Bib Gourmand Restaurants in South London

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The Anchor & Hope
Padella
Padella
Upstairs at Trinity
Canton Arms
Canton Arms
 

 

With an array of delectable cuisine on offer, south London is home to a number of restaurants awarded with a Bib Gourmand. Discover inviting gastropubs, traditional tapas bars and imaginative Indians with this guide to the area's best restaurants.

 
 

The Anchor & Hope

A seriously good gastropub.

36 The Cut, South Bank, London, SE1 8LP

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station

 
 

The Anchor & Hope is a gastropub that takes both parts of its name seriously, and you can certainly have a good evening just popping in to sample some of their excellent selection of draft beers. However, it's the food that has made this a London landmark, and if you want to eat here, be prepared to arrive early. There's no table booking, and a no-nonsense attitude to customers, however demanding they may be. If you want your beef well-done, you'll be politely asked to choose something else, and if you want a light, vegetarian snack, then you'll be sorely disappointed. However, if what you're after is an imaginative menu, enormous platefuls of meaty goodness, and sensible prices, then this will be paradise for you. The best meals here are for sharing - slow roast lamb shoulder, for example - so it's a good place to go in a large group. The no-booking policy means you should turn up early - before six if you want to be seated immediately, though a forty-minute wait in a pleasant pub won't ruin your evening. It's almost unbelievably good value, as well, for though the presentation is relentlessly unflashy the cooking is Michelin-star standard.

 
 
 

Bistro Union

All things quintessentially British take precedence at this restaurant.

40 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9NG

Tube: Clapham South Station

 
 

Located at 40 Abbeville Road in the centre of Abbeville Village, Bistro Union is owned and run by the team behind Trinity, Clapham Old Town. Union is a British neighbourhood Bistro where all things quintessentially British take precedence. The bar houses a food preparation area manned by one of our cooks preparing ten daily changing bar snacks listed on a drop down brown paper roll. The menu is made up of British Classics; changing seasonally to reflect the best of our indigenous ingredients. We operate a no bookings policy (first come, first served). We do however accept bookings for the first hour and a half of opening to allow young families with children the opportunity to secure a table.

 
 
 

Canton Arms

A fabulous sister pub to Great Queen Street and The Anchor & Hope.

177 South Lambeth Road, London, SW8 1XP

Tube: Stockwell Station

 
 

Sister pub to Great Queen Street and The Anchor & Hope , the Canton Arms retains the feel of a traditional boozer, with booze and the forefront and food kept solely to the dining room at the back. Unfortunately, the restaurant follows London's growing first-come-first-served trend with a no bookings policy but the food is worth the wait, with the pub awarded a Bib Gourmand award. The menu is short and sweet, made up of hearty dishes such as roast partridge with celeriac mash, ox cheek pie and mash, seven-hour salt marsh lamb with potato gratin, and grilled dover sole with roast salsify and beurre blanc. Puddings are equally indulgent, with hot chocolate pudding, brown sugar apple meringue and pistachio cake among the options.

 
 
 

Elliot's Cafe

Ingredients are sourced from Borough Market for the dishes at this restaurant.

12 Stoney Street, Borough Market, Bankside, London, SE1 9AD

Tube: London Bridge Station

 
 

Elliot's Cafe makes the most of being in the heart of Borough Market, creating dishes from ingredients sourced from the market - so if there's no mackerel that day there won't be any mackerel on the menu. It makes for a menu that doesn't just change with the seasons but is tinkered with on a daily basis. As well as Ginger Pig steaks and Square Mile coffees they bake their own bread every day so you can get a great caponata on freshly toasted sourdough. Brett Redman and Rob Green, the duo behind Elliot's, already have a proven track record - this is their second venture following the Pavilion Cafe in Victoria Park, and Rob has run a tea stall on Borough market for around eight years. Part of their plan is to localise London, allowing people who live around Borough to pre-order their lovely loafs, nibble on some olives, or pick at a plate of prosciutto di Parma and pickled peaches - something the friendly staff effortlessly encourage. If you're feeling hungry, opt for a main course which might include baked whole sea bass and wild oregano, partridge, or beef rump with baked onions, carrots and rainbow chard. These can be washed down with offer a some organic and bio-dynamic wines from small vineyards, cider from the New Forest or beers from a range of small scale London brewers. All together a lovely cafe well suited to the spirit of Borough.

