The Southbank is an amazing place to stroll along in London, so much to see and such a lovely view across the Thames over the city. On this occasion my son and I were with my aunt and uncle. We’d just walked across Tower Bridge and were now looking for a late lunch venue. We stumbled upon the Founders Arms next to the Tate Modern Gallery which I’ve passed many times before and noticed how the outdoor area is always busy. We were lucky to get a table inside and they were still serving lunch. From where we were sitting we had a view across to St Paul’s Cathedral through the long glass windows. I liked that the curved building labelled the exposed roof beams and labelled them with London bridge names.
All orders are taken at the bar but served at your table. Cutlery came in a metal pail with napkins and condiments. The menu had a good range of options and a blackboard of specials for the day. I couldn’t resist trying the Roast Dingle Dell Pork Belly £13, served with cabbage, peas, parsnips, goose fat roast potatoes, yorkshire pudding, apple sauce and a home-made red wine gravy. It was an enormous serve with 3 thick cut slices of tender pork belly across the top. I really enjoyed it but was disappointed there was no crackling.
My aunt ordered the Founders Homemade Burger £11, served in a viennoise bun with lettuce, tomato, pickles, bbq relish and chips. She said it was tasty and really liked the chips.
My uncle ordered the Fish and Chips £12; a fresh piece of haddock cooked in Young’s batter served with tartare sauce nad mushy peas. He commented how the batter was crispy and not at all oily with flaky white fish underneath.
Although there’s no children’s menu, most menu items can be ordered in half serves so my son had the Children’s Fish and Chips £6. It was a generous portion of fish with thick cut chips and he wolfed down every piece on his plate.
The Founders Arms is a great meeting place for a drink or meal. It can boast great views especially on a lovely summers day although there are heaters and blankets if the weather is cooler.
52 Hopton St
London SE1 9JH
020 7298 1899