Restaurants and Cafés in Bermondsey

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La Grotta Ices

La Grotta Ices

Bermondsey's best restaurants know that there is more to a restaurant than its food. Zucca, an Italian restaurant, has superb-value food served by staff who actually care about diners having a good experience. Constancia Argentine Grill is an Argentinian steak house that doesn't turn its nose up at vegetarian food. La Grotta Ices brings child-like enthusiasm to their ices by experimenting with flavours like cucumber and sour cream or elderflower.

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Zucca

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

A couple of pumpkins on the open kitchen counter reference the restaurant’s name and provide a touch of warmth to Zucca’s super-sleek interior. Gentle refurbishment has seen hard surfaces softened and, with light streaming in through the floor-to-ceiling windows, the room has a sophisticated Sydney vibe. Eat at the bar and you’ll look awkwardly conspicuous to the roomful of people behind; it’s best to book a table in advance. 

  1. 184 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ
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Constancia Argentine Grill

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

It’s all set up so nicely for a steak joint, in theory. There’s the Tanner Street location, with its bovine connotations, while the ‘olde London’ Southwark atmosphere seems just right for meats grilled on an ancient-looking parrilla grill. Yet Constancia’s bland exterior, wedged beneath a modern residential block, accurately set the tone for the evening. Decor is as you’d expect from a homely Argentine restaurant: wood, raw brick, a few gaucho allusions (mounted horse head, lasso) and that hefty grill. 

  1. 52 Tanner Street, SE1 3PH
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José

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

José Pizarro (formerly co-founder and head chef of Brindisa) has done a fine job here of creating a very genuine, slightly rustic local Spanish bar. The decor is plain brick, timbers and tiles; seating is mostly on stools, with barrels to stand glasses on; and there’s a no-bookings, doors-wide-open attitude, albeit while being firmly planted in trendified Bermondsey. This, his TV appearances and books have cemented his position as the most prominent Spanish chef in Britain, but what stands out here is his expert attention to sourcing and getting the basics right, ahead of culinary adventurism. 

  1. 104 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UB
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La Grotta Ices

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Kitty Travers’ tiny ice cream van is an unassuming vehicle for a range of unusual ices, with flavours that defy all conventions. She can usually be found pitching up at Bermondsey’s Maltby Street on Saturday mornings; the ‘menu’ frequently changes depending on what ingredients Travers has sourced (direct from farmers, from contacts or from foraging herself) during the week, while milk and crème fraîche come from Ivy House Farm. 

  1. Maltby Street, SE1 3NY
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Maltings Café

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Maltings is the humble, hideaway café off Tower Bridge Road where Sam Harris worked before opening upmarket sibling Zucca – one of the best new restaurants to open this year – just around the corner. Maltings still runs five days a week (though not for dinner), serving a small menu of Mediterranean-style pasta dishes, grilled meat and fish and various vegetarian salads, tarts and plenty of own-made cakes. Nothing costs over £8, with a main of succulent grilled rump steak coming in at £7.95 and a massive plateful of squid ink risotto topped with grilled squid a laughable £7.75.

  1. Sarsons Brewery Works 169 Tower Bridge Rd, SE1 3NA
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