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4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Situated by the Millennium Bridge and facing the Tate Modern, the Shard and Shakespeare’s Globe, Northbank is worth visiting for the views of the Thames and the South Bank alone. That the food is great is almost a bonus.

Northbank offers a modern British menu with a nod to owner Christian Butler's Cornish roots. From Dorset crab and Falmouth Bay scallops, to Tregothnan Estate duck and west-country cheeses, the south-western influence is evident throughout.

A starter of pan-fried scallops with confit chicken wings kicked things off beautifully. It’s not a pairing you come across often, but it works; the soft, sweet scallops balanced perfectly with the salty crispiness of the wings.

The mains are where Northbank really shines. Red mullet with roasted Jerusalem artichoke, truffle purée and artichoke crisps is a triumph; delicate, yet full of fascinating flavours and textures. The cauliflower and truffle risotto with parmesan crisps was another highlight; surprisingly light yet ridiculously moreish. A side of cauliflower cheese arrived at the table still bubbling – gums were blistered, but it was worth it.

The desserts don't disappoint, either, with a rum and passion fruit soufflé as light and fluffy as a cloud. The Northbank ‘Viennetta’ with honeycomb, meanwhile, is a nostalgia-pricking treat, executed with elegance.

The cocktails at Northbank deserve a shout out, too, not least because there’s a whole section dedicated to drinks made with Cornish mead. Try the Honey Mead Rise, which teams the sweet brew with vodka, riesling, lemon juice and thyme.

With warm and unhurried service, creative cocktails and refined dishes, Northbank is an ideal spot for both business, pleasure and even – thanks to that view – dinner for one.


Address: One Paul's Walk
Transport: Tube: Mansion House tube/St Paul's tube/Blackfriars tube/rail
Price: Starters £6.50-£11. Main courses £16.50-£38.
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Sat. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat. Closed Sun.
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4 out of 5 stars

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My Xmas works meal was totally ruined by the staffs unwillingness to pull a group of over 20 other dinners up about their disgraceful behaviour! They were sat directly behind us for 2 hours and behaved like disgusting drunken football hooligans/louts throughout the entire time! At no point did any of the staff attempt to cool this behaviour down and the staff became stroppy when I asked them to deal with the issue! This is not a football café or a pub! The staff was grossly unprofessional in letting this happen and I told them so! This was not a little bit of Xmas high jinx, it was constant loud shouting, screaming, banging on tables etc...for a solid two hours and the staff did nothing! ruined our meal, which wasn't cheap either! Made worse by rude staff attitude when I complained so very unprofessional! Will never go back here and would not recommend it either! pfft!


I've wanted to visit this restaurant for a while as I've heard such good things about it - so I was treated to dinner here for my birthday.  We were allocated a table by the large windows with good views across the Thames (dining is not allowed on the terrace). No bread was offered and we were asked immediately we sat down before having a chance to look at the drinks menu, if we wanted "anything to drink".  We were not offered bread.  To start, I had the caramelised onion ravioli and was surprised to be served just 3 small (tasty)parcels of pasta for £9.  My companion's choice of mackerel wold have been a much better and filling option.  He pronounced the dish "very pleasant". For the main course, I chose the "market fish of the day" option which was a small cod fillet at £17, served plain.  My companion chose the lamb, which he said was the best he'd ever tasted.  All side dishes were £4 each and all perfectly cooked.  For dessert, the waitress initially brought me the incorrect dish, but when the correct one of peanut butter cheesecake (£8) arrived, it  was delicious.  My companion's dessert of strawberries, cream and sorbet was incredibly small and certainly not worth £7.50.

The waiting staff were knowledgeable regarding ingredients relevant to special diets.

I liked the look of the raised open booths against the back wall of the restaurant which were proving a very comfortable and cosy option for small groups to dine together.  

To summarise, this is a restaurant with excellent chefs, good views and tasteful decor.  Bread should be offered before or with the starter.  Waiting staff should allow customers time to peruse menus before approaching them and portion sizes need consideration.  If I'd had my usual 2 courses, I would have come away hungry.


This is one of my favourite restaurants in London. The food is amazingly good - they use seasonal goods based on a Cornish influence. The cocktails are also pretty special. One of the best things about the restaurant is the staff. So attentive. So passionate about their food and drink. Tip - if you can, get a table by the window. If you're lucky, you may be able to see views of The Shard, The Globe and The Tate Modern.


I adore this restaurant! Not only is the setting perfect (on the river right opposite The Globe) but the food is sublime and they actually serve one of my favourite desserts in London here - the cream tea souffle! It is fluffy and sweet and utterly perfect. It comes with a strawberry jus which you can drizzle right into the middle to soak into the fluffy body of the souffle, and then a small side bowl containing a quenelle of clotted cream which breaks up the sweetness.

The rest of the menu also hosts a few winners. I particularly like the gorgeous crab starter which is beautifully presented and tastes fresh with a lovely mix of textures. 

A great place for our special occasion meal. Excellent service, with a warm welcome at the bar. Cocktails looked delicious but we selected different wines by the glass to complement he fabulous food. We shared a cheeseboard, watching the darkening sky as the lights came on at the Shard. Can't wait for a warmer day to enjoy the terrace!


The first time I visited Northbank was when I had our work Christmas party here. 
I was pleasantly surprised with the food (especially at such a hectic time of year when food quality is so unpredictable) and the service we all received was fantastic too. The views are stunning and are the perfect backdrop to some lovely photos! The space that we were all in was perfect too... not too small so we were all cramped but equally not too big to lose the atmosphere. 
I will certainly be returning for mid-week catch ups with friends!

Fantastic lunch - really enjoyed this place and can't wait to go back when the sun is out.

The restaurant is set in a very good location and you would think that they would match the scenery with comparable food. But you would be mistaken, our waiter was rude and certainly did not match up to the "fine dining" service you would expect. I ordered a scallop and pork belly for starters which was very oily but bearable. For the main course i ordered the rib eye steak, I received an uneven piece of meat that i was pretty sure was not a rib eye cut. I ordered a medium rare steak and it was over cooked so i sent it back the waiter stared at me and asked me what I wanted him to do so i told him i wanted what i ordered which was a medium rare rib eye steak. I received a rib eye steak that was rare 10 minutes later, the steak i was given was not only under cooked but was unseasoned and tasted horrible It was as if the chef grabbed the first piece of meat from the fridge and chucked it on a pan for 3 minutes. I gave a piece of it to the friends i was eating with to try it and both of them could not swallow it. I received no apologies for the ruined meal and the waiter didnt seem to care, although the steak was voided, and they seemed to think that that solved everything. The staff at Northbank obviously have no pride or interest in their jobs and are just banking on the location of the restaurant to drive customers in.

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