Ben's Canteen

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581 reviews
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£25 and under
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Contemporary European

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Casual

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Ben's 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary European, Comfort Food, Cafe Dining
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday:
9am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday:
9am - 11pm
Sunday:
9am - 9.30pm
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Phone number
020 7228 3260
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Cross Street
Harbut Road
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Parking Details
Free at weekends and after 4.30pm during the week.
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Public Transit
Clapham Junction overground 5 minutes
Bus stops on St John's Hill
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
3.9
ambience
3.8
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food. The restaurant accomodated without fuss, the fact that our group came at different times and more arrived than expected.

JC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We popped in for mid afternoon brunch. It was easy to book a table online. Really nice food, which you could tell was freshly made/cooked. It was a little bit cold in there but it is December! I would definitely recommend Ben's Canteen

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

good food but poor service. waitress kept leaning over people and picking up their drinks to see if they were empty and then putting them back

SL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! I had the chicken salad. Cocktails were lovely but a bit pricey. A little bit dark down the back for a lovely sunny day, but would be cosy at night.

AW
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing pancakes, and great service.
Would recommend.

j
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The room was cold and the restaurant smelt of the the toilets/ drains.

PS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

I went due to the number of gluten free options, but they use the same frier so they aren't actually gluten free.
The burger was nice but I couldn't have chips.
The waiting staff didnt seem to want us to pay either - we had to ask twice to pay, and then they forgot one person.

MB
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

My friend and I met up at Bens canteen with her toddler daughter and my 2 year old twin granddaughters. I couldn’t get the double buggy through the door and ended up removing my granddaughters and semi collapsing the buggy to get it through the doorway. No one offered to help. Once seated with a cup of tea we asked to see the childrens menu to be told they didn’t have one. As this was one of the reasons we chose Ben’s I was very surprised and looked online. Sure enough they had the children’s menu online. We queried with the server and he went away to ask and they agreed to make fishfingers and chips for the girls from the kids menu. The food was nice enough and reasonably priced.
Found the layout quite cluttered especially with other pushchairs there. Getting to the toilet wasn’t easy either.
No assistance again when I left. Luckily I had my friend to watch my granddaughters whilst I squeezed the pushchair through the door.
Would not be suitable for wheelchair users

SB
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Odd experience. Had eaten here for dinner some time ago which was good so booked for lunch for 4 people.

Food came out within minutes of ordering, no time between drinks and food meant our lunch was over in literally 25 minutes. Both waitresses seemed confused, one was particularly vacant when asking for a desert menu, then returned to say they had run out of desert, seemed a bit odd for 1255 on a Sunday. Headed elsewhere for drinks to continue our lunch date.

Such a shame as the food is really quite good, just an odd dining experience. Won’t be returning.

R
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I want to like this place however it’s this is the second time I have been and I won’t be returning, the service isn’t great the staff do the bare minimum of taking orders and taking away plates not even asking if everything was okay, we had to go up to pay out bill on leaving as there was no one around to ask for it and it was about half full so it wasn’t busy. Food is disappointing it just didn’t taste great can’t put my finger on what it was. And to top it all off it is so expensive for what it is adding a 12.5% service charge for such basic service is really a kick in the teeth.

SP
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening and lovely food. Staff were very helpful and attentive

CM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The food was really disappointing - not only did it not taste nice with the toast burnt and the poached eggs over done but the portion size of the avocado on toast was the smallest compared to any other brunch place - the piece of toast was tiny and I had to request an extra egg otherwise it would have only come with one! Then on top of that, it didn’t even taste very nice.

The value for money is awful and the service was so unfriendly and forgetful.

Compared to the Earlsfield branch, this was a complete let down and I won’t be coming back or recommending it.

LF
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We went on Sunday for a brunch with the girls and sadly the food didn’t hit the spot. The dishes were over priced, the eggs came out cold, the feta very tangy. The bread not great and the portion was tiny! My friends bacon was very under cooked too. The manager did apologise and took it off the bill but to be honest I would rather pay and have nice food than leave hungry!

EE
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great drinks. We loved Ben's canteen for a Saturday Brunch and would definitely recommend.

