Elephant and Castle, until recently at least, was a no-go area if you were looking for a decent meal. Today, however, you can find craft beer pubs, great roast dinners, quirky street food and fine dining options all within a stone’s throw of the zone 1 Tube.
Frenchiemight be the smallest French restaurant in London, but it certainly makes up in flavour what it lacks in space. The menu’s similarly compact – think duck burgers, chips loaded with truffle mayo and raclette, grilled magret and charcuterie boards but everything feels loaded with love as well as calories. Delicious.
French cuisine is popular in Elephant & Castle, fine dining French brasserie come jazz club Toulouse Lautrec has been here for years and it’s popular for brunch, dinner and cocktails. All the French classics are here like foie gras terrine and cassoulet, plus there’s a lunch and breakfast menu and wines by the carafe.
The Beehiveis a local corner pub with a heart and a decent wine list. Its Sunday dinners draw people in from all over and there are a couple of different options for eating outside. The food is a step up from your regular pub grub menu, with sharing boards and burgers the size of your head. They don’t serve food on Mondays or Tuesdays.
Sat on Kennington Park Road, timber framed, medieval looking The Old Red Lion is the most laid-back pub and restaurant around these parts. Swing by during the week for pies, steaks and other pub grub classics while the weekend sees a popular Sunday lunch crowd. There’s a cute courtyard out the back for when the sun shines.
Found at the Boxpark style Artworks behind the eyesore of a shopping centre, Elephantastichas become the local’s pizza place of choice. Eat in or take out crisp shallow dough loaded with pepperoni or artichokes. At lunchtime, you can get half a pizza and a salad for a fiver.
Simply called the Elephant & Castle pub, this hip take on a corner pub has revitalised the busy heart of the area. Now the roundabout has gone, students, locals and craft ale lovers have been flocking to the busy community-focused pub. It serves up homemade sausage rolls on the counter, does a decent steak for under £20 and the menu changes pretty regularly.
Organic, vegan and zero waste, Tiny Leaf is a new restaurant within Mercato Metropolitano, having been run as a successful pop up over in Notting Hill. Expect creative dishes with a heart and purpose and prepare to be illuminated into just what is possible food wise.
Dragon Castle is an old school fine dining Chinese restaurant that specialises in dim sum. Drop by for yum cha at the weekend and every dumpling is made and steamed on site every day. There’s a pretty extensive non-dim sum menu as well and things here are a step above what you’d find in Chinatown.
Sat next to the Red Lion on Kennington Park Road is Oaka at Mansion House, a popular Thai restaurant come bar. On Tuesdays it has a two course set menu for a tenner and there are similar lunch deals but it’s popular all week round with locals looking for a reasonably priced easy meal out.