Caravan Bankside

4.4
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409 reviews
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£25 and under
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Global, International

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Good Vegetarian Options
HOUSED ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF AN OLD METAL BOX FACTORY IN THE EMERGING AREA OF BANKSIDE, WE HAVE LOVINGLY RESTORED MANY OF THE ORIGINAL 19TH CENTURY FEATURES AT CARAVAN BANKSIDE TO CREATE A SOFT INDUSTRIAL DINING ROOM, COCKTAIL & COFFEE BAR AND KITCHEN DINING BAR. FEATURING OUR SIGNATURE WELL-TRAVELLED FOOD AND DRINK MENUS, WE HAVE ALSO ADDED HOUSE-MADE CHARCUTERIE & CHEESE TO OUR OFFER ALONG WITH HOUSE-MADE KOMBUCHA, SHRUBS AND SODAS. OUR BESPOKE COFFEE BAR FEATURES A CUSTOM BUILT ESPRESSO MACHINE AND NEW COFFEE BREWING TECHNOLOGY, CREATING DELICIOUS BREWS FOR YOU TO HAVE IN OR TAKEOUT. OPEN ALL DAY FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH, BRUNCH & DINNER AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN WE WELCOME YOU FOR COFFEE, COCKTAILS, FOOD AND RELAXED VIBES ANY TIME! PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT ALLOW DOGS INSIDE OUR RESTAURANT.
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London
47 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We've been to Caravan a few times now and always had a very enjoyable experience whilst the value is excellent. This time we had the sourdough pizza with nduja which had a lovely texture and big (but not too big) hit of heat from the nduja; the bowl of chicken larb with rice and pickles was very tasty, even if it didn't really remind us of the ones we actually had in Laos; and the meatballs were excellent, although the aubergine that accompanied them was even better. We also had the hot smoked salmon and rice bowl, cod dumplings, grilled mackerel and a bunch of starters. Bill came to just over £20 a head including drinks and service.

M
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went for a Valantine's breakfast and had a very enjoyable experience at Caravan. The staff who looked after us were friendly, attentive and made some great recommendations from the menu (which they seemed to know backwards).

I had the superb fried jalapeño cornbread; perfect, and the chorizo is a fantastic addition. My guest tried the chorizo and potato hash and, while it was good, it could've done with less potatoes and more flavour. Unfortunately when we received the food, the hash was cold, but the staff were on it straight away and another was ready in about five minutes. They took this off the bill, which was very kind of them.

The location itself is nice and bright and spacious and perfect for a casual weekday breakfast - and quiet enough to have a conversation.

B
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came to Caravan (Bankside) for my anniversary and the evening was perfect. The food was delicious and the service was great. They made the evening very special and I will definitely return to Caravan soon

LH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, lovely interior and good food! I’ve been here several times now and continue to enjoy it.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

In general everything was ok. We order 5 different dishes but they only brought 4 dishes. But in my bill I was charged for the chilli tofu. This was pointed by my guest when we left the restaurant. I am planning to come back and complaint about this.

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food! Unusual menu but yum! We were a group of 6 and everyone was super impressed with the dishes!
Absolutely recommend if you want to try something different.
I also really liked the low light atmosphere. Gave it a chill whilst sophisticated.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Great service, nice atmosphere, good cocktails, delicious starters, mediocre vegan mains.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food amazing, serve good at start but just ok later on but in being picky

BP
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really pleased with the Waiter's recommendation for food. We had sharing plates and everything was packed with flavour !

s
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This menu is both healthy and delicious. I’ve already recommended Caravan to friends.

ES
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spot to work from, to have meetings and to go for a date. Well rounded place definitely recommend

AW
London
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Really great food but really poor service, and awful house wine

HS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were a group of 7 and we received fabulous service and the food was delicious.
It was a shame that two things we wanted had run out but that was the only comment and it didnt affect us as the rest of the food was great.

M
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleasantly surprised. First time at Caravan and really enjoyed the experience. Tapas style small plates were delicious with three sharing.

b
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and service! Every dish we had were outstanding

CW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The salmon rice bowl was pure food joy and the service was very patient with us while we waited for one of our party to arrive.

