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The French House - Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace French £££ +100
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About The French House - Crystal Palace

France Gall. Françoise Hardy. Sylvie Vartan. Brigitte Bardot. Anna Karina. French cultural mastermind Serge Gainsbourg. These figures of the yé-yé pop phenomenon yé-yé and the upstarts of the nouvelle vague form the backdrop – and the soundtrack – to London’s swinging restaurant and bar The French House, whose second outlet (the other’s in East Dulwich) is set to bring bagloads of Gallic charm to the Crystal Palace triangle centred on Westow Hill, Crystal Palace Parade and Anerley Hill.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 10:00 - 23:00
The French House - Crystal Palace, 72 Westow Hill, SE19 1SB London

Further Information

In proper French cafe tradition, you can rock up to The French House’s Westow Hill address for simply a pint of beer (all sourced by crafty co-owner Robbie O’Neill) or a glass of wine, or indulge in co-owner and executive chef Audrey O’Neill’s native Alsace cuisine, whether for breakfast or a typically late London brunch, a long and languorous lunch or dinner. All the gastronomic action gets served up on communal wooden, farmhouse-style tables, making The French House’s social vibe all the more enchanting and adding a certain amount of rural French character to dining at this unique Crystal Palace venue.

Breakfast at The French House is classic petit dejeuner. Croques monsieurs et madames, savoury and sweet tartes, or a simple French brekkie of croissants and coffee are set to be a hit among Crystal Palace locals looking for something a little more refined than the English counterpart. Late on in the day when the restaurant opens up for lunch and dinner, London’s fans of Gallic gastronomy can have themselves charcuterie and fromage in a degustation format, classic French entrees and plates, or – the specialty of the house – Alsatian tartes flambees matched with Les Princes Abbes riesling from the region. With a backing band of French pop stars of yesteryear, The French House is French dining a la mode.

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CHEF'S CHOICE

42 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 42 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: short
Quality/Price: cheap
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2 reviews so far 6
28.06.2017 08:31

Great food, in a restaurant with very interesting decor, if your a fan of the '60's' then this slice of French fancy will be right up your street. Food is rustic, presented really well and the place has its own charm. Will be back.

2 reviews so far 6
06.04.2017 08:23

Went mid week with a group of girls, atmosphere was lovely, wine choices were good with options for glasses, carafs or bottles. Shared a raclette and a fondue plus one other meal between 5 and it was more than enough food for us. Food did take quite a long time to come out but we were informed and they were apologetic. Company and atmosphere was good so this didn't matter. Will definitely return.

1 review so far 6
19.03.2017 08:39

Lovely atmosphere, great staff and great food. Took my mum who grew up with the Yé Yé era in Lille and she was so happy to be there

12 reviews so far 6
19.02.2017 13:00

French onion soup was superb. The fondue was to die for, we had with potatoes and apples. There was a girl playing guitar and singing who was fantastic and made for a great atmosphere to go along with the tasty food.

1 review so far 4
28.04.2017 21:37

The ambience was very nice with Ye Ye music laying. The music playing was not, sadly, what was being shown on the TV, old French music programmes in black and white. Sad. Nice posters on tne walls. Staff friendly and knew the menu, very helpful. The starter, a charcuterie board, was very nice and tasty, good choices. The mains were a tad disappointing. The menu didn't fully reflect what was on the plates. The coq au vin was on noodles yes, but there was also chargrilled veg. Or that's what it looked/tasted like. It's difficult because I rather like my own coq au vin made the traditional way. My Wife had a salmon a la nicoise. Well, we know what a nicoise is, or do we. This was, sadly, very overcooked salmon fillets on a bed of charlotte potatoes d green beans. The pudding, well, we both had chocolate fondants with ice cream. Rather delicious. A pint and a vodka tonic all for just over £60 was good value. Would we return, not sure, I may spend an evening dr king their wine and having charcuterie.

