The Top Ten Best Lunch Spots in Kennington – no. 4 – Elephant Shack

We went to visit Elephant Shack again shortly after writing the below, and found it closed. Rumour has it they have pivoted and are now making bread for supermarkets or some such. It’a a shame as they were very good and very popular, but there are lots of good other lunch options at The Artworks which we’ll write about soon.

Positives: They only serve filtered water from a big container, no bottles. They go out of their way to be welcoming and helpful – service is on a par with their jovial Artworks neighbours Marcel & Sons. We’ve only been once, but the spicy lamb flatbread wrap was deliciously piquant.

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Negatives: A bar that closes at 6pm? Perhaps more of a concern for a Saturday lunch, but it seems a shame all the same (and they’re closed on Sunday). It’s rather tight on space inside – more of a takeaway lunch option.

Hygiene rating: 3 out of 5

Address: Unit 18, The Artworks, Elephant Rd, London SE17 1AY


Come back next Sunday to see what’s at no. 3.

2 thoughts on “The Top Ten Best Lunch Spots in Kennington – no. 4 – Elephant Shack

  1. Ali

    Hi Kennington Runoff, I’ve been enjoying following your blog over the last few months.
    Have you checked out the Requinta Bistro on Kennington Lane yet ? Right beside the Eagle ? They’ve only been here a few months and are open for breakfast to late lunch I believe.
    The staff is absolutely wonderful and they serve delicious, fresh Brazilian food (among other things, like possibly the cheapest burger in South London). I stop in every now and then to grab a coxinha, which is a small dough ball of delight, stuffed with shredded chicken and olives. On a nice day, the garden at the back is a wonderful place to sit and read.
    Anyways, just thought you’d want to hear about it if you hadn’t been yet. They are one of those small businesses with a soul, and I hope they do well !

  2. Ali

    Ah I see that I had missed your reply to my comment (quite) a few posts back.
    Sorry !
    I can’t find the number, but it is squeezed between the Royal Oak and the Eagle 🙂


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