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In the vanguard of Bermondsey Street’s food businesses when it opened in 2006, Village East continues to be a key player now the area’s full of them. The enterprise remains unutterably cool, its former textile-factory premises giving it a New York edge. Cosy booths gain character from vintage-feel lampshades and urban mesh-style dividing panels, and the food has a similar vibe: from comfort classics with creative twists, via healthy salads and posh burgers, to weekend brunches. Hot-smoked salmon is enlivened by a salsa of mango, avocado and coriander; plump steamed mussels come with spicy merguez sausage and mint; and juicy lamb meatballs are given extra oomph from a generous topping of smoked Cheddar. Service is casual yet accomplished, and the new lounge bar provides a neat line-up of cocktails and beers as well as wines. This restaurant knows what it’s doing and does it very well.


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  1. Published : Monday, 28 October 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Village East

    Village East is based in the foodie haven that is Bermondsey Street; the guy behind it also owns The Garrison on the same street and the very popular Riding House Cafe in Fitzrovia. As it recently underwent an extensive refurb and my parents were down for the day I thought it would be a safe bet for Sunday lunch.

    Things got off to a slightly tense start – the woman on the front desk looked stressed and panicked when we arrived which wasn’t helped by the fact that our table wasn’t ready. The inside however was beautiful and had a touch of New York about it with the usual exposed piping and warehouse chic thing...
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  1. The competition on Bermondsey street these days is fierce. However, when we first moved to the area years ago there wasn’t much apart from Village East and The Garrison. It’s a testament to the quality of these restaurants that they’re still thriving after many years of serious culinary competition. We hadn’t been to Village East for a while and were eager to try out their new menu...
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  1. What is on offer: Newly revamped Village East (as of Sep 2013) brings a new interior and menu but retains it’s cool vibe and ability to thoroughly satisfy your taste buds. Be sure to try the Longhorn beef & bone marrow burger...
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  1. Village East is a sure bet when you want a good cocktail and good food south of the river in London. We’ve been many many times and never has Village East disappointed...
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