Occasionally good, usually great, and always moderately priced, Canteen serves traditional British breakfasts, stews, and roasts in four locations throughout London. My go-to is in Spitalfields, where the eggs benedict beat out those of the other branches. Canteen’s menu is rife with local produce, free range meats, grass fed beef, and stellar cheeses (Neals Yard, of course).

There is a standard menu of breakfasts, starters, mains, and sides, as well as changing specials. Pies, stews, and roasts change daily. I have tried quite a few special items and so far, the roasted duck at the Royal Festival Hall stands out as one of the best dishes of the winter for me. Sweet, moist, and pleasantly gamey, it is a shame that it is not a fixed menu item. Fortunately, I can depend on the chocolate brownie caramel sundae for consolation.

Canteen‘s four locations:

2 Crispin Place
Spitalfields London
E1 6DW UK

Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Rd
London SE1 8XX

55 Baker Street
London W1U 8EW

The Park Pavilion
40 Canada Square
London E14 5FW