When you’re thinking up a restaurant concept, you want to come up with something with legs…
…like The Table, Southwark’s laid-back, canteen-style eatery serving brasserie-inspired food, breakfast through to dinner.
You’ll find it tucked away on the edge of Southwark Street, about a five or so minute walk from London Bridge station. A slight purple sign at the bottom of a sweep of glass office blocks (if spotted…) will guide you in. Here you can pick between of a number of wooden sharing tables and benches – some overlooking the open bar and kitchen at the back – or a seat at one of three bars. Of course by you, we actually mean the hostess, and that’s if you can even get in. Weekends in particular get busy, so it’s definitely worth booking ahead. Alternatively you can opt to eat al fresco in their leafy green courtyard, under the shade of a bright orange parasol.
Wherever you sit you’re going to want to get your hands on a menu stat, because choosing what to eat here is no easy feat. The main focus is on breakfast, which is served every day through ’til dinner – but how to choose between a Full English (the veggie version piled high with avocado, beans, roast tomatoes, thick-cut mushrooms, sweet potato wedges and more) and strawberry French toast with poached strawberries and vanilla ice cream? People travel across the city for their thick, fluffy, American pancake (singular), topped with sticky caramelised banana, streaky bacon, and puddles of maple syrup. Or blueberries, with a mixed berry coulee, and a big dollop of natural yoghurt.
If you’re not a big breakfast fan, they also offer a few not-so-breakfasty options: fish and chips with minted mushy peas and homemade tartare, or beef, chicken, and veggie burgers, all of which you can personalise with everything from crushed avocado to Kent black pudding.
And what better way to wash down a mighty stack of a burger than with a cocktail or two. You’ll find a mix of classic and not-so-classic cocktails, including a number of “Liquid Desserts” (essentially a lot of booze, sugar, and cream). Otherwise there’s a selection of craft beers and ciders, all from local breweries, and a wine list focused on championing small producers. If you find yourself there on a weekday between 5 and 7pm, great news, it’s happy hour, meaning 2-4-1 cocktails, £6 bottles of wine, and £3.50 pints. Just don’t overdo it, or before you know it…
You’ll be leaving the joint legless.
NOTE: The Table Cafe is open Monday 7.30am-4pm; Tuesday-Friday, 7.30am-9pm; and Saturday & Sunday 8am – 4.30pm. For more information or to make a reservation, visit their website here.
The Table Café | 83 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0HX
When you’re finished at The Table… what about catching a film at the BFI?