Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Bermondsey
Hardens guides have spent 30 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. 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.
2. 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”.
3. Baluchi, Lalit Hotel London Indian restaurant in Bermondsey 181 Tooley St - SE1
2019 Review: The “lovely room” is a highpoint at this former school hall near Tower Bridge (nowadays part of the first European opening from an Indian luxury boutique hotel chain). The food (with inspirations from across India) is on all accounts “beautiful” and “imaginative” too, but “pricey” (some would say “ridiculously expensive”) for what it is, especially given service that can prove “lethargic”.
4. 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.
5. 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”.
6. 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”.
7. Vapiano Tower Bridge Italian restaurant in Bermondsey One Tower Bridge - SE1
2017 Review: “Love the concept but it can be a scrum at the counters!” This global Italian fast-food franchise, (founded in Hamburg, with UK branches in Soho, Southwark and Fitzrovia) offers a food court format with salads, pizza or pasta prepared in front of you. It can be a bit of a bun-fight, but it’s cheap, and “the food quality is generally good”.
8. Texas Joe's Slow Cooked Meats BBQ restaurant in Bermondsey 8-9 Snowsfields - SE1
Fittingly opened on the 4th of July (2016), a down-home Texan-style BBQ restaurant offering up a carnivorous feast of USDA beef brisket, beef prime rib and pork shoulder, as well as mutton shoulder and ribs. There's also a separate bar serving a range of bourbons and Texas Lone Star lager.
9. LASSCO Bar & Dining British, Modern restaurant in Bermondsey Ropewalk, 37 Maltby St - SE1
2018 Review: 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 LASSCO’s (London Architectural Salvage and Supply Company) Ropewalk warehouse, in the heart of über-trendy Maltby St Market. It’s a not-dissimilar idea to LASSCO’s well-established operation at Brunswick House.
10. Bermondsey Larder (formerly The Dairy) British, Modern restaurant in Bermondsey 153-157 Tower Bridge Road - SE1
The name changed from The Dairy to Bermondsey Larder just weeks after opening; according to the website, nothing else has changed.
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