent location. Our favourite place to eat in Kentish Town
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, brunch, outstanding value, outdoor eating, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good value meal
    Martin
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    A very conveniently located and friendly place, with excellent service. The food is good and is good value when paired with a Tastecard or when 50% off is being offered (every Monday). In the absence of these offers, I would say the price is a little toppy.
    Special Features:
    business meals, special occasions, good vegetarian options, child friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best NY Ever!
    SlackerB
    Dined on 31/12/2013
    We needed a restaurant for a big party (14) on New Years Eve and Kentish Canteen provided a first class experience. People were never short of a drink, the food was good and the staff were friendly (not an easy feat on a busy NY). A fantastic start to a fantastic evening. Highly recommended.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kentish Canteen - pre gig food
    dpr77
    Dined on 20/12/2013
    Easily the best place to grab some food before going to a gig at the Forum! If I lived in Kentish town I would definitely be a regular here. Staff are good, food top notch and always a buzzing atmosphere.
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    group bookings
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  • Good value but better for brunch
    DineVIP
    Dined on 15/12/2013
    Nice relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff. Always an easy restaurant to go with a mixed group as there are meat/veg options, some lighter and some fit for large appetites. I would say the brunch/lunch is better value- most dinner options are quite pricey. I went with one girlfriend for dinner and as we were both not particularly hungry, just a starter each + the 3 for £10 side options was perfect.
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch, brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sent back to the kitchen
    Barry
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    Served with un-cooked fish(genuinely quite shockingly so) and raw potatoes so sent back to the kitchen. Apology was forthcoming but a discount was not. Pretty disappointed all in all.
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  • Kentish Canteen
    PegLee
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    Yet another delicious meal in lovely surrounding served by great staff
    Special Features:
    special occasions, good vegetarian options, brunch, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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  • A very pleasant surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    Eats before a gig at the Forum. First time visit and pleasantly surprised. Well - balanced menu excellently executed. Most had the burger which was very good; I had the onglet which was excellent. Meantime lager on tap was a bonus as was the friendly service
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    pre/post theatre
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  • Very pleasant
    BillyBoy
    Dined on 28/11/2013
    Took my daughter and granddaughter for lunch to the Canteen last week. Booked in advance and indicated we were bringing a baby. We had a nice table in the window. The baby woke up in her buggy and the staff brought over a seat which fits over the normal seating - no huge high chair in everyone's way. We both had a burger and they were cooked as we wanted (medium & well-done) with a good selection of salad and chips. The House wine was fine. The service was excellent and very friendly. The place was busy but not full, so it's probably worth booking to be on the safe side - I've been in there when it was packed. Very good value - definitely will be going back.
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    child friendly, brunch, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since 23 November 2013
    • Average Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambience3.9
    • Service4
    • Value3.6
  • The following 220 reviews are from the Kentish Canteen reviews archive.
  • Lovely fish dishes
    Pescetarian
    Dined on 20/11/2013
    I've been here before, and it's a great restaurant for a relaxed dinner with some interesting dishes. They seem to serve a lot of burgers but I'd recommend the fish! To start my friend had the mini squid, very good, and I the goats cheeses with lentils (lovely, although a little large for a starter). We followed this with sea bass in a bag, and I had sea bream, both of which were extremely tasty, cooked just right and full of flavour. Staff were friendly and efficient although our waitress was unable to answer our query about one of the cocktails.
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They really know what they're doing
    GeeD
    Dined on 20/11/2013
    Probably the best steak I've had in ages. Good ingredients, well cooked and we'll presented. Not cheap but not outrageous either. All dishes we had, and all the ones we saw go out looked great. Smallish selection but all done well. Booking was easy (although we were eating early - pre-gig). Lovely staff, very friendly. A really impressive local restaurant and smart too. The cocktail bar downstairs is fantastic too! I would travel to eat there though I don't live in the area.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, brunch, pre/post theatre
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  • The Canteen that Can
    nwnick
    Dined on 20/11/2013
    Had a simply lovely experience here the other night with my girlfriend. We were shown to a table close to the window but were moved without fuss when it proved to be a bit drafty. The menu and ambiance are spot-on - perfectly pitched between homely and classy to provide a lovely atmosphere for early evening food and drinks. Or in our case both. The downstairs bar Shebeen provided stunning cocktails which we ordered as an aperitif whilst we awaited our burgers. When they arrived, they were pink, juicy and perfectly tasty without being at all fatty. The fact they came with a free glass of house wine made it all the sweeter. My gorgeous, tiny but ravenous partner also devoured an enormous bread and butter pudding. A perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    romance, group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.