Review on Canteen

A Spitalfields success story, Canteen goes all out to fly the flag for Bulldog British food as it used to be – complete with a hefty dollop of nostalgia on the side. The place has certainly made an impact since opening, and was recently voted 'Best UK Restaurant 2007' by the Observer Food Monthly.

Wall-to-wall windows and a design makeover of communal bench tables and marble booths set the scene for a culinary time-trip back to those half-forgotten meals of yesteryear – potted duck with piccalilli, macaroni cheese, lamb and pearl barley stew, rhubarb and custard. The kitchen also fleshes out its repertoire with hot buttered Arbroath smokies, ribeye steak with anchovy butter and blood orange jelly with shortbread.

From breakfast onwards you can call in for toasted crumpets, eggs Florentine or a bacon 'sarnie', and every day there's a choice of roasts with all the trimmings. If you want to be in and out quickly during the week, the Canteen also provides a 'fast', one-dish menu covering things like soup with bread and butter, potted shrimps, Cashel Blue cheese with chicory, pear and hazelnut salad, and so on.

The owners are also applying the same award-winning formula to their new branch, which now forms part of the regenerated Royal Festival Hall complex.

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Cass Titcombe

Restaurant Opening Times

Breakfast: 8.00am (9.00am Sat-Sun)
Lunch: through until
Dinner: 11.00pm (10.00pm Sun)

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Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at Canteen

  • Private parties
  • Family Friendly


2 Crispin Place
East London
E1 6DW

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