Time Out rating:
Time Out says
Posted: Tue Jul 13 2010
Platform is aptly named, as it has all the charm of a railway departure lounge. It’s perfectly placed next to London Bridge station so that office workers can come in, have a drink (or few) after work, then sober up on the journey back to the suburbs. The spacious ground-floor bar is lined by a lager-lager-lager choice of beer taps and slightly hectic music.
A huge glitterball lights the way up a huge central staircase to the first floor dining area, an attractive high-ceilinged space built under avast railway arch.
Service was muddled, rushed and pushy about upselling on our visit. We were offered champagne (not complementary) on being seated, repeatedly asked about our orders by a succession of staff, and were spun one of the most rote-learned stories about how ‘our farm in Devonshire supplies all the food,’ etc. (Your farm? really?) We heard the same, unasked-for story from our East European waitress, twice.
The farm may well supply many of the ingredients – presumably not items such as the chorizo or chickpeas – but we’re not convinced the kitchen makes best use of them. A Ruby Red (Devon beef) pie was no better than standard pub grub, and the meat filling meagre below the pastry.
Beetroot-cured salmon was okay, though pricey at £7.50 for a small starter portion. The best dish was a starter of whitebait, as the fish were soft-boned, fresh and not oily, though the poached egg served with this dish was overcooked to hardness. Desserts were also heartily English, such as lemon posset or bakewell tart.
We made the mistake of sitting next to a passageway, so that when the staff ran – yes, ran – past us all evening, the floor shook as they went by. And this was a ‘quiet’ night. We’ll not be rushing back when it’s busy – which it will be, because with a 3am licence later in the week, plenty of City workers will be using Platform as a post-work tanking house.
Platform 56-58 Tooley Street
- Venue phone:
020 7403 6388
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Open 8am-midnight Mon-Wed; Thur, Fri 8am-3am; 10am-3am Sat; 10am-midnight Sun
Tube: London Bridge tube/rail
Meal for two with wine and service: around £65
- 56-58 Tooley Street
- 020 7403 6388
- 56-58 Tooley Street
Average User Rating
3.6 / 5
- 5 star:1
- 4 star:3
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
Have been going here for a while now of a weekend for drinks and in the week for food. Like the menu pretty different from everything else in the area and good range as well. Service has improved vastly from some of the 2010 and 2011 comments, polite and attentive - not pushy - waiting staff and the bar staff all seems pretty slick and enjoy a bit of banter and testing their cocktail knowledge. Nice place to pop for a mid week bite or to kick start your weekend with some food and drinks, DJs on the weekend seem pretty sharp good too.
A great Friday night, We didn't eat here however the atmosphere was fantastic and orchestrated very well by the owner/manager of the bar (from liverpool) All staff friendly with prompt service.
Had plaice and it was watery , I'm still trying to work out whether It was grilled, pan fried or possibly boiled. Wasn't great tasting either. Empty glasses taken away, not asked if we wanted another drink but was abruptly asked if anyone else was joining us, in other words do you want the bill? Really unimpressed which is such a shame for a lovely venue , although I'm not sure what kind of identity this place has, is it a bar, is I a restaurant? It's all muddled together. Food zero, service 1
I'm only reviewing the bar, rather than the food. Whilst I'm a corporate suit, I'm also a former cocktail bartender. Having only bitten the bullet and popped into Platform last week, despite having worked in the area for months, I was really pleasantly surprised. My initial fear, given the corporate clientele, was that it would be another bog standard and soulless enterprise serving mediocre drinks to a bunch of increasingly drunk macho loud-mouths. Thankfully, this was not the case. Platform does get exceedingly busy - it can get extremely cramped and a little uncomfortable, but this holds true for any drinking hole in this area at a certain time of day. Ambience is pretty "meh" - it's not got a huge amount of character, but it's nice enough. Less 'spit and sawdust' than the Cooperage, but without All Bar One/Pitcher & Piano levels of mundanity. But not far off. The huge saving grace, though, and the main reason I strongly recommend here (unless you're willing to slog that bit further to Hide on Bermondsey St.) are the drinks. Beer is excellent - one of the few places to serve more than one Innis & Gunn, let alone one of them. Kudos on stocking the ever-popular Kernel and numerous other craft favourites too. Spirit selection was pleasantly surprising, and even their mixing spirits are of higher-than-usual quality. Their zombie (complete with essential flaming passion fruit husk) used Goslings 151, Wray & Nephew OP, El Dorado 5 year old and Skippers. Cocktails are well-made, and their base ingredients are creative and of a high quality - I was very pleased to see home infusions and niche favourites like Noilly Ambre in stock. Wine seems adequate but I haven't sampled them yet. In terms of service - bar staff are very friendly and seem on their game. I never had to wait long to be served (despite throngs of pretty ladies vying to cut in, as they so often manage to do) even at its busiest, and the drinks are made and presented with care. Beer can be served in a frosted mug if appropriate (or by request, I assume). I can't really speak for the floor staff ... they seemed friendly enough, but team communication seems poor as I was approached by 3 different staff members with the same query in the space of 5 minutes - and this was before it was tremendously busy. All in all - well worth going to if you want a great drink using ingredients from local alcohol producers (Jensen's, Kernel and the like). Especially when Hide is shut on a Monday. However, go in small groups - don't make this a big post-work booze-up venue, unless you have the foresight to book.