Ben's Canteen - Earlsfield

4.1
185 reviews
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  • Brunch
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  • Lunch
Bens Canteen is a neighbourhood hangout serving informal Dinners and delicious Brunches.
Every night we serve a relaxed menu from 5pm, with a focus on amazing Burgers, alongside exciting Wines, Cocktails, Gins and Craft Beers.
During the Days we're open for Brunch and come the Weekend, we offer one of the best in London with banging Bloody Bens Bloody Marys.

Our Earlsfield Canteen has a Wine Bar to the front and a large air-conditioned dining room to the rear.

Special Offers

2 courses:£18, 3 courses: £22

Any Starter or Dessert and Main Course plus a Drink (125ml house wine/soft drink/half pint of lager). Cannot be used in conjunction with another offer.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 19 October 2018

Ends: 24 April 2019

Availability: Daily 17:00-19:30

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Sat 5:00PM - 6:45PM 8:45PM - 9:45PM

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JM
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Was a good evening, the only minor issue was slow service at times, but it was a busy evening. All staff were friendly and hospitable, and the food and drinks were good. Definitely plan on going back.

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m
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

My partner and I booked to come here Sunday morning 10/02/19. We struggled to get a booking but settled on 9.30am despite it being slightly too early. For the fact we struggled, we thought that it would be busy but was not the case when we arrived. Again, despite this, we were given a pretty awful table and told all others were fully booked. These tables actually remained empty for the duration of our visit!!!!!!!!!
My partners food was OK i think. He had the full english. I had the sweetcorn and kale fritters and a latte. The latte was good but arrived lukewarm. I would have preferred it hotter but perhaps my fault for not requesting 'extra hot'. My fritters were inedible pretty much. Pure stodge that was difficult to chew and swallow. Not to mention tasteless. I paid an extra £4 for chorizo which was the ultimate joke. This was 1 tiny chorizo sausage sliced in half like it was attempting to disillusion me!
Won't be coming back. And my partner was more upset that he wasted his sunday lie in for mediocre, expensive food!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Food wasn’t great. Service was okay. It wasn’t very busy and you could see why.

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ED
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal and great service ! We had a gluten free person with us that had multiple choices. We started with the chicken nuggets WOW ! We then had burgers and a flat iron steak again WOW !
Thanks Ben’s we will be back x

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was delicious and the menu had so much choice! The only thing I would say is that it is a little on the expensive side.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and really sweet team. Loved the atmosphere too. Will definitely come back !!

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SJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Eight of us had a lovely brunch with some excellent gin and tonics (Ben's own distilled gin). Great atmosphere - warm and welcoming. Excellent service - quick and friendly.

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BE
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very friendly staff. Would definitely visit again

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SP
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Regret disappointment this time. Previous experience was good but this time over cooked burger, charred bacon and soggy fries made it a less than wonderful experience

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L
London
17 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner at Ben's Canteen. Decent food in a friendly, Casual environment. We'll certainly be back

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P
London
19 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The food arrived cold and there were tables which were not made up and had stale plates and drinks on from other diners who had left before we had arrived, and were still there when we left. Took ages for us to pay the bill as well. 12.5% service charge is not justified.

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LQ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met some friends there and loved it, starters, dinner and dessert were simply amazing,

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great value and service was lovely. Will definitely be back to try the Brunch!

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JG
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

chicken bun was to die for! Nice place to come for brunch.

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A
London
12 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Decent food, scrambled eggs a bit too runny for my liking

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AH
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual dining. Good service and food was very good. Main course could have been a bit hotter but food taste very good. Gluten free food didn’t seem to be any problem for them. Would go again.

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CS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We really enjoyed our visit - just there for a lunch and a catchup so can't attest much to the bar section. Food was good and just the right amount. Best of all, the restaurant is dog friendly :)

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PB
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good spot for locals but definitely worth visiting. Food is great quality with good service.

