Porky's BBQ Bankside

3.8
260 reviews
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£25 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Fun
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.
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RA
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Tired and stale food; seemed to be reheated. Waitresses friendly.

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KH
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was nice, service a bit slow, noise levels were extreme. Big parties of people very noisy and shouting. Shame as other than that was ok.

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KS
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was Ok. There’s a lot of these types of places around and I wouldn’t go so far to say it was up there with some of its competitors. Ribs were dry, but had a nice rub. Beans weren’t great, jalapeño croquettes were very nice. Service was good.

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J
London
38 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Service shocking so would not return. Mistakes made with order an waitress then swore about us to her manager but right in front of us! Not cool and too many places in the area to ever return and or recommend so avoid

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PH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent relaxed service. We enjoyed our visit and will definitely be making a booking again. The offer of tap water as you sit down was a great touch, I believe we spent more on our meal as we didn't feel as though the team was offering drinks to increase the bill.

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CK
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

At first we were a bit put off at the noise level, then our 1st menu choice was not available. Almost considered leaving but glad we didn't. My wife and son had to choose something else and they went for burgers. I chose ribs which were available. The food was very tasty indeed. All said it turned out to be a fine meal although a bit pricey. The best part of the experience was meeting Daniella. She was very warm and friendly and we had a good time conversing with her. All in all I would recommend Porky's for some great American comfort food.

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AL
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Average food, very long wait. On this occasion we ordered wings and ribs across a table of 4. We waited over an hour between entree and mains. The food was pretty average, we won't be back.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese sauce.

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TK
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I was disappointed in the portion size at Porkys. The meal itself was of decent quality but me and my colleagues all thought there was not enough food per serving. I was left so unsatisfied I had to eat a second snack on the way home. Overall it was nice but in comparison to similar burger joints in the area I felt a bit shortchanged.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointing food with very little flavour considering it is a Memphis BBQ restaurant.

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AV
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great manager, Nico. Dog friendly restaurant. Drink and venue great. The best chicken wings in town. Burger not the best but still tasted good. Would come again!

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c
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Food was OK, service was terrible. Someone was on our table, and the staff seemed unable to do anything about that, so we got a tour of other tables instead. Orders weren't taken. Staff couldn't advise on food at all as "everyone's tastes are different". Food was slow to come. Starters were mostly good. Mains were boring.
There are a lot of better places to eat, with much better service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was a mixed bag, service was good, ambience had a cozy and rustic feel.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice relaxed atmosphere with good service and food!

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Thank you so much for letting us bring our doggie and looking after us. Unfortunately the food was quite cold and the streak not great.

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UV
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

This used to be a very nice American bbq place with decent food. Something has happened to it to make the place feel depressed with poor food and service. It’s more of a sports bar now with large groups of drunk men. Shame.

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DF
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Petite waitress was rude we and 12.5 % service charge was excessive for the slow food service.

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V
London
31 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

The food had arrived cold which was disappointing. Also the pulled pork for some reason was just oozing liquid, and the ribs did not fall off the bone. Was not very impressed.

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E
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 2

Food is pretty terrible. Burgers were dry and over cooked , I’ve had better food in a pub. Service was good. There was also a piece of plastic or something in my food. I didn’t bother complaining

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V
Hanover
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

Cornbread and Mac n Cheese were amazing! Also the staff was very caring and always available. Ribs however were terrible as they weren’t fall of the bone, lacking flavor and seemed like they were from the previous day.

On the positive side the staff replaced them with some Nachos that were quite good. Overall a mixed experience, but not a terrible one if we had stayed away from the ribs.

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s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Delicious food and cocktails which was served promptly. The staff were friendly and helpful. We weren’t rushed at all and spent a lovely Saturday lunchtime enjoying the atmosphere and food.

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EK
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

We had very high expectations of this restaurant, we waited over an hour for our starter and it was cold then they gave someone else our food and had to wait another 30 minutes for our mains to be re cooked. The place had a good feel to it and we enjoyed the restaurant itself but the rest was honestly a nightmare

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HD
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Catfish too salty, music too loud, menu did not indicate spicy. Overall expensive and not for value

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MH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was good, but service and ambience was very much average and nothing special. Not really worth the amount paid

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NH
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great.. my group of friends were all late. The restaurant was accommodating and friendly.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Having Been to both the Camden and Bankside branches, I have to say that I didn’t feel the Americana vibe I was hoping for at a Bbq restaurant. Camden had a much better feel. Service was subpar and staff were not very welcoming, and considering the cuisine I’d expect a few more napkins and wipes. Portions were not great value especially the pastrami which is insanely priced for a few pieces of pastrami. Anyway was a neither here nor there experience. I won’t be back anytime soon

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BS
London
52 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Had a late Saturday afternoon lunch. Was a special occasion for a family meet up. Porky's was a great choice as there was a range of ages and they could cater for all. Menu was varied and service was very good. Good value too for the location.

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SR
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ambience is good although very noisy later in the afternoon (I was there on a Saturday). Food was not great. Chicken burgers were very dry (Chicken was overcooked). Ribs also a bit dry unfortunately. Service was fine - friendly waiters - but a bit slow at times. Will not be revisiting this particular restaurant.

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JG
London
11 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, wonderful service - best buffalo wings I’ve had for a while! Highly recommend

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place with good food good bear and a decent atmosphere

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MR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Our waitress was rude on multiple occasions and was very slow, she didn’t seem to understand what she was doing at all. Which is a shame because we love the manager!

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AT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

Uncooked chicken, Drab Attempt at bbq food. Beer ok, service ok.
The chicken wasn’t uncooked, it was raw, terrible.

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BF
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I'm not sure where to start really... Went here for my birthday and the place was chaotic! Barely any staff (due to a barman and chef walking out), the food was OK I suppose, but I didn't get my starter until after everyone else had finished theirs, the pork ribs weren't cooked through (red raw), wrong drinks were regularly brought out... Pretty much everything that could go wrong went wrong.

BUT, the waitresses were great, hugely apologetic, knocked money off our bill, and did their best to manage the mayhem. We didn't have an awful time, only because it was pretty much farcical, during the 2.5 hours we spent there. We won't go back, ever, but at least the staff tried their best and somehow managed to keep the entire restaurant from falling apart... Well done to them, just a shame so many customers would've had an overall awful experience.

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RA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was ok but expected the ribs to be better. £9 lunch was good value though. Service was friendly

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RH
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time playing beer pong and the food was delicious. All of the staff were fantastic!

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LP
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time I have taken friends to Bankside Porky's BBQ, and I have loved both occasions. From friendly staff to delicious (and well priced) food, this establishment is well worth a visit!

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JH
London
13 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great venue for beer pong and amazing staff.

Food was good, burnt pork ends were the highlight. Burgers nice but pretty standard.

Happy hour definitely worth it - spritz cocktails were very tasty.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and drinks in a relaxing atmosphere. Will definitely come back again

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This worked very well pre theatre at the Globe. Nice atmosphere and food was very nice .

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BL
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Sound system way to loud. Couldn't hear ourselves think much less talk. They have beer pond tables set up in the back so it seems that the only sounds patrons need to hear are the cheers of a successful cup sinking. Shame, because the food seemed tasty (we had starters before we bolted to a quieter venue). Mind you, we waited 40 minutes for our starters.

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