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Le Chardon

65 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, London, London, SE22 8EP
This converted grocer is the sort of bistro every town should have - offering the sort of dishes, for too long out of fashion - but most of which so successful over centuries that they are good enough to survive fads. The cooking is good and robust, but don't expect fine art - although there are paintings for sale on the walls.

They open for breakfast/brunch with a menu stretching from Croissants, through Eggs Benedict to Full English Breakfast. While light dishes such as omelettes and steak baguettes are offered throughout the day.

For something more serious, expect the likes of 'Grilled Goats' Cheese on Toasted Foccacia'; 'Soupe de Poussins' (with croûtons, rouille & cheese); 'Snails in Garlic Butter' and 'Duck Liver Foie Gras with Brioche' among the starters.

With perhaps 'Whole Baked Plaice with Lemon Butter & Caper Sauce'; 'Calves Liver sautéed with Parsley, Garlic, Shallots & Xérus Vinegar''; 'Steak Tartare' and in darker months 'Pheasant and Red Wine Casserole' to follow.

There are traditional bistro desserts of the 'Chocolate Mousse'; 'Tarte Tatin' and 'Crème Brulée' variety; plus French cheeses.

Lunch, in particular, is excellent value, their set menu offering about four choices at each stage (on Sunday, this includes a traditional British 'Roast'); but service can be slow at busy periods - so if you're in a hurry, mention this when ordering, as it might effect your choice.

Other Details

  • Food Style: Bistro
  • Lunch: all week, food from 9.00, lunch from 12.00; set L Mon-Fri £11.95 (2 courses), £14.95 (3 courses); set L Sun £13.95 (2 courses), £16.95 (3 courses); mains about £13 to £30
  • Dinner: all week, dinner from 18.00 till late; mains about £13 to £30
  • Wine: a concise list, is based in France, has modest mark-ups.
  • Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
  • Nearest station: East Dulwich Rail
  • Directions: See the map on this page
  • Parking: Street parking
  • Closed: some Bank Holidays
  • Outside eating

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Contact Details

Tel: 020-8299 1921
Address: 65 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, London, London, SE22 8EP