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Canteen Restaurant

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by Kat Parr Mackintosh (subscribe)
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Published September 16th 2010
Canteen serves the sort of British cuisine that gives UK eating a good reputation not a bad one: flavoursome home made steak and kidney pie, chicory, watercress, apple and walnut salad, cod and chips (or haddock and chips – depending on which restaurant you're visiting), smoked mackerel on wilted spinach, and proper roasts served with all the trimmings they're supposed to come with.

Best of British' is a trendy thing to be serving these days, but Canteen goes a lot further than your local gastro-pub, making everything from scratch (including the fish fingers), in a healthier and tastier take on what your British Nanna used to make.

They're not just open for slap up Sunday roasts and hearty winter warmers, they also do a turn in satisfying breakfasts, elevenses, afternoon teas and suppers.

The other thing that sets Canteen apart from other restaurants serving British fare is the décor which is pared back modern style, with good lighting and the ever changing menus written on the placemats. It's all about the food and drink here.

If you're there for lunch or dinner don't scrimp on the mashed potato – even if it doesn't really go with the rest of what you've ordered. If you're there for afternoon tea and they're doing their chocolate and beetroot cake then don't miss your opportunity for something quite special.
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Why? Best of Best of British
When: Monday to Friday 8am-11pm Saturday to Sunday 9am-11pm
Phone: 0845 686 1122
Where: Spitalfields Market, underneath the Royal Festival Hall, Baker Street and Canary Wharf
Cost: From around £30 per person for two courses and drinks
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