Caravan Bankside

4.4
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339 reviews
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£25 and under
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Global, International
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  • Brunch
  • Healthy
  • Lunch
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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SM
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
3 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
1 review
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.

LR
London
37 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Breakfast here is so delicious and such a lovely way to start the day. The veggie breakfast is excellent, even when the staff chuckle that you order a sausage on the side!!!

AP
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing and plenty for special diets. I love the sharing food vibe, the wine is good too. Would say it’s just a touch over priced for what you get and found a couple of the waitresses a bit patronising

N
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food, ambience and coffee were brilliant. I took my team out for breakfast and we all enjoyed the food and the coffee. The only thing that spoiled my experience was that I had to wait for 25 minutes before someone came to attend to me. I would've preferred if someone attended to me 2-5 minutes after I got seated to ask whether I wanted any coffee. As I was waiting for 2 other people to arrive, it would've been nice to have been given that offer.

l
Melbourne / VIC
11 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was really lovely, especially enjoyed the small plates and the mackerel main. But our waitress did forget to put our order through so we waited a long time. They gave us our mains as goodwill, which was a nice gesture, so it all turned out fine :)

KB
London
37 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent breakfast options.... good value.... definitely recommend

BB
London
56 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had some small plates to share - lamb, tofu, puy lentil salad and a large chicken rice dish. All very good quality and lots of flavour.

SB
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Eaten here twice consistent and good.
Excellent cocktail bar good measures and really knowledgeable team. Nice vibe lively and friendly

HS
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A good experience and food always very good quality. Only criticism is Too much avocado on avocado on toast but very pleasant none the less!

E
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good atmosphere, easy going with a good interior palette.

Healthy and delicious food, punctual and friendly service. Lamb meatballs are a must try.

R
London
18 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lively vibe. Food is innovative and fresh. Lots of small plates for sharing makes it fun and an opportunity to taste a range of amazing dishes.

E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Recommended if you want a nice room close to The Globe etcetera and not mad busy. Service literally indifferent though and small plates showed miserly portions, poor value and too often one note flavours. Disappointing, in a word.

MW
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Very grumpy waitress, expensive food , but otherwise nice

N
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had a first date here but have been on a number of occasions previously. Great food as always but service was very patchy. They were slow to provide us with menus, quick with our orders but then slow at getting more drinks and desert even when the waitress was at the next table. We tried getting her attention a few times and she didn’t even look our way and we had to go up to the bar to ask for service in the end. This wouldn’t put me off coming back but some training might be in order.

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