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Kentish Canteen
Kentish Canteen

Kentish Canteen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://kentishcanteen.co.uk
  • Email: info@kentishcanteen.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 485 7331
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday: 10am-10:30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: English, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Afternoon Tea
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Close to Kentish Town Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking after 6pm
A word from Kentish Canteen
Terrific modern European cooking with a southern European tinge. Open every day from 10am to 10.30pm. Expect to spend around £20 or less for three courses, before drinks and service.
Shebeen Cocktail Bar downstairs. Fantastic cocktails. Happy hour daily from 5.30 pm - 8 pm
Shebeen opens from 5.30 pm - 11.30 pm Tuesday through Thursday and 5.30 pm through 12.30 Friday & Saturdays
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Awards voted by toptable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerEnglish
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBrunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerChild Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "Its just down the road from where we work, and thought we would make a booking to take advantage of the 50% discount on Mondays. I read some reviews from another site, and they are wrong, Kentish Canteen have the most friendly and attentive staff. The food was excellent and well presented."
    dined on 07/04/2014
  • "tasty brunch GREAT coffee, only slight let down on my part is they used flaked salmon not smoked salmon for eggs royale which some may like but I found a bit too fishy, apart from that fantastic."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "Easily the best place to grab some food before going to a gig at the Forum! If I lived in Kentish town I would definitely be a regular here. Staff are good, food top notch and always a buzzing atmosphere."
    dined on 20/12/2013
  • "We went here for my colleague's leaving lunch and it was fantastic. Lots to choose from on the lunch menu and very tasty."
    dined on 26/03/2014
  • "We came for dinner with friends and had a very enjoyable meal. Good food and service. Will be back"
    dined on 19/10/2013
  • "Booked this for 15 people for a Saturday brunch. They called up to check numbers on the morning and accommodated an additional 5 people without any fuss. The waiter was really patient as the group arrived at disjointed times and we were treated with excellent and attentive service. Would not hesitate to recommend. Thanks Kentish Canteen!"
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "Our waiter was lovely - very friendly and keen to help (gave surprisingly honest opinions about certain dishes on the menu, unprompted!). However, whilst the food wasn't amazing, if you go on a Monday and book in advance it is 50% off all food, so a meal for 3 people, with a starter board to share, three main courses and a pudding to share was £33 - absurdly good value! I would not say that the quality of the food is worth going at another time, as the food would be overpriced for what it is, but certainly worth going on a Monday!"
    dined on 17/02/2014
  • "Great meal for a group of friends. Booked a table for 6, and the staff at Kentish Town Kanteen were very accomodating when it expanded to 10 people at the last minute. Lovely good, great cocktails and reasonably priced."
    dined on 07/02/2014
  • "Great food, shame a lot of food from the menu what we wanted they had run out of...and table was booked from 8."
    dined on 07/02/2014
  • "We needed a restaurant for a big party (14) on New Years Eve and Kentish Canteen provided a first class experience. People were never short of a drink, the food was good and the staff were friendly (not an easy feat on a busy NY). A fantastic start to a fantastic evening. Highly recommended."
    dined on 31/12/2013
  • "Good value for Monday's. Maybe a bit too expensive when full price. The cook can cook - for sure! Will go again, but only Monday's."
    dined on 27/01/2014
  • "A very conveniently located and friendly place, with excellent service. The food is good and is good value when paired with a Tastecard or when 50% off is being offered (every Monday). In the absence of these offers, I would say the price is a little toppy."
    dined on 06/01/2014
  • "Everything's great at Kentish Canteen - brilliant menu - perfect choices to suit every taste, such lovely staff, beautifully designed restaurant, excellent location. Our favourite place to eat in Kentish Town"
    dined on 18/01/2014
  • "Nice relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff. Always an easy restaurant to go with a mixed group as there are meat/veg options, some lighter and some fit for large appetites. I would say the brunch/lunch is better value- most dinner options are quite pricey. I went with one girlfriend for dinner and as we were both not particularly hungry, just a starter each + the 3 for £10 side options was perfect."
    dined on 15/12/2013
  • "Served with un-cooked fish(genuinely quite shockingly so) and raw potatoes so sent back to the kitchen. Apology was forthcoming but a discount was not. Pretty disappointed all in all."
