Review on Canteen
Like its award-winning elder brother in Spitalfields, the Festival Hall branch of 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 location is a dream, right in the heart of the regenerated Royal Festival Hall complex overlooking re-landscaped Southbank Centre Square. Inside, there's a trademark mix of booth seating and communal bench tables, plus a splendid bar fronted with a slab of Italian veined marble: it sets the scene for a culinary time-trip back to those half-forgotten meals of yesteryear potted duck with piccalilli, macaroni cheese, braised lamb with new potatoes and peas, treacle tart with Jersey cream. The kitchen also fleshes out its repertoire with hot buttered Arbroath smokies, gammon with coleslaw and blackcurrant 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, devilled kidneys on toast, smoked mackerel and potato salad, and so on.
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 8.00am (9.00am Sat-Sun)
Lunch: through until
Dinner: 11.00pm (10.00pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express