When it opened in a former textile factory in 2006, Village East pioneered the transformation of Bermondsey Street into one of London’s destination foodie thoroughfares. A gentle facelift has moved the rooms around a bit and added more wood, low lighting and some faded sacking-fabric upholstery to warm things up – although this place is still as cool as it ever was. The menu’s had an overhaul too, and ordering small plates is now the way to go – try whipped feta with grilled cucumber and sourdough toast (a revelation), griddled lamb (cooked pink) with smoked aubergine purée or poached cod flakes in olive oil with tomato and sorrel. Weekend brunch is popular with the regulars, cocktails are inventive, the wine list has been thoughtfully assembled and friendly staff are on the ball.
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