 
 
 

Indian Essence

Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar also boasts a Bib Gourmand for this neighbourhood Indian restaurant.

176-178 Petts wood Road, Petts Wood, London, BR5 1LG

Tube: Woolwich Station

 
 

The first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin star for his Mayfair restaurant Benares, Atul Kochhar has now also received a Bib Gourmand for Indian Essence in Petts Wood. Having lived in Britain for more than 20 years, Atul draws on both Indian and British influences and uses the finest seasonal ingredients to create imaginative takes on classic favourites . Diners will be able to feast on chicken tikka pie with spiced prune compote, fennel scented lamb chops served with wild rocket salad, and tandoori spiced grey mullet served on a bed of oven-roasted asparagus and asparagus korma sauce. Adding a bit of spice to your Saturday night at home, Indian Essence also has a takeaway menu.

 
 
 

José

A small tapas and sherry bar with a daily changing menu.

104 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UB

Tube: London Bridge Station

 
 

A great team of established restauranteurs have teamed up with Spanish chef Jose Pizarro to set up this wee (only 30 covers) tapas and sherry bar in Bermondsey Street. With a market fresh daily changing menu Jose offers diners a creative wine and sherry list which complements the inventive dishes. Jose Pizarro has all the bearings of a celebrity chef having appeared on BBC's Saturday Kitchen and UKTVFood's Market Kitchen and with his book Seasonal Spanish Food published in October 2009 by Kyle Cathie. This, his first tapas bar in London, was a precursor to the larger Pizarro restaurant also on Bermondsey Street, adding a nice bit of diversity to a small street of very good, very British restaurants and gastropubs. Pizarro Broadgate, a 60 cover restaurant in Broadgate Circle in the City, followed three years later.

 
 
 

Padella

Feast on handmade pasta dishes at this Italian inspired restaurant.

6 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TQ

Tube: London Bridge Station

 
 

The duo behind Italian inspired restaurant Trullo in Highbury, Tim Siadatan and Jordan Frieda, are behind Padella, a restaurant which takes Trullo's 'greatest hits' and presents them as eight handmade pasta dishes, made using fresh pasta rolled in the window of the restaurant, hours before service. Located in the bread basket of London, Borough Market, Padella was born out of a desire from Tim and Jordan to make quality handmade fresh pasta accessible and at £7 to £10.50 a dish these are prices everyone can afford. As with Trullo, Padella uses traditional Italian techniques with quality British produce to make real, slow cooked sauces and Italian ragus. The signature dish is pappardelle with 8-hour beef shin ragu and other options include tagliarini with brown shrimps, green and yellow courgette, squid ink tagliarini with mussels, chilli and oregano, and ravioli of pumpkin & marjoram with sage butter. Sleek, traditional and functional, the two floor restaurant has counter seating the length of the ground floor and overlooking Southwark Street.

 
 
 

Upstairs at Trinity

A more casual dining experience than the renowned Michelin-starred restaurant below.

4 The Polygon, London, SW4 0JG

Tube: Clapham Common Station

 
 

Offering a more casual dining experience than the renowned Michelin-starred restaurant located below, Upstairs at the Trinity was opened after a complete refurb of the ten-year-old Trinity . Swapping white tablecloths and intimate dining with communal tables, an open kitchen and pine floorboards, the restaurant serves small plates that bring together influences from Britain, France and Italy. Expect dishes such as crispy pork jowl fritters, grilled veal tongue with potato salad, BBQ lamb fillet with roast onion and ricotta, and smoked haddock croquettes. Swapping formal for casual doesn't affect quality, however, with Upstairs the recipient of a prestigious Bib Gourmand award.

 
 
 
 
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