Home to Borough Market, Bankside has always been a stop for food lovers. The market itself is rich with history and has been serving the people of Southwark for 1000 years, making it London’s oldest food market. By today’s standards it’s the perfect pit stop for lunch along with an assortment of other tasty quick bites.
However with the recent addition of Flat Iron Square and an influx of new restaurants moving into the area, Bankside is fast becoming one of London’s top foodie destinations.
Whilst it’s definitely worth checking out our established Private Dining Venues – namely The Table Cafe, Hixter, Roast and Union Street Cafe who all have an excellent food and drink offering for special events, we thought we’d highlight some other establishments new to the area. After all, it’s always handy to have a couple of decent dining recommendations which are sure to impress…
Overlooking Borough Market, Arthur Hooper’s is a stylish restaurant where visitors can enjoy fresh food from local suppliers and wine from all over the world.
Their menu is inspired by fresh nutritious ingredients and flavours, sourced from local market suppliers including Androuet, Cannon & Cannon and Bread Ahead. Their ever-changing wine list is exclusively curated by Liberty Wines and is designed to be diverse and seasonal just like their European inspired menu.
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Housed on the ground floor of an old metal box factory, Caravan has lovingly restored many of the original 19th century features to create a soft industrial dining room, cocktail and coffee bar and kitchen dining bar.
Featuring their signature ‘well-travelled’ food and drink menus, Caravan have also added house-made charcuterie and cheese to the offer along with house-made kombucha, shrubs and sodas. Caravan’s bespoke coffee bar features a custom built espresso machine and new coffee brewing technology, creating delicious brews for you to have in or takeout. Open all day for breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, and everything in between, drop by for coffee, cocktails, food and relaxed vibes.
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Hawksmoor Borough is situated in what was originally a Victorian hop warehouse which then became a fruit auction hall next to Borough Market. Now the seventh Hawksmoor restaurant, it takes inspiration from the local mantra of ‘buying the best, and preparing it as simply as possible’.
The menu features many of Hawksmoor’s signature steaks and much-loved seasonal and ethically sourced dishes, and of course, Sunday Roasts. There’s also an extensive selection of cocktails, wines, beers and spirits available whatever the occasion and on Mondays guests can enjoy £5 corkage a bottle.
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tibits is an award-winning hot-spot for London’s in-the-know vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians, where the seasonal menus are created for people with a passion for delicious, guilt-free food.
Guests are invited to choose from the famous ‘food boat’ (an innovative way to buffet) with over 40 tempting dishes to create the perfect plate. Proving that eating plant-based does not mean compromising on taste, the inspired menu draws on cuisine from across the world and you can select as much or as little as you like, as it’s all paid for by weight.
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El Pastór is a taqueria, serving tacos with tortillas made from scratch in house every day. From the Hart Brothers and Crispin Somerville, the name is taken from the mighty ‘al pastor’ taco, ubiquitous on the streets of Mexico City. Open for lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday, you can drop in for tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, aguachiles and linger over a carafe of mezcal.
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The latest opening in Old Union Yard Arches, Bala Baya is a Tel Aviv inspired restaurant, cocktail bar and bakery serving up modern twists on homely local Israeli dishes.
Open all day, they serve irresistible baked goods in the morning and whip out pitas with seasonally changing salads and fillings for lunch. At night, Bala Baya progresses onto a slower pace delighting their guests with progressive, modern twists on dishes which are deeply connected to their heritage.
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Macellaio RC, founded by Roberto Costa, showcases the best produce from Italy with an emphasis on steak – beef and tuna – as well as an in-house butchery and a Ligurian bakery. Passionate about serving the finest ingredients from his native homeland, Roberto’s ethos, or Metodo Costa, is simple: choose the best produce and cook simply to let the natural flavours shine through.
If you regularly book events and are interested in Bankside Venues’ private dining venues, register your interest for our summer showcase at Borough Market on Tuesday 22 August.