Bumpkin South Kensington

Restaurants, British South Kensington
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A cosy British restaurant in South Kensington.

Friendly service, scrumptious desserts and prices that won’t make your eyes pop, this snug British restaurant is definitely a good spot to find yourself lazing away a weekend afternoon with family and friends. Although at first glance Bumpkin seems to grapple with an identity crisis: the mix of rustic and polished decor at this South Ken branch (its third) makes the place feel a bit like a country pub on the set of a Western movie – think wooden crates and floral wallpaper. The owner’s vision, which was to create a spot for ‘city folk who like a little country living’, is elaborately brought to life in the dining room, which, for all its doilied foibles, is admittedly quite cosy.

Boasting only the finest British seasonal ‘fayre’, the menu is suitably stocked with crowd-pleasers: burgers, fish ’n’ chips or sausage and mash. A beef-and-porter pie came served piping hot in a skillet, with chunks of tender meat under a light pastry. Delicious. Sides of crispy sweet potato chips and crunchy tenderstem broccoli made for lovely, if fairly unremarkable, accompaniments.

Before heading back to your city-slicking ways, make sure you grab a portion of sticky toffee pudding – not too sweet and served with Jude’s vanilla ice cream and butterscotch sauce.

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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.

We love celebrations here at Bumpkin, and if you've got a special occasion or event in mind, let us know. We have beautiful private dining rooms, ideal for enjoying our mouth-watering food and warm atmosphere.

Meeting friends for lunch? Dinner with the family? South Kensington is the perfect retreat. Try our fantastic seasonal fare. There's something for everyone.
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By: Nina Clark


Venue name: Bumpkin South Kensington
Address: 102 Old Brompton Road
Transport: Tube: South Kensington
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £90.
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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.

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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.

After ice skating at the natural history museum nearby we wandered around searching for a decent pub amongst all the restaurants until we found Bumpkin, the cute name also helped. It’s filled with a mixture of diners and drinkers, us being the latter settled at the front bar and began the arduous task of sampling the cocktails on offer.

The gin bramble and Sloane sling didn’t disappoint and four cocktails later (around £8 each) we were settling a rather hefty bill and on our merry way.

This place has a nice cosy atmosphere which is in between a pub vibe and a restaurant and I’d happily return if in the area.

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Lovely cosy spot in South Kensington, with a great private dining room upstairs. Great food and a good group of bartenders behind the bar mixing up all manner of cocktails, certainly a perfect venue for a cheeky date or group drinks

simply, good food, good cocktails, and a good atmosphere!!! #bumpkinsk

Beautiful venue, great ambience, excellent food, service and lovely staff. Highly recommended.

Bumpkin South Kensington's menu features seasonal, local meat and produce, including their amazing burgers, cod & chips, steak, pork belly, salads and their award-winning sticky toffee pudding, not to mention a full bar with a large selection of English wines. They have a beautiful private room on the 1st floor perfect for meetings and parties.


A couple of years ago this place felt rather more special than it does now. The cafe scene around south ken has exploded and flourished but sadly it doesn't feel like Bumpkin has kept up with the competition. The decor is nice and the food is good but I'm not sure if the staff just don't care or if the current trend in the world of waiting is making the customer really work for their nourishment. I'm not in a hurry to go back as there are so many other places that offer the same quality of food with a smile. 


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.

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!