Ben's Canteen

3.9
441 reviews
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£25 and under
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Contemporary European
Top tags:
  • Brunch
  • Casual
  • Group Bookings
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

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

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

What 441 People Are Saying
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3.7
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3.8
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SW
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had the bottomless deal which was great value and they were really good at keeping our glasses topped up. Would recommend!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We went due to a couple of reccommedations, and were disappointed. Not sure if they hadd a new barista but the staff didn't know the difference between and americano and filter coffee and a capuccino and a flat white. Food was ok. Place too loud when full

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great Old Fashioned and an amazing cheese burger. Cheesy chips were good too.

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A
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very tasty food if on the expensive side. Staff are friendly and prompt with service.

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G
London
7 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great atmosphere, friendly staff and good food. Enjoying my visits every time.

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d
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We had a friendly enough reception and were fairly well looked after by the staff. However there was no real sense that anyone cared if we enjoyed our food or not. I had requested a small side of avocado with my poached eggs which they were nice enough to oblige with, however when it came the eggs were nicely cooked but the avocado was so cold it had obviously just come straight out of the fridge and made quite a horrible contrast alongside the eggs. I was really surprised that a chef would do that.

My friend found that her scrambled eggs were not very warm and her avocado also was freezing cold.

Another issue was the very loud dance music which was quite stressful if you're trying to catch up with a friend on a relaxed Sunday morning.

This place was friendly enough but I wouldn't go back due to the above reasons.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice for a friend gasthering

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RJ
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Environment was just too loud, we were a group of friends catching up on a Sunday a and we just felt like we were shouting over each other throughout! Couldnt wait to leave! We sat at the back, so maybe that was the louder end of the cafe? Food was tasty though and service was fine although becuase of the racket, it was quite hard to order. And my friend thought that for the price, the burgers should have come with chips.

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HB
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Booked a table for 9 was informed when we arrived kitchen would be open till 10! We were not called in advanced.

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EB
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Relaxed brunch, wonderful food with lots of veggie and vegan options. Yummy pancakes and fab tea. Brilliant service from lovely staff.

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EO
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was ok. The food was nothing special, the service was slow, and it was expensive (£19 for a burger, fries and a coke!). The company was great, and the environment (and lack of attentive service) meant we had a good chance to catch up! Won’t rush back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The chicken eggs benedict are incredible

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Bath
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing Bloody Mary

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F
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really nice brunch that was a decent portion for standard sw London standards. Really cool vibe and the servers were all super nice and helpful. Only downside is tea quality isn’t the best.

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M
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Lovely seating outside in the sun on a quiet but vibrant street. Waiter was lovely and very polite. Drinks were excellent, tastiest Bloody Mary I have had in London. Food was good and tasty, expensive though. Unfortunately only one person’s came out, and we had to remind the waiter that the other person had also ordered food. Person 1 had finished their meal when second meal eventually came out. Waiter was apologetic

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LA
Munich
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Friendly staff, ok food and nice laid back and relaxing atmosphere.
I would not put it in the list of top London places to go for a Brunh.
Nice enough place to go but over priced for what it is in terms of both quality and quantity.

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RF
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We went today to have brunch me and my husband, I must said I was excited because I heard very good things about this place. Overall the food was good, a little bit pricey, but tasty, but the service wasn’t good at all. Our main waitress looked like she won’t to be there at all, she sat us on the table, no smile or greeting , nothing, she took the order like a robot, she never came to check on us to see if everything was ok, she removed the plates without saying a word, my husband tried to engaged in a conversation with her saying how tasty was the food, she didn’t even replied, she took the payment and left. The place was pretty empty, so no excuse of at least, a minimum customer service. Even if the food was nice, I doubt we are going to come back.

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DR
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The guy that welcomed us was the only positive thing about our visit, kindly made some adjustments so my dad could have more leg room as the table layout is very snug to say the least he was a very nice guy. But that’s where it ends unfortunately the waitress was new and didn’t have a clue what she was doing. Kept walking off to check every time we asked for some thing.
My brother and my dad got a cheeseburger that cost about £10 without chips (WOW!!) I got the chicken benidict which was nice apart from the tooth breaking burnt toast underneath. Advocado and feta was nice. Sweet potato chips were caked in salt. £80 bill for brunch for 3 definitely not worth the money so most likely won’t be going back to that particular branch ever again unfortunately.

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RT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful brunch at Ben’s on Tuesday, would highly recommend for any sort of eating get together you’re planning. Big or small groups are accommodated well and delicious food and great staff will always ensure I stop by for a visit whenever I’m in town. Thanks, guys!

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AB
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent time last Sunday- celebrated a friend’s baby shower brunch here and the staff were extremely accommodating even though we had a big party, had to wait for a few people to arrive and brought our own cake. Had a lovely long meal with lots of nice drinks and the service couldn’t have been better. Brunch was delicious and a great drink selection- genuinely something for everyone. Thoroughly recommend if you’re in Clapham J. Thanks!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service is second to none! We went for brunch and ordered the sweetcorn and courgette fritters. They weren’t to our liking - all greasy batter and little filling. The manager came over to ask how the food was because he noticed we had left a lot. We said everything on the plate was delicious except we weren’t keen on the fritters themselves. He seemed disappointed and, unprompted, knocked them both off the bill. You don’t get that very often in London!

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l
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great for vegetarian and gluten free. Taken both my boyfriend and sister here in the last week

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F
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Although the manager/main waiter thought his brass and abrupt jokes were funny, they were not. There was no music playing, so not a lot of atmosphere. All staff came together and stood next to our table and all took shots, chanting as they did it - not something I expected at 8pm on a Wednesday evening. Food was ok. Service was poor and forced when it was anything other than below average.

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M
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 2

It wasn’t great! The food wasn’t very good and we weren’t told in advance the cost of the bottomless brunch, so we went off the menu. Then we were told it was going to be 20 pound more each than we thought, with no explanation.

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CW
London
42 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

The restaurant needs a good clean!! I understand the shabby chic look but this place feels unhygienic .

The food is really tasty and the 90min booze is great value... if you can catch the waiters eye at the back of the restaurant to get a refill
but the toilets are disgusting and need a good scrub; chairs are broken and need fixing...
The table next to us came and went ... but the staff just left the plate of remaining food on the table.
The restaurant is slap dash and uncared for ... but if you are hungry just have a plate of lovely food and try to ignore the grubby surroundings.

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CT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really helpful staff, making sure I could change something on the menu to make it vegan and generally being really friendly. We all really enjoyed our food and drink too.

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EE
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Really enjoyed the food the peanut chocolate fudge brownie was amazing, just felt the service was really poor. Had to wait 20 minutes once seated just to get asked what drinks we would like and that pretty much was how it went the whole evening. There was a large party going on and just felt like all the focus was on keeping them happy at the expense of everyone else. Also didn't appreciate getting my bill with £17 added for a tip, u can get them to remove it but think it's cheeky they tell you how much tip they want and the more u spend the more the tip...it's 12% of your bill. I find that rude as if I want to leave a tip I will but that just made me not want too.

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L
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

food was very good, service was quick but waitresses lacked any emotion, weren't very perceptive either. Good night just a shame about their attitude.

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LR
London
47 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ben’s Canteen is great for a tonne of reasons. Great atnosphere, great food and it won’t break the bank so you can have a few of their really decent cocktails. Highly recommended for brunch too... ooo must book that in soon.

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LL
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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B
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

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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HS
London
17 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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

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HB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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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JG
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

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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D
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JS
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

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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KB
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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CR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great for a boozy brunch!

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