Caravan Bankside

4.4
321 reviews
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£25 and under
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Global, International

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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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
35 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
36 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.

SW
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We arrived early round 7.30 PM. Not much people. No ambiance. No music. Very dark. Food was ok, we took veggie bowls. Ok, but not special. Very spicy and not much sauce. I don't think we come here again..looked better on the website.

DC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very happy with our evening at Caravan. Staff were amazing, patient and very friendly. Pizza really good value and tasty. Totally recommended.

JS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My family and I had a great dinner at Caravan Bankside. As it was fairly quiet, we were not hurried and were able to relax and enjoy the evening catching up.
We had a selection of small plates, a pizza, a couple of starters and a grain bowl. I've been to Caravan several times, and it would usually be one of my first recommendations. The service was fantastic, and in general I enjoyed the meal.
The pizza lacked mozzarella and came with a mere thimble of parmesan, and the rhubarb vanilla drink had too strong a tang of gone-off milk, but the rest of the meal was brilliant.

JM
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I went to the Caravan at Exmouth Market in its early days and loved it - it had a real buzz and the food was amazing. The Bankside venue lacks that buzzy atmosphere and the food was so-so - definitely better than your average chain restaurant but not the mind-blowing taste sensation I was hoping for. And the service was decidedly lacklustre - our waiter seemed vaguely bored and wasn't really able to answer our questions about the menu. The cocktails were good though!
Bottom line: it's a good option for a decent dinner if you're in the Bankside area but I wouldn't make a special trip.

H
London
45 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

This was my 4th time at this restaurant and overall it was disappointing. We were a table of 6. Service was cheerful and attentive but there was, at times, a lack of knowledge about the dishes. The food varied: some good dishes, some were mediocre. The chicken & beans main was overcooked & tasteless. Two of the guests ordered crispy pork belly. Both dishes arrived cold. The waitress didn't know if it was supposed to be served cold or hot but offered to take the dishes to the kitchen to be heated. They returned to the table luke-warm.
I have been a huge fan of the various branches of Caravan over the years. I hope that this was just an off-night.

H
London
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service is amazing and food imaginative and delicious. But what's up with those ittie bittie proportions with macro sized prices? It's good but it's not THAT good

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good, fast service. Not too loud so I could hear my colleagues speak.

AD
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Tasty , interesting, imaginative dishes were our best experience so far this year. Set inside a lofty ,visually interesting old print works not to be missed. Saturday evening buzzing , not too full, just right. Compliments to the staff and the chefs ( in view ).

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
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.

GR
London
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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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