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5.3 /6 Excellent 44 Reviews

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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44 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 44 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: short
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1 review so far 6
18.09.2017 17:27

Perfect service. Plentiful, high quality cheese and charcuterie. Delicious wine (but relatively steeply priced). Good coffee. Real pastry. Excellent ambience. I would return again to try their cooked dishes - this restaurant clearly cares about its French roots and makes it possible to enjoy a slice of France without picking up the tab of a Michelin starred restaurant. In the context of Crystal Palace, it is neither cheap nor expensive. If you're reading this review, deciding whether to visit or not, then I would recommend giving it a shot. At worst, it won't be your thing. At best, you'll have found a charming French restaurant that is admirably trying to be different. In any event, I cannot envisage being served a bad meal here. I live locally.

1 review so far 6
19.08.2017 22:43

Great location, tasteful decor, fantastic cocktails and food. Experience was enhanced by exceptional service from a very friendly member of staff. Will definitely revisit soon.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.