Bianca Capstick


A garden-like oasis in SE1 may sound like a paradox, but new neighbourhood restaurant, bar and garden, The Green Room, a uniquely ethical and culinary collaboration with local social enterprise Coin Street Community Builders, is just that.

This urban dining retreat, with its own stylish and sustainable garden, is housed in a beautiful, glass-walled green house, tucked behind The National Theatre on London’s Southbank.

Bringing a welcome, delicious and grass roots offering to an area too well-known for its high street restaurant chain offerings, The Green Room serves up ethically-sourced British ‘diner’ food in a spacious and contemporary setting.

Mirroring the refreshingly sustainable approach to its menu, The Green Room’s eclectic, up-cycled interior makes for a stylish, eye-catching setting, featuring props and scenery recycled from National Theatre shows; in which you will enjoy good, honest food, executed well at reasonable prices.The Green Room's Salt cod croquettes

Expect well-informed, friendly staff to guide you through a four part menu comprising: “Pick It Up,” “Knife and Fork,” “On The Side,” and “The Big Finish,” staff are patiently on hand to take your food order as you pick on everything from Paprika Popcorn (£3) through to Salt Cod Croquettes (£5.50) and Spiced Salami Sticks (£5.60).

Main courses include classic fanfare such as Cheeseburgers with Montgomery Jack cheese (£9.75); BBQ Pork Ribs (£12.75) and Peppercorn Steak with chunky chips (£16.25). There’s also a few innovative vegetarian/vegan dishes worth trying, such as the mouth-watering piquant Spicy Vegan Sloppy Joe, rich with black beans and brought alive with jalapeños and chipotle (£9.75); or the Grilled Calamari with pesto and slow cooked winter vegetables (£10.50)The Green Room - Pork Ribs

Accompany your mains with side dishes such as Chunky Chips (£3) rustling in the bowl – thus cooked to perfection, guiltily dunked in creamy coleslaw (£3); and light, zingy English wines like Three Choirs ‘Winchcombe Downs’ from Gloucestershire’s vineyards (£30).

If you can squeeze in dessert make it a Honey Sponge and Cream Layer Cake topped with honeycomb and coffee cream (£5). Delectable, and of course lovingly made with locally supplied National Theatre Honey; or a classic Creme Brûlée (£5.50), arguably the dish any and every restaurant should be judged on…Honey Cake at The Green Room

If the tasty and ambitious menu doesn’t leave you warm inside, then perhaps knowing that all profits from this restaurant support the National Theatre and local communities; double the reason to both check this place out, and return again and again.

This creative, ethical and culinary hub was designed by the recently graduated architect Benjamin Marks and is maintained by the Bankside Open Spaces Trust with volunteers from the theatre and local area.The Green Room -Interior, Southbank

The Green Room is already gaining momentum in popularity, likely to increase over the summer when the Southbank spills with weekend visitors and guests will be able to dine alfresco on the lawn; therefore although booking ahead isn’t essential, it’s recommended to avoid disappointment.

Overall Verdict:

Price: £60 (excluding service) this includes wine and very generous food portions.

Service: Very good; attentive – great lengths are taken to inform of the interiors’ ethical elements and menu’s provenance.

Ambience: Relaxing, artistic along with a sense of freedom afforded by the floor to ceiling windows and urban garden space.

Bathroom: 5/5 clean, functional and adorned with art.


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