Caravan Bankside

4.5
289 reviews
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£25 and under
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Global, International
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  • Brunch
  • Casual
  • Healthy

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 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 and cheese to our offering 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 take-out. Open all day for breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner and everything in between, we welcome you for coffee, cocktails, food and relaxed vibes any time!
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

All felt very rushed. We ordered nibbles and starters and mains. It all came at once. We had finished eating within 30 minutes of sitting down.

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GR
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

omg, the food is just so delicious! Everything else was good, no complains.

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RT
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Pretty average - breakfast wasn’t as good as the lunch I had

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Superb service - relaxed and helpful with menu choices.

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AT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual.. their were a couple of small plates unavailable which is the only complaint. However the recommended alternative were very good.

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DS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 2

Love this restaurant and it's menu visit frequently. Unfortunately our last visit was disappointing, we had to wait far too long for our meal to arrive. Great atmosphere , overpriced wine. Will try Cannon Street next time.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Caravan always offers good food delivered by friendly professional staff . The staff really know the menu and their recommendations are valid. I have been to most of the branches in London and the one at Bankside has a decidedly local community feel.

Caravan Bankside
Responded on 4 June 2019

Hi Kathy, Thank you for taking the time to write a little about your meal here at Caravan Bankside - we really appreciate it and will pass your comments on to the team. We hop to welcome you back soon! Niamh

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HM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food 😍

Caravan Bankside
Responded on 4 June 2019

Thanks :)

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A
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

We went to Caravan on a Friday night for my mum's birthday. The food was delicious. The music was a bit too loud to talk comfortably but you could just about manage without shouting. The main feedback i would give is that the staff were not friendly, they were efficient and did there jobs well but without smiling or interacting at all beyond asking for our order. It would have been nice to see more smiles and a welcoming attitude.

Caravan Bankside
Responded on 4 June 2019

Hi Anna, Thank you for taking the time to write some feedback about your dinner at Caravan Bankside. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed the food. Needless to say we are disappointed to hear that we let you down on service. I will be sure to talk to the team working on the night you were in so we can work together to ensure you and all our guests receive the kind of warm service we are usually known for. If you have any further feedback please email me on niamh@caravanbankside.co.uk.

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ST
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We (myself and a friend who I haven’t seen in ages) had a lovely evening and catch up at Caravan. The food was excellent - we each had a starter and then two of the smaller plates and a side as a main (which was plenty). Wine (an Argentinian Malbec) was also excellent and one which I will be going in search of for the cellar. Service was warm and generally pretty speedy (except for one wayward side) and we generally had no complaints. I would definitely recommend it here and I shall be coming again!!

Caravan Bankside
Responded on 4 June 2019

Hi Sam, Thank you for taking the time to write some feedback. We're so glad you had a lovely time and will be passing on your comments to the team who were working that night. We hope to see you again soon! Niamh

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RF
London
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers were super friendly and warm and the food delicious. I've been many times and will go back many more. Thanks!

Caravan Bankside
Responded on 4 June 2019

Thanks so much Ruth! Look forward to seeing you again soon! Niamh

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BV
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great buzzy vibe.

Went for breakfast - I was a bit limited with cooked options that didn’t include egg. Went for avo and sourdough with some sides. Felt like there was a LOT of avo, but it was tasty. I like that the sides I had were not cooked in butter (mushroom) as that seems to be really common in a lot of restaurants. Would recommend

Caravan Bankside
Responded on 4 June 2019

Hi Betty, Thank you for your feedback, will make sure to pass on your comments to the kitchen team. We hope to welcome you back again soon! Niamh

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KW
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love Caravan! First time I’ve been to Bankside but been to kings X several times. Love the food and atmosphere. Easiesr to have a quiet conversation in Bankside.

Caravan Bankside
Responded on 21 May 2019

Hi Katie, Thanks for your kind words, we're glad you visited & enjoyed our Bankside branch. All the sites have their own personalities so it's good to know which one to go to for what needs! We look forward to welcoming you back anytime. Niamh (Manager)

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed this evening - helpful hostess allowed us to delay our reservation and we were well looked after - tip: make sure there is someone at the door to say goodbye and thanks

Caravan Bankside
Responded on 21 May 2019

HI There, Thanks for your kind words! Absolutely agree that you should get a heartfelt goodbye, sorry we missed you this time, will make sure we don't next time! Niamh (Manager)

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AA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Love the food, love the service. My only problem is the noise levels (but then, I think that's a problem with most restaurants!)

Caravan Bankside
Responded on 21 May 2019

Hiya, Thanks or taking the time to write about your experience at Caravan Bankside - we're so glad you enjoyed your time here! If the music is ever too loud be sure to let us know and we'll be happy to turn it down for you. We look forward to seeing you again sometime! Niamh (manager)

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IA
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome tasty great value: very cool!!! Loved it Will defo go back!

Caravan Bankside
Responded on 21 May 2019

Thanks so much, hope to see you again soon!

