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Summary

“A firm favourite for breakfast and brunch in Southwark” – this café-style fixture a short stroll from Tate Modern serves “a great menu to suit all tastes”, and fans say it’s “unbeatable”.

£46
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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“After a bit of culture on the South Bank”, this café-style contemporary haunt is a “go-to for a Saturday or Sunday brunch”“prices are pretty fair, and they actually care about their vegan options”.

£48
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

This communal canteen to the south of Bankside is “a useful venue close to Tate Modern”, and does a good line in quality breakfast and lunch dishes.

£39
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

A top spot for brekkie and lunch near Tate Modern, this “communal (essentially functional)” canteen offers “decent quality, simple dishes”. “It gets busier every week – but it’s worth tackling the pushchairs for the pancakes!”

£38
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions
Yes
60

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£4.00 £14.00 £5.00 £5.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £21.00
Filter Coffee £2.70
Extras  
Service 12.50%

Harden's says...

The Table SE1

As an integral part of the HQ of Allied and Morrison - a top architectural practice - this smart Southwark café is an unusual venture. It's not without precedent, though: The River Café originally started as the canteen for a firm of architects (Richard Rogers), a tie-up that doesn't seem to have done either business much harm over the years.


Back in 1986, the River Café was nothing short of revolutionary. The same cannot be said here. In fact, both the name and the concept have more than a whiff of the '70s about them. On any prosperous suburban high street thirty years ago, you might have found a place with a name like 'The Table', and where - as here - the hot dishes of the day would have included a cod dish, a chicken dish and a quiche. As here, there would also have been a help-yourself salad bar.


What has made the place an instant hit with trendier locals born post Star Wars, though, isn't retro appeal but the fact that all the scoff is really very good. The salads - you mix 'n' match, and pay by weight - are particularly interesting (not something you'd have found 30 years ago). Puds are also first class: our bread and butter pudding was something of a highlight. (Chunky sandwiches are available to take away.)


Popularity is a mixed blessing, however, especially as the café's layout gives visitors few hints as to the intended traffic flow. When the joint is warming up, this lack of organisation undermines any feeling of Zen-like calm which function more closely following form might have inspired. Once the place really gets going, you need to go back beyond the 1970s to evoke the ambience' to the time when Southwark was famous for its bear pits.


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83 Southwark St, London, SE1 0HX
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Opening hours
Monday7:30 am-9 pm
Tuesday7:30 am-9 pm
Wednesday7:30 am-9 pm
Thursday7:30 am-9 pm
Friday7:30 am-9 pm
Saturday8 am-4 pm
Sunday8 am-4 pm

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