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Village East

Restaurants, Brasseries Bermondsey
4 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
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Village East
2/2

Time Out says

A modern dining room and cocktail bar.

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Address: 171-173 Bermondsey St
London
SE1 3UW
Transport: Tube: London Bridge
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Users say (8)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:2
  • 4 star:3
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
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Unfortunately, Village East has really headed downhill. It used to be a great place, but the food is not what it used to be. My Mother got food poisoning from here, and looking at Google reviews it seems many others have too. 

The restaurant Manager (Richard) has absolutely no compassion and offers only to 'launch an investigation'. This is also true of many stories I can see on Google reviews.

Disappointing, but there are many other fantastic restaurants to choose from nearby.

tastemaker

This charming spot is one to note. 


It's got everything you need for a catch up over a cocktail or a dinner with the whole family. 


Bask in the beautifully lit dinning room or by the bar, and enjoy delicious food served with style. Don't be put off if you're not a big drinker, they offer an incredible range of non-alcoholic alternatives which are absolutely worth every penny. 


And here's the really great news... you can even bring your pooch! They're very happy to accommodate your four-legged friends. 


Though I would suggest booking for larger parties to avoid long waits they often can seat smaller tables without much hassle 



tastemaker

I have been to Village East multiple times and have had incredible food every time. 

Their turkey leg, which is the size of my head, was perfectly cooked and the crispy rice added a great crunch. Below was from their Christmas menu and is a pan roasted sea bass with lentils, chicory and sea aster (It was delicious).

The decorations are unique and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. The service is a bit slow, but once you get your meal it's worth the wait.

Tastemaker

I first found the Village East back in 2012 and it's testament to London's choice of restaurants that it's taken me 4 years to return. The restaurant has had a significant renovation since then and its now got a luxuriously rustic feel - lots of polished surfaces, exposed metal, heavy wood tables and soft leather chairs/banquets/bar stools which you can sink nicely into for a couple of hours. I came for brunch with friends and sadly I think the food is lack lustre vs. other brunch places in London. Coffee is okay, juice is good. Eggs Royale comprises two small poached eggs on thin muffins with a little dose of hollandaise and smoked salmon, nothing much else to distinguish it as anything special. Porridge was fine but again nothing special and fairly small. A side of bacon resembled more a few crisps from a packet of Frazzles. An extra side of bread (to make a small portion of scrambled eggs into a meal) came in mini anaemic slices. A side of sausage is just one lonely sausage. The small portions would not normally bother me but they are not accompanied by commensurately small price tags. I like the décor, I like the service, I like the place, I just don't like the brunch. Judging by other reviews, I think I'll come back next time for drinks and dinner!

Tastemaker

I came here for brunch. Ever a fan of the Bermondsey area I was not disappointed on first impressions. Super cool industrial decor, and hipster waitresses. The food just did not live up to expectations however! I went for the full English with a side of halloumi. The poached eggs had spent too long cooking, and the portion was pretty small. Overall decent, and a good option if you're in the area and hungry on a Sunday morning. But if you're looking for the full brunch experience there are much better places around here. 


Fantastic Sunday roasts, great cocktails and mocktails, and buzzing atmosphere. Village East is a local staple.

Tastemaker

A good looking lounge bar complete with that in-right-now industrial look furniture. It has that sophisticated and grown-up yet still fun vibe about it. The cocktails are what stand out from the drinks menu: the Would I Lychee To You and Gelato Sour definitely satisfied my sweet tooth, however The Earl of Bermondsey sent me reeling. There is Hoppy Hour (so called because of the beer-based cocktails) from 5-7pm daily.


From the small food menu, I ordered the burger and a side of calamari, both were expertly made and lip-smackingly good. On the other side, there is a full restaurant with a bigger menu. On the whole, I had a fantastic night. It is an excellent place to come with a group of friends or for an after work tipple.

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