An asset locally, and one that has stood the test of time – it’s been in East Dulwich since 1999 (and before that the owners also ran the Secret Garden restaurant at Franklins antiques shop in Camberwell). There’s a commitment to careful sourcing (local where possible and at the very least from the UK, from dedicated growers and producers), and a more adventurous menu than many neighbourhood restaurants.
Try an oyster or two while perusing a menu that might include confit quail and celariac remoulade or potted shrimps to start, followed by ox tongue with black pudding and chicory or whole rainbow trout with fennel, cucumber and dill. Cauliflower and rocket soup was a smooth opener, nicely matched with chunky own-made bread, but tender haunch of venison, served rare with sweetish red cabbage and quince, made more of an impression – though it wasn’t particularly gamey. A side of sprightly greens cut through the richness. Finish with cheese, savouries or a trad pudding such as butterscotch tart. There’s a roast on Sundays too. Drinks run from a Sussex sparkling wine to fresh mint tea.
The light back-room restaurant is given focus by the open kitchen and is patrolled by friendly staff; at the front is a livelier bar area, plus outdoor seating in clement weather. On the next corner is Franklins Farm Shop, where much of the produce comes from farms in Kent.
157 Lordship Lane
|Opening hours:||Meals served noon-10.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-10pm Sun|
|Transport:||East Dulwich rail|
|Price:||Main courses £13-£21. Set lunch (noon-5pm Mon-Fri) £13.95 2 courses, £16.95 3 courses|
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Top notch menu. Excellent, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Superb wine list. Looks like a pub then transforms into a wonderful restaurant at the back. Nicely done, Franklins, nicely done. Farm shop next door with a visit during the day. Buy the tomato cordial. Say I sent you. Go.
Wonderful fresh and thoughtful menu, and very friendly staff. Easily one of the best local places to eat out in South London. Highly recommended!
I love Franklins and feel I need to post to record this fact, to balance the strangely unenthusastic review below. I find their menu is always a good combination of the surprising and innovative and the traditional (heavy on the meat/game, mind, which isn't to everyone' s taste). It's perfect whether you just want a bacon butty or a gourmet 3 course lunch. Have been countless times with various friends and family, never been disappointed here, and always had exemplary service. Easily my favourite place to eat in East Dulwich, if not the whole of South London.