Le Pont de la Tour

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Silver Award
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SquareMeal Review of Le Pont de la Tour

Silver Award

“Magical”; “phenomenal”; “gorgeous”: readers can’t help but eulogise about Le Pont de La Tour and its photogenic location right by Tower Bridge. The restaurant has gone through a few different guises since opening back in 1991, but this latest incarnation is its most accessible.

Inside, leather banquettes and moody lighting create a “luxe” club-like feel, while dinner on the riverside terrace – with the sunset silhouetting Tower Bridge – makes you feel like the lead in a Richard Curtis romcom.

The restaurant still holds up as a “special occasion” venue noted for its “top-notch French cooking” – think seared foie gras on brioche with peach and pomegranate or roasted wild mushrooms with cep ketchup and consommé ahead of poached native lobster, tournedos Rossini or saddle of Yorkshire venison with baby beetroots, goat’s cheese, watercress and crispy kale. There are meat feasts for sharing, while dessert could be tarte Tatin or chocolate fondant with blood orange and a crème fraîche ‘cigar’.

While the carte is quite pricey, a seat on the coveted terrace needn’t cost a fortune – especially if you go for the astoundingly good-value set menu (including a glass of Moët & Chandon NV Brut): sweet, slightly saline ham-hock terrine with truffle mayonnaise, and a meaty slab of sea trout with broad beans both impressed on our visit, as did the “super-friendly” and “efficient” staff.

Our only complaint is that we’d like to see more accessibly priced wines on the lengthy global list, but that aside, Le Pont remains “a real treat” – a destination that can’t be beaten for its gorgeous riverside setting.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
French
Ambience
Fine dining, Glamorous, Lively, Traditional
Food Occasions
Bottomless brunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating, Waterside
Special Features
Wheelchair access
People
Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About

Located right next to Tower Bridge, Le Pont De La Tour is not just a restaurant, but also a bar, shop, wine merchant and bakery. Occupying the spacious ground floor of a warehouse building right by the edge of the Thames, this stylish venue is unsurprisingly home to some seriously stylish cuisine. 

Starters here tease what is to come with the likes of velouté, Devon crab with brown shrimp cocktail or foie gras with ceps, spiced plum preserve and toasted brioche. These dishes send a clear message: unpretentious French fine dining. For seafood lovers there are oysters from Mersea, Porthilly or Colchester, served with the traditional mignonette, as well as lobster, crevettes or cherrystone clams. Increasing in decadence still, we see four choices of caviar, served with sour cream and blinis. 

Main courses at Le Pont De La Tour's restaurant are again simple and elegant. Choose from lobster, sea bass, Dover sole, chicken, duck, pork, beef or cauliflower, each prepared in a traditional French manner but with modern updates. The Lake District pork cutlet, for example, comes with plum compote, seared lardo and red wine sauce, while the roasted lobster comes with garlic butter and sauce choron. For a romantic evening, or simply two guests who agree to share, there is a whole flame-grilled Cornish Turbot with hollandaise, or a 750g dry-aged Cumbrian fillet of beef with fries and béarnaise sauce.

Guests can round off their riverside revelry with French classics like crêpes Suzette, a selection of cheeses or, for a more simple dessert, house sorbet. There are extremely reasonably priced two and three course set menus for those not wanting to break the bank, and a children's menu too. The wine list doesn't focus entirely on France, although it is the epicentre, with plenty of red, white, rosé, sparkling and fortified options to accompany the food. 

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FAQs

What is the menu like at Le Pont de la Tour?

Le Pont de la Tour has French menus full of classics like sole mariniere, steak frites and duck confit.

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Does Le Pont de la Tour have a Michelin star?

Le Pont de la Tour doesn't have a Michelin star but it is recognised in the guide and has a Michelin plate.

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Le Pont de la Tour meaning in English

Le Pont de la Tour means Tower Bridge in English, which refers to the restaurant's position looking onto the famous London landmark.

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What is the dress code like at Le Pont de la Tour?

The restaurant doesn't enforce a dress code, but because of its smart interiors and high-end menu we think smart casual attire is perfect.

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What is the email for Le Pont de la Tour?

You can email the Le Pont de la Tour team on lepontres@danddlondon.com

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Location

Butlers Wharf, 36d Shad Thames, Bermondsey, London, SE1 2YE

020 7403 8403 020 7403 8403

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-15:00
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri Closed
Sat 12:00-15:00
Sun 12:00-15:00
Dinner
Mon 17:30-22:00
Tue 17:30-22:00
Wed 17:30-22:00
Thu 17:30-22:00
Fri Closed
Sat 17:30-22:00
Sun 17:30-21:00
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 12:00-22:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

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52 Reviews 
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Service
Atmosphere
Value

Esther

29 January 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Nice view with good meal and wine

Nice view for Towerbridge- specially evening Towerbridge view is lovely. Good was good and service was good as well 

Nicola T

04 July 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 3

John F

24 April 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 3

Eunice B

27 December 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Always exceeds my expectations. Beautifully served dishes and very attentive staff. Location on waterfront is also just amazing.

Eunice B

05 December 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 3
Great food, excellent service

Delicious food as always with excellent service, however I do feel the drinks are a bit overpriced 

Nicola T

06 October 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 3
Value 2
Overpriced but expertly cooked lobster

Delicious lobster, cooked perfectly which is hard to do even for chefs! Service very good, always a super view. The prices are highly inflated, there are plenty of Michelin restaurants that would be better value for money and have all the trimmings, canapés, decent petit fours. The Madeleines at Le Pont are never something ones looks forward to, I am sure the chefs could be more creative.

Nancy M

11 July 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 3.5
Wow view great food!

The standard of the food is superb.  Beautiful surroundings and a nice easy ambiance.  A little but disorganised getting our order and food but very friendly service 

Not Dinner

10 May 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4.5

Not Dinner

09 May 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Kate W

23 March 2022  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5

Lovely setting - particularly on a fine day- and excellent food and service.  Al

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