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Ben's Canteen

3.8
412 reviews
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£25 and under
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Contemporary European
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Brunch
  • Cosy
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:
11am - 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
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

Two Courses & Drink for £18

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: 20 February 2018

Ends: 20 August 2018

Availability: Daily 17:00-19:30

£10 before 10

Any Brunch item plus a Coffee or Tea. Does not include sides. 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: 20 February 2018

Ends: 20 August 2018

Availability: Sun 09:00-10:00
Sat 09:00-10:00

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 7:15PM - 9:15PM
Mon - Sat 8:45PM - 9:45PM

What 412 People Are Saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
4.1
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3.5
service
3.7
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3.7
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Booked a table a couple of hours before and didn’t know what to expect but... service good, food was delicious and OK wine list. Would definitely go back and sooner rather than later. Buffalo chicken fries are amazing!

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was great, but the service was severely lacking. My order arrived incorrect, which meant that my friend and I essentially ate separately. The staff seemed more interested in gossiping among themselves and only a lacklustre apology was offered a few minutes before the correct order was brought over

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4.0Dined on 15 April 2018

Service a little slow, but very pleasant. Great menu and tasty food. Would return.

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3.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Went to Bens Canteen with a friend for Brunch. Great service from all of the staff, tasty dishes and enjoyable atmosphere.

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1.0Dined on 13 April 2018

My friends and I are locals and used to go to Ben’s all the time a few years back. We had a bad experience about a year or so and haven’t been back for a while, but wanted to give them a go again. Unfortunately we (according to the manager) rocked up on a Friday night where they were understaffed and had run out of a number of dishes thanks to Deliveroo! They forgot to put our starters through, took an hour to serve our mains and when they finally arrived they were cold and dried out. So we spoke to the manager and left without paying. Woe!

Such a shame as this used to be our fave place! Now there are definitely better places in the area to go to for food! If you’re heading here, stick with the cocktails and move on for mains.

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5.0Dined on 9 April 2018

Fantastic evening for my family. Clean ,comfortable surrounding , beautiful food ice cold lager!
Very reasonable price.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

My friends & I went for my birthday lunch before a show & had the Bottomless Bubbles. Our flutes never got dry & the food was LOVELY! The atmosphere was perfect for the occasion with 80s/90s music playing & a few other birthdays as well keeping the mood happy & fun. The staff were lovely & very attentive, I felt like I go there everyday & would definitely be in every weekend if I was local. Can’t wait to go back!

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3.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Extremely disinterested service; took over 30 mins for our order to be taken and we were met with looks of total incredulity when we asked if it would be possible to turn down the incredibly loud music music and heavy bass (which wasn’t really done), as the speaker was right above our table making it impossible to hear each other. Felt like we were the butt of the staff’s jokes the entire time and didn’t even get a ‘thank you’ or any sort of acknowledgement when we left. Food was fine, although on the expensive side for brunch in Clapham Junction. Won’t be returning, plenty of other brunch options around that are better value for money with much better service.

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1.0Dined on 5 April 2018

The manager treated us and a few other tables very rudely when we questioned the bill, as a black board was showing an offer that we ordered and then he said that it not right and we should check the website. Long story short we argued and he ended up asking us to leave as our table and two others were causing a fuss. He was wrong and tried charging us twice as much for the food. Only problem here was the manager, food okay and other workers were nice.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

We had passed by Ben's a couple of times and it always seemed to have a nice buzz so decided to visit for a Saturday brunch. The staff are uber friendly, in a genuine way, nothing forced or insincere. The food we had was delicious while the other plates coming from the kitchen also looked amazing providing us with plenty of options for consideration when we visit again. The vibe is very friendly and chilled and I have to also mention the coffee which was excellent. Looking forward to visiting again - a real neighborhood gem!!

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4.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Great for a boozy brunch!

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1.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Worst burger I've had in a while, with equally poor service... and a whopping price tag to add insult.

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4.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Pancakes were amaaazing! Although it’s little noisy and service off 2 of our 3 servers left a lot to be desired

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4.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Really nice brunch! Enjoyed the fried chicken eggs benedict and the service very friendly!

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5.0Dined on 21 March 2018

Good food !

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5.0Dined on 19 March 2018

Perfect place for brunch. Friendly stuff, cool decor and of course amazing food. I hadn't been for a while and was really impressed by the range of healthy stuff on the menu as well as the delicious naughtier food they've always excelled at!

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4.0Dined on 12 March 2018

Its a relaxed place to meet up and the food is generally good although not a huge choice. Always nice and friendly staff.

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4.0Dined on 4 March 2018

Great brunch options! Would recommend the avo on toast with poached eggs - the pesto makes it!

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4.0Dined on 3 March 2018

The food and drinks were exceptional, we had good service and had a lovely meal. Will definitely be coming back!

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3.0Dined on 25 February 2018

Too loud, left after 1 course as were having to shout at each other & the tables were so packed in! FYI I’m only 28, not 90 haha zero atmosphere because of it!! Not great for a relaxing brunch on a Sunday.

