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Ethical eats: Canteen, London

December 22, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, I discovered a restaurant in Spitalfields called Canteen. Canteen sell ethical, classic British food with a modern twist and many of the ingredients are sourced from the UK.

Canteen restaurant

The restaurant

The restaurant feels like an upmarket canteen (hence the name!) with retro chairs and long wooden tables (communal and bistro). Cosy booth areas with soft seats are also available.

The food

This is one of the tastiest places we’ve eaten in London recently. Canteen’s food is simple but delicious and they have good selection of vegetarian dishes. Items currently on the menu include sausages and mash, pies, winter vegetable stew and free range roast chicken. Canteen describe their food as,

“Honest seasonal food, nationally sourced, skillfully prepared and reasonably priced. Our meat is additive free. Our fish derived from fresh day boats on the south coast.”

The drinks menu features British bottled beers, ales, stouts and ciders and they have also have ales on tap from the Greenwich microbrewery, Meantime.

What did we think?

We went for an evening meal during the week. The restaurant wasn’t full but all the tables were booked so we were told there were no free tables. We stood outside the restaurant for a few minutes whilst deciding where else to try and one of the staff came out and said someone had delayed a booking and there was a free table afterall. So if you are thinking of eating there, it’s worth booking in advance. I’ve tried to go for lunch since with no luck.

I had a butternut squash and paprika pie with mashed potatoes, greens and gravy. The greens were lightly fried in butter and were so tasty I think they could convert even the most stubbon greens hater. My partner had roast beef which was tasty but slightly chewy. The roast was a generous serving topped with a homemade yorkshire pudding.

For dessert pudding we shared homemade shortbread with raspberry ripple ice cream. I hadn’t had raspberry ripple ice cream since I was little, which made me feel a bit nostalgic! All the food tastes homemade and freshly cooked – I didn’t feel as guilty about having a pudding after a ‘home cooked meal’…

  • The food tasted homemade
  • Good value for money
  • Comfortable atmosphere
  • Roast beef was slightly chewy
  • Service was a bit slow


  • Canary Wharf
  • Baker Street
  • Royal Festival Hall
  • Spitalfields

So if you fancy some British comfort food in London, Canteen is your restaurant.

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