Porky's BBQ Bankside

3.9
219 reviews
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£25 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Comfort Food
We’ll be dishing up meaty ribs, homemade BBQ sauce, juicy burgers, whole smoked chickens, and pulled pork that’s been cooked low and slow (for over 16 hours) in the smokers we imported from Oklahoma. there’ll be cold American (and local) craft beers on the bar, classic Tennessee tunes on the speakers and fun enough to rival Beale Street.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Burgers, Barbecue
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Hours of Operation
Sunday - Thursday: 12pm - 10pm
Friday - Saturday: 12pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
020 8127 5120
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 219 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.9
food
4.0
service
3.7
ambience
3.7
value
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Husband’s ribs weren’t smoked (as you would get in America) but more like a pot roast taste, but my burger and mac & cheese were lovely. Loved the American theme and ambiance and the servers were very nice.

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5.0Dined on 2 August 2018

Great casual place. Loved the menu and the food

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4.0Dined on 29 July 2018

Good food, enough choice on menu but not overwhelming. Staff polite and friendly. Would prefer no music as I was with someone who is a little deaf. Did not add to experience and could do without TV screens. The food and staff don't need any "extras". Overall a most enjoyable visit, catering well for 3 generations. Thank you. Jo N22

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Everything was great! Delicious food and great service. Nothing too much trouble with really friendly staff

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4.0Dined on 18 July 2018

Great, authentic BBQ. The place was buzzing with atmosphere, a busy environment. Our food really was top notch, everyone was really happy with their starters and main courses. Special mention for the virgin cocktails - both types we had were delicious. Service was friendly enough

Only a couple of downsides; we were told that the bar was very busy so there would be a long delay so we didn't order more drinks....(get more staff?? you are losing business this way!). Secondly, we ordered a coffee, it never arrived - we had a train to catch so we weren't able to chase this (it wasn't on our final bill so it obviously never registered in the first place with the server). oh, and manager(?) said he was unable to get us a taxi so told us to go to the London Road (where?) - we are from out-of-town so had no idea where this meant (but we were lucky after 5 minutes walking we stumbled across a taxi).

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3.0Dined on 12 July 2018

Honestly the worst BBQ I have ever had, lol. Nothing worse than dry pulled pork. And they don’t even have extra bbq sauce you can use...

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1.0Dined on 10 July 2018

The food was reasonably presented, but the quality of the food was very basic. This combined with the smaller than expected portion sizes, this experience was very poor value for money.

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5.0Dined on 20 June 2018

We had the pork belly, baby back ribs, and pastrami - they were all delicious! The skin on chips and milkshake were also superb. Very happy with the meal overall!

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3.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Staff were friendly but service was a bit slow. Restaurant lacked atmosphere, one half had chairs on the tables. No children's menu or options makes it expensive to dine with kids. Half the tables had kids eating. Ordered our child a burger without sauce, pickles and onion but it still came with sauce (the waiter interrupted me when I was try to explain our request and rushed me, he wasn't really listening) so we then had to wait ages for a replacement bun. I had 2 different glasses of wine as the pinot grigio tasted oaky (possibly corked) it was replaced with sauv blanc, both wines had a watery finish to them which killed the flavour, it was a bit strange. I later noticed the bartender shaking ice cubes in peoples wine glasses before pouring in wine, leaving water in the glass and diluting the taste of the wine. We went for father's day. It was all a bit lack lustre. Feels like the restaurant doesn't really belong on this touristy drag. We choose it for the food style and it was ok but not outstanding. I'll not go back, too expensive with so-so service and so-so quality of food and drink. I was disappointed.

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3.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Have been here before and had a great time however on this occasion it wasn't as good. We were here for a birthday celebration and after getting comfortable we were asked to move tables to next to the main entrance accommodate a hen party; The menu has changed, The burgers were ok but not as good as they used to be(the pulled pork in the porky burger was dry); the Ribs main meal was tiny - once again the ribs used to be large and juicy. There was a mix up with the bill when we were paying; and although we did pay the service charge we thought it was cheeky for the restaurant to automatically add this to the bill (once again, this didn't used to happen). So I'm not sure what has changed, but please go back to how you used to be!

