Canteen Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road , London, SE1 8XX

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Week-end Brunch

From: 13 August 2018

To: 13 September 2019

Saturday and Sunday from 9am-4pm

£20 Prosecco Brunch

From: 13 August 2018

To: 13 September 2019

Max: 6

Offer valid for 1.5h from the time of booking. Limited seating available. Bookings only!

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Canteen Royal Festival Hall Location

Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road , London SE1 8XX

Opening times

Mon-Sat 8am-11pm (Sat 9am- ) Sun 9am-10pm

Canteen Royal Festival Hall's Reviews


Food & Drink: 5.4


Service: 3.7


Atmosphere: 5.9


Value: 5.4


Food + drink: 3

Service: 0

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3

Bronze Reviewer
31 July 2014

I chose this restaurant for location purposes and had a budget to stick to. This was a client lunch which started at 12.30. After waiting over 45 minutes we called the waitress over to ask for her to take our order. An hour later she arrived with our mains for us to tell her that we hadn't even had our starters. The starters immediately arrived after that. When I popped over to the reception desk to complain on the timings as my client had a 3 pm meeting i was told that they cook everything fresh and don't start cooking the mains until they take away our starter plates. 5 mins after taking our starter plates we received 4 meals, 2 being rib eye steaks so i question how freshly cooked these meals actually were. More like warmed up from the previous time the waitress tried to give them to us! The food was okay, nothing special but didn't feel it should've taken 2 1/2 hours to have a two course meal. I would question going there again with clients as it wasn't busy in there so unless they didn't have many staff working there was no excuse for a diabolical service. Result was I told them i wasn't paying for the service but they didn't offer me any other compensation.


Food + drink: 2

Service: 2

Atmosphere: 2

Value: 2

09 May 2012

I went to Canteen for a breakfast meeting, with the understanding from one member of our party that this was a lovely place for breakfast. bearing in mind the restaurant was very quiet, only 3 other tables occupied, the service was terrible. We had to call the waitress over after 20 minutes to take our food order. Of our party we had all ordered poached eggs, all of the eggs were overcooked, but we had waited so long, that only one of our party decided to send their order back. I was completely underwhelmed about this restaurant, and would definitely not go again, for the money we spent I would have expected food to a much higher standard.


Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

28 February 2011

We visited this restaurant again at management's invitation after complaining about an underwhelming meal there last year. We were pleased (but not surprised) to find the food quality and service had improved substantially, which probably explains the invitation. It was easily up to the standard when the restaurant first opened and we would happily visit again Our booking was for a pre-show dinner on a Saturday night but there was no rush; they're clearly used to the pre-show crowd. The menu had simple well-made English dishes with favourites such as sausages and mash, homemade chicken and mushroom pie, syrup sponge etc. Felt like part-1950s school dinners and part upmarket pub food, great if you have an appetite. Highlights were: the pie, delicious gravy and seasonal greens, desserts included an amazing bread pudding, mint tea made with fresh mint. Lowlights: Meantime IPA (they have real ale on tap) was a bit bubbly for my liking although very tasty, coffee is weirdly served in a glass, which means it cools quickly. Overall: recommended. Staff were switched on and keen to show how much things had improved. We enjoyed this visit and noticed the people around us did too, esp the birthday group at the next table. If you're reserving a table, the best ones are those in the middle of the restaurant; they're more comfortable and cleverly have their own coat rail so you have plenty of space.

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