Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Bermondsey
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Bermondsey restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 13 restaurants in Bermondsey and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Bermondsey restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. 40 Maltby Street British, Modern restaurant in Bermondsey 40 Maltby St - SE1
This “natural wine bar with excellent food” has become a “must-eat fixture” for London foodies, where chef Steve WIlliams produces a daily chalked-up menu of “incredible” small plates, to be consumed in the no-frills surroundings of a Victorian railway arch on the lines into London Bridge station, which houses the Gergovie biodynamic wine import business. There are “interesting gems” on the wine list, “but don’t try to navigate on your own – explain to the sommelier what style you’re looking for and take the advice”. As for the food: “genuinely the most impressive ‘sausage roll’ I’ve had in my life – I was truly in heaven, and had to have two”.
2. Kappacasein Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Bermondsey 1 Voyager Industrial Estate - SE16
Cheese, cheese and more cheese – in toasties, or as raclette – have made Bill Oglethorpe’s market stall one of the linchpins of Borough Market. Since 2017, you can also visit their dairy in nearby Bermondsey, although you can only actually eat-in there on Saturday morning and lunchtime.
3. Santo Remedio Mexican/TexMex restaurant in Bermondsey 152 Tooley Street - SE1
This “authentic, up-beat” cantina “lifts the reputation of Mexican cuisine in London” with its “delicious food” and colourful atmosphere. Founders Edson Diaz-Fuentes (ex-Wahaca) and his wife Natalie brought it to Bermondsey via pop-ups, supper clubs and a short-lived Shoreditch venture. A minority of reporters complain of “inconsistency”, with dishes veering between “excellent” and “flavourless”.
4. Tom Simmons British, Modern restaurant in Bermondsey 2 Still Walk - SE1
“Solid cooking” of some ambition – with “clean and distinct flavours” – helps inspire good reports on this Welsh chef’s South Bank venue, most particularly as “a handy option for a high-quality meal prior to heading for the Bridge Theatre”. “The experience can sometimes feel no more than functional”, however, as “the modern setting does not contribute much character”, but “friendly service” is some compensation.
5. Pique Nique Chicken restaurant in Bermondsey 32 Tanner Street - SE1
“Sister restaurant of nearby Casse Croute” that occupies a funny, mock-Tudor building (built as a shelter) on the borders of Tanner Street Park, complete with bar and open kitchen. The traditional Gallic cuisine – though good – lacks the all-round excellence of its sibling: service, though “friendly”, is “a bit more sloppy”; and the environment is “cosy but a little less so”.
8. LASSCO Bar & Dining British, Modern restaurant in Bermondsey Ropewalk, 37 Maltby St - SE1
From one overcrowded hipster market to another - bar manager Jerome Slesinski and chef James Knox Boothman worked together at The Royal Oak in Columbia Road's Flower Market, and now they have teamed up again to run the restaurant and bar at at LASSCO (London Architectural Salvage and Supply Company) Ropewalk warehouse, in the heart of Maltby St Market.
9. Sollip Korean restaurant in Bermondsey 8 Melior Street - SE1
This simple but well-designed spot opened just a few days before lockdown in March 2020, and changed into a Korean grocer for the duration, but it is now up and running again, serving fine dining European food with Korean ingredients and influences, from husband-and-wife team Woongchul Park (ex-The Ledbury) and Bomee Ki (previously pastry chef at The Arts Club). (‘Sollip’ is the Korean word for pine needles, which are used to control flames and smoke in traditional Korean cuisine.)
10. Vapiano Tower Bridge Italian restaurant in Bermondsey One Tower Bridge - SE1
Vapiano has confirmed that it will double its London presence to six sites during 2018, following on from the group's successful launch in Glasgow. This Tower Bridge opening is the first site (others in the pipeline include Centre Point on Tottenham Court Road and Canary Wharf).
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