1 review so far 6
07.10.2016 11:34

We had a lovely birthday meal here last night. I recommend the large charcuterie platter for four people. If you love cheese, this is certainly the starter for you. So many delicious flavours. The service was lovely and friendly and we always had a drink (or two) on our table. Please try all the tarte flambes. Between us we tried three different flavours and the toppings were very generous. I can't wait to go back to try the desserts. We ate too much and couldn't fit them in!

1 review so far 4
28.08.2016 09:45

Overall we enjoyed our visit. However, it is overpriced for what it offers. Also the music was via a soundtrack in the background whilst the TV which played 60;s video music was not linked to the sound system. So we saw silent video which bore no relation to the 'muzak' soundtrack. Disappointing as this was a main reason for our visit. Staff were friendly and the food was fine, if overpriced as mentioned. Could be 25% cheaper and it would be a different experience. Expectation = high, delivery = medium overall. Not sure I would go back though as there are many other restaurants in Crystal Palace. Stiff competition needs a great offering and this did not deliver.

1 review so far 6
19.06.2016 19:39

Great food, friendly staff, good service. Good choice for a Father's Day lunch for a French dad. Will definitely come back. The tarte flambé was yummy, and the confit de canard was judged by our 14 year old to be the best duck he had ever tasted (and he's tasted a few!). Merci beaucoup.

1 review so far 5
17.07.2016 20:46

Fun new restaurant in Crystal Palace with a regional French menu from the Alsace. We had the Raclette, which was a fun experience melting our cheese on little pans under an element brought to our table. The gooey cheese poured all over potatoes, along with meats and pickles was very nice. We had a delicious dry Riesling too.

1 review so far 6
09.06.2016 22:28

Excellent food and superb service, will defiantly be returning. Try a get a seat by the window in the summer as they have them open so you can watch the world go by. Also listen out for a cockerel ;-)

3 reviews so far 4
28.06.2016 15:44

The duck is delicious but probably needs a sauce as the dish was a bit dry, overall but still yummy. Also took a while even though it wasn't that busy, we waited about 30 minutes. The cocktails are great though - I recommend the Jane Birkin - v refreshing on a balmy evening. Waitress is lovely and friendly too.

2 reviews so far 3
30.05.2016 23:51

Service was super slow, it took them nearly 1.5hrs to serve us our fondue. They brought the potatoes and had to them back as they were getting cold with no sign of the cheese fondue and no explanation. Fondue was ok but not worth the wait, I've been to the Dulwich branch before and it's not as slow as this. Also should a reataurant have a dog running around? I believe I heard it was the chef's dog.

1 review so far 6
24.09.2016 07:39

Amazing atmosphere, food and staff! No other place in London serves as authentic a French dining experience. What could be better than eating a tartiflette accompanied by a pichet of merlot and the best of Serge Gainsbourg?

1 review so far 6
25.06.2016 08:31

Good and service superb as always. Have visited both the French House in Crystal Place and East Dulwich now. Both are really amazing. It is so nice to have French cuisine on the doorstep.

1 review so far 6
25.08.2016 09:48

My first time to The French House and it didn't disappoint. A great place to meet friends and chill with great French dishes and all wines by the glass! Very kid friendly too.

1 review so far 4
10.07.2016 19:47

We had a lovely meal at this restaurant, the staff are very friendly and helpful, the food was delicious and generous portions. The only complaint was that the benches are quite uncomfortable after a while. I loved the way the toilets are decorated with old french magazine pages.

2 reviews so far 6
23.06.2016 11:03

Varied menu, food was delicious! Staff extremely helpful. Food took a while to arrive but there was an easy going atmosphere and pleasant surroundings so that wasn't too much of a problem.

1 review so far 6
13.09.2016 23:02

Had a very enjoyable Friday evening dinner at the French House. Food was delicious - very good value, traditional French fare. The staff are also friendly but not in your face.

1 review so far 6
13.07.2016 07:21

Exceptional food, couldn't recommend highly enough. Authentic casual French food, with generous servings of fantastic cheese and meets. We had a great evening - a welcome addition to Crystal Palace.

