The Gantry

Restaurants, British Brockley
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The Gantry (David Cleveland)
David Cleveland
The Gantry (David Cleveland)
David Cleveland
The Gantry
The Gantry (David Cleveland)
David Cleveland
The Gantry

Stumbling through the Gantry is something of an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ experience. First, you discover that what appears to be a tiny scruffy bar serving some interesting beers, ciders, cocktails and good coffees. Walk down the narrow staircase and there’s an elegant panelled dining room painted a tasteful shade of National Trust sludge, with ceramic tiled floors and flower-filled glass jugs. Then, further down a quaintly furnished corridor, you enter yet another world: a charming and rustic conservatory overlooking a garden.

But, there’s nothing Mad Hatter’s tea party about the food. It’s good, seasonal, modern British fare cooked and served by a very proficient crew who seem like they might have drifted here from somewhere much smarter. A tiny, pastry-wrapped parcel of deep fried goat’s cheese was just about perfect, as was the sharing antipasti meat platter – artfully piled slivers of fine hams and salamis. Excellently al dente seafood risotto was dense with shellfish, but a quinoa crumble was bland. Puddings were variable too: a chocolate mousse with berries vanished in seconds, but banoffee cheesecake was too sickly to finish. Gantry was packed to the gills on a rainy Friday night, and it does a brisk trade at lunchtime too.

by Veronica Simpson


Venue name: The Gantry
Address: 188 Brockley Road
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 4-11.30pm; Fri 11.30am-11.30pm; Sat 10am-11.30pm; Sun 10am-11pm
Transport: Rail: Brockley
Price: 'All Day' main courses around £13; lunchtime main courses around £7
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4.8 / 5

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I was taken to this charming little restaurant a few years ago and was so taken with its beautiful character but also surprised at how much can literally fit in such a small space. A place I need to visit again very soon. The menu has an array of tasty things to eat. The wine, ciders and cocktails are great but the cheeses are the absolute best. Sourced form Borough market with an variety of breads and a smooth Merlot to accompany. Perfect.

Great venue with series of different spaces on street, basement and garden level.

I love this place. The welcome is always warm, the food is always good and the menu changes regularly. And it has a lovely garden to eat in when the weather is kind!

It's an incredibly friendly local restaurant with great staff and the food never fails.

The venue is really near the station. They do 2 for 1 on drinks until 7 pm and on Wednesdays they have cheese and whine for 25 pounds! the food is really good and the cocktails as well. It's always busy and trendy

The Gantry provides what you want from living in London... Incredible food, amazing atmosphere and character in abundance. This is a place to really enjoy either as a group, a couple or even solo (can do some great people watching.) Quality quirkiness.

Fantastic food, friendly staff , we'll run , full of locals which creates a warm family feel.

Amazing little gem with a secret garden...Always great food experience and time spent there

With its secret garden, beautifully present food, and carafes of wine, what more could you possible want!


It is something of an Alice in Wonderland experience, and that makes it all the more wonderful. Had spring risotto, which was perfect for an unseasonably warm April afternoon. The owner was full of character (French I think), and the service was well polished. Our friends have just moved into the area, so no doubt we will be back. 


Our table was dirty and sticky. We asked for it to be cleaned but even with some detergent she found it quite difficult to shift the stickiness. The service was really slow every step of the way - from taking our order to serving the courses to getting the bill. The food was pleasant though: pumpkin soup of the day was cheesy and flavoursome; the salmon, feta and coriander burger wasn't bad either (although a bit dry). The chips were a little soggy. 

Great food and drink, and the staff are absolutely lovely. Sunday roast is epic!

Great food, great vibe , great staff and a friendly crowd. Brockley at its finest .

An amazing and magical atmostphere and the food is just delicious and such a high standard. Service was great with friendly helpful staff and managment, would recommend and return for sure. Thank you Gantry

This freindly and welcoming establishment with out standing service and a seasonal menu that delights is a great place to while away an afternoon or enjoy an exceptional dinning experience.

One of my favourite bars in South-East London; the staff are warm and welcoming, the food is great (I recently tried the onion-relish topped sliders, which were cooked to perfection and the wonderfully oozy whole baked camembert, served with warm bread and crunchy, raw vegetables was an absolute treat) and they offer a wide selection of drinks, particularly wines and cocktails. The Gantry is a wonderful place to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee (the beautiful back garden couldn't feel further removed from the buzz of Brockley road) or to settle down for dinner and drinks with friends. Highly recommended.  

Too many wonderful things to say about my favourite local! Lovely people, lovely venue and great food!!!!!

Amazing food and best restaurant in Brockley from far...amazing secret garden....the staff is great and I always have a great time there ....

We always had a great time, food is very good and the hospitality too. Definitely a good spot.

I needed a spot to pass some time at after I had dropped my folks off for a wedding and spotted this number on my online search for brunch/breakfast.

Quaint, friendly, pretty much my dream of a local cafe (now if only it was halal *sigh*). I swandered over to the bar and sat there to have my latte and eggs florentine which, by the way, was sublime! I went into a frenzy of compliments of the quality of coffee as well as the food and was told how the chef (Italian) takes pride in her cooking - it made total sense then as to why I felt I had hit the jackpot in an unlikely area.

Now, if you don't mind opening a branch near to me Gantry, you're welcome to my salary :)

If you can forgive The Gantry for an occasional lapse into tweeness (dedicating a menu to 'James and Katie's little bump' might have punters throwing up before they've even eaten anything), it's a great, if cramped, place to eat. Its location on a busy road doesn't appear brilliant first, but as you wend your way through a succession of rooms to a tucked-away garden, its charms increase. With a French-inspired menu, and a decent winelist, The Gantry brings seasonal variety and some high-quality cooking. Downsides are a lack of elbow room in the Farrow & Ball dining room, and negotiating your way past the sunglassed boozers who colonise the frontage tables in summer, most of whom look like they'd be happier in the Brockley Barge next door. Let SE4's foodie renaissance continue!

Hot weather plus secret outdoor garden result! Mix with cold wine and let the happiness begin

With the temp rising, al fresco dining is the way to go, in my manor this is 'the' place to go, fortunately with everyone footie mad, a bagged a table here, with great service, i highly recommend the Nordic seafood platter, with anchovies, pots of octopus etc on a slate see the pic! All wash down with bottle of chilled white wine!