Arthur Hooper's

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Venue says New vegan menu available! Check out our website for more details.

A small-plates restaurant next to Borough Market, on the site of a former greengrocer.

I like a restaurant with plenty of veg. It shows confidence. And, in the case of this Stoney Street newbie, tomato-throwing distance from Borough Market, it’s apt, because once upon a time, it was owned by a greengrocer, Arthur Hooper.

Not that you should expect a cor blimey guv’nor, what a load of ol’ cobblers, give us a lady (Godiva – fiver) kind of a place. The short menu – half of which is veggie – is modern Euro with a distinctly Italian accent. It’s not fussy, but looks beautiful and tastes magnifico.

There was a shimmering beef carpaccio: interlacing tiles of meat anointed with teeny blobs of fresh salsa verde and a fragrant olive oil. I adored the clams: juicy little shellfish nuggets and thin rounds of courgette over warm, n’duja-spiked juices. When the shells had all been set to one side, we picked up the serving spoon and ate the rest like soup. You’d have done the same.

Then there was pasta. It takes balls to serve pasta when you’re around the corner from wheat-maestros Padella, but they’ve done it anyway. And it’s ace. Paccheri (large tubes) had a good bite plus an intense, winey beef ragu. A veggie pasta – ribbons of perfect pappardelle with a creamy porcini and girolles sauce – was equally classic, equally intense.

And oh yes, is there time to talk about that veg? It’s gorgeous. Think butter beans in a fresh tomato sauce, with just a hint of harissa. On top, pieces of charred tenderstem broccoli. And shaved, salted ricotta, for creaminess. Even a simple plate of greens flecked with chilli and crunchy batons of chard was a beaut.

The staff are on their game. Refreshingly, they don’t send out all the plates at once, but actually ask you how you’d like your meal to be paced. Gold star. They know their wine too, smoothly recommending from the thoughtfully curated list. I basically loved them.

The only thing I didn’t love was the room. Small and moody, it’s got a masculine boudoir vibe, with black padded seats and wine bottles lit from the walls. ‘Batman’s wine cellar,’ one pal commented. After dark, this may be fine, but if you’re going during daylight hours, ask to sit outside – where you can soak up the bustle of the market – or at least near the entrance. But do go.

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Arthur Hooper's says
Overlooking London’s historic Borough Market, Arthur Hooper’s restaurant serves guests small plates, partnered with a curated wine list.

Our menu is inspired by fresh nutritious ingredients and flavours, sourced from local market suppliers including Androuet and Cannon & Cannon. Dishes include mussels with nduja and turnip tops, burrata, samphire and almond salad, and pork and fennel ragu fettuccine.

Accompanying this menu, our great friends at Liberty Wines have helped to curate a signature wine list featuring over 50 wines. There are plenty of wines available to try by the glass, infusing the spirit of the area’s tradition that allows visitors to easily sample new delicacies.

Arthur Hooper’s is the perfect space to relax and unwind in.
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By: Tania Ballantine

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Venue name: Arthur Hooper's
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Address: 8 Stoney Street
London
SE1 9AA
Transport: Tube: London Bridge
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £90.
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tastemaker

A trendy and cosy little establishment within London Bridge's Borough Markets, offering a sort of modern tapas. Most plates are small, although a few have larger portions. All are suitable for sharing! The Service was impeccable. Doesn't try too hard to be something swanky. 

Tastemaker

Absolutely fantastic dinner. I can't recommend this restaurant enough. It's great to be able to visit a restaurant in London Bridge where you can actually book a table, however I would still have given this restaurant 5 stars even if I had to queue to get in (which thankfully I didn't). The service was excellent - waitstaff were fun yet professional, and able to advise on an incredible selection of dishes - all the dishes that our waitress recommended were outstanding. We shared a number of the small plates between 3 of us - mussels with nduja and courgettes (incredible), burrata, samphire and almond salad (absolutely to die for), butter beans with broccoli and ricotta (divine), pappardelle with mushrooms (delicious), lamb and bulgar meatballs (fantastic), pork sausages with polenta (amazing), and paccheri with slow cooked beef ragu (melt in your mouth delicious). We also shared some cheese and charcuterie, which was also excellent. Cocktails were very good and the waitress even suggested a different cocktail that was not on the menu for my sister whose birthday we were celebrating. To finish, we tried a glass of the restaurant's own-made Amaretto which was absolutely to die for. All in all - a truly amazing meal!!! I will definitely return!

tastemaker

few of the dishes, as the carpaccio or bean salad were really delicious, other like the mackerel was ok and massively overpriced. The service was really slow and not that friendly. I would say there is better places in the area.