The 8 Best Restaurants in Elephant and Castle

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© Steve Harris/Flickr
Photo of Culture Trip
17 May 2017

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.

Toulouse Lautrec

Restaurant, French, Vegetarian, $$$
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Toulouse Lautrec, London
Toulouse Lautrec, London | © Ewan Munro/Flickr

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 Beehive

Gastropub, Pub Grub, Vegetarian, $$$
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The Beehive, Carter Street
The Beehive, Carter Street | © Ewan Munro/Flickr
The Beehive is 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.

The Old Red Lion

Pub, Pub Grub, Vegetarian, $$$
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Old Red Lion, Kennington
Old Red Lion, Kennington | © Ewan Munro/Flickr

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.

Elephant & Castle pub

Pub, Pub Grub, Vegetarian, $$$
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Elephant & Castle Pub, Newington Causeway
Elephant & Castle Pub, Newington Causeway

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.

Mercato Metropolitano

Cocktail Bar, Deli, Market, Wine Bar, Food Court, Italian, Vegan, Vegetarian
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Mercato Metropolitano, London
Mercato Metropolitano, London | © Mercato Metropolitano
Mercato Metropolitano is where Elephant’s foodies disappear to at weekends. A huge indoor street food market, with an Italian deli on the side, the Mercato hosts a number of food concepts including amazing sourdough pizza, Argentine steaks, gelato and craft beers and cocktails on tap. There’s also a hidden away wine bar and lots of stuff to buy to take home.

Tiny Leaf

Restaurant, European, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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Tiny Leaf, London
Tiny Leaf, London | © Tiny Leaf

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

Restaurant, Chinese, Vegetarian, $$$
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Dragon Castle, London
Dragon Castle, London | © bob walker/Flickr
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.

Oaka at Mansion House

Restaurant, Thai, Vegetarian, $$$
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Oaka at Mansion House, London
Oaka at Mansion House, London | © Ewan Munro/Flickr

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.