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4.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Finally a good place we can eat at with our dog! He was made to feel very welcome as we we. Great service and good comfort food. Will definitely head back here!

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3.0Dined on 11 June 2018

Banana split a little disappointing but burgers reliably good.

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4.0Dined on 3 June 2018

This place was amazing! Authentic BBQ and homemade BBQ sauce. The staff was extremely nice and they made sure we had quick service since we were on a time crunch.

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2.0Dined on 2 June 2018

We met up with friends and location is very good and not too busy. Menu is a bit pricey but not extortionate. Staff were friendly and efficient.
Starters were very good - everyone enjoyed the four that we chose - nachos, catfish, burnt ends and calamari.
Main courses were less well received - disappointed with the portion size for the St Louis ribs but they tasted good. Biggest disappointment was with the £25 platter where all of the ribs were overcooked to the point of being black and crispy, as were the chicken pieces. We could just about taste BBQ on them but they were crunchy. It was only after we walked past other tables that we saw that ours were actually burnt compared to others and not the norm. It is not my style to complain at restaurants and generally I will wolf anything down but for the first time ever dining out, we had to comment.
Definitely not recommending to friends and definitely not going back there again.
My only recommendation to myself is to use Bodeans in the future as that was a similar price but 5x as good!

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4.0Dined on 27 May 2018

Have gone to a few Porky's branches over the last year or two. Drinks are great, and the Ribs are (for me) the best I've had in London. Wings are top class as well. Only shame is that they used to do a 'proper' wing (L shape) but now they've shrunk the portion sizes and made it smaller - the wings are the same size you get at your local 'bossman' chicken shop. Luckily the buffalo flavour they do is great, so that somewhat makes up for it.

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4.0Dined on 27 May 2018

Great bite to eat with the kids. No kids menu but they make smaller versions of the main menu!

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2.0Dined on 19 May 2018

We went with a group of friends yesterday to celebrate my husbands 30th birthday. Our waitress ordered our drinks but seemed to have got the order wrong. When the manager bought them over and we told her they were wrong, she didn't apologise but just gave us an annoyed look and took them back to the bar. She then proceeded to have a go at our waitress in front of us on the shop floor. Once we had ordered our food, which was very nice, there seemed to be a problem with the table behind us. The manager again called our waitress over to the kitchen door and started to have a cross word with her in earshot of all of us. I found this very unprofessional and felt quite sorry for our waitress who had now run off in tears. Surely they have an office and could have had a private word. With our waitress now missing, we sat for a good 20 minutes before we could get the managers attention to order desserts. A very disappointing meal for a special occasion. Shame the atmosphere was not as nice as the food!

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5.0Dined on 18 May 2018

Booked a table for a get together before attending the theatre. The atmosphere, food and staff combined to create a welcoming and relaxed evening. Tasty food at a great price was the finishing touch. Would definitely recommend, and will certainly be returning!

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2.0Dined on 17 May 2018

Really slow service and the food wasn't worth waiting for when it did arrive.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Great food, great atmosphere, great staff and a lovely manager who completely owns the floor - just lovely.
Thanks for a great night and delicious food and drinks.

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4.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Booked a table as part of a night out, great food, very tasty and decent portions so would recommend this as value for money.

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2.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Good food so I would recommend porkys for that but service not so good so I wouldn’t recommend this particular restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 27 April 2018

Great food, great place, great service
Thanks Nico for your friendship

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5.0Dined on 20 April 2018

I love porkys. Great atmosphere, sometimes the music can be a little too loud to be able to have a normal conversation but overall it’s great. They allow dogs which is a big reason we keep coming back. The staff are really nice and helpful, the food is delicious.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Great food and staff very friendly and accommodated us arriving early with 2 hungry kids.
Only downside was having a table next to the loos so had the door open and closing frequently. I would also recommend waitress maybe waiting until everyone finished eating before clearing plates. That said we will definately dine again and must say they serve the best burgers and ribs, we left with empty plates and full belly’s 👍😁. Relaxed atomphere with footie on the tv so boys very pleased. Would highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on 3 April 2018

Great value porky stuff. Tight on time and so notified them in advance and so in and out within the hour. Had food envy over the burger. I had pulled pork. Staff managed to help surprise 2 colleagues with cake and singing for their birthdays. The look on their faces was well worth the tip!!!

