About Loyal Tavern
This restaurant on the old Village East site in Bermondsey is the first solo project of former Duck & Waffle chef, Tom Cenci. The chef is opening in partnership with Village East’s owners the House Café Group, which is headed up by Adam White and also operates Rail House Café in Victoria and Riding House Café in Fitzrovia.
Now going by the name of Loyal Tavern, the restaurant serves an ingredients-led menu which champions the best of seasonal British produce. The menus are constantly evolving, but you might expect to find the likes of venison tartare with beef dripping, and Cornish mackerel with apple, pine nuts and black truffle shavings. Daily specials, meanwhile, might include gurnard in a crab bisque, served with carrot and seaweed.
The bar at Loyal Tavern is overseen by Antonio Del Monte, who has come from Soho House’s City of London hotel and dining complex, The Ned. Del Monte has put together a wine list which majors in natural, new world and British bottles, while guests are also able to enjoy wine flights in 50ml, 175ml and 500ml measures, which can be sampled with or without the food. For those who don’t fancy wine, there’s a selection of cocktails, including punch bowls to share.
Loyal Tavern also benefits from staying open until 1.30am. To make the most of the late licence, the restaurant and bar runs ‘Loyal Up Late’, when guests can enjoy fun cocktails and other drinks alongside late-night snacks of cheese toasties.
Speaking about the restaurant, Tom Cenci said: “We strongly believe in the quality of produce that we use and where it comes from, with simple, rustic comfort food. We want Loyal Tavern to be a local restaurant that not only Bermondsey is proud of but London, too.”