Ben's Canteen

Restaurants Wandsworth
  • 4 out of 5 stars
(49 user reviews)
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An all-day brasserie and café Battersea, open for brunch through to dinner. There's a neighbourhood feel to things here, with a loyal local clientele making it their go-to hangout for weekend brunches, lazy long lunches and relaxed dinners.

The brunch menu ranges from breakfast burritos, banana pancakes and full Englishes to sweetcorn fritters, toasties, burgers and Ben's smokey caesar salad - it's dressed in the house BBQ sauce. The burgers feature on the evening menu too, but are accompanied by small plates such as pulled pork nachos, calamari chips, chorizo with aioli and a mac'n'cheese scotch egg. Indulgent desserts - think chocolate and peanut brownie with peanut butter ice cream - do brisk business.

Keep an eye out for special evenings, too. They currently include a collaboration with the Meantime Brewery (Meantime Mondays), a night dedicated to ribs, and a Saturday night burger offer. There's a loyalty card scheme, too.

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Ben's Canteen says
Ben's Canteen in Battersea is just a short walk from Clapham Junction. We're a neighbourhood hangout that serves informal dinners every night from 5pm with exciting wines, cracking cocktails and craft beer.
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Venue name: Ben's Canteen
Address: 140 St John's Hill
SW11 1SL
Transport: Tube: Clapham Junction rail or Wandsworth town rail
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Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:31
  • 4 star:11
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:3
  • 1 star:2
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Frances K
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Will travel miles to this place. Great food amazing atmosphere, and the best place to chill with friends and family.

jim h
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This place has an ever changing and imaginative menu. It's great value and serves as both a super lunch and evening casual dining spot. Love it.

Ashley C
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Couldn't choose what to have on the menu, was great! Had lots of small dishes and a free dessert using instagram!

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We visited Ben's Canteen after wandering down St John's Hill looking for something to eat. A 20 mintue wait for a table on a Friday was a good sign and left us time for a quick drink at the bar. Service was friendly and reasonably prompt. They seemed really busy - you are unlikely to get the same person all night but it suits the vibe and it looks like they are having fun doing it. The important bit... The food. We really rated it - Mexi burger was great (patty could have been too rare for some but perfect for me), good fries, tasty fish tacos and the pulled pork tacos were a massive hit. Will be back.

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Went there tonight with my brother. Thoughts: a. you HAVE to get the scotch egg. b. we had venison pie and the beef and ale stew with mash and veg. Both seriously tasty, not too salty, good portions. c. I'm not joking about the scotch egg, it's runny! and the meat round the side is something else. d. great presentation and attention to detail. Thought it'd be good but didn't expect it to be this good.

Tom M

Delicious, varied, TOP class G&Ts and a true local. Hanging out and feeding the children has never been easier!

Robert G

Eggs pig out with a Bloody Mary. South West London's best and most indulgent brunch

Foodie Sam

Horrible service! Extremely slow, rude and arrogant staff. Won't recommend it to anyone.


So recently came here fore dinner and there were some good things and some not so good things. 

Service is a bit hit and miss. Attentive at time and there were other times it was hard to get the waiters attention. 

For starters I had the duck nuggets- which were OK at best really. But then I had the BC burger. Now this thing is a thing of hangover comfort eating dreams. It is a towering cheezy bacony thing of glory. I find it a bit too much for myself but I can imagine hangover me demolishing this. Finally I had the peanut butter brownie- which the peanut butter was not really present and in my opinion a bit too undercooked. But in faireness had a lovely crisp top and was very gooey in the middle. So this is a matter personal preference but I would imagine for some people this would be perfection. Good place to eat all in all. 

Martin H

Bens Canteen look very simple.  It is very simple but great food.  I think these two things go hand in hand.  I went last Sunday and due to a busy service they had run out of buns for their burgers and some other bits.  One might say they could have run to a local store for more buns as the majority of the menu is a burger, but, they did come around with a complimentary prosecco, which, was quite nice.  The food was great, I had their Epic Scotch egg, which was amazing and my plus one had the duck nuggets, which were different and scruffy.  We both had burgers, I had the no salad needed burger, which was amazing, and my plus one had the cheese burger which was great.

The staff were nice and friendly and it is a nice little joint in Battersea.

Liz G

Ben's Canteen never disappoints... Worth going solely for a cocktail and the "inject your own" donuts!

Nicole S

Nice vibes all round

Was brought here on a date actually and it was really nice

My first time and it definitely will not be my last 


This place is always buzzing so be prepared to queue. It is one of the best hangover restaurants in my area, the kind that starts serving cocktails at breakfast. The food is hearty, mostly american and the drinks list is endless. 

The first time I went here we had a bit of a funny situation with an innumerate waiter who charged us double what he should have for our meal, then attempted to refund our cards (yes we were equally stupid for not checking until afterwards) but also threw some of his own cash on the table... I forget what day it was but a Saturday night may have been culprit. The staff were all very friendly however and the problem was rectified in no time by the manager. 

Harriet M

Really fun atmosphere with great decor and a chilled atmosphere. Great for after work drinks, quick bite to eat or a slap up meal. I'd reccomend the sweet potato chips and Ben's platters. Always have a great night there!

Rob O

Brilliant little local - great food, beers and cocktails. Recommended: outstanding Scotch Egg; Crab Burger; Bloody Mary's; Pornstar Martinis; Krak Espresso Martinis

Roland W

Outstanding Quality, Outstanding Service, Outstanding Value.
Best for everything!

Sophie N

Always my first choice for a great neighbourhood restaurant. It's not even in my neighbourhood anymore and we still travel back time and time again!