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3.0Dined on 2 April 2018

Food was ok some of the food was overdone and the sweet potato fries tasted like they had taken a bath in salt .

Service was very good waitresses were very helpful and friendly, although adding the 12.5% service charge automatically for a table of 2 is a little cheeky , was always going to leave a tip

Would comeback

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3.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Food was generally good, but don't come here if you want to talk to your friends. The atmosphere was of a sports bar with 120db music. This was not evident from their website. Fine for those who shout.

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2.0Dined on 23 March 2018

So two parts - ambience. Super, I mean super loud music to the point you can only have a shouty conversation. My fault for not realising this, but the beer pong tables should have given away that this is a kid/student kinda place. We had dinner, maybe lunchtimes are more quiet. I'm in my 30s and felt too old to be in there...

The food. I've been to Memphis and across the south, and I love love love bbq. Before you even begin a conversation about bbq, from Texas to Carolina...it's just a given that the meat is smoked. Everything gets smoked, which is really where 'low and slow' comes from. It gives meat that pink smoke ring and bacony, unctuous awesomeness that cannot be achieved any other way. This, sadly, is not it.

Does Pork's have any smokers? None of the food - ribs, burnt ends, pulled pork - tasted or looked like it had been anything other than oven cooked. Well hidden, by being drowned in sauce. Cooked well enough I guess (except for the burnt ends which were awful, dry and tough, the opposite of what burnt ends should be), but not what I was expecting or wanted. I can put ribs in the oven at home.

Again my fault I guess, as I should have noticed that nowhere on the menu or website do the mention smoking the meat. That and the fact they don't do brisket is a tell tale sign. Still feel conned though, for reasons stated above.

Overall, meh. Places like this will last for as long as Brits are new to what actual bbq is, because this ain't it. Found a place called Smokestak, will check that out instead.

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5.0Dined on 23 March 2018

GREAT choice for dog-owners! Staff there were incredibly and very attentive - as soon as they saw we'd brought our dog with us they were brought over a bowl of water, treats for the kitchen and checked throughout the evening that everything was ok. On top of that the food and drink were great and reasonably priced. Will definitely be going back :)

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3.0Dined on 22 March 2018

The food was relatively good. Unfortunately the service was awful and the service charge put on top of the bill was somewhat laughable

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5.0Dined on 20 March 2018

Quick, friendly service and lovely big portions! Ideal for a business lunch.

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4.0Dined on 10 March 2018

The venue and menu were perfect for a teenager's birthday celebration, and the staff were all super friendly and accomodating.

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4.0Dined on 9 March 2018

Foods good, a little dry perhaps but great tasty and fantastic portion. The only downside the place has is that they play the music incredibly loud, so if your hoping to be able to hear the people you are eating with, id suggest somewhere else.

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5.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Great venue, recommend the chilli, macaroni cheese starter

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4.0Dined on 27 February 2018

Good price for good food. I was satisfied with my order.

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4.0Dined on 17 February 2018

Food was good and so was the restaurant as a whole. Only real issue, but was out of the restaurants control, was a group that were in there and gad too much to drink. One of their party had a shot at the bar and proceeded to be sick all over the entrance to the toilets, not what you want want to see when you are out for a meal.

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3.0Dined on 4 February 2018

The food is over priced and not as tasty as it should be.

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4.0Dined on 4 February 2018

The staff were really friendly and helpful. Everyone loved their food , there was plenty of options.

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5.0Dined on 3 February 2018

Very accomdating to our needs and very friendly! Staff was amazing and would go again. Love the atmosphere

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