The Shrub and Shutter

4.4
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90 reviews
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£25 and under
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Contemporary British

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About

The Shrub & Shutter is a contemporary British restaurant and cocktail bar serving bar snacks, a la carte, daily specials, experimental cocktails and a small wine and beer list.
Pop-up chef duo 'Boustead and Bidois' head up the kitchen with a menu of
modern British dishes made using seasonal produce, teamed with some Shrub style cocktail pairings.

Please note we take Opentable reservations for dinner bookings only. Should you wish to reserve a table for drinks pease call the restaurant directly to check availability. 020 7326 0643

For large booking set menu is available on request.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary British, Contemporary Asian
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Saturday: 5pm - late
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Phone number
020 7326 0643
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Public Transit
Brixton train and underground station (7 min walk)
Loughborough Junction Train station. (5 min walk)
Served by buses 35 / 45 and 345 to Gresham Road.
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Entertainment
Live music once a month. See website for details.
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Special Events & Promotions
Available for exclusive hire. Previous events include private parties, wedding dinners and filming locations. The Shrub and Shutter is owned by Salts of the Earth drinks consultancy who are also available for outside events, cocktail training and pop ups.
Additional
Bar Dining, Late Night
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1 review
Reviewed on 10 June 2019
Overall1foodserviceambience

We came for a birthday celebration and were assigned to table in the back where they also serve food. We were about eight people and all had drinks when a man with a strong French accent referring to himself as the manager, said we had to leave the table. He said it was reserved and the guests would come soon and we responded that that was fine as we were heading elsewhere shortly. He did not accept that for an answer and he kept repeating that we had to leave in the next 20 minutes. The whole thing escalated and at one point, he was shouting at us – threatening to kick us out. He was rude and the whole group felt it was a very was very unpleasant experience. Definitely, not something you would expect in a service establishment. We finished our drinks and paid but by the time we left, the guests had not yet arrived. I would not recommend this place unless you are up for a public shaming from the manager. Shame since the waiters were friendly and helpful and drinks were nice.

E
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Really unpleasant experience. Booked a table for 22.30pm to dine, was told on arrival that the kitchen closes soon so we had to be quick to make a choice. Felt pressured to pick the sharing menu, which was overpriced and nothing special. Cocktails are also extremely overpriced for mainly just large chunks of ice, all the pretentious bells and whistles but not as good as you'd expect for £12 a time.
The waitress was lovely but given the overall experience we didn't tip, the service charge was enough on top of the already ridiculous bill. Won't be going back.

OT
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The waitress was super friendly and had great knowledge of the menu.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly excellent, a gem of a find and will definitely be back!

CB
London
11 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place. Love it.

LG
London
27 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Yet another fantastic meal and even better cocktails at the Shrub and Shutter, this place never fails to impress.

d
London
15 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday treat, and treat it was! Awesome!

BB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great cocktails and the menu offers great value and is also delicious!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wanted to try something different for a girls night out and this cosy spot more than provided ! Staff couldn't be more helpful navigating the amazing & extensive cocktail menu. The sharing menu was fantastic and we couldn't finish all 3 courses between us. Definitely a find!

E
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The flavours of the food were amazing, the back of house and front of house teams were like a little family and made us feel very welcome! Amazing cocktails and atmosphere, will come back soon

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place to eat! Very different from most places with a welcoming laid back environment. Incredible cocktails and even better food. Not to be missed.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great night - food was delicious; cocktails are always fabulous and staff at S & S are lovely - we'll be back soon

O
London
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2017
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Menu and food has definitely gone downhill since last visit and cocktails are over-priced!

s
Surrey
34 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very creative menu all exceptionally well presented. Generous portions, great service and a cocktail list like nothing you have ever seen before!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Surprisingly delicious!

CB
London
11 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously good and gem of a place. So lucky to have it so local. Absolutely brilliant vibe and scrumptious, imaginative food. All round delish.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First time visitor to the Shrub and Shutter. It was a great all round evening!great drinks, food, music, friendly staff! Well done ;)

F
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, I had a wonderful time at Shrub and Shutter! It is my favourite place to go in London for a cocktail as they're all amazing no matter which one you choose! However this time I went for the food... AMAZING! Loved every second and the service as always was great! Can't believe they can cook such tasty dishes in such a tiny kitchen!
I'll always be back for cocktails but definitely the food too!
Thank you Shrub and Shutter!

HZ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food from Boustead and Bidois. Loved the cauliflower and cheese croquettes!

