Canton Arms 1

177 South Lambeth Road , London, SW8 1XP

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SquareMeal Review of Canton Arms

Located on scruffy South Lambeth Road, this “fantastic” neighbourhood boozer got a minimal makeover in 2010 when it was taken over by Aussie chef and writer Trish Hilferty (ex-The Eagle and The Anchor & Hope). Expect a daily menu full of pared-down British and European flavours, from smoked cod’s roe with Jersey royals, horseradish and dill or home-cured bresaola with mustard fruits to grilled Cornish lemon sole with salsify and brown shrimps or braised Creedy Carver chicken with cannellini beans and wild garlic aïoli. Meanwhile, the Canton’s food-friendly wine list is packed with “amazing finds and organic jewels” – plus lots of big flavours. No bookings, but friendly staff operate a waiting list for those who are happy to hang around in the bar until a table becomes free. It may not be in the most fashionable part of town, but the Canton Arms is “always buzzing”.

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7.0

Food & Drink: 7.8

Service: 7.0

Atmosphere: 6.5

Value: 6.8

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Oivind R. 06 June 2011

The food is if very high quality! Absolute top quality restaurant menu served in a pub, brilliant!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Ian B. 12 August 2010

After having several great meals in the Anchor & Hope I was very keen to try the Canton. Not in the most fashionable part of town admitedly but pretty easy to get to by tube and well worth the effort. We started off with a couple of glasses of one of their guest ales whilst sitting outside watching the world go by, before heading in to discover the delights of the restaurant. Unfortunately like most of these gastropubs there is no booking facility and on the evening we were there the (very friendly) bar chap suggested we sit down by 7.30 to ensure a table – he wasnt wrong. On a random wednesday evening, every seat was taken by 7.45. The starters I am sure will become legendary – although billed as a bar snack: Haggis toasties or Foie Gras toasties! I kid you not when I say that they are a work of genius. Obviously cooked in one of the fabled Breville sandwich toasters and served with an excellent chutney or (my preference) some HP sauce. Very rich, very tasty, very good. Mains were a selection of gastropub standards. We chose from the specials board – 7 hour lamb and a chicken and taragon pie. The lamb was meltingly tender on a bed of lentils and was quite simply superb. The pie :- chicken, white wine, cream, taragon, suet crust – job done. Enough food for 7 people was polished off in record time by 5 of us, although we did forego any vegetable sides, and all washed down with a few bottles of an excellent Spanish red. Service was very friendly all round with the chef popping out to have a word later in the evening. All in all – just bloody great. Go there. Tonight. Before too many people find out about it and you have to queue.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Captain Haddock bronze reviewer 10 June 2010

Unassuming gastropub with great food, a refreshingly pubby look and laidback service. Definitely cut from the same cloth as the Anchor & Hope (rabbit rillettes, gazpacho and salmon and horseradish to start, Barnsley chop and lentils to follow). Pretty quiet on a Thursday lunchtime, but should perk up at the weekends if the smarter corners of Kennington have anything to do with it.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 2.0

Felicity G. bronze reviewer 11 May 2010

How disappointing. Restaurant was virtually empty on a bank holiday Saturday yet food still took over 1 hour to appear. The Steak Pie (dish of the day) was over salted and suet crust pastry was rock hard. An over priced unappetising outing

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