A few months ago, on a stroll by the South Bank, we spotted a new restaurant, tucked in a previously unused corner of Upper Ground, right behind the National Theatre’s concrete structure. A single storey, wood and glass space with a bright green neon sign reading ‘the Green Room’. I did not make much of it to be honest, until one day, thinking of going somewhere locally for a bite to eat, I thought of checking if they were dog friendly. Immediately came the reply on Twitter: “of course, we love dogs!” I did not need to check anything else (the menu?) and booked a table. We have, since then, been back a few times already and I feel the Green Room are worthy of a blog post because their food is as good as their attitude towards dogs! So what is the concept behind the place?
The Green Room is a neighbourhood restaurant, bar and garden serving delicious, ethically-sourced British diner food.
What I really like about the Green Room is that everything is carefully and thoroughly researched and eco-conscious. From the up-cycled or London made furniture to the sustainably caught fish, from the hessian aprons the lovely staff wear to the artisan brews they offer, it ticks all the boxes for me, and it’s a safe bet that your money is well spent. In fact, profits go to the nearby National Theatre’s projects so it’s good all around. My favourite thing are the glasses, made out of recycled bottles by a small company in Cornwall:
But what about the food? We really like it. There are small nibbles to enjoy with a cocktail or two (we tried the salted nuts, moreish); a good selections of starters (including Spicy chicken wings and Salt cod croquettes), and a fair amount of mains to choose from, from a vegetarian Sloppy Joe (which I have not yet had the courage to try) to a beautiful plate of ribs (which made my family very happy) and decent Buccleuch burgers with cheddar and caramelised onions. Desserts are great too: so far we’ve tried a nutty, intense chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream and a lovely, perfectly sized chocolate and caramel Baked Alaska.
The service is super friendly, and the space is welcoming enough despite resembling a little bit an Ikea like shell. It’s surrounded by grass at the front, and flower planters on the edges and it seems it will also have outdoor seating in the summer, which we can’t wait for. There are theatrical props scattered around (although they could probably increase the amount and make them a feature). The fact that they are very dog friendly, it’s fantastic, as it means we now have another local where to enjoy some food in the company of our well behaved Amber.
Well done Coin Street and Green Room and welcome to the ‘hood!