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.

During the Days we're open for Brunch and come the Weekend, we offer one of the best around.
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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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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.

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

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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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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.

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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.


A pretty busy and buzzing cafe, ideal for a weekend brunch. I went for poached eggs on avocado toast and was not disappointed - runny yellow yolks perfectly complimented by vine tomatoes and chorizo sausage.

I did feel the G & T was a bit of a let down - I went for chocolate orange and it just tasted like your standard G&T but with some chocolate drops chucked in and a piece of orange, neither of which added any flavour.

I would go back - but just for the food.


Brunch at Ben's Canteen was delightful, and so filling! 

An Australian-inspired canteen, Ben's is full of charm - whitewash tables, light wood and sofa seating make this a cosy place to enjoy any meal. Especially when combined with the loud and happy chatter of customers. 

Now, the brunch menu. What a feast - everything from sweetcorn fritters to breakfast burgers. But what hungry person could resist the fried chicken Benedict. A mound of crisp chicken sits on top of a slab of toast with two perfectly poached eggs and a generous drizzle of Hollandaise sauce. I'm not sure I'll ever be happy with normal eggs benny again... 

A great brunch, and I look forward to going back and trying another delicious dish or two very soon. 


Did a walk-in on a Saturday to do a bottomless sparkling wine lunch. For £25, you get bottomless sparkling wine, and a main/side. We had burgers with fries - they burgers were large and delicious. There were a few times we had to wait to get topped up on our wine but overall the staff were quick to ill our glasses. Great atmosphere and a great deal.


The service was really friendly and there is a pretty relaxed vibe despite the fact that it gets super busy. The cocktails are nice and the burgers were pretty decent but the stand out item on the menu HAS to be the peanut butter brownie. Wow!! I was in heaven eating that.


Came and tried the Halloween special burger, a towering behemoth that was pretty damn good. Fried chicken burger was also pretty good, and again, HUGE.

The famous cheesy fries were overcooked and no melty cheese so fairly disappointing, but a range of starters ranged from great (duck nuggets) to just meh (halloumi fries)

Some pretty great cocktails here too that were pretty strong and worth it, and overall, a good vibe with good service!

Generally though, I just felt it was a fairly average experience. I'd heard so much about it I guess the hype train hit me and left me at the station waiting, as it wasn't quite as awesome as I thought it would be. Still, if I was in the area, I would go back again to give it another shot, so it's still worth trying!


A local, neighbourhood brunch/dinner brasserie and café with amazing food that's let down by awful coffee and earache-inducing music.

First the positives: the food here is fantastic. I've never seen such perfectly orange egg yolks and the breakfast chips topped with baked beans, black pudding, fried egg and other English breakfast staples were out of this world.

Now the not so positives: These guys don't know how to make coffee. The cappuccinos were really weak and tasted like dish water, the lattes were watery and when replaced (by staff who seemed to really take the polite request personally), the new lattes had completely curdled and separated. Grim.

They say that "if it's too loud, you're too old" but the music was blaring so hard that it was impossible to speak to friends sat further along the bench seating. With the waiter unable to hear our orders (and even our initial request to turn the music down) they eventually lowered the volume.

Maybe one to go to for a delicious dinner when you want a bit more of a louder vibe and are less likely to order a curdled coffee.


I am a big fan of this chain. Nice vibe, great coffee and worth the wait to get in. Though, I will say breakfast and brunch are better than dinner in my eyes. But even if you don't want food just go for the espresso martini, it's the best I've had in London! 

Horrible. Average burger, and overpriced sides were full of grease and made me feel ill. Cold atmosphere and staff. Left feeling ripped off.


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. 

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

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

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


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. 


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.


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

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. 

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!

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

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

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!

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

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! :)

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

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

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