Bumpkin South Kensington

Restaurants , British South Kensington
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This branch, which opened in October 2008, is an offshoot of the popular Notting Hill original. Spread over one floor with a bar area in front of the dining room, the setting is country-chic (with distressed wooden furniture and mismatched chairs). However, it’s clear the look came from a design studio rather than second-hand shops. Wooden crates, sheaves of wheat and miscellaneous sacks nestling under the butcher’s-block waiter station are a little twee, but the overall effect is as cosy as a country kitchen, and Bumpkin has a welcoming, convivial feel. The daily-changing menu is seasonal and modern, with many ingredients sourced in the UK. Starters of charcuterie and pan-fried Scottish mackerel with mixed leaves and citrus dressing were good, but overshadowed by a wonderfully comforting plate of macaroni and cheese, and an excellent ribeye steak with chips and béarnaise sauce. The only letdown was a bland grilled squash, broccoli and pumpkin-seed salad. A generous portion of sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice-cream provided a satisfyingly sweet finish. Bumpkin has a decent cocktail list and mixes great bloody marys, making this a tempting choice for weekend brunch.

 

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Bumpkin South Kensington says
Bumpkin is your local Great British brasserie, a home-from-home serving delicious British dishes, made with locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients.

Located on the Old Brompton Road, Bumpkin uses the best British seasonal produce served in comfortable surrounds with a touch of rustic simplicity.
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Venue name: Bumpkin South Kensington
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Address: 102 Old Brompton Road
London
SW7 3RD
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm daily. Brunch served 10am-1pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Gloucester Road or South Kensington tube
Price: Main courses £10-£18.50
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Stephen
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Went for brunch on Saturday 30th November, big mistake. The restaurant was less than a quarter full, and yet after showing us to a table they didn't take a drinks order for nearly 10 mins despite trying to grab their eye. We ordered two full English breakfasts and when it arrived, it was cold. The food had obviously been pre-cooked, the bacon was cold and rubbery, the plate was cold and all the food also. Despite having toast we then had to ask for butter which we received a few minutes later, twice. It was a rare treat for us having a small child and a very rare weekend away just the two of us, so added to the disappointment. Plenty of other good options around here for brunch, avoid.

Sarah R
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I give credit when credit is due and I wouldn’t say I’m a very demanding customer. In fact, I get excited over details, I would say I’m quite happy go lucky kind of restaurant-goer.

But my visit to Bumpkin South Kensington was nothing but a big flop.
Restaurant is close to South Ken station so my good friend and I thought we might stop by there and have a drink and some nibbles.
Immediately after entering restaurant I can sense strange atmosphere, that doesn’t feel welcoming at all, view over to the gas station isn’t the classiest one either.
We take a sit and sit there for a while, wondering if it self-service bar or not. Turns out it is not, they just don’t care to take our order.
Our waiter Salva is a strange and rude specimen, we wonder why on earth he would take on this job if he doesn’t have any social skills and clearly hates people.
Food we get is overpriced and just horrible, wine average, cocktails have barely any alcohol. We feel unwelcome and I wonder why on earth this place is supposed to be good.

Bumpkin, step up your game.

Kateryna V
Tastemaker

For years I've been living in close proximity to one or another Bumpkin: first Bumpkin Notting Hill, then Bumpkin South Ken. So I've always been aware of the institutions, but chose to take them with a grain of salt. That's the thing with all the trendy eateries catering to hip crowds in more affluent locations: they are good when they are good, but slip a bit (burn a steak, or assume an arrogant attitude - I'm talking to you West London waiters), and all the shortcomings are gaping (you start seeing all to clear how much they are charging for rather basic pub food delivered in rather small portions). 

And then I moved to NW and haven't visited a Bumpkin in a while. Back to South Ken the other day, I was amazed by how things changed and, for once, for better.

The service was the best I've come across in ages. The menu is toned down on pretentiousness now (let's face it, it's pub food, as glorified as it is), the craft beers are great, bloody marys are even better, their sticky toffee pudding is out of this world and perfect for sharing. And their roast dinners come with unlimited trimmings (good to know, since the original helping of those is not exactly hunger-quenching).

Back to the service. As mentioned, it was spot on. I was curious and checked Bumpkin South Ken profiles on OpenTable and TripAdvisor. All the latest reviews (2015 onwards) are raving and the manager engages with each single customer. I haven’t seen this done in ages. Whatever has changed since I was a local, they are now doing something very, very right. I’ll be back very soon.


Heather J

I first went here for brunch and loved it. Yummy comfort food and a great, cozy atmosphere. They also serve Thanksgiving dinner every November which is great news for American ex-pats!

Tiggyv

I was really looking forward to a good Sunday lunch for Mothering Sunday with my family. I understand that this is a busy day for restaurants and they will have lots of covers. But we were shoved in the corner next to the kitchen, where the chefs were shouting out orders (towards us, not the kitchen) so loudly we could hardly hear anyone at our table speak. The staff were utterly hopeless, even though there were so many of them. As we shown our table, I had to move out the way for one of the waiters (not carrying anything), as they barged passed me. We were not asked if we wanted anything to drink, we always had to grab their attention if we wanted something. The food took over an hour and half to arrive...No apologies for the delay. I was told their pies were the best. Mine was so over cooked that there was no source left and my sisters was undercooked that the pastry was still soggy and white. We were never asked if we would like pudding or coffee/ tea. But once we managed to get their attention we finally ordered. We also ordered a glass of sweet wine, which they managed to forget about. Once we had finished our puddings and gentile reminder, they did arrive. Finally we got the bill and a whopping one at that for what we had, they had over charged us for the sweet wine. I just found the whole experience rather unpleasant, as I felt as though they were doing me a favour being there, a very grudging favour at that!