    dined on 07/12/2013
  • "Eats before a gig at the Forum. First time visit and pleasantly surprised. Well - balanced menu excellently executed. Most had the burger which was very good; I had the onglet which was excellent. Meantime lager on tap was a bonus as was the friendly service"
    dined on 02/12/2013
  • "Yet another delicious meal in lovely surrounding served by great staff"
    dined on 02/12/2013
  • "Took my daughter and granddaughter for lunch to the Canteen last week. Booked in advance and indicated we were bringing a baby. We had a nice table in the window. The baby woke up in her buggy and the staff brought over a seat which fits over the normal seating - no huge high chair in everyone's way. We both had a burger and they were cooked as we wanted (medium & well-done) with a good selection of salad and chips. The House wine was fine. The service was excellent and very friendly. The place was busy but not full, so it's probably worth booking to be on the safe side - I've been in there when it was packed. Very good value - definitely will be going back."
    dined on 28/11/2013
  • "We went prior to a show at the Forum. It has a great location just along from the Tube station on the way to the Forum. The proprietress was obviously aware of this as she asked the various diners if they were going to the Forum. The venue was very popular and if she knew who was going to the Forum she knew which tables would be freed up quickly and could advise late arrivals to have a drink at the bar and wait for a short time. We took the £11 option which was a main and a drink which we thought was excellent value.I went for the burger and my daughter chose the chorizo. We were both satisfied. There was a nice buzz about the place and we'll be back next time we're off to the Forum."
    dined on 19/11/2013
  • "A little meh... the food was average. I asked for my burger to be medium-rare, it came back more rare. Chips are served in dishes that remind me of old school dishes they used in hospital, in surgery... service was dire. We waited a fair while to even order a drink, then longer to order the food. We would have had pudding however 25mins after our plates were cleared there was no sign of any staff so we just asked for the bill, which took long enough and left. The food is average, nothing to right home about. This place is fine for a quick bite to eat but not really a place to be excited about. Shame as the location is great."
    dined on 19/11/2013
  • "Had a simply lovely experience here the other night with my girlfriend. We were shown to a table close to the window but were moved without fuss when it proved to be a bit drafty. The menu and ambiance are spot-on - perfectly pitched between homely and classy to provide a lovely atmosphere for early evening food and drinks. Or in our case both. The downstairs bar Shebeen provided stunning cocktails which we ordered as an aperitif whilst we awaited our burgers. When they arrived, they were pink, juicy and perfectly tasty without being at all fatty. The fact they came with a free glass of house wine made it all the sweeter. My gorgeous, tiny but ravenous partner also devoured an enormous bread and butter pudding. A perfect evening."
    dined on 20/11/2013
  • "Probably the best steak I've had in ages. Good ingredients, well cooked and we'll presented. Not cheap but not outrageous either. All dishes we had, and all the ones we saw go out looked great. Smallish selection but all done well. Booking was easy (although we were eating early - pre-gig). Lovely staff, very friendly. A really impressive local restaurant and smart too. The cocktail bar downstairs is fantastic too! I would travel to eat there though I don't live in the area."
    dined on 20/11/2013
  • "I've been here before, and it's a great restaurant for a relaxed dinner with some interesting dishes. They seem to serve a lot of burgers but I'd recommend the fish! To start my friend had the mini squid, very good, and I the goats cheeses with lentils (lovely, although a little large for a starter). We followed this with sea bass in a bag, and I had sea bream, both of which were extremely tasty, cooked just right and full of flavour. Staff were friendly and efficient although our waitress was unable to answer our query about one of the cocktails."
    dined on 20/11/2013
  • "good service, meal served quickly, vegetarian option of ravioli was really tasty. Fish and chips good fish a little overcooked. Overall enjoyed the meal, but not a 'wow' meal."
    dined on 16/11/2013
  • "For many years it was difficult finding a decent meal, at a good price, before gigs at The Forum. Kentish Canteen now fills that gap. Nothing fancy, but an imaginative menu, in the bistro / brasserie style, in comfortable surroundings. I recommend the chorizo sausages, from their 'main course & a drink for £11' menu."
    dined on 06/11/2013
  • "stressed staff, tiny portions, over priced, will not be going again"
    dined on 03/11/2013
  • "The food at Kentish Canteen is very tasty and although the menu is concise, it's still difficult to choose. However, it's the service that makes eating here such a pleasure. The waiter bore our indecisiveness with wit and let my dad charge his phone at the counter. When I came in to amend my booking, the waitress from my previous date night remembered me. It was a lovely meal."
