Behind the National Theatre on the banks of the River Thames, sits a new and in all senses of the word, ethically sourced restaurant. For those of you who are concerned about the (at times negative) impact big restaurants can have on the community, there is no need to fear when you come and dine here. The Green Room is a restaurant with a difference; every inch of this restaurant resonates of the collaboration between the National Theatre and local social enterprise Coin Street Community Builders. From the recycled props from hit shows adorning the tables and the classic plays available in the loos right through to the fact that all the food is ethically sourced and British and as well as the fact that all profits of the restaurant support the National Theatre and local communities.
The menu is kept simple, expect to find the likes of hot Lincolnshire poacher rarebit with crispy pancetta and salt cod croquettes with chunky tartar sauce to start. They’ve stuck with classic options for main courses, which you know sometimes can’t be beaten, we’re talking burgers and steaks with green peppercorn sauce. Had it been executed perfectly then that would be another matter but we found it rather average, a little too salty, it was perfectly pleasant, but that’s the sort of term your mum uses to describe the girl down the road she is trying to set you up with. That is no way to think about food.
Things perked up a bit with pudding we went for a delicious winter fruit salad with coconut milk cream and profiteroles which came with plenty of cream and chocolate sauce but as we found this was too cover for the fact that the choux was overly dry, I rather regret not getting the Knickerbocker Glory, that couldn’t be dry surely.
The service was impeccable, fast and friendly so The Green Room is ideal if you want a quick bite before a show and also cares about the surrounding area and the community that lives, work and plays in it.