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Regular visitors here: menus always changing, full of fresh ideas - and always complemented by spectacular cocktails. Amazing vibe (and great fun watching the cocktails being created!).

JE
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing as always will recommend and return with friends

CR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2017
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Dreadful service and raw chicken...embarrassingly run. Shame too as it was so promising the first time we went. Wouldn't recommend and definitely won't return.

K
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, friendly staff, creative cocktails... love it

WW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the cocktails and the Thai food is amazing, we came for a birthday dinner with friends and had a lovely relaxed evening with delicious food and drink, it has a great atmosphere and we live 5 minutes away, lucky!

Its a fantastic place, thanks for being in Coldharbour Lane!

o
London
28 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Absolutely loved this place - they had a Thai takeover when I went and the food was really excellent. The cocktails were fun, the staff were great.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Lively and cosy restaurant, with good food and cocktails. We went while Tem Ban Thai pop-up were in residence and the food was great - particularly recommend the aubergine. Cocktail menu was good and not just the standards. Fairly noisy with the sounds of guests enjoying themselves :)

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, creative cocktails and super service. Thanks for looking after us.

G
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2017
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Overrated
Bit poncy

EB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The cocktails we had were really tasty, and so was the food! It is a very small restaurant and quite loud. Good service, cocktails can take a while to come but that's expected. The food is fresh and interesting. The bill can add up if you're drinking cocktails, we spent £95 for 2 of us and we shared 2 nibbles, 2 small plates, 1 big plate, 2 desserts and 4 cocktails.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2017
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Cocktails awesome as ever but food wasn't as good - way too heavy on the chilli and vinegar for the salads and had to send back the undercooked chicken. For such good cocktails I'd prefer more nuanced food to match

TB
London
11 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amongst the best cocktails in London and very good Thai food. Eclectic interior and helpful service make this a great local and a destination restaurant. It works on every level.

DS
London
9 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2017
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Sadly we found Shrub and Shutter to be very disappointing - the cocktail menu is unnecessarily fussy (one of the cocktails we had, Pining for the Fjords, has an aftertaste that was reminiscent of a car air freshener) and the food was really poor: The steamed chicken in particular was pretty painfully undercooked.

e
London
20 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had cocktails and dinner here on a Friday night. Our waitress was really friendly and helpful. We were able to sit and drink for an hour before ordering which was great as we weren't hungry straightaway. The cocktail menu is very creative and the food was delicious.

MD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Service was truly awful.

K
Bath
6 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I liked this little place. Cocktails were delicious and so was the food. The only thing I did not like was being warned that the table is needed back 40 min! before the due time. We were aware that we had the table was for two hours and didn't need to reminded of it three times.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food - Tem Ban pop up served the most amazing thai food I have ever tried - we tried everything on the menu and couldn't fault one thing - the venison and the bettle leaves were incredible. Cocktails never fail to impress. All round very creative menu (both food and drink) and great low key atmosphere.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2016
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Service can be slow, and it can get very busy, but the cocktails are easily some of the best in London. The Thai pop-up was great if a bit pricey compared to local alternatives (Begging Bowl, Kao Sarn).

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We have been to this restaurant each month for seven months as it was where we had our first date. Each time we've been it has been a truly wonderful experience, worth the cost (~£100 for two). However, this time it was far worse: the chef has changed, beyond their control admittedly, but the replacement fairly average Vietnamese inspired food is far below the quality we had come to expect. Additionally, the system forgot our order leaving us to wait an hour for our food. Finally the maitre d' offered us *free* drinks (the cocktails have also reduced in quality) to apologise. However, a knock down price was charged on the bill for these drinks which we wouldn't have ordered if they weren't free. Sadly it seems we'll have to find a new restaurant for our anniversary. We won't be going back.

f
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2016
Overall3food4service5ambience4

The main reason for this visit was a celebration of colleagues so our concentration was on the cocktails. These were fantastic and topical. Ask if you do not like anything too sweet and the barman will make changes depending on your likes and dislikes. The food was to go with cocktails. The belly pork was wonderful melt in the mouth stuff and the hot sauce was hot for the pork crackling. We even liked their rice cakes. So if you want an interesting drink with food then this is the place - hidden away in Brixton.

LW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The Tem Ban pop-up restaurant is nothing short of amazing. The food was absolutely delicious, and was what made the evening.
The service was a bit slow at the start (there was a huge group booking there too) but once we got our food order in, it was absolutely perfect timing. We didn't get rushed off of our table and the staff are so friendly and helpful.
Drinks are expensive, if you're only drinking cocktails, but they are very tasty and look like art.