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K
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Relaxed, prompt service, good food and a lot of fun.

Caravan Bankside
Responded on 21 May 2019

Thanks for your kind words!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner and staff amazing but I didn’t have dessert as didn’t see anything I liked. Would be great to see something a little different. Otherwise great! Thank you

Caravan Bankside
Responded on 21 May 2019

Hi There, Thanks for taking a moment to review your experience at Caravan Bankside - we're glad you had a lovely dinner. We're developing our summer menu now and have just tried some AMAZING new desserts so be sure to pop back in soon and see if any take your liking! Niamh (manager)

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FP
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We appreciate all : location, ambiance, food, and service. Nice place to have a nice food. Congratulations

Caravan Bankside
Responded on 21 May 2019

Thanks Francis!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Went for a late brunch on a weekday. It wasn't exactly busy, but took a while for anyone to come and take our order. Aside from the service, the food was good.

Caravan Bankside
Responded on 21 May 2019

Hi There! Thanks for taking the time to write some feedback on your visit to Caravan Bankside. We're glad to hear you liked the food and will definitely take on board your feedback regarding the service you received! Hope to see you again soon. Niamh (Manager)

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tastes good however difficult to order for table of 6 ... don’t think we got enough small plates or should have doubled up. Just a bit tricky.

Caravan Bankside
Responded on 21 May 2019

Hi Rachel, So glad you enjoyed your food here! We do have a number of ways of dining with our menu, sharing is highly recommended so we're happy to hear you went down that route - next time don't be afraid to ask the waiters' opinion -our staff have quite a good gage of how much is too much (and vice versa!) and should be more than happy to help you with any menu queries. We hope to see you again soon! Niamh (Manager)

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M
London
9 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been many times with different groups of family and friends, always a hit. Great when you have groups with different dietary requirements. Will return many times more. Had the best old fashioned made with banana washed rum. Would go again just for that!

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E
London
56 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good food and lots to choose from so whether you want a top notch sourdough pizza or dishes with Asian inspired flavours you can’t go wrong...

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B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easy going and professional. Great on all counts.

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VM
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Not good food, very bad quality
Ambience is nice, but the food is overpriced and of very poor quality and taste

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t
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Only negative thing was the lighting - a bit too dark to the point that it's almost impossible to read the menu.

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DO
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, lots of choice. Great coffee. Staff were attentive. Beautiful decor. Loved the Aesop in the bathroom. Please have coconut bread with lemon & rhubarb on the menu everyday rather than just the weekend!!

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SL
London
13 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Being asked to vacate your table with food still in front of you, being moved to the bar and then seeing your table left empty for 1/2 hour, not a great experience!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I had booked in advance but they had still put me and my friend on a table squeezed in between two others, despite the restaurant not being full at this time. However, the staff were very accommodating when I requested we move to an end table.

The food was good, the layout of the menu made it a little hard to read at a glance or identify which item is the main ingredient but the food was enjoyable. I loved the potato bread and the braised Oxtail.

All in all a good meal and dining experience

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CS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Eaten here a few times when visiting London and always been impressed with the place, the food and service. Great value, interesting dishes and knowledgeable staff. We if I had a negative comment it would be that it was a bit too dark in the evening - I couldn’t read the menu where I was sat without some illumination from my phone!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food.

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

I took my parents - one of which is now 80 years and the lighting was far too low for him to be able to read the menu because the print was also very small. Also, it was very loud with chatter, which you would expect on a Friday evening. However, this was compounded by loud music. The lovely food and good service was ruined by the fact that we couldn’t communicate. I would only recommend visiting here with a group you want to talk to at a quiet time.

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JH
London
111 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting variety of dishes on the menu. Good for vegetarians as well.

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AB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please please don’t ever take the crispy tofu off the menu!

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Alway enjoy Caravan. Their menu is quite good for when you go eating with people with dietary requirements (vegetarian, lacto free, gluten free); it's a big menu with lots of small dishes, so there's bound to be something they can eat.

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h
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food! The jalapeño corn bread and oxtail with polenta were my favourites. Drinks were also great. Not cheap as the portions are small so it all adds up, but it's worth it. Vegetarians are also very well catered for. I would come back!

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PB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Went for Sunday brunch, the food was delicious! However the service was very slow, with us having to chase up every drinks order because they had forgotten them. Everything tasted great, just need some more attentive service.

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KA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of my favourite restaurants :) Delicious food with plenty of interesting veggie options, friendly and attentive service, lovely building with great ambience - what's not to like?

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F
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Nice feel however, service could have been better. Sat at the bar as I was a line diner. Unfortunately I had to flag the servers a number of times to be seen to. Every time I looked over, the main server was having a good old chat and laugh with two diners right at the middle of the bar. This really took away from the experience.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and ambience of the restaurant was great. Staff were really friendly and helpful, suggesting what was good and what they could do to provide us vegan options. Not a single moment did we feel rushed to order, return our table or leave, great location for a catch-up meal.

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