1 review so far 6
14.06.2016 10:29

Great food, proper authentic Alsacian style. Great wine and cocktails too. Very friendly service, really good French ye-ye music. Decor is fun. Can't wait to go again. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 5
12.06.2016 08:24

The food was delicious (I had the quiche) and definitely worth going back for. Though the live music was nice, it was a bit hard to hear each other. Overall, a great night out.

1 review so far 6
03.07.2016 07:51

Lovely evening, great food and friendly service. We went on a Saturday evening and whilst the restaurant was busy, the staff were attentive and knowledgeable about the menu

1 review so far 5
22.06.2016 12:04

Really nice food, decent service, good value, but air conditioning did little to nothing which meant that it was a very sweaty experience! Will definitely try again, but perhaps on a cooler evening!

1 review so far 5
22.01.2017 12:22

Really good food. Very good wine as well. Would recommend booking in advance as quite a small gaff. Baked cheese here obviously good. Nice relaxing atmosphere and reasonably priced. Def worth a trip.

1 review so far 6
09.07.2016 10:51

Wonderful service with a tea understanding of good customer service. The food was amazing and it was a fantastic night all round. We will definitely be back

1 review so far 5
29.04.2017 22:07

A very pleasant experience. The food was exactly what the menu described and rather tasty. The staff were very attentive and friendly. The atmosphere was lovely and very relaxed. Will definitely return.

1 review so far 6
09.06.2016 14:16

What a lovely experience we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will definitely be returning. We wish them success in the future at their new Crystal Palace restaurant.

1 review so far 6
05.12.2016 13:50

Wonderful food and very attentive staff. Will definitely be coming back for the great Fondue! Lovely atmostphere and great decor. Ideal on a cold winter night.

1 review so far 5
13.04.2017 20:06

Really enjoyed the fondue. Staff very amenable. Had a great lunch. Salads looked great also. Drinks menu exactly what you would expect. Relaxed atmosphere . Would recommend for lunch with friends

1 review so far 6
26.11.2016 23:01

Lovely restaurant, highly recommend the raclette. Lovely staff also. Nothing bad to say. Yum Yum Yum Yum also the wine is good and the cocktails

1 review so far 6
06.11.2016 08:21

Great food and friendly service and interesting ambience, will definitely be going back. Had the coq au vin and clafoutis with a pre-fireworks vin chard.

1 review so far 6
08.02.2017 11:01

Fantastic place, especially if you have little ones. The playroom out the back is brilliant, staff are lovely and food was delicious. Would highly reccomend

1 review so far 6
02.11.2016 11:49

Delicious food and wine at reasonable prices, and excellent and friendly service. I will definitely be going back to sample their breakfast and daytime menus!

1 review so far 5
05.07.2016 10:57

Really great décor and service. Felt that some of the food was pretty expensive for what you got however a different experience and very pleasant place to eat.

2 reviews so far 4
02.07.2016 14:18

Interesting atmosphere, but if you like the 60's then you'll love it. We did. Food, rustic French cuisine, well cooked, nicely presented and very enjoyable but be warned its also very filling.

1 review so far 5
12.02.2017 11:07

Great food and service. Charming and cosy atmosphere with added surprise of live acoustic music from one of the waiting staff. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening!

1 review so far 5
24.08.2016 09:40

Great food, great wine, great service, lovely atmosphere. A great addition to the triangle in Crystal Palace and we will definitely be returning... On Sunday!

1 review so far 5
04.12.2016 07:37

Lovely place, great food and desserts. Also very clean and well kept, with quirky interiors. My friends and I will be back. Baby friendly too

2 reviews so far 3
21.04.2017 10:32

Lovely little place - but the service was really slow, and sadly the food wasn't very nice. Really looked forward to the escargot for a starter - and they weren't cooked properly and tasteless! Disappointing :(

1 review so far 4
05.12.2016 07:43

Nice, cozy little place for a Thursday evening. Usual French fare but their specialities are the tartes flambees which are recommended. Will def be back

1 review so far 3
17.10.2016 00:55

Nice enough food. Cool bathroom. Manager was on the ball. Shame the menu was in transition so there wasn't a lot of choice. Would go again though

1 review so far 5
29.12.2016 09:28

Quite a busy place. Good service, friendly staff and good food