Foxlow Balham

4.4
425 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Brunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Foxlow Balham on Bedford Hill joined the growing family of neighbourhood restaurants in 2015. Located on a corner site with glass doors opening onto the street with outdoor seating, Foxlow Balham also has an intimate, speakeasy-style 35-cover basement bar, The Owl. The menu revolves around a real charcoal grill and the best produce the team, including the Hawksmoor Group Executive Chef Richard Turner and Foxlow Development Chef Lewis Hannaford, have been able to hunt down, focussing on the company’s belief in quality, sustainability and animal welfare.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British, International
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Hours of Operation
Monday
11am – 10pm
Food served 11am – 8.30pm
Last bookings at 8pm

Tuesday – Thursday
11am – 11pm
Food served 11am - 10pm
Last bookings at 9.30pm

Friday
11am – 1am
Food served 11am – 10pm
Last bookings at 9.30pm

Saturday
10am – 1am
Food served 10am – 10pm
Last bookings at 9.30pm

Sunday
10am – 9pm
Food served 10am – 8pm
Last bookings at 7.30pm
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Phone number
020 7680 2700
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Richard Turner
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Area
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Public Transit
Balham - Underground and National Rail services.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining , Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 425 People Are Saying
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E
5.0Dined 2 days ago

Lovely breakfast and the service was great, making sure our bubbly kept flowing.

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l
5.0Dined 3 days ago

Andy and his team were attentive, but gave us space. Steak was fabulous but we are biggest fan of the starters. The ribs are amazing. Cocktails never disappoint. Thank you.

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MH
4.0Dined 5 days ago

Having been to the St. John restaurant a number of times, my expectations were very high. The Balham restaurant didn't quite live up to it's big brother, but the layout and finish was nice, although we found that the 2-seater tables were uncomfortably close to each other (our neighbours were looking at and listening to us whilst we were talking - in between them being on their phones. A sad reflection of current society..) and no-one offered to take our coat and bags to a cloak room. The service was efficient, but not spectacular. I thought the staff lacked charm, but were not in any way offensive. Overall though, I'd definitely go again, and it's good to have the brand so close to home - just don't getting silly ideas and try and do a Gaucho.....Hasn't worked out too well for them.

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PE
4.0Dined 6 days ago

Service was really attentive and friendly. Good homely food

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N
3.0Dined on 15 July 2018

I hate to give a bad one but the service is useless! Nice enough people but dear lord. Coffees and drinks took 20 minutes. The scrambled eggs were dry and looked like my 7 year old made them. I didn’t eat them. Go to brick wood and order the scrambled eggs on sourdough to see how it should be done. Their food is fantastic! I want to love foxlow, the fried chicken waffle is usually very good but service is so slow and to not be able to scramble eggs for breakfast/brunch food seems weird. I don’t mind paying if the food is good. It could just be so so much better.

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L
4.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Nice restaurant for brunch. Good atmosphere, decent menu (mid-range price). Lager comes at the cost of a pint but only served in 2/3 pint glasses 🍻

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NY
5.0Dined on 13 July 2018

As usual, the crew at Foxlow took really good care of us. The food was yummy and everyone was lovely and helpful.

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P
4.0Dined on 8 July 2018

I normally have a good time at Foxlow , but when we arrived I apodised for being 20 mins early . I wasn't welcomed at all and he gave me a blank expression and told me to come back in half an hour . why couldn't we have a drink at the bar first !! Anyway we came back and another Chap said sure please wait at the bar . when we went to the bar the same Rude man ( not British ) said hello Your back and made us wait 10 mins for 2 Spritzers . Our table waiter was good and friendly but we couldn't order off the main menu as we were 8 mins early ! so we ordered the breakfast stuff …. Meanwhile the rude waiter ( E.Europeaian ) went into the Kitchen and all hell broke out with one of the Chefs . I saw it all and the Waiter looked smug with himself as the poor Chef was told off .

Lets hope next time will be better as I really like to meet my friends there …. regards Robert

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l
1.0Dined on 1 July 2018

Fairly terrible brunch. £15 for an average egg sandwich on a plain muffin. Another £15 for avocado on toast. And They have three Items on their brunch menu and were sold out of one. Perhaps the bottomless brunch is the appeal but if you’re actually interested in the food, skip this place.

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GC
5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Great service as always, tasty food and relaxed atmosphere.