RG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Not at all great food but excellent service and atmosphere

JE
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Food was okay - nothing outstanding or overly special (actually, for an all day dining place, the menu felt quite limited for anything other than 'brunch' options).
The staff left a lot to be desired. Our server was sarcastic when we asked for a little longer to decide on food (my friend and I had been busy talking and catching up and forgot to look at menu - we've all been there!). It was not busy by any means (only two to three other small tables of 1 to 2 people). He did not make us feel welcome at all...almost like we were an inconvenience to his day. When we finished eating, our empty plates stayed on the table for another 1/2hr...he did not bother coming over to clear our table or ask if we wanted anything else. Very poor first impression and based on that would not go back or recommend to anyone else.

n
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and friendly service. They offer a discount for Blue Light Card holders which was an added bonus.

N
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was not that nice and overpriced. Staff was lovely though

AK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place for coffee and brunch. The staff were so friendly, lots of space and great food and drink.
this will now be my go to place for weekend brunch.

WE
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have eaten here on four occasions and the food is always excellent, well presented, fresh, great quality and tasty. The service is always friendly and efficient. This time I had the pancakes with bacon and egg....truly delicious!!

My only negative is the sound nearer the back of the canteen is a tad bouncy and not so easy to converse, but this won't put me off from visiting again.

s
London
79 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The portions here are HUGE, I ordered some olives to nibble, ate a LOT, and still went home with a doggy bag full! Cute place, good prices, tasty food and staff. One tip: don't wear a mini skirt, the 'mix and match' chairs meant I was on an old splintery wooden chair that left me with snagged tights! :-)

T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Food wasn’t great, overpriced. My girlfriends avo on toast was cold and awful. Disappointing experience :(

MB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Met a friend there for dinner. Service was quick and friendly. Good and drink good as well. Nothing special but it did the trick!

W
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food was ok but took a while. Coffee was quite strong and orange juice was nice. Service wasn’t great as we suspected...they will try to push you as much as they can to seat you at small tables next to toilet door even though there are other seats. Ventilation is not good inside. You’d come out with smelly clothes.

If you don’t mind food and service but just want a boozy breakfast with your mates, this is your place.

KC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible- didn’t even finish our meal. We paid only for our drinks and left

CC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pretty average place, prices are like everywhere in London - there was nothing that made me really want to come back but if I am in the area I guess I may go again.

S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food was cold~ fried chicken eggs benedict. Chicken was dry. Charged us full amount each when splitting the bill then refunded the difference in cash but was less than the amount supposed to get back. Rushed us to leave. However ~ BEST BEST BEST flat white in London! :)

HB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Was disappointed by our recent meal at Bens, didn't feel it was up to its usual standard.
Fried chicken very bland.
Chicken burger tough.
However, staff were delightful, and venue has a nice ambience.

WJ
London
10 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food is good but not remarkable. Starters are far better than the mains. Service is pleasant but the bathroom is filthy!

IS
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

the food is decent but definitely overpriced the decor is a bit shabby but it is clean. I had a bloody Mary which was very nice. it's in a nice location with lots going on.

RM
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They were trialling a new limited menu and there was nothing in their website to say that. A few things were also already off so choice was even more restricted. Food when it came was fine but booked on the basis of the menu online so a bit of a shame.

KK
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

During hot weather the restaurant is very hot, especially at the back. The service was good but they did get a couple of items wrong. The food however was really good

JA
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love going to Ben's Canteen, delicious food in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Highly recommended for bruch.

W
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food every time, reasonable price, attentive staff!

L
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Super loud. Terrible service. Really rude waitress. The loos were filthy. Screaming children. The food was alright, but expensive for what it was. Wouldn't go back.

PW
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Always frustrated as tables available but not visible online

LD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place to catch up with a group of friends, decent food, good prices, and good service.

v
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

On a Saturday evening there were 5 other customers there over the course of our 2 hr meal. The burger was average to poor, and way overpriced for this quality. The service was good and very tasty gin cocktails. The restaurant has nice decor. Also the menu online advertised a large steak menu, but this wasn't actually the case. Wouldn't return to be honest.

v
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I wasn’t made aware that it was only bottomless brunch from 4-6 at the weekends so travelled to get there and was only offered the bottomless brunch set menu

JL
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Third time at Ben’s Canteen, and left very disappointed in the down turn in service.
Food is always reasonable, can’t have any complaints but the staff were inattentive and argumentative when we queried the bill (charged for double G&Ts when we hadn’t asked for them - “a regular/ standard G&T is a double measure” I was told by staff?!), also had to ask staff to provide menus and to take our order despite it being very quiet in there - probably a the reason for the lack of customers on a Saturday evening!
Won’t be going back as the member of staff who gave us the bill was unapologetic and rude. A shame, as we enjoyed going to Bens canteen for a low key meal out.