Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London London Bridge
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best London Bridge restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 19 restaurants in London Bridge and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing London Bridge restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Elliot's British, Modern restaurant in London Bridge 12 Stoney St - SE1
“The kind of place you could eat at any day of the week” – this open-fronted wine bar and café stalwart looking onto Borough Market wins consistent praise for its “punchy plates”, many of them from a wood-fired oven; and “well-priced wine” (with “a good selection by the glass”)… so “invent any reason, just go”.
2. Casse-Croute French restaurant in London Bridge 109 Bermondsey St - SE1
“The Gallic bistro you kept looking for on holiday in France, but never found…” – this “tiny” and “cramped” Bermondsey venue provides a “small but ever-changing menu” of “the kind of memorable, old-school, traditional regional dishes it can be hard to find in Paris these days” (“boeuf en croute with gorgeous jus, tarte tatin etc”). “Booking is a must”.
3. Flat Iron Clink Street Steaks & grills restaurant in London Bridge Soho Wharf, Clink Street - SE1
“They put the price up from £10 to £11, but it still can’t be faulted!” – for a “a great steak, without any frills” this “always busy, lively and buzzy” chain remains “a winning formula”: “it’s so nice to have a simple menu choice, and what they do, they do very well”; this includes the very impressively “friendly and professional service-with-a-smile”. One catch: “you have to put up with no bookings”, so “be prepared to queue”. But “if you want a great meal on a budget: go visit!”
4. London Grind Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in London Bridge 2 London Bridge - SE1
“Good coffee… and the food’s OK too” – this Borough Market café remains one of the top caffeine hits in SE1. “It’s great for breakfast” too.
5. El Pastór Mexican/TexMex restaurant in London Bridge 7a Stoney Street - SE1
“Some of the better tacos in London” have made the Hart Bros’ “very crowded” taqueria one of the hits of Borough Market. “Really delicious, interesting flavours – you just want to try them all” – especially if “you love really hot, spicy Mexican food”. The Harts have followed up with Casa Pastór at King’s Cross (see also), Tortilleria at nearby Maltby Street, and most recently Pastorcito in the new Arcade Food Theatre at Centre Point.
6. Flour & Grape Italian restaurant in London Bridge 214 Bermondsey St - SE1
“A fantastic, local pasta-and-wine restaurant” (the clue is in the name) on Bermondsey high street, which makes an excellent cheap ’n’ cheerful choice. The pasta dishes themselves are “simple”, but their realisation is “a cut-above most other pasta restaurants” and when it comes to the vino, there are 25 options by the glass (all Italian).
7. Patty and Bun Burgers, etc restaurant in London Bridge 19 Borough High Street - SE1
There’s “clear blue water between Patty & Bun and other wannabe mass burger offerings” – the only drawback is “you have to queue all the time”. Having started out as a pop-up, the small chain has grown to eight branches and two spin-offs: Smash Patty and Jefferies, a chicken specialist. The core of the offer is “burgers dripping in all the good stuff, loud tunes, friendly vibes and lots of napkins”. Top Tip – the “legendary lamb burger always makes me smile”.
8. LOBOS Meat & Tapas Spanish restaurant in London Bridge 14 Borough High St - SE1
“Just incredible! Every mouthful delights the tastebuds” – “punchy, powerful, memorable morsels of real food” – at this meat-centric Borough Market tapas joint, run by “people who seem interested in what they’re offering”. A “buzzing, little place under a railway arch”, it’s a “cosy” experience if sometimes a little “rushed and cramped”. The Spanish team has a second branch in Soho, likewise praised for “superb tapas, and service with style but not pomp”.
9. Hutong, The Shard Chinese restaurant in London Bridge 31 St Thomas St - SE1
“Fabulous view” – “fittingly sky-high prices”: that’s the familiar trade off on the 33rd floor of the Shard, which nobody would deny is “a truly exceptional location”, but where other aspects of the experience are sharply divisive. There are those who feel “this is a real luxury treat” and who praise its “high-end Chinese dishes”, but a worrying proportion of reports feel the trip is “not really worth the money spent”, and dismiss “pretentious” cooking, “but with an extra-big price tag”.
10. Story British, Modern restaurant in London Bridge 199 Tooley St - SE1
“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.
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