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


020 7089 9444

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SquareMeal 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.

Brigade Location

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


020 7089 9444

Opening times

Mon-Sat 8.30am-10pm

Private Dining


Brigade offers several private dining spaces. The most intimate is the The Smithfield (inspired by the famous market) which seats eight guests. The buzzy Chef’s Library hosts 10 guests, as does The Leadenhall, which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows. The Borough room is suited to corporate lunches and seats 22 guests, while the large Covent Garden room can host up to 40 people.

The Smithfield Room Capacity: 8
The Leadenhall Room Capacity: 10
Chef’s Library Room Capacity: 10
The Borough Room Capacity: 22
The Covent Garden Room Capacity: 40
Wine Gallery Room Capacity: 16

Brigade's Reviews


Food & Drink: 7.4


Service: 8.0


Atmosphere: 7.2


Value: 7.1

Food + drink: 0

Service: 0

Atmosphere: 0

Value: 0

Bronze Reviewer
26 August 2016

I organise a monthly ladies lunch and this month we picked the Brigade. I booked a table for 8 of us well in advance but upon arrival we were shown through an almost empty restaurant to a side room. Great if you are conducting a business meeting but severely lacking in atmosphere for a group of ladies wanting to make the most of escaping from the office for an hour. Our order was taken but 45 minutes passed and still no food had been delivered to the lonely side room where we had been seated. I entered the main restaurant to investigate only to see that a number of the table that were empty upon our arrival were now occupied and had been served their meals. I enquired as to how long our food would be and was told 5 minutes. 10 minutes passed and still no food so as our lunch hour had now expired we were forced to leave the restaurant hungry and extremely disappointed. For the prices they charge we expected a much higher level of service and so definitely will not be returning in a hurry.


Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

Bronze Reviewer
07 June 2016

Great location and food and service was good as always.


Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

16 November 2015

Had Fish and Chips with a friend on Friday 13th November, despite the date the dining experience was not superstitious! We had a two for one voucher which made this excellent value for money. The Fish was fresh and cooked to perfection with crispy light batter, the chips were proper fish and chip shop chips, and mushy peas and tartare sauce a delight. Overall the meal was flavoursome. We were seated quickly at our table and waiters/waitresses attended to us as soon as we made the request. Pleasant and quick service. Would strongly recommend this venue and plan on attending again in the future.

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