Review on Franklins

A happy marriage of South London local boozer and cheery bistro-style restaurant, Franklins serves its neighbourhood admirably. The blue-tiled frontage opens into a buzzy bar with real ales, and beyond that is a casual dining room with paper cloths and utilitarian wooden furniture.

The kitchen delivers unfussy British food with a few European add-ons: earthy flavours and old fashioned ingredients abound, although the style is fashionably retro. Dishes vary from day to day, but you might encounter Bath chaps with leeks and snails, braised ox cheek with pease pudding and onions or meatless Glamorgan sausages with kale and piccalilli alongside spiced beef with chicory and beetroot, skate wing with samphire or partridge with Savoy cabbage and bacon. Desserts are in keeping - witness Bakewell tart or caramel rice pudding with prunes.

Excellent-value weekday set lunches (served till 5.00pm) back up the full carte, and the concise, affordably priced wine list has France as the leading contender. There is now a second branch (complete with a deli and farm shop) at 205 Kennington Lane, London SE11.

Franklins is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Hardens, AA Guide

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British / European


Ralf Wittig

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 through until
Dinner: 10.30pm

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Facilities at Franklins

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

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157 Lordship Lane
South East London
SE22 8HX

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