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LD
2.0Dined on 30 June 2018

We went for my sister's birthday lunch and it was a pretty disappointing experience.
The host when we arrived was lovely, very friendly and welcoming and showed us to a lovely table.
That was pretty much the end of the positive.
Our waitress was terrible- it took us ages to be served and forever for our drinks to arrive.
We chose a cocktail each which I expected to be good as they have a cocktail bar downstairs. They were hugely disappointing- tiny and not very nice. No effort on the presentation at all and at £8 and £9, I expected better.
The food was OK... a bit try hard and unfortunately they had run out of my first choice dish.
The setting itself was nice and there was a nice vibe, but I definitely won't be going back or recommending that anyone else bother either.

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r
4.0Dined on 29 June 2018

Last minute decision to eat out and the restaurant did not disappoint; excellent selection of beers, wine and cocktails with some unusual, creative and delicious dishes. The service was superb. Good value for money and will visit again.

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OT
5.0Dined on 29 June 2018

We are both vegetarians so expected a limited choice from a steak restaurant - however we were pleasantly surprised with the number of options. The food itself was delicious - we had the roasted curry cauliflower (one of the best veggie meals I’ve ever had) and the sweet potato dumplings (really tasty, texture perfect and felt very light and fresh). The carrot hummous was soooo good. Will definitely be coming back. Only criticism would be the amount of time it took to place our order and get the waiters attention - other than that service was on point.

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ED
5.0Dined on 24 June 2018

The staff were amazing!!! I am gluten free and they ran out of bread - the waitress ran over to Sainsbury's to get me some :)

They were so attentive and made the whole experience really enjoyable.

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HR
2.0Dined on 24 June 2018

I usually love Foxlow and having never been for brunch, decided to give it a go. However, I was really disappointed. I ordered steak and eggs and was really looking forward to it, but the steak was terribly cooked - it was dry, burnt and certainly not MR. It looked like it had been sitting around for a while. I also discovered that the bread my eggs came with was completely charred on the bottom - they’d just put that side down and buttered the other side, hoping I wouldn’t notice. The portion size of the avo and toast that my boyfriend got was also pretty poor, especially when compared to neighbouring brunch spots. The drinks were also totally filled with ice and a couple of sips almost drained the glass! Having said all of this, the staff handled the complaints well and were really apologetic. Not the kind of experience I’ve had previously at Foxlow, which I’ve always thought did the best steaks in the neighbourhood. Not sure I’ll be going back for a while.

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CE
2.0Dined on 24 June 2018

Staff are lovely but the service is seriously slow- this is the third time I’ve been here and had issues with the food taking ages to be served. Also some meals are a bit pricey for what you get.

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CC
5.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Brilliant bottomless prosecco brunch with friends to celebrate a birthday. Excellent service by Ronnie, who was attentive to our needs without being overbearing and made sure we had a great time. We spent several hours at the table, yet we never felt rushed or hurried, something we really appreciated. Can’t wait to come back.

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B
1.0Dined on 17 June 2018

On arrived we were told that half of the children’s menu was unavailable & also the adult burgers (there isn’t an extensive menu). This was a 4.30pm family booking. The wine tasted terrible and the replacement bottle was never delivered by the staff. This was meant to be a special occasion but we were very disappointed

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l
3.0Dined on 17 June 2018

This was supposed to be a fathers day brunch. But it was disappointing. My son fish was overcooked. I had the avo toast with poached eggs. The avo- didn't have any chilli in it. So I asked for some hot sauce. There was only one piece of toast and it was cold. The eggs were perfect. My husband had the breakfast muffin - but the muffin was dry so he didn't eat it all. No one asked how the food was or whether we wanted anything else. The portions are too small for what they charge - as is the service!

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HS
3.0Dined on 16 June 2018

One of the few places in Balham you can book a table for brunch, however, I wouldn’t go back. Disappointed that the portions don’t reflect the prices - paid £4 extra for salmon and got a slither when I could get a whole pack in a supermarket for that price. My friend asked for her meal without bread and they didn’ even bring her a plate, just three separate bowls of ingredients. We then had a pudding we didn’t order added to our bill and a 12.5% service charge that in my view was not well deserved. Overall, a very bog standard experience in a neighbourhood known for its brunch offer.

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EV
5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

the staff were so very attentive and never pushy, plus were able to make recommendations for a fussy eater. will definitely go back.

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KO
2.0Dined on 10 June 2018

We went for the bottomless brunch but the problem was that no one kept an eye on our drinks so we had to continually ask for another which is quite frustrating when it's meant to be 'bottomless'. The service was poor and our waiter was a bit aggro, they all looked really fed up and hungover. They also implied that you receive less alcohol in the bottomless bloody mary than you do if you order of the normal menu, which was weird! The ml of spirts used was different apparently.

