Blueprint Café 1

28 Shad Thames , London, SE1 2YD

020 3589 2079

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  • Beetroot Salad Dish
  • Chef Joseph Albina
  • Chocolate Ganache Dish
  • Haggis Oxtail Ravioli
  • Restaurant Flower Display
  • Restaurant View
  • View Tower Bridge
  • Whisky Cured Salmon
  • Pan Fried Scallops Dorset Crab Tortellini

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SquareMeal Review of Blueprint Café

“On the button… I really rate this place!” enthuses one fan of the Blueprint Café – a bright, airy eatery floating above the Thames. A row of tables along one wall offers “fabulous” river views, although the main draw is top-notch cooking at prices that “don’t even break the bank”. The seasonal carte kicks off with crowd-pleasers such as potted duck with piccalilli or beetroot and goats’ curd salad, while mains have a sturdy patriotic feel – think chicken and leek pie, whole plaice with chips or Colne Valley lamb rump with cockles and samphire. There are “fabulously creamy” risottos too, while desserts offer yoghurt pannacotta and lemon cheesecake alongside lemon posset and Eton mess. The overall feel is sleek, efficient and a tad corporate (as you might expect from a D&D London outlet), although there’s no strain on the wallet: “go for their lunch menu!” recommends one price-conscious fan.

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Special offers

Set Sunday roast 2 courses £23 3 courses £28

From: 22 October 2017

To: 15 April 2018

Max: 8

Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

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8.2

Food & Drink: 8.1

Service: 7.9

Atmosphere: 7.9

Value: 7.4

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Gourmand Gunno platinum reviewer 27 June 2017

Walk five minutes east from the tourists and Tower Bridge and you will find yourself in Shad Thames. Even to many a Londoner, there is a certain other-worldliness to this place; it speaks of history and the past, a place of secrets and undiscovered potential. Yet, it is well worth a visit. Indeed, on a sunny day in London when outside space is at a premium, a trip to the Blue Print Café (located in the London Design Museum) is a worthwhile excursion. The venue is all white-washed walls and mirrors, and the feel is light and airy. It is, in some ways, more reminiscent of Sydney than London in terms of vibe. And, the views are amazing: look one way, and you have the most famous bridge in town on the foreground, the skyscrapers of the City behind; to the other side, the river extends and Canary Wharf lurks. The dining proposition is simple: fresh modern British food with a hint of acknowledgement towards the continent, all executed highly professionally. I began with fresh asparagus and a poached pheasant's egg, my comrade with scallops. Both pleased highly in terms of presentation and taste. The mains saw a continuation although the cynic would highlight that it is hard to mess up fish & chips (my comrade's option), while I found my salmon (accompanied by prawns and capers) somewhat over-engineered; what it gained in looks, it lost in taste. Our Muscadet, chosen from a sensible and broadly conservative wine list, certainly helped move things along. At £50/head, with a great view and relaxed service, this is a good place, and one still relatively undiscovered.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

Gourmand Gunno platinum reviewer 27 June 2017

Walk five minutes east from the tourists and Tower Bridge and you will find yourself in Shad Thames. Even to many a Londoner, there is a certain other-worldliness to this place; it speaks of history and the past, a place of secrets and undiscovered potential. Yet, it is well worth a visit. Indeed, on a sunny day in London when outside space is at a premium, a trip to the Blue Print Café (located in the London Design Museum) is a worthwhile excursion. The venue is all white-washed walls and mirrors, and the feel is light and airy. It is, in some ways, more reminiscent of Sydney than London in terms of vibe. And, the views are amazing: look one way, and you have the most famous bridge in town on the foreground, the skyscrapers of the City behind; to the other side, the river extends and Canary Wharf lurks. The dining proposition is simple: fresh modern British food with a hint of acknowledgement towards the continent, all executed highly professionally. I began with fresh asparagus and a poached pheasant's egg, my comrade with scallops. Both pleased highly in terms of presentation and taste. The mains saw a continuation although the cynic would highlight that it is hard to mess up fish & chips (my comrade's option), while I found my salmon (accompanied by prawns and capers) somewhat over-engineered; what it gained in looks, it lost in taste. Our Muscadet, chosen from a sensible and broadly conservative wine list, certainly helped move things along. At £50/head, with a great view and relaxed service, this is a good place, and one still relatively undiscovered.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Timothy P. silver reviewer 30 July 2016

