Whenever we want somewhere central to meet friends for lunch, we always opt for The Green Room in Waterloo. As a family with two young children, it ticks all the boxes for us as a family friendly restaurant.
Located just off the bustling Southbank, behind the National Theatre, the relatively-new restaurant is tucked away well enough to never be too overrun with passing tourists (who can be found queueing up at the chains on the waterfront).
Inside the British diner it is spacious, airy and clean. It's a unique collaboration between the National Theatre and Coin Street Community Builders, and features props and scenery recycled from National Theatre shows. All profits from the restaurant support the National Theatre and local communities.
The staff always make us feel welcome and bring highchairs, crayons and paper for the children while we peruse the menu.
Starters include choices such as scotch egg made with black pudding & chorizo (£5.25) or grilled vegetables, hummus & flatbread (£6.50).
For mains, options include Green Room burger with tomato, onion, pickles, cheddar, served with chips or salad (£12.75) or chilli con carne - authentic chopped beef, tortillas, fried potatoes, spicy tomato relish & sour cream (£13.75), which is what I chose on our last visit. There are also plenty of veggie options too (another box ticked as hubby is vegetarian).
In addition to this there are a range of side dishes, and of course a selection of puddings. Children have a seperate menu with choices such as Mozzarella, basil & tomato pizza (£3.75), which is a favourite for our two. Our delicious food is usually washed down by an equally delicious bottle of dry rose wine (well, the adults anyway).
The diner also has an extensive urban oasis at the front: a sustainable garden designed by the Bankside Open Spaces Trust with volunteers from the theatre and local area. It is filled with giant cushions and deckchairs and is the perfect place to hang out for drinks if the weather is nice.