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SH
London
36 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Lively and relaxed on a Sunday for brunch, without being too loud. Decor is fun, and the menu is good with a good range of alternatives to suit different requirements. Food was tasty with something to suit all - full english breakfast alongside lighter options. Staff were friendly and helpful. will definitely return.

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MD
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I booked through Opentable for a party of 8. 2 days before I get a call asking me to arrange for pre booking of meals as we are a party of 6 or more. Said OK and arranged for their form to be completed and they acknowledged receipt. When we got to the restaurant, they had no idea of the pre booking of meals and we had to go through it again so a waste of my time ahead of the reservation. Strange to insist on something and then not follow through? The young lady in charge did provide us with a 10% discount for the trouble though so that was dealt with. On the downside, we had to ask 3 times for additional water for the table plus we had to request a cooler for the expensive white wine which should come to the table automatically, they ran out of the red wine we ordered though did give us another at the same price. 2 guests asked for Espresso Martinis and we were told they were unavailable due to a lack of coffee - also a bit strange as they were serving coffees/expressos etc after meals at other tables. I usually order from this restaurant as I like their food, and will do so again, but I was underwhelmed by the general lack of attention regarding organisation/service.

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V
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food, best brunch I’ve ever had and outstanding Bloody Mary!

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JJ
London
12 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We were there early in the evening so very quiet but staff moving furniture about was noisy! Food was ok though flimsy menus (bit of A4 paper) were a bit hard to decipher and got wet easily from condensation from drinks. Lighting rather odd. Ladies loos in poor state considering the quiet time between lunch and evening service would surely be a good time to check them and sort them out... Can't say I plan to go back. Shame.

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

First visit to BC and bit of a shame, I would have loved to have give it a higher score but the service really let the place down.
We booked online no problem and arrived with parking available & close to it. On arrival it was fairly quiet.. we was welcomed by an enthusiastic bar tender who checked the booking and sent us through to the restaurant type at the back.
Decor pretty trendy.. but did also notice that even though there was only a few tables in they were waiting ages to have their main course plates cleared and they ended up leaving before the server cleared. To put it into context we was waiting one hour till our starter arrived & the drinks we had to chase to get within that time.
I noted four members of staff and probably only five tables of customers so it’s a poor show if they can’t get plates cleared.
We were due to go the cinema after our dinner but we missed the showing because the service is just so slow!
Food on the upside is very yummy. Burgers tasty and loaded chips probably the best I’ve tasted that’s why it hurts to give a low score but unfortunately service is an embarrassment on BC if Friday night is to represent them and they need to look into extra training or stepping up a speed gear for certain members of the team. There was a female working and she seemed the only one to have forward thinking of calling mains away on courses where as a fella that was working just seemed like a rabbit in the headlights.
Drove past BC today and looked like they were busy, way more trade than Friday night..

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HS
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Terrible service - we were one table of only 3 groups in there and we had to keep shouting across the restaurant to get any service!! Shame, as the food was lovely

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service a bit slow. Food was nice and well priced but got caught out with extortionately priced drinks. Won’t rush back for dinner but coffee or lunch yes.

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EO
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was our first time visiting Ben's Canteen, and we couldn't have had a better experience. The décor and theme of the place is awesome! Very retro and stylish, the food was fantastic, and very fairly priced. The service was good - could perhaps have been a touch more engaging/chatty but other than that the place was faultless... and they have an awesome soundtrack!

Thank you Ben's Canteen!

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FM
London
18 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Good food but the service was really slow, food arrived before coffee which is the worst - but would definitely go back.

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AO
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Really good food service was a bit slow and took ages to get food. When food came it was amazing.

