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London Bridge commuters can fortify themselves for the journey home at this wine bar/restaurant just yards from the station. With two-dozen tipples by the glass, there's plenty to wet the whistle, although it's a shame not to delve into the full list. South Africa features heavily (it's where VB's owners are from), although most wine-producing countries get a look-in. A full menu is available in both the ground-floor bar and basement dining room, so try your luck with chicken Caesar salad or wild-boar terrine followed by a springbok burger, braised osso bucco with gremolata or red gurnard with warm ratatouille. Otherwise, ‘world platters' and charcuterie provide a convivial accompaniment to drinks. Even if you're only dropping by for a quick glass, be sure to visit the basement wine cellar and cheese room.

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Vivat Bacchus

4 Hays Lane ,London SE1 2HB

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Great grapes and pretty good food

by   platinum reviewer (215)

Mar 2016

Editor's pick Bacchus, according to Wikipedia, is the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, ritual madness and fertility. That’s a lot to expect from a restaurant. Fortunately, Vivat delivered on the former part of the description and there has been no sign of imminent madness yet, despite the alcohol consumed. A recent visit on a weekday lunchtime was a clear success and that almost every table in the place was taken constitutes a strong endorsement of a proven formula. Although, as the name would suggest,...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Vivat Bacchus

4 Hays Lane ,London SE1 2HB

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Aug 2011

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The slogan for this restaurant is ‘because life is too short to drink bad wine’ , I would change that slightly to say ‘life is too short to wait for cheese’ ! Upon arrival at the restaurant as one of the first evening guests at 6.30pm on a Tuesday evening I was shown to a table which was a little small but clearly allowed for more diners. Therefore, the tables were a little bunched and it was easy to be part of someone else's conversation because of the proximity. The reception staff were perfunctory...

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Philip B.'s rating

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

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4 Hays Lane ,London SE1 2HB

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by   silver reviewer (20)

Mar 2009

A beautiful setting for an indoor picnic. Excellent and very friendly service. The ability to mix Tapas (including pork pies!) with excellent main courses makes for a varied feast. The ability to “play” in their cheese room and wine cellar most pleasing.

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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