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Brigade, The Fire Station

139 Tooley Street, Bermondsey, London SE1 2HZ, England
0844 346 1225
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Ranked #660 of 16,892 restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $14 - $35
Cuisines: British, Bistro
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Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Brigade Bar and Restaurant is setting the London restaurant scene on fire. Located in the old fire station, built following 1861’s famous Tooley Street Fire and leading to the creation of the first London fire brigades, The Brigade Bar and Restaurant is concerned not just with eating but with bringing people together to build a community enjoying new experiences together. While The Brigade, along with the Beyond Food Foundation, offers catering apprenticeships to the vulnerable, cookery courses, cookery schools for the keen and private dining for the VIP-minded, the centre of this fantastic venue is definitely the bar and restaurant. A sensory experience, guests are met with the aromas of tempting fresh cooking on arrival, the gentle buzz of conversation and attractive, modern surroundings creating a relaxed feel. Combining sophistication and rusticity, The Brigade’s menu focuses on good produce and traditional British cookery, a handful of classics and sharers adding to the mix. Drinks meanwhile are as well thought out as food, with clever cocktails, niche wines and micro-brewery beers making up an intriguing list.
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Bristol
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

What a find! Easy walk from London Bridge. Imaginative menu with good choice and quality food. Excellent service. We 'll be back! Thank you Brigade you made the birthday meal special!

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England
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I am a great believer in all day eating at weekends unfortunately the chefs in a lot of restaurants go off for a sleep mid afternoon leaving the pot washer in charge. We were going to a show at the Southbank on the Saturday evening, wanted to check out the art galleries of Bermondsey in the afternoon and have a... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

What a find!!! Great atmosphere as soon as we walked in. Staff very friendly and attentive. Food was delicious, cooked fresh and right in front of us. I will deffo be back, thank you!!

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Michael W, General Manager at Brigade, The Fire Station, responded to this review

Dear Jonathan, Many thanks for your fantastic review of