Review on Le Chardon

'Chardon' means thistle and images of the eponymous prickly plant appear on the tiled walls of this one-time grocer's shop turned authentic French bistro. Some of the old shelves, weighing scales and mirrors remain, although the Gallic theme is reinforced by Parisian street signs on the walls and oilcloths on the tables.

Seafood and regional specialities feature on the wide-ranging menu, which advertises moules marinière, grilled Dover sole, roast sea bass with fennel and extravagant 'plateaux de fruits de mer' - as well as Thai fishcakes with chilli sauce. Meat and game bring the cooking back on track with the likes of braised pheasant with thyme and cider sauce, coq au vin, lamb shank with flageolet beans, and pigeon breasts with green peppercorn sauce. Finish off with something classic such as tarte Tatin or chocolate pot. Traditional British roasts are served throughout the day on Sundays, while the wine list flies the tricolore with plenty of good-value bottles from the French regions. A sister restaurant is now open at 32 Abbeville Road, Clapham, SW4.

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Didier Lemond and Didier Dixneuf

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 through until
Dinner: 11.00pm Mon-Sun

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Facilities at Le Chardon

  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 52 covers
  • Family Friendly


Le Chardon
65 Lordship Lane
South East London
SE22 8EP

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