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.


Venue name: Bumpkin South Kensington
Address: 102 Old Brompton Road
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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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.

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!


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!