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Summary

£197
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Story never fails to surprise and delight, and isn’t that what eating out is all about?” – so say fans of Tom Sellers’s “creative, clever and delicious” cuisine at his “special” venue near Tower Bridge. “The menu is a puzzle and you only know what it means when the food arrives. Presentation is awesome. And the paired wines are impressive too.” “It’s not cheap… but it’s an adventure that keeps you on your toes.”

Summary

£122
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Take your taste buds on a stimulating journey” when you sample the “truly memorable, eight-course or ten-course tasting menu spanning three to four hours” at Tom Sellers’ “extraordinary” venture, near Tower Bridge; where reporters are “blown away” by the “sensationally presented cuisine prepared with exceptional care and perfect flavours… it’s hard to find enough superlatives”. “Somehow the staff find a way to do fine gastronomy with the fun but without the pomp” contributing to an all-round “quite magical experience”. That’s the majority view anyhow, but ratings are again dragged into the middle ground by a determined minority of refuseniks who find it “an overhyped concept”: “ill-judged and wildly expensive”. STOP PRESS: throughout August and September 2019, Tom and team decamped from London to Cornwall to run ‘Story by the Sea’. At the time of this review, the presumption is that after their return, it’s then back to business as usual in SE1.

Summary

£122
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Take your taste buds on a stimulating journey” when you sample the “truly memorable, eight-course or ten-course tasting menu spanning three to four hours” at Tom Sellers’ “extraordinary” venture, near Tower Bridge; where reporters are “blown away” by the “sensationally presented cuisine prepared with exceptional care and perfect flavours… it’s hard to find enough superlatives”. “Somehow the staff find a way to do fine gastronomy with the fun but without the pomp” contributing to an all-round “quite magical experience”. That’s the majority view anyhow, but ratings are again dragged into the middle ground by a determined minority of refuseniks who find it “an overhyped concept”: “ill-judged and wildly expensive”. STOP PRESS: throughout August and September 2019, Tom and team decamped from London to Cornwall to run ‘Story by the Sea’. At the time of this review, the presumption is that after their return, it’s then back to business as usual in SE1.

Summary

£154
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Superb innovation” delivers a series of “sensational dishes” say devotees of Tom Sellers’s acclaimed culinary temple, near Tower Bridge, where between eight and eleven courses of his experimental cuisine are delivered according to the evening’s ‘story’ (with a four-course format at lunch). However, opinions diverged on the experience this year, with doubters who “don’t understand the hype” and who find the concept “confused”, “misjudged”, or “so expensive”. As the survey was concluding it emerged from a big refurb in May 2018, perhaps heralding a more consistent return to form?

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Story Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Story Restaurant in SE1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Story restaurant.
Jo B
Amazing flavours from beginning to end - th...
Reviewed 1 months, 1 day ago

"Amazing flavours from beginning to end - the chef isn't frightened of including strong flavours and rich unctuous sauces. The service was friendly and we were given extra bread (to soak up the sauces) and a second rhubarb pudding, just because my husband said that he could eat it again. I'm just disappointed that I didn't return sooner and that they're due to shut for six months.. "

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Paul M
Fantastic tasting menu that takes you on a ...
Reviewed 10 months, 8 days ago

"Fantastic tasting menu that takes you on a journey with excellent food and service throughout. "

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 120.00 Lunch only 7
Menu2 145.00 Always available 10
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £45.00
Filter Coffee £6.50
Extras  
Service 13.00%
199 Tooley St, London, SE1 2UE
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
WednesdayCLOSED
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:30 pm

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