Our food was quite cold too and they made a feature on the menu about the amazing quality of eggs they used and mine was colourless and tasteless. They must have run out of these 'amazing' eggs as one person in our group seemed to have some that looked much more appealing.

It's a shame really as the venue is nice and the menu sounds nice but it just doesn't deliver.

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PO
4.0Dined on 8 June 2018

It had been a while since myself and my wife got out for dinner with just the two of us so we were really looking forward to our evening at the Foxlow., The food was good but my wife's steak was a little under done but the staff were great and this was quickly resolved and during the meal we were really well looked after. We were having a lovely time so much so we decided to have one more drink at the bar (still had time on the the babysitting clock) but when we approached the bar we were told they weren't surving they would have to go downstairs to the late bar. This was not what we were looking for as we just wanted to talk so I went to the bar downstairs and retrieved drinks and we sat up stairs, but we were then asked by two members of staff about last orders and watched as other tables were served from the bar we were told was closed. This took a bit of the shine off the evening but I won't let it detract from the outstanding service we received while seated in the restaurant.

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KD
4.0Dined on 3 June 2018

average sort of place, didn't look at all like the website pictures. ordered a pinot grigio but they'd run out so ended up with a beer. pork was very salty, could be more garnishing with the meal

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SB
5.0Dined on 3 June 2018

As always, great food and great service we love going back to foxlow

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BG
3.0Dined on 2 June 2018

It seems to have become yet another brunch and burger joint. Disappointed.

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GD
5.0Dined on 28 May 2018

I went for my birthday but it wasn't a big celebration so didn't tell any staff. They were however very nice and helpful. Bottomless brunch was fun and the drinks were kept full.

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OT
4.0Dined on 27 May 2018

The place was nice. The service was below par. Sorry guys. You could have done much better there.

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KL
3.0Dined on 27 May 2018

Good food as always. We did the brunch option which was nice and fresh.

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JF
4.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Lovely brunch here on Sunday morning with my family! The service was brilliant - in particular a handsome Scottish waiter (who told us to describe him as that if we reviewed the place LOL). Great food and a buzzy / vibrant atmosphere - would definitely recommend.

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ST
4.0Dined on 12 May 2018

We had a lovely meal at the Foxlow, the food was excellent and the atmosphere was fun. It was quite busy and the service was pretty slow but we weren’t in a hurry and had a really good time. The chicken burger was delicious!

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G
4.0Dined on 8 May 2018

Service very good, nice place to be in and solid food offerings. I had fish and chips and it was good.

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RW
3.0Dined on 7 May 2018

A pleasant brunch with friends for my birthday but nothing special, we weren't wowed by the food or the service.

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RH
5.0Dined on 6 May 2018

As a local and regular I cannot recommend this place enough. The staff are professional and friendly, the food is always well cooked and delicious and overall the ambience and experience is spot on every time!

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EJ
5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Fantastic service. Very attentive, especially with our 2 year old. Tasty food and will be going back to try some more of the brunch options.

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MF
5.0Dined on 3 May 2018

Small and simple but really tasty menu. The steak and burgers are great but the vegetarian options and salmon/squid starters are also really tasty.

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D
2.0Dined on 30 April 2018

Good points, pleasant atmosphere, good squid starter, decent seabream. almond cake was lovely
Bad points, Over enthusiastic server, put still water in our fizzy water on 3 occasions, removed food from the table while we were still eating, requested medium rare steak was very well done, this was replaced and a free side offered, new steak was ok but not great, burger was supposed to be 225g, it was not, burger bun was tough and almost inedible, prices are high for poor quality, meal felt very rushed

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SL
4.0Dined on 29 April 2018

Really enjoyed the food and service here. Staff were great and even gave us the recipe for their amazing sticky toffee pudding. Food was overall good, although slightly under-spiced.

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HR
4.0Dined on 28 April 2018

I’ve been to Foxlow a few times and this visit was a little disappointing. The steak wasn’t as good a quality as it normally is, it was tougher and had less flavour. Additionally, there have been some recent menu changes / removals which I don’t prefer. You can no longer get a hanger steak (my previous favourite cut), mashed potatoe has been removed from the menu and so has the garlic butter sauce.

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DH
4.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Great food and service. Keen to put things right.
Attention to detail and personal touches made it an extra special evening.

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