Harden's survey result
“The best gastropub I’ve found in London” – this Stockwell operation is “a winner for an uncomplicated but thoroughly satisfying meal”, especially “for those who enjoy expertly prepared cuts of high-quality meat”. “It’s similar in standard to the Anchor & Hope (its famous Southwark sibling) but better because it’s quieter, with a more relaxed atmosphere”. To cap it all, it’s “still a proper pub, where you’re welcome for a quiet pint”.
“Still one of the best gastropubs”, and Stockwell sibling to the famous Anchor & Hope, “this place has nailed it: it’s excellent as a pub and brilliant as a bistro”. “Innovative dishes of consistent quality” deliver “punchy and intense flavours” and there’s “proper drinking ales and pints of quality bitter”. Top Tip: “a favourite for Sunday pub lunch”.
“Fantastic British produce from a pretty much daily changing menu” makes this an “excellent”, even “ideal” Stockwell gastroboozer (it’s sibling to SE1’s stellar Anchor & Hope). “Service can be a bit slow at busy times, although it doesn’t matter for a lazy Sunday lunch”.
“Be prepared to wait for a table and then possibly to share it”, if you visit this “jammed” Stockwell gastropub (sibling to the epic Anchor & Hope) – “it still feels like a proper pub”, and serves “huge portions of rustic hearty cuts of meat” and other “distinctive British dishes”.
Canton Arms Restaurant Diner Reviews
"A great local for those looking for an imaginative menu, distinctive cooking and a friendly atmosphere. Although it's very much a pub at the front, behind there is a really good neighbourhood restaurant. Breaded lams tongues and juicy skate wings tempt the adventurous, but there's also fish 'n chips for the less foody."
|Wine per bottle||£18.00|
Canton Arms SW8
A first for Stockwell, this simply revamped gastropub is the first offshoot of the fabled Anchor and Hope - in the same style, it offers a short and very simple menu, realised to a high standard.
For a modest-looking gastropub, this new Stockwell outfit has quickly commanded a lot of critical attention, a fact largely explained by the fact that it's another venture from the Anchor & Hope people. (Number one London gastropub, according to our most recent survey.)
There's a danger that the general visitor might therefore expect there to be rather more going on - both literally and figuratively - than was apparent on our sunny weekday lunchtime visit. The place was pretty much deserted, but presumably this is more a weekend/evening destination.
The menu is rather more extensive in the evening but, on our visit, two people were able to sample all - both - the proper main courses of the day. An onglet (cooked rare, unless otherwise requested) was impressive, and came with good chips. Another dish of Arbroath Smokies with cream and chives was indeed precisely as described, and none the worse for that. The star was a plate of buttered cabbage. Bread was old-fashioned English, in a good way. Coffee - filter only - was rather less impressive.
Service was pleasant and efficient. As we were were pretty much the only customers, though, we can only speculate as to what it might be like when the place has a normal level of custom. Given the quality of the cuisine - simple as it is - we'd imagine that that will be quite soon.
Photo - thanks Dos Hermanos
177 South Lambeth Rd, London, SW8 1XP
|Monday||5 pm‑11 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑4 pm|