Hardens Restaurant Guide 2017

Service – 5, Food – 5, Atmosphere – 4

“Lucky Balhamites to have it on their doorstep!”– Joe Lambert’s “consistently excellent”neighbourhood favourite “nibbles at Chez Bruce’s heels” in the affections of SW12 residents. Its“creative, modern and seasonal British food” is“remarkably good value” and served by “superb”staff in a “casual” setting.

Time Out

‘The words ‘local’ and ‘seasonal’ are bandied around a great deal these days, but Lamberts puts its menu where its mouth is. This swish Balham restaurant changes its line-up every month, showcasing the best regional British produce at that precise moment in time.’

Good Food Guide

‘…good-natured gem of a restaurant. The unfussy mood is matched by competitive prices and sharp seasonal food.’

Michelin Guide

‘Locals come for the relaxed surroundings, hospitable service and tasty, seasonal food. Sunday lunch is very popular. The enthusiasm of the eponymous owner has rubbed off on his team.’

Chris Blackhurst – Evening Standard

‘Lamberts…is close to perfection. There’s no fuss, no ostentation. Everything was quiet and understated. The staff were efficient and entirely in tune with the diners — nothing escaped their attention, nothing was too much trouble. The prices, as with the cooking, are perfectly judged.’

John Walsh – Independent

‘…we agreed that Lamberts was a discovery, a diamond in the rough, a pilot-light of classy cooking in the wastes of Balham High Road, and that Chez Bruce does indeed have a south London rival snapping at its heels. Next day, I looked at the Hardens guide again. In the list of the London foodies’ favourite restaurants under £45 a head, Lamberts came second. How enraging to find that one’s newest discovery has been well and truly discovered…’

View London

‘Lamberts offers reasonable priced first-class cooking in relaxed surroundings that forego the pretension of some London restaurants. This could be one of the best small-sized restaurants you visit this year – definitely worth the trip south of the river!’

Cheese and Biscuits

‘Meals like this, in restaurants like this, give a warm fuzzy feeling inside – it makes me happy that Lamberts exists… There’s hope for our fine city yet.’