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DG
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I came here for brunch with a friend and it was amazing! The buttermilk fried chicken on toast is delicious and something I'd highly recommend. We also had the grilled banana pancakes that were really good, but in my opinion, these were slightly too dry - a little extra sauce/mascarpone would have made them perfect. I will definitely be back to try some of their other dishes

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j
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there to celebrate my Birthday with the bottomless dinner with few friends. The food was delicious, staff very friendly, even recommended other local bars to go after our dinner. I've been there before for brunch and the food is really good. Would recommend to anyone and will definitely be back!

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SK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I found this spot on Pinterest, top 10 brunches in London. It was so delicious! If you go for breakfast, ask for extra hollandaise sauce, you’ll want it.

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HC
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Came here for brunch on my birthday - the place itself is great, nice open space with comfy sofas and good ambience. The food itself was delicious and not too expensive. However, the service was really bad. Very slow bringing us drinks, got the food order wrong multiple times and were then slow to rectify (although they did take money off the bill for this) and it took a long time for our plates to be cleared. As we were having a leisurely brunch and were relaxed it didn't detract too much from the occasion, however, I would not recommend this place if you're looking for a speedy, efficient meal! Overall it's a lovely chilled place and with decent service would be 10/10.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Have been there a few times and decided to bring my boyfriend’s family as they came from Colombia to travel for a while. As soon as we arrived there was nobody there to take us to our table but it was fine because you could notice they were busier than they usually are. We sat down and soon we ordered our food (it took us at least 10 minutes to order because the waitress seemed not to know about anything on the menu), everything was lovely and delicious but when we finished they took pretty long to offer us the deserts. Patiently we waited until we saw the waitress who was serving us and asked her for the deserts we wanted. Well, we were in 7 but only 3 of us were having deserts, it took longer to get them than the main courses (around 20/30 minutes). Although everything was extremely good, hopefully next time the service will be a bit easier for us and for the staffs. Would still recommend it!

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PL
London
15 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I want to love this place. It’s at the end of my road and I like the brand and the style of the place. There’s a couple of things that need ironing out and it could be great.

They’ve just introduced small plates so we went along to try them. Nice idea, but a lot of them are very deep fried. Some fresher and greener things in this menu would be appreciated. Also, with small tables and a lot of gumpf already on them, there wasn’t much space for our plates!

We booked on tastecard. The offer here is two for one. We ordered six dishes and expected to receive three free. Not only did I check on the tastecard app that everything on a la cart menu was included in the offer, I even checked that the card would be accepted before we ordered from the small plates menu. When the bill came they took two plates (out of six) off and point blank refused to take any more off. They need to either come off tastecard or be clearer about what they offer.

On top of this, as always, the service in this place is terrible. Please train your staff not to just hang around the bar chatting. We asked three times for water, had to ask for our food after half an hour and practically Mexican wave down our waiter whenever we wanted anything.

I follow Ben’s on instagram. There is clearly someone leading this brand who is thinking hard about the offering and pushing the marketing really hard. It’s just a shame that something is always missing in the delivery.

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X
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Visited Ben's yet again with my boyfriend and his cousin for a catch up. Great food, with a great offer on the burgers on a Tuesday night. Burgers were top notch, as were the drinks and the duck croquettes, although chips were a little soggy (which is unusual).
Will definitely be back again very very soon.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been there twice before this last time and had always loved it. The ambience is lovely, the waitress was super attentive and friendly, the food was completely delicious. Value is very good and fair for every single meal/drink. Would highly recommend it and surely will be back! Lots of love for all the staffs

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service. Ahehx jdbdkdbxhx xhx xjxbxj (that was just to make up the letters)

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LM
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food & drinks were delicious! We went for the 90 minutes bottomless option, and the only comment I would make is that service was a little slow for this - both trying to find someone to place order with and then waiting for the drink to arrive. Overall we had a really good experience though & enjoyed our brunch!

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R
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Was probably the best sunday roast i've ever had to pay for. Atmosphere was good, had a good soundtack playing in the backround and Staff were nice.

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G
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch had fantastic service and avo smash was delicious!!!

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