Robert G

The mecca of weekend brunch. In the evenings the lighting draws you in for dinner and a drink. Love the new menu, especially the soft shell crabs and padrano peppers. Wine list and gin selection are the perfect blend

Amandine B

Everything about this place is awesome from the venue to the food. very friendly staff. it's definitively my favorite place to go by far! :)

Ed S

Huge local fan on the Canteen. Great vibe, nice atmos, top food and a superb place to visit and catch up with friends.

George G

Just love this place. Great cocktails interesting menu in the evening. Very relaxed


Overpriced. Small portions. Uninspiring food. Walk across the road to Urban Gourmet where prices are fair, portions are decent and menu is interesting and tasty! Ben's canteen does do good coffee though.

Mrs W

Excellent Flat White here and scrummy mushrooms on toast. Nice destination on St Johns Hill with a quirky vintage vibe going on which I love.


What is that picture! I don't think you can find anything like that at the canteen I went to! The place I went to is right by where my girlfriend lives and has probably prolonged our relationship by at least a year! The Burger there rivals the dead Hippy from Meat Liquor. A good place. 2 stars you're havin me on!


Starters and cocktails fine, mains awful. Instant fish and chips, gloopy tough stake, uninspiring menu. Service patchy. Attitude haughty. Might be OK for some things, but for us it was all rather dire.

Celine Spinks

I went there for the first time for a goodbye party of a friend, I really loved it. It's very strange to me to see this two star rating with a picture of some food that looks nothing like anything we saw people eating.


Really unimpressed with this place; out of stock of a load of drinks, scotch egg was OK, burger was AWFUL with really weird pink patches in, the chef couldn't explain it either! How can a burger be brown in the middle with pink patches near the edge?! Waitress was nice but overall very dissapointed.


I went there in January for my friend's birthday. There were 12 of us. The place was about 80% full. I'd really recommend it. The waitress was excellent - very engaging despite a large table. The food was superb in terms of what you'd expect from a Gastro Pub. I'd recommend the Scotch Eggs for the Starters which I note another user, Brace (9 March), has mentioned as well. There was also an appealing selection of beers and ales. Overall, a really good experience.


We went to Ben's Canteen for dinner last weekend. The atmosphere was great and staff were welcoming. There was 6 of us and we had a great night. the full english breakfast scotch egg was a big hit! I loved the British Beef Board which was amazing. I am a local and had never ventured down st john's hill that far. I am so glad that I did, I will be back!! Time out should really revisit this hidden treasure!


food was amazing, great beer/wine selection, service was relaxed but attentive. lovely lovely feel to the place. will definitely be going back.

Adam R

Bens canteen is lovely. such a bright, airy and nice place. my girlfriend and I often stop in for the odd drink (she lives nearby) the food is nice too.

Jeremy Channon

I discussed this with some friend's and we all agreed that we thought it a little unfair that the review was conducted quite so soon after opening. True, you shouldn;t open unless you're ready but there's only so much preparation you can do and opening to the public for the first time is only ever going to throw up some unexpected problems that throw a spanner in the works. I appreciate that various "chain" restaurants probably have this process "down pat" but this isn;t a chain restaurant. It's an independent local restaurant which is supplied by local businesses and provides a product tailored to the local community. It would be nice if Time Out could give Ben and his team the beneift of the doubt and the chance of a fair review by going back at some stage. The two star review is a blatent injustice to a fantastic new restaurant. I respect Time Out's independence though and hence highly value their reviews. I hope they will do the right thing here.


Totally agreed with the below comments. I think this review is a little out of date. I went as soon as the place opened and have been back a few time since. As they've settled into things the service has no problems, the menu has expanded and Ben's Canteen is rapidly turning into a great little place. They've just started doing a pop up pulled pork bap place outside their butcher's, Dove, which are delish! Highly recommend checking this place out. They're all so friendly too!


I love this place - bright, breezy, great service (teething problems aside) and superb food and coffee with great value prices. What's not to like?


I concur with previous comment, all teething problems have been solved. I live just off St John’s Hill and this addition to the neighbourhood is excellent and that’s not just for house prices. The Hill was calling out for something like this. Atmosphere is brilliant, food is excellent (Ben source’s his food from his hero suppliers. Dove the butcher on Northcote Road is one of them which is another plus) and the booze is top quality (we had a smashing white for a very reasonable £22). I also regularly pop in for a solid Big Ben breakfast and a Brewed Boy coffee (by far the best in the area) on the weekend and with all those papers you can sit there for hours. Hope my enthusiasm has come through on this comment – pop down there and enjoy everything Ben has to offer.

Dave F-T

Yeah this review's from pretty early after opening and true it wasn't great initially and we, locals who wanted it to suceed, were pretty disappointed actually - but there were some obvious teething probs and now I'm happy to say it's filled a hole in the area for a decent gaff with a nice atmosphere and lots going for it so... this review was right, but I dunno if it is so much now?

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We went there on a sunday for brunch because i had heard all good things about it. We were seated outside. The service was so slow that i don't remember enjoying anything i ate even if they tasted good. The table next to us were seated after us but got their drinks and food before us. It took us 2.5 hrs to get out of there. Felt bad because the experience could have been so much better if it wasn't for the service.

Shaun m
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Just been to ben's canteen & have left heavy hearted after expecting much better. We had a party of 6 & since entering we're left for massive periods of time with no hello Nor help. The food on the whole was average, most of our party were left dissapointed with starter and main. My scotch egg was good but incredibly oily whilst my main of beef stew & dumplings was a huge disapointment. Something expecting to be rich & filling was thin & not really a stew. I wanted to enjoy this place but sadly must agree with the poor review & say there are a lot better in the area so go elsewhere.

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