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Canteen at RFH – Just great British food

What is Canteen? It is a wonderful modern celebration of British food and drink in a classic modernist setting. Architecture, art, food and design all come together to make the world a better place. Well, that’s the theory, but at Canteen it almost seems true.

I love the design of the menu (both the look and content). British classics like Lancashire hotpot, fish and chips, sausage mash and onion gravy and a fantastic roast Beef fill the menu. As do classic bar snacks like the Scotch egg and a seriously good fish finger sandwich.

There are a huge amount of places to eat on the south bank now, but somehow the setting, the interior design and the menu here all just feel right. Right for now, but probably right for 1951 too…

… the 1951 Festival of Britain transformed the south bank of the Thames as Victorian industrial buildings were demolished for the new and the modern, and while amazing structures like the Skylon have sadly disappeared, what we are left with now is the always excellent Southbank Centre, the site which incorporates the Hayward Gallery, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Festival Hall. It also boasts the wonderful Canteen, a restaurant so in keeping with its surroundings that it could have been designed especially for the Festival …

This is great British food of yesteryear, done extremely well, for a modern 21st century clientèle. Well, at least it seems like that as I tuck into my second helping of Victoria sponge.

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Royal Festival Hall,Belvedere Road,SE1 8XX, London

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Opening Times

Mon - Fri 08:00 - 23:00, Sat 09:00 - 23:00, Sun 09:00 - 22:00


Fish & chips: £ 13.50


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)