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30 July 2014
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Brigade

020 3589 2738

The Fire Station, 139 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ

£43.00 British South Bank, Borough etc

Overall Diner Rating

 

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  • Wine: £18.00
  • Champagne: £45.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 8.30am-10pm

Square Meal Review of Brigade ?

Located in Tooley Street’s imposing former fire station, this ‘buzzy’, glass-fronted outfit does its bit for social responsibility while giving the local chains a run for their money. Head chef and founder Simon Boyle is a ’truly inspirational character’ who set up Brigade in tandem with the charitable Beyond Food Foundation – offering vulnerable people six-month catering apprenticeships and ‘the tools for a brighter future’. The results of their labours might be restaurant-quality dishes ranging from Scotch egg and potted pork belly with apple chutney (‘worth a visit alone’) to John Dory with herb-crusted clams, salsify and caper butter. With its orderly open kitchen, exposed brickwork, huge embossed lampshades and flashy cocktails at the bar, Brigade certainly knows how to lure in swarms of London Bridge suits. There’s also a new wine club for purchases and tastings.

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  1. Brigade

    The Fire Station, 139 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ
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    Jackie J.

    A good offer

        (2)
    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  2. Brigade

    The Fire Station, 139 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ
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    Frank N.

    Dinner with Jo and Angelo

        (2)

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 9

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  3. Brigade

    The Fire Station, 139 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ
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    Sarah H.

    Social Enterprise at Brigade

        (2)

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  4. Brigade

    The Fire Station, 139 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ
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    Jenny G.

    Great visit and a great cause

        (1)

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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  5. Brigade

    The Fire Station, 139 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ
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    Tomi I.
        (3)

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 6

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  6. Brigade

    The Fire Station, 139 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ
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    Peter R.

    Not so good as it sounds

        (1)
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 2
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 3
    • Value: 3

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  7. Brigade

    The Fire Station, 139 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ
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    Neil B.
        (1)

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 9

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  8. Brigade

    The Fire Station, 139 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ
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    Sarah L.

    Brigade

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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  1. Published : Monday, 10th March 2014

    The Hedonist :: Brigade Bar & Bistro- Review

    Restaurants seem to be opening in converted fire stations at an alarming rate at the moment (where are all the fire engines going to go!). Brigade Bar and Bistro is situated in a historic old fire house built following the 1861 Tooley Street Fire. Brigade is not just a restaurant but is also a social enterprise that in partnership with the Beyond Food Foundation is offering catering apprenticeships to the vulnerable. Chef Simon Boyle has developed a system in which each apprentice is teamed up with a more experienced staff member and unlike on many work experience schemes, everyone gets paid. We have seem this kind of set – up before with Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen but it is a brave person that takes on such a project without the profile of a celebrity chef. Brigade is a much bigger operation than I was expecting. There is an upstairs that is utilised for private events and a cookery school and the downstairs is split between sizeable bar and restaurant areas bisected by an open kitchen...
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  2. Published : Wednesday, 20th November 2013

    Cooksister :: Brigade Bar & Bistro review

    Turn right on Tooley Street out of London Bridge station and right by More London and Hays Galleria you will come across Brigade Bar and Bistro. Simon’s brainchild occupies the site of an old fire station built in 1879 to save lives and protect property after the devastating fire at Cottons Wharf on Tooley Street on 22 June 1861. Just 30 minutes passed from the discovery of smoke at a warehouse to the fire burning out of control and the flames soon stretched from London Bridge to Customs House. Engines arrived from all over the country to help the the local fire engines, but it still took two weeks to put the fire out and it was regarded as the worst since The Great Fire of London. The fire led to the creation of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade in 1865, of which The Fire Station in Tooley Street would be a part. Since March 2012, Simon Boyle has used the same values of business sense and social responsibility to run Brigade as a social enterprise...
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  3. It’s always a bonus to find a good restaurant within walking distance of our offices. It’s even a bigger bonus when the restaurant helps vulnerable people by giving them catering apprenticeships and thus the opportunity for a brighter future. The establishment in question is Brigade Bar and Bistro and together with the Beyond Food Foundation (under the guidance of chef founder Simon Boyle) it serves up some incredibly delicious dishes...
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Private Dining Room12
Chefs Library12
Private Dining Room12
Private Dining Room12
Private Dining Room52
Semi Private20
Exclusive Hire140

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Essential Details for Brigade

  • Address: The Fire Station, 139 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ
  • Telephone: 020 3589 2738
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 8.30am-10pm
  • Capacities: Private rooms for 12, 12, 12, 12, 52, 20, 140 people

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