EL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great for a business breakfast - fast and attentive service and great value for money. Lots of choice on the menu and the staff very friendly.

JM
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food, tasty veg, strong coffee, helpful service. Not my first time, it won't be my last. Loved it!

SB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful tasty meal here which was very healthy and we loved the ambience with the candlelight. All in all a great experience

j
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Great food, but noise level too loud, spent the meal shouting to each other over the table. Asked if music could be turned down, or if we could be moved both No. food was delicious.

D
London
40 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A pre Christmas lunch in a busy restaurant. Service was good and attentive. Food was great especially the anchovy pizza! Lots of small plates which are great to share.

C
London
15 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Having been to two of Caravan's restaurants, I can say that the food is delicious and well prepared. This despite a surprisingly long menu. Service was also very efficient. And helpful, as one of our party has a dairy intolerance. But very low lighting and noise do detract from the experience somewhat. We noticed other tables also using their phones to see the menu more clearly. Nevertheless, we still had a very good meal and a rousing political discussion. Do visit.

SR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Like the menu, staff friendly and helpful, pleasant buzzy place

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Jalapeño on toast, egg and chorizo was excellent.

p
London
21 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Startlingly good service & wonderful flavours

AT
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I have only eaten twice at Caravan and both time I have been blown away by the quality and deliciousness of the food, reasonable price too. I would love to know how to cook these dishes.

W
London
13 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The second time I have been disappointed with the service here. I've had to chase the waiters down to get some attention and then on this occasion they forgot to record one of our meals so it never arrived. Not sure if they were just under-staffed over Christmas but it wasn't very impressive in front of a client i had taken out.

KA
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff. Very loud but to be expected for a popular location.

EF
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was delicious and there's a nice atmosphere in the room. The staff are friendly and attentive, but we did feel a little rushed. The waiter came to take our food order within about 2 minutes of the last guest in our party sitting down - and then our food arrived even before our teas and coffees did. So worth bearing in mind if you're looking for a long, relaxed breakfast! But on the whole it's a great place to go with a nice menu.

GB
5 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very busy and noisy but for a good reason! Lovely staff and amazing food. Will definitely go again.

s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice cosy atmosphere at the Bankside Caravan. Menu is varied and interesting - if not rather hard to read - tiny typeface, dim lighting! Lots of choices for my coeliac dining partner. We were very impressed with our choices - tasty large salad bowls as a main course and interesting desserts. Didn't try the coffee - too late in the day - but the fresh peppermint tea was good.
It was busy - Friday evening - but felt relaxed enough to linger. service was good. Will definitely go back to try more of the dishes on the menu.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was very poor
Waited 45 minutes for waiter to come to table
First drinks were served only to two of the four people
At our table one hour later the one hour and half later the
Other people had ordered ginger ale that was served
Poor management and service

j
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience2

Excellent food. Service was roboticaly over efficient. One had the impression that they wanted you to finish the meal as quickly as possible so that they could get on with Mr Muscling the table for their next customer. Background music was too loud for the poor acoustic s of an old industrial building.

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and exceptional service

FR
London
21 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really great food, good wine list, not extortionate prices, and the service is friendly and attentive. A little noisy for me, but otherwise highly recommend

LG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Perfect for an informal lunch meeting in one of their booth style 4-seaters.

The food was delicious, reasonable pricing and we weren't overly bugged by waiters as they knew we were having a meeting. Thanks guys!

Great ambience - somewhere between chilled out and lightly buzzy.

Will definitely be returning for a meeting there again in the near future.

ST
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, inventive dishes and scrumptious food - love this place! Even better for dinner than brunch. The vibe is a bit trendy but still welcoming.

TS
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Staff were sullen, they made us wait outside until 8am and when they opened the door they didn't greet us just walked off. It ruined the whole thing

BP
London
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Overall a really nice experience, great restaurant (layout, decor and atmosphere), friendly and attentive staff, lovely food and fair prices. Our only slight frustation was that, even though we booked for 5, we were initially stuffed into a booth made for 4 people.

But we'd definitely go back. Thank you.

OT
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Definitely coming back!