Caravan Bankside

4.4
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352 reviews
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£25 and under
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Global, International

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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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PF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

I had been to this restaurant before, The food was great, the ambience good. This time I'm afraid our service was poor, the guy seemed inexperienced and forgot us frequently, I had to go up and ask for more drinks etc. It really did knock the shine off our family weekend meal, which was a shame. He seemed a bit miffed not to receive the full 'suggested' tip! I'm not sure i would go back :(

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was excellent (especially the pork belly, coppa and cod dumplings) with a few things I didn’t like probably as personal taste (smoked salmon caesar, pan-fried cod). The restaurant was beautiful and all the staff were quite elegant but it was a little loud and they were perhaps short-handed. Looks like they have some interested milks and juices during the day. The bathrooms used excellent locally-sourced cedar-verbena soaps from Montamonta.

E
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 1

The noise levels are incredibly and uncomfortably high. Can the acoustics be improved? You could put rugs on the ceiling or use other sound proofing to improve to ambiance. We could hear everyone else’s conversations and there quite a few loud groups. Otherwise, the food was great but the servers didn’t seem to communicate with each other. I like the vibe except for all the noise!

AL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and gorgeous food - we were only supposed to stay for a quick dinner but ended up staying for hours because it was such a good atmosphere

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great except that my wife and I both had very upset stomachs afterwards. Shame!

A
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great for post matinee pre performance at Menier chocolate factory. A mix of small plates tibgled the taste buds! Perfect.

LB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food and coffee was delicious, service was fine. Disappointed that my daughter's fresh orange juice was served to her in a plastic cup with plastic lid and plastic straw - not cool.

Q
London
8 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxing and good food - very good choice of veggie/vegan plates.

JP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely venue, great food and friendly service. Would definitely revisit

D
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, friendly staff and a really great atmosphere. Love the mix of cuisines and the pork belly was insaaaaane

C
London
75 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Sea bass was good the rest ordinary

AP
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A nice restaurant for a business lunch - can be a tad noisy at the height of lunchtime, however.

HE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing vegetarian and plant-based options on the menu. Had a salad bowl and 3 small plates between two at lunch, all delicious. Highly recommend!

SM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and great service in a really nicely designed space. Didn’t love the mixed sex toilets.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved it -- far exceeded my expectations! Proper vegan food -- proper piles of beans, lentils etc (not just token sprinkles) and big portions of cruciferous green veg (not just token garnish-like amounts). And not just the portions, but deliciously flavorful too -- with creative and judicious use of herbs, spices, and pastes (not overwhelming gloopy sauces). And delicious cod too -- we had the crispy cod and the cod dumplings (proper big chunks of cod, with a thin dumpling wrap -- rather than the reverse!) If I lived in the area, I'd be going everyday. Thank you, Caravan, for caring and for being in the world!

SC
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Foolish me booked my table for wrong day but manager was so accommodating and managed to fit us in and made some space for us at the bar while we waited for tables to be cleared. The food was delicious, service was great and he atmosphere was lovely, I’d definitely come again.

CC
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a bit too loud for a restaurant, but I guess they are now more a bar?! Still, the food was pretty good and the service was attentive.

JR
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went for a family birthday meal. Good food, good vibe although a little noisy for some of our party. Waiter started clearing starter plates before we had all finished and main course arrived soon after starters finished. This made us feel slightly rushed.

RC
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

When we finished eating. Nobody came to us. We stayed 20 minutes invisible in front of people from the Staff. My Sister and i had to stand up and walk to the door to be seen !

c
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love this find. Manage to get a table there both times I tried and it wasn't packed, or too noisy (which pleased other members of the party). Everyone loved the food - mix of Veggie, fish and meat dishes. The atmosphere was lovely and we weren't hurried either but still well-served. So many nice dishes to try, bound to be back.

RM
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was not great - food all came out at different times. Forgot my coffee at the end. A lunch took 3 hours - which was far too long.

GF
London
28 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch at Caravan. Staff were very good at providing info on gluten free info and cross contamination. There was one misunderstanding where we were told we couldn't have avocado without salt on it by kitchen staff...but our wonderful waiter quickly sorted it.

KL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great breakfast place and atmosphere

AN
London
8 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice funky venue. A little loud to have a chat with friends. Decent pizzas. Very friendly and attentive staff.

RB
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Tasty food if slightly overpriced. Very nice atmosphere and friendly staff, made for a fun and relaxed evening with friends.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

o
London
38 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very tasty food, lovely server, bit noisy, great shame they ran out of their recommended rose and couldn't sell us a second bottle !

c
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere; spacious seating; quiet on a Wednesday evening in August. The food was delicious. Would definitely return.

k
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good ambiance and great food. Some great dishes in small plates/bowls.
I've been to Caravan Bankside on a busy evening and had found it slightly too noisy but in my last visit on a Saturday afternoon, it was more chilled and lively rather than noisy - which was great.
The service was very good as well, the staff was friendly.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fabulous, food was delicious. A really lovely night out. Atmosphere laid back but chic.

L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty breakfast dishes and all round great service!

HS
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Caravan bucks the trend with its inventive menu. Thoroughly enjoyed my two Small Plates: Braised puy lentils, green beans, avocado, pecans, pomegranate tahini and Spiced cauliflower, harissa, pomegranate yoghurt, nigella. Then I was blown away by my dessert of Frozen kaffir lime mousse, blueberry compote, pumpkin praline. It was all delicious though some more affordable NZ wines would have been welcome.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Would go again!!

C
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy place, beautiful food and excellent service!! Highly recommend!

MS
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We went for a week day lunch with a friend and I'd heard great things about Caravan so was really looking forward to it. The food was delicious - so fresh and tasty, and the decor and ambience were great too. The only downside was the service, which was some of the worst I've experienced in a long time. I'm not sure if they were under staffed or the waitress was new, but after waiting ages we had to wave someone down to get served. When she stopped she wasn't particularly friendly and ran off after taking our order without even asking my friend if he'd like to drink. So we had to wave her down again to order another drink which she then forgot about. Eventually we received all our food and drinks, but it definitely put me off a bit. If they could train the waiters and waitresses better I'll think they'd be on to a winner. So all in all lovely food, but terrible service.

MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant service and really delicious food - I’ll be back soon

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

Table was 15mins late being ready.
Didn’t think it was clear that on a Sunday only the Brunch menu was available even for reservations at 2.15pm.

P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Having the air con on strong as well as the windows fully open was a bit crazy and not very good on an environment basis. Music was fairly loud for me.

f
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

food was good although disappointed some things on the menu were not available only found this out later on.
service was poor, slow, didn't care did not match up to the food experience.
music was too loud

KW
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Staff were pretty rude (no niceties or smiles) and had poor knowledge of the food/drink on offer.
Service was extremely slow even though we were after the lunchtime crowd (eating at about 3pm)
My friend got the wrong desert and was charged twice for it.

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