Ben's Canteen

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Ben's Canteen

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
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Address: 140 St John's Hill
London
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:41
  • 4 star:12
  • 3 star:3
  • 2 star:5
  • 1 star:2
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Avatar for 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.

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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.

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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.

Avatar for Lizzie W
Tastemaker

I was a little underwhelmed with Ben's Canteen. On arrival the plain decor gives off a lifeless atmosphere. The place certainly isn't as quaint or quirky as other rated brunch places. Its lacking colour nd light if stuck at the back of the restaurant. The service was ropey throughout with overly attentive hosts then for love nor money we were not able to get the bill.  I was unlucky with food and drink. My coffee came luke warm in a chopped mug then my main (burrito) was plain, lacking flavour and just overall meh. Whereas everyone else's were delish (especially pulled pork and the peanut butter smoothie). I wouldn't recommend or go back!

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Ordered Bens Canteen from UberEATS and it arrived within 25 minutes of ordering. Super delicious burgers! Can't wait to get them again! They also arrived still in shape and hot... they come in a cool box that opens out to a plate. Perfect for takeaway!

Avatar for Livvi AT
Tastemaker

Known initially as a brunch eatery, Ben’s Canteen has now firmly cemented its place as a cool, fun and super tasty dinner spot, serving up amazing burgers.

The bottomless Prosecco deal really is a steal. For around £30 (there are a few options), you can get a starter or desert, burger, side and 2hrs of bottomless bubbles. And I mean bottomless. Sometimes at these places, you have to wave your arms, throwing your empty bottle in the air to get the waiters to come and refresh your glass. But here, you take one sip and over glides a waiter ensuring your glass is never half empty.

But don’t worry if the fizz gets to your head- Ben’s Canteen hearty burgers with inventive toppings will sober you up. The KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) consists of tender and crispy buttermilk chicken, with a powerful kimchi pickle. The beef burgers are amazing- served juicily pink. The starters are also great; the Scotch Egg, with black pudding encircling a runny, orange yolk, is insanely tasty and the duck nuggets with hoi son sauce are gourmet fast food at its finest.

With branches in Battersea and Earlsfield, both prettily decorated with rough wooden tables, communal benches and fairy lights, Ben’s Canteen is now one of my favourite dinner spots. 

Avatar for Elisa R
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Wow. My experience of restaurants in London so far had only gone from positive to brilliantly off the scale. Well, Ben’s canteen was definitely a first. In the middle of nowhere in Battersea, it’s a nonchalant looking diner type of place where you’re greeted by a friendly staff in a chilled atmosphere.

I enjoyed the cocktail I ordered which was vodka based and orange and chocolate flavoured…

But then the food happened. The starters – scotch egg and fried shrimp and chorizo - were decent, but nothing more. However, I wish I’d had three of these scotch eggs if it had meant not trying the basque burger. Now, burgers in London are either nice or INCREDIBLE. This one was gross. The beef was completely tasteless and covered with pickled peppers and a layer as thick as the patty itself of aioli – garlic mayo. I couldn’t eat more than two bites. Really appalling. That being said, I had a brownie at the end and it was actually pretty good – phew!

On top of that, it was all two or three pounds more expensive than the average London burger prices.

I really, really would not recommend going.

Avatar for Stephanie C
tastemaker

Not sure why I disagree so much with everyone else but I tried this place on the first night I moved into the area. I paid £8 for diy guacamole which I then realised was them giving us an avocado, lemon, chilli and garlic and telling us to make our own starter! 


Food was above standard and the atmosphere was nice but I just felt it was a bit pricey for what you got. 


Its always busy and I like it how its not a chain. I also managed to do a bit of celeb spotting in there too so it can't be a bad place. I guess it just had an off day when I went. 

Avatar for Josh M

Great food, Great Service and do lots of great work for the local area!!

Avatar for Tom M

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

Avatar for Robert G

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

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

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Tastemaker

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. 

Avatar for Martin H
Tastemaker

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.

Avatar for Liz G
tastemaker

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

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Avatar for 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 

Avatar for TheMixedMedic
Tastemaker

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. 


Avatar for 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!

Avatar for Rob O

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

Avatar for Roland W

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

Avatar for 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!

Avatar for 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

Avatar for 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! :)

Avatar for 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.

Avatar for George G

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

Avatar for 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.

Avatar for Sophie

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!

Avatar for Cameron

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?

Avatar for Ed

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.

Avatar for 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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