A group of 4 went at 7pm on a weekday and took advantage of the 2-course meal for £20; it also came with a glass of wine, which arrived at the end of the meal - an unusual English-bottled red which was remarkably drinkable; I think the grapes came from France. We also ordered from the 'adventurous' wine section and had a tasty Macedonian white for £34. One surprise was the pre-meal sampler of pork rillettes, salami and terrine - fine, except that I had ordered terriine followed by pork belly for the meal! Anyway, the courses were hot, good-looking and had sufficient side veg. Of course the view was excellent too.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Jan d. silver reviewer 22 February 2016

I really rate this place! It never fails to deliver exactly what it promises: very good food, at great value with a fabulous river view to match! Wines are interesting and well priced, wide choice of dishes and everything prepared with thought and attention. For a change I chose the cauliflower risotto with Perigord truffles - a fabulously creamy blend of flavours.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Fiona M. 29 September 2015

We really enjoyed our meal at the Blue Print Cafe! Service is good, food is good and a great view.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Zara B. 24 June 2013

Never fails to deliver. The 2 courses with prosecco at £18 is excellent value!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Sophie A. silver reviewer 13 July 2011

Blueprint cafe – one of my favourite lazy lunch spots! A great view of the thames and Tower Bridge – with the lovely touch of mini binoculours on each table… very quaint. It is definitely a cafe/ canteen feel to this place, although the service is great. We had lovely British seasonal food at decent prices, and spent a long leisurely lunch here without being rushed or made to feel unworthy since we werent really drinking. The fact that this sits atop the Design Museum and is in Shad Thames makes this even more perfect. Taking a stroll before and after lunch, to see the museum treats or the waterside on a nice day, you could while away the hours very happily. I reccommend this place to almost anyone who I feel could enjoy it. Very relaxing and enjoyable.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Jon H. 16 May 2011

The Blueprint Cafe promotes simple pleasures, being unfussy and seasonally British. I found it to be a slightly bi-polar venue. With refined service and big bold flavours but in a slightly cavernous and rickety room, it all appeared to be slightly mixed in its messages. We had starters of asparagus with a butter sauce, eel and horseradish sandwiches and a duo of pates. The butter sauce was unfussy, in-fact instantly forgettable, and the eel and horseradish was mostly horseradish. However the pate was a real joy, with beautiful textures and flavours. For mains we had venison which was fine, a chicken and rabbit pie which could have fed a small family if somewhat blandly and a wonderful lamb with asparagus and mint salad. However the true highlight of the evening was the St. Emilion au chocolat which caused huge amounts of order envy from everyone around the table. It is a lovely venue, and great for a chattering and clattering meal with friends or watching the view, and the people passing by below. Service was warm and attentive, and the wine list has some interesting bottles at friendly prices. But sadly I found it slightly disappointing on the promised flavours and charm from the kitchen. I would still go but grab an offer, there are plenty about.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Viv L. 20 January 2011

Really good food with views over the river, service was discrete but timely.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Karen W. 04 March 2010

We loved our experience at the Blueprint.. The food was very well prepared and extremely tasty – so much so we were still talking about it a week later. The service was attentive, friendly and helpful, especially when we had specific questions about items on the menu. Convivial atmosphere, one of our favorite views on the Thames, looking at Tower Bridge. We went because of the Evening Standard Offer and we will be going again.

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Special offers

Set Sunday roast 2 courses £23 3 courses £28

From: 22 October 2017

To: 15 April 2018

Max: 8

Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

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