    dined on 26/10/2013
  • "The restaurant is in a wonderful location and is smartly decked out. Unfortunately we went on a busy Friday night and were disappointed. Our drink order only appeared after we chased 3 times and our main was very slow to come out and was lukewarm when served and poor quality compared to past visits. Staff were friendly and cheerful but I'm sorry to say the overall experience was poor."
    dined on 25/10/2013
  • "Starter of pulled pork was fine but nothing to write home about. My main of braised beef cheek was the worst meal I've ever been served, one of the three pieces of meat was just fat and all the meat was cold, I'd love to know what they did with all the cooking juices from the meat because the sauce was just brown water with a hint of rosemary, the mash had far too much horse radish in it, the best part of the meal was the carrots."
    dined on 21/10/2013
  • "The service friendly and warm if a little slow The food tasty apart from dessert- apple and blackberry crumble crumble delicious but weren't enough blackberries and apple was sour. seating was extremely uncomfortable with the seats pitching you forward. Just a little worn out and in need of replacement. We were there for a date night but I feel this restaurant is much more suited to brunch with a girlfriend or the kids. The toilet looked in need of some tlc. There was what looked like an ice cream sundae dish which was broken with a used up tea light in it There was a rusty old air fresher left in full view Used towels after drying your hands were put in an open box As I say could have used a little more thought as regards the set dressing."
    dined on 19/10/2013
  • "Arriving on a cold wet day, the waiter offered as soon as we entered to take our wet coats and my friend's suitcase to their cloakroom at the back which was a great start. But on top of that the service was fantastic, our food was delicious yet very reasonably priced (perhaps the americano was a big expensive but hey) and the whole friendly, warm feel of the place made our visit very enjoyable. I will definitely be visiting the Kentish Canteen again sometime soon."
    dined on 13/10/2013
  • "Started in the fantastic cocktail bar downstairs and followed up with a lovely meal in the canteen itself! Staff were excellent and great value for money."
    dined on 06/09/2013
  • "I live locally and have visited many times before. Ordered the sea bass but when my fish arrived it was a whole fish which had not been stated on the menu. I tried it but it was full of bones. Had I known I would not have ordered it. I asked the guy serving if it could be changed and he said it was my fault as I didn't ask! But he conceded to ask the chef. He returned saying the chef said no. They could get me something else but I was still be charged. I said not to bother & ate the veg. When the bill arrived I requested not to pay the service as our experience had been poor. The girl said fine but when I checked my receipt I had been charged!! I queried this and they refunded my money. So disappointed. We used to love going here."
    dined on 02/12/2012
  • "We visited as a group of 5 and although we were running late, the staff accommodated our time change with ease. The meal was healthy and hearty, a lovely option for a very reasonable price. I would recommend this restaurant for lunch and possibly group meals too. We have visited frequently and would definitely visit again."
    dined on 23/08/2013
  • "This was our 2nd time here and we had a lovely business meeting which was quite lengthy. We were not pestered much but the waitresses were helpful. The food was really good value and delicious, very healthy and hearty. Overall, we had a lovely experience and would return again."
    dined on 13/08/2013
  • "Had the burger which was lovely and was a very decent portion. The service was very nice and friendly and were very attentive to the children. Will go again."
    dined on 29/05/2013
  • "The food is not anything special but it is one of those places that never disappoint you. The ambience is relaxing, not too noisy and very spacious. Service is just great! The pricing is good as well."
    dined on 28/10/2012
  • "This is the fourth or fifth time we have been to the Kentish Canteen and now feel its time to move on. They were not that busy when we arrived but the service was slow and disjointed. The food was average which was a shame because previously it has always been very good."
    dined on 10/05/2013
  • "Staff didn't mind that we wanted to linger over our meal. Burgers were all very good and it was a reasonably priced meal. Good for a bite before visiting the Forum for a gig."
    dined on 29/06/2013
  • "Having lunch at Kentish Canteen was an awsome idea. My friend and I sat near the window and had a perfect spot of the street. The staff was very nice and attentive without being annoying. Many thansk!"
    dined on 28/06/2013