Grumbles

35 Churton Street , London, SW1V 2LT

8 reviews

37 International Pimlico

SquareMeal Review of Grumbles

Hilarious staff photos stretching back to the 1960s are a reminder that this quaint little bistro has been doing its thing here for almost 50 years – dishing up much-loved international favourites to punters who sit elbow-to-elbow at tightly packed tables and squeeze onto narrow wooden pews. Kick off with grilled goats’ cheese on a crouton with caramelised red onion, before tackling fish pie, Moroccan vegetable tagine, char-grilled calf’s liver or duck confit with red cabbage. Grumbles is also valued for its fair prices: expect change from a £20 note for two courses, or trim the budget even further by plumping for the set lunch/early-evening menu. Traditional Sunday lunches (till 4pm) are a hit with the locals, while the wine list spends most of its time in the classic French regions: on Monday nights you can also BYO (no corkage).

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Victoria Station 449m

Pimlico Tube Station 470m

Address

Address: 35 Churton Street , London SW1V 2LT

Area: Pimlico

Opening times

Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6-11pm Sun 12N-10.30pm

Nearby Landmarks

London Passport Office 443m

Royal Horticultural Society (Lindley Hall) 486m

Details

Telephone: 020 7834 0149

Website:

Cuisine: International

Lunch: £10.75/13.25 (2/3 courses)

7.3

Food & Drink: 7.3

Service: 7.0

Atmosphere: 7.6

Value: 8.1

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Hollie F. silver reviewer 09 October 2014

Grumbles never lets you down!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Colin B. 18 April 2012

Grumbles is a slice of London life of my vintage – we have grown up together time wise, although I have only fairly recently started using the place. What a pleasure. A room that you know hasn't changed much since the 60s , a menu of mostly hearty fare – well cooked and good portions, the Sunday lunch is always a favourite. Many local returning customers tells it's own story. Great spot. Long may it stay serving Pimlico.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Laura P. 19 March 2012

Grumbles is a fantastic restaurant, it always has a lively atmosphere, the service is faultless and the food is delicious. If anyone is ever in this area I would definitely advise a visit!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Hugh C. 15 February 2012

I visited Grumbles on a Monday evening having been in the area with a friend. I found the food and service to be of excellent quality given the good value of the prices. The wine list is nicely constructed with some lovely french wines. The atmosphere is very pleasant with a real relaxed and friendly vibe. Our waiter was prompt and efficent. I've been a couple of times before and every time I've always been very pleased with my evening. I heartily recommend this great restaurant.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

ed b. 29 September 2010

This is a very cosy restaurant which offers fantastic value for money. Very good atmosphere and friendly staff, really like the manager of the restaurant as well. The snails are quite superb along with the fish pie!!! A must visit.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 4.0

Mungo J. 22 May 2009

We had a very pleasant evening at Grumbles. Both waiters remembered one of the party, despite him not having been there for some time (months, years). Wine was good value – reasonable wine, reasonably priced. We all had steak, which was a little time coming, but cooked exactly as ordered. Again good value at £14 for a nice hunk of tender fillet. That's not bad compared to the Gauchos, Goodmans of the world… Quite old school surroundings/menu, but I liked that. I also liked the fact that we were the only pr@tts in suits in there. Not touristy, considering the proximity to Victoria. A nice neighbourhood restaurant and definitely one I would go back to.

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 0.0

Value: 0.0

Larry S. 24 March 2009

We were looking very forward to trying this rather cozy looking place. I live local. Three of us visited for lunch during the week. The place was nearly empty at 1:15pm, after experiencing the unfriendly waitresses and school dinners standard food, we understood why. The disinterested staff made us feel we were an inconvenience and were incredibly unhelpful, (we were one of just two tables). We planned on having the three courses from their set menu but instead cut our lunch short to just two courses and headed to one of the excellent gastropubs in the area for dessert and cappuccino. I would NEVER recommend this restaurant, and my friends commented that Grumbles was appropriately named.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Agente M. 12 February 2009

My second visit to Grumbles. The first passed pleasantly enough, if not memorably. This the second, was a disaster from start to very swift finish. I'm afraid I must now consider myself biased as a result: read-on. I arrived with my friend, looking for a quiet port of call for 1/2- 3/4 hour or so, whilst we waited for the locksmith to let her back into locked-out local pied a terre. We asked if we could stay at the bar to drink; and that we might order some food. Duly seated upstairs, we waited to be served drinks, which followed after a bit a few reminders. The locksmith apparently on the way, we asked if we could skip the food and finish our drinks. Officious waiter/major domo says no. The place will be booked-up in the hour and so if he is to serve us, he must do so now. I must point out that whilst I understand this is perfectly reasonable, the gaff was approximately 1/5 full, or 4/5ths empty, depending upon your point of view, at the time. I ask if we can order some token food. No sir, says he – you must order a main course – it is not a bar. Fine, say I, I don't mind, we'll order some food, but tbh we don't care to eat it. Officious waiter doesn't like our attitude and asks us to leave. We have been relaxed and polite throughout. My friend was a regular there – no more. I may have visited once or twice in the coming year – no more. Note to owner of Grumbles: your restaurant was mostly empty at the time. My friend was a true enthusiast for your place; and I was well disposed enough towards it – all the hard work you had made building which, your flouncy pr**k of a waiter (30's male, french, brunette), has, in a moments' poor judgement destroyed. That is a real pity – and shame on him. I doubt he has cost you less than £500 revenue in the coming year.