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3.0Dined on 18 February 2018

Courgette and sweet corn fritters are delicious on the brunch menu!

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4.0Dined on 18 February 2018

Very friendly and helpful staff. Very Dog & Baby friendly, although the place is busy and pretty noisy, so need to be fine with that

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1.0Dined on 17 February 2018

The service was shocking with an unforgivable mix up with the drinks. A really disappointing experience.

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4.0Dined on 17 February 2018

Amazing brunch and great atmosphere! Thanks Bens Canteen!

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2.0Dined on 16 February 2018

I had heard good things about Bens canteen but was pretty disappointed. The Friday brunch is very expensive for a tiny amount of food although the food is very tasty. The staff are miserable - do not smile, look constantly annoyed and took a long time to come over. The restaurant is dark and along with the depressing staff it makes it quite a dull dining experience.

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1.0Dined on 10 February 2018

Very disappointed. I booked a table at 14.30 and arrived on time with one of my friends. Our other friend was running 10 mins late so we were waiting for her to order. We were asked a couple of times if we wanted to order and explained that we were waiting for our friend. The second time we were asked, we were told quite rudely by the waiter that he needed the table back by 15.30 (only an hour after we had booked it). I explained that I thought it wasn’t great that we would only get the table for an hour after I booked in advance. I was told that usually tables are given for an hour and a half but that they needed the table after an hour for their bottomless brunch. The waiter was totally unapologetic and was quite rude in the way he spoke to us. We then decided to leave and go elsewhere, and I told him as we left that it was because we didn’t want to have to leave the table so soon. My other friend then arrived after we left, and the same waiter told her that we had gone because she was late!!!! Unbelievable. We ended up going to The Schoolhouse, just opposite, which was great and the waitress who served us was delightful. I’ve been a fairly regular customer at Ben’s Canteen in Earlsfield for 2 years as I live locally, and was very disappointed with my experience on Saturday. I won’t be going back to the St John’s Hill.

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4.0Dined on 9 February 2018

Good food - we just had the small sharer plates. excellent friendly service.

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3.0Dined on 27 August 2016

Usually very good but staff were very rude and unaccomating food was late and Cold
Disappointing considering it was a 40th bday

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1.0Dined on 20 August 2016

I booked for my friends birthday on Saturday at 4pm for the bottomless Prosecco meal. I was told by the server that he was having a staff party so we were not allowed to sit on the normal seating area and offered us a table for 2 with 3 stools around it which was far too small to dine. We told him this was not suitable but the only alternative was for all 3 of us to sit in a line at the window table which due to weather was too windy to dine and we were getting wet from the rain. No other solution was given and we were not offered to sit in the dining area as were told his staff parties "get too wild for us to witness" Unfortunately we had to leave without eating our meal and no apology was given.

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5.0Dined on 19 August 2016

Our table was ready right when we arrived. The manager made the rounds checking on all the tables which was great. Burgers were delicious!

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3.0Dined on 17 August 2016

The vegetarian options were extremely limited, either a vegetarian burger or a kale Caesar salad which literally was just a plate of kale and some crotons. It is such a shame the offering is so limited especially with so many other local places offering more vegetarian dishes on the menu. The atmosphere is great though, always busy, a good place to relax and enjoy a bite to eat.

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3.0Dined on 14 August 2016

The coffee is very good and food was nice too. It is much better to sit at the front of the cafe as it is very noisy at the back and we couldn't hear each other especially across the table. The brunch menu has lots of interesting options.

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5.0Dined on 13 August 2016

Good food, great service (lovely staff), quite loud ambience, lovely meal

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5.0Dined on 13 August 2016

Staff were lovely great service, fab food and great atmoshere!

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5.0Dined on 12 August 2016

Love Bens Canteen, i always have so much fun there! 👍Xxx

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4.0Dined on 10 August 2016

The waiter was very helpful in letting us taste some of the wines before deciding which one we wanted to go with. The only downside is that we got kicked off our table after 1hr 1/2 hours which meant we were out on the streets at 8:30pm when we hadn't even had dessert yet and would have happily had another few glasses of wine.

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3.0Dined on 30 July 2016

If you go, try the DIY doughnuts! Delicious. Couldn't fault the food, it was very tasty. It could have been a little quieter but it was a Saturday night so not too bad.

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2.0Dined on 28 July 2016

Served warm white wine to the table accompanied with a glass of ice cubes.
Staff didn't honour the NHS discount they bragged about on the website.
Bill was incorrect all three times we asked for it.
We won't be going back.

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4.0Dined on 24 July 2016

Lovely food. Mostly well priced however the side dishes were more expensive than thay need to be.

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5.0Dined on 17 July 2016

We went for brunch on a busy Sunday morning. Food was great. Service was friendly and efficient and they even (unasked) produced a brownie with a candle for our friend's son when they saw him opening birthday presents. Recommend the sweetcorn fritters and the banana pancakes but all the food we had was really good.

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