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171-173 Bermondsey Street
"There's a nice friendly vibe in here", says a fan of Village East – an effortlessly cool factory conversion with echoes of New York's Meatpacking district. Despite cosy booths and urban mesh-style partitions, quiet tête-à-têtes are out of the question – so set yourself up with a cocktail from the regularly updated list (our favourite is the Tanqueray gin-based Earl of Bermondsey). The menu is a "real winner", packed with a savvy mix of comforting classics, cheffy ideas and healthy options: dishes range from Longhorn beef and bone marrow burgers to stuffed chicory leaves with braised lentils, pipérade and walnuts via pistachio-crusted hake with buckwheat groats, confit cherry tomatoes and lemon butter – all served with admirable bonhomie by "great staff". Getting a weekend table for brunch isn't easy, but it's worth the effort – if only for the buttermilk pancakes.
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171-173 Bermondsey Street
London Bridge Station 565m
London Bridge Tube Station 750m
Fashion and Textile Museum 235m
Greenwood Theatre 527m
Mon-Sun 8am-11.30pm (Sat-Sun 9am- Fri-Sat -1.30am)
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Food + drink: 5
Amazing food, my favourite these days are the mussels with Chorizo. Basically I wanted to fall into the bowl, head first! But also the starters like baby squid, burgers, steak, veg Wellington, bread, wine selection are off the hook. Flourless chocolate cake, YES!
Fabulous service, entertaining and attentive. Lovely NYC style interiors, the noise level and busy bar can test your conversation skills but shouldn't stop you from enjoying the place. You can't do wrong here!
Food + drink: 4
Great experience all round with some real winners on the menu. Loved the atmosphere – feels like being in the Meatpacking district of New York City. With our table next to the prep area, one of the head chefs saw our amazement at the confit turkey leg and gave one to us (for free) to try. Fantastic when the staff have such passion about their food. Not much wine choice in the £20 range but overall we loved the place.
Village East is one of my favourite restaurants in the world. Yep, it's THAT good. Despite several incarnations, it it's never failed to deliver a uniquely laid back neighbourhood restaurant vibe. I love everything about the ‘new’ Village East; the atmosphere is great and the menu concentrates upon fresh and vibrant ingredients artfully put together. We usually share a main and supplement that with lots of sides. Last Friday, our bill came to a grand total of £30 each, including wine – I think that's just amazing. Just as we were leaving some friends came in so we stayed to chat. No-one tried to move us on and everyone seemed happy to let us chat by the bar. This is a restaurant that gets it absolutely right every single time, I adore it.
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