Le Chardon

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Le Chardon’s French owner Robert Benyayer picked the right spot when he was looking to open a place of his own back in 1997. His chosen site was one of David Greig’s groundbreaking Victorian grocer’s stores, & the interior still shows off its character with beautiful original tiling & signage. Detractors feel there’s little genuine enthusiasm in the service, but the food is as Gallic as can be, from starters of garlicky snails, moules marinière & a salad starring grilled chèvre & roasted peppers to steak tartare, coq au vin, rump of lamb with rosemary or Barbary duck breast glazed with orange & honey sauce. To finish, chocolate mousse, crêpes Suzette & crème brûlée have devastating appeal. Le Chardon is at its most agreeable midweek evenings: the less busy the small space is, the more comfortable you’ll be. Also check it out for breakfast & Sunday lunch.

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Le Chardon

65 Lordship Lane ,London SE22 8EP

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Jul 2014

I have eaten at this restaurant a number of times in the last three years, both at lunch and in the evenings. On every occasion the French bistro style menu has been excellent and the choice great. The food served has been consistently good on all occasions over the years and service usually decent. I am however sad to report that I will never be dining at Le Chardon again after my experience last Saturday. A regular user of GroupOn, I bought a voucher for Le Chardon giving me money off the final...

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Samantha B.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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Le Chardon

65 Lordship Lane ,London SE22 8EP

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French fancy? Not so much

by   platinum reviewer (70)

Mar 2013

I was always intrigued by what lies beneath Le Chardon’s darkened windows, but I’ve generally been too busy marching past to other restaurants on Lordship Lane. Closer inspection reveals the bones of the building are a throwback to its heritage as a late 18th-century grocer, complete with latter-day fairy lights. Money can’t buy such a charming shell, with saloon doors and lacquered tiles that have been artfully, elegantly worn with age. Every inch oozes Gallic ambience and feels a bit like a secret,...

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The Cheese's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 3

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Le Chardon

65 Lordship Lane ,London SE22 8EP

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Jan 2011

I've eaten at this restaurant over about 10 years. In recent years standards have dramatically fallen. Unfortunatey although aware of this, I booked a table for 4 for their New Year's Even dinner. It was a disgrace. At £55 + service charge per head + drinks one one have expected that staff at Le Chardon would have tried to make the New Year's Eve dining/event enjoyable. When we arrived at 9.00pm the signs were not good: no candles, no special decorations, no flowers and resentful staff were even...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 1

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Le Chardon

65 Lordship Lane ,London SE22 8EP

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Apr 2009

The service from one person was pretty poor, she kept knocking into my chair without saying “sorry”, reaching over my shoulders to pour wine, and dropped water over my my napkin which was neatly folded in front me. She kept slapping down the glasses as though she couldn't be bothered, had to ask for side plates for bread (which in turn was cold and hard). The food wasn't that great for the price, the ostrich was tasteless although the fishcakes were nice, the crepes were like they had been made...

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Marie G.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 4

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65 Lordship Lane ,London SE22 8EP

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Dec 2008

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I first eat at Le Chardon in 2000 when I moved to East Dulwich and it was excellent. Fish Soup, Pheasant and crème brûlée; all very French and done really well. Repeat visits were always enjoyable, until now. Either the restaurant has changed hands or the owners have lost interest because it feels different for all the wrong reasons. The whole experience seems cheap and tacky now. From the square plates (eurchh!), to the individual white bread roles and arrogant waiters. The fish soup is no longer...

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  • Food & Drink: 2
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 2

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