1 August 2014

Ben's Canteen Battersea

020 3544 2388

140 St John’s Hill, London SW11 1SL

£25.00 International Battersea, Clapham Junction
  • Wine: £16.00
  • Champagne: £55.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-10pm (Sat-Sun 9am- )

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Ben’s Canteen serves fine beers, wines and eclectic street food to the chattering classes who ping-pong between this increasingly interesting Wandsworth enclave and nearby Northcote Road. A relaxed, postmodern woody interior with retro styling and alfresco tables sets the scene for child-friendly breakfasts (served all day), dinner and everything in between. Order brunch classics (with bloody Marys), flatbreads and ‘big juicy burgers’ or dip into the list of ‘canteen specials’ (BBQ chicken wings, Asian-style pork broth, mac ‘n’ cheese Scotch eggs, ‘pimped-up’ pork nachos etc). Bigger plates might feature, say, grilled bream with courgette, carrot and noodle salad, while puds could bring orange and almond tart. There’s also plenty for fans of cappuccino and cake. Meanwhile, drinks run from mainstream cocktails (old fashioned, sloe spritz, pear and cinnamon Bellini) to beers from Meantime and other craft brewers at tolerable prices.

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  1. Ben's Canteen Battersea

    140 St John’s Hill, London SW11 1SL
    Overall rating:
    Chris W.

    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 5

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 29th July 2014

    S.W. Foodie :: Ben's Canteen

    So, after a few years of popping up and down St John's Hill to visit friends/family, we finally made it to Ben's Canteen. This neighbourhood hang out always has a long snake like queue forming for brunch and happy customers stuffing faces with delectable breakfast goodies. On Sunday we met with three of Mr D's university friends and headed down for 11am to be seated straight away - perfect! once seated however the queue was beginning to form so we consider ourselves lucky...
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  2. Published : Saturday, 19th April 2014

    TWO LOVES LONDON :: REVIEW: Ben's Canteen

    Last weekend my boyfriend Patrick & I decided to sample the delights of Ben's Canteen on St John's Hill, London. Advertised as the place on the hill, Ben's Canteen serves brunch, dinner & drinks 7 days a week. We opted for brunch having heard that it's seriously yummy. After 5pm they serve small plates & juicy burgers which from the website also look pretty epic. Ben's Canteen is just a short walk from Clapham Junction station. I went for good ol' Eggs Royale with a side of smashed avocado. Patrick went for the Big Ben which is your classic English breakfast. Sadly he started nomming before I could get a photo (tut)! We also got some skin on chips and enjoyed squirting ketchup on them with a novelty tomato sauce bottle...
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  3. Published : Sunday, 28th October 2012

    Burgers And Bruce :: Ben

    Since starting Burgers and Bruce a few months back I have become quite aware that most of the burgers on here are of a pretty high standard. It's not because I've only eaten bad burgers - the thing is, for me, bad burger reviews are SO much harder to write up because I just don't have that excitement behind it. Difficult as it may be, I feel I should post about the average burgers, even if it's a short "god this burger really did not do it for me"...
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  4. Published : Tuesday, 11th September 2012

    250kennington :: Ben’s Canteen

    Ben’s Canteen serves fine beers, wines & ‘British food done well’ to the chattering classes who ping-pong between this increasingly interesting Wandsworth enclave & nearby Northcote Road. A relaxed, postmodern woody interior with retro styling & alfresco tables sets the … Continue reading
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  5. Published : Tuesday, 24th April 2012

    Sybaricious :: Ben

    A glorious Sunday morning dawned and following a promise I was looking forward to a saunter around London watching some maniac marathon runners do their stuff from the sidelines. Couple of drinks maybe and a pub lunch? No sireeee. This marathon runner stalking thingummyjig is almost as exhausting as the marathon itself*. Several hours later with an unhealthy dose of blisters- yes I managed to get blisters as a spectator, don't ask- and very soggy from a torrential downpour I found myself heading back through Battersea feeling both starving hungry and just a little bit grumpy. (*massive exaggeration alert)I had been tempted by the sound of Ben's Canteen for a very long time having been mutual followers on Twitter and this seemed like a perfect opportunity to refuel. My end of marathon day sentiments seemed to be echoed by the sandwich board outside Ben's; not a Bloody Mary maybe and a bit late for brunch but a gin and burger would have exactly the same effect. The decor of the restaurant is quite rustic with stripped wooden floors, chunky tables and mismatching chairs. The toilets are unusual but follow quite a cool idea of letting a local artist loose in each cubicle to put their own stamp on it.The giant wordsearch on the wall had me fixated and resulting in my blurting out random words throughout dinner much to the annoyance of A & E whose conversation was punctuated by my shouts of "gazelle", "hippo" etc as words popped out at me. Having been called by the sirens of the Ben's twitter account towards the mythical and much praised Scotch egg (an all day breakfast one don't you know!) I was devastated to discover I was too late, other devotees had guzzled them all, the selfish buggers. No matter, the absence of Scotch egg just means I will have to return (as does the absence of the rolo chocolate tart with peppermint icecream but more of that later). Straight onto the main event then....Although it was a Sunday and the roasts sounded amazing, I wanted to check out the rumour that Ben's offer one of the Best 10 Burgers in London.The burger sauce is really good. I'm not going to try and hazard a guess as to what goes in it other than to say that its both tangy and creamy at the same time and, whilst I'm overusing words ending in "y", its also bloody yummy. A&E did both order the roast and the beef, in particular, was beautiful. Note that I don't say it looked beautiful. I know is was beautiful because E had so much beef on her plate that it was almost a whole cow so I obliged with some plate clearing assistance. Both rare and tender, call me selfish but I can't wait to go back and have a whole plateful to myself. Dessert was probably my only slight dip in the evening. I had been eyeing up a rolo tart with peppermint ice cream since the menu arrived however it was all gone and, despite appearing again on the newly printed evening menu (albeit this time with spearmint icecream) none was to be forthcoming. There had also been a white chocolate tart on the first menu we were given but this too had disappeared from the menu we were handed at dessert time. I wasn't feeling terribly inspired by the remaining non chocolate desserts (including rhubarb eton mess, lemon three ways, Dark Star Cheesecake and rum jelly with coke ice cream) but really wanted a taste of something sweet so went for lemon three ways.The three ways in question were an ice lolly, lemon curd and a lemon sponge pudding. The ice lolly was more style than substance, it looked great in the tower on the plate but tastewise lacked in flavour a little. This essentially meant that the dessert was lemon sponge pudding with lemon sauce. It was an excellent sponge, all light and fluffy and suitably sweet and zesty and the curd sauce was equally delightfulThe staff are absolutely lovely and very knowledgable about the food that they are serving and dealt brilliantly with my minor childish tantrum over the rolo tart (I thought the whole point of the Rolo is that you save the last one for someone hmm? hmmm?)The wine list is comprehensive and priced by the glass or bottle, we settled on a couple of bottles of Spanish tempranillo that slid down quite nicely and warmed us up on a chilly, wet spring evening.  If you're in the Clapham Junction area there is really no reason not to give Ben's a try.UPDATE:  I have been back to Ben's again since my original visit. Lured by the Twitter sirens once more, I saw the promise of a midweek barbecue on one of the few evenings that we have been able to call "summer" so far this year. The burger was good (although a little overdone perhaps due to an unruly barbecue) but the pulled pork roll was sublime and a total bargain at 6 pounds. I think Ben's is increasingly likely to become a reliable neighbourhood staple for me.
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