Ben's Canteen

4.0
466 reviews
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£25 and under
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Contemporary European
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  • 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

25% off total bill

Enjoy 25% off.

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 30 October 2018

Ends: 30 December 2018

Availability: Daily 20:45-21:45

20% off total bill

Enjoy 20% off.

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 30 October 2018

Ends: 30 December 2018

Availability: Daily 20:00-20:30

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: 19 October 2018

Ends: 24 April 2019

Availability: Daily 17:00-19:30

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

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

What 466 People Are Saying
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TM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Four of us went for dinner one evening - the place was packed and there were a couple of Christmas parties in, making a HORRENDOUS amount of noise, adults squawking and squealing like toddlers. Now this isn't the fault of Ben's Canteen but it really started to ruin our night as we couldn't speak to each other and even the waiter couldn't hear what we were ordering.
Eventually some space became available at the other end of the restaurant so we moved there and it was a much better atmosphere.

Apart from that......
They only sell one type of cider, of which they didn't actually have any
The food took a VERY long time to come (probably due to the xmas parties so I couldn't say if that was normal)
One of the things I ordered - the topped xmas roasties weren't as described on the menu. They came with no crispy bacon or stuffing, and instead had a few bits of turkey thrown in. I wouldn't have minded if they'd told me they were out of some ingredients (though I'd have chosen something else instead), but they didn't mention it.
The rest of the food was nice enough but nothing spectacular.
The prosecco was really nice
The staff were accommodating and understanding about us moving tables

Would I go back? Most definitely not over the Christmas period. Would perhaps go back some other time, but am in no rush to go back

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LA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Service disinterested; noise level unpleasant; Smashed Avo good; eggs (with a different dish) completely overcooked; ground black pepper unavailable

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D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We had a fun time but it was very very loud and quite difficult to get the waitress’ attention / other staff weren’t able to help because they weren’t “our waitress”.
Good variety of brunch food.

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Food was a lot worse than I remember, I used to be a regular but it seems to have really suffered since I was last here earlier in the year. The food was average, and the service was terrible.

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AW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great bottomless brunch, attentive service and buzzing atmosphere

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G
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lots of individuals on laptops working, very relaxed and low key. Exceptionally good burger (good meat, perfectly cooked). Good meeting place. Very friendly staff. Casual atmosphere, unpretentious.

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Lovely place for an afternoon brunch. We were seated on a high table opposite the bar. Very warm and comfortable, except whenever the smoothie machine was on it was very loud and made conversation quite difficult!

Food was delicious, drinks were great, however service was a little slow.

But overall, a great experience, and we'll definitely be back, but maybe with a table away from the noise!

Many thanks,

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PM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Relaxed, good place for dinner, friendly staff and good food. Burger was delicious, craft beer was cold. Recommend.

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T
London
56 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Nice shabby-chic decor, good selection of drinks, and the food was good, but let down by incredibly slow service. 2.5hrs for a quick meal for two is not really okay. I wouldn't mind if we were really drawing it out, but we weren't - there were just massive gaps between courses. If they can sort out the turnaround time in the kitchen then I would definitely be back, but if not I would give it a miss.

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KC
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Very average and overpriced food, super noisy, won't be back

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BE
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food, great staff and great experience

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, amazing food and great service.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always..perfect!

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E
London
8 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I used to eat at Ben's Canteen regularly but have since moved out of the area...so I was very keen to return when I went back to Clapham Junction. It didn't disappoint, still delicious food, good service and cool decor. Recommend.

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PW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Ben's canteen used to be a place where myself and my cousin used to regularly meet for a catch up over some delicious American Diner style food. However as soon as we walked into the restaurant we knew something had changed. Firstly the wall hangings had been taken down making the whole place feel soulless. We were shown to our table but I later received a no show email from Open Table. We looked at the menu which used to focus on burgers and now only had 4/5 options. We desperately searched the menu for our favourite dish the duck nuggets but there were no longer there and its place were 'duck and ginger balls'. This is where the disappointment began. The waitress came over to take our order and she had to keep checking the menu to see what we were referring to. She had no knowledge of the menu and couldn't answer a single one of our queries. We enjoyed a glass of wine whilst we were waiting for our food. To our surprise our burgers came before our starters. We asked the waitress why this had happened and she replied saying they were 'sharing plates' not 'starters'. However, on the menu there is a section of starter/sharing plates. She should have asked if we wanted them as starters or together with the burgers. When the food was bought we told her said wanted our starters first she was very rude and stormed off. One of the starters we ordered was on the original menu (chicken pieces) was served completely differently, before it had slices of succulent chicken with a selection of sauces but now in its place was 3 small dry pieces of chicken with 2 pots of disappointing sauces. The other two starters we ordered were equally as disappointing. When we tucked into our burgers they were overcooked and not pink how they previously used to be served. I approached one of the managers who I recognised from our previous visits and told him my feedback, I was disappointed to learn it was his final night. This was the icing on the cake and I can say that I won't be returning.

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S
London
11 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food interesting variety of things on the menu so something for everyone. Staff are lovely and very accomodating for our lunch with 2 toddlers, 2 babies and a dog. Nothing was too much trouble. Thanks for looking after us :)

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 3rd visit to Ben's. We normally have dinner but had breakfast here this time. Excellent selection of choices. Great value for money and the food was fantastic as usual. Not to mention my new favourite thing the coco pop latte!

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for a fun afternoon or evening. Very relaxed, food was good, overall great value for money

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Sunday evening with friends, delicious food and very attentive and friendly service! Great gin&tonic list..Worth 5 stars! We will be back!

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NB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for dinner on a Sunday but have previously been for brunch which was great. Dinner didn't disappoint. The Korean chicken burger and Korean pork loaded fries were amazing and Gordon our waiter was friendly and attentive.

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

After seeing reviews I went with friends and was not disappointed. The atmosphere was great and the staff were friendly. The food was good. We will definitely go again.

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tucked away from the main hussle, this place was buzzing. Perfect for a Saturday chilled brunch although some might find the noise levels a little high. Food was excellent and the service was spot on.
Worth a visit if you just want a chilled brunch in a relaxed setting.

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EJ
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Had wanted to try Ben's Canteen for a long time and decided to arrange a brunch catch up with a friend. Unfortunately this place disappointed, the coffee was nice but the food was mediocre. The staff were extremely unfriendly, rushing to get you in and out and seemed put out when you asked for anything. Not a nice atmosphere to sit and enjoy a brunch, will not be returning.

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CR
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Nice cocktails, the food was disappointing though this time. Lovely staff.

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CS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a lovely brunch and despite being busy we were seated and served quickly. The food was excellent and the coffee hit the spot.

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SW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
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 on 22 September 2018
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 on 21 September 2018
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
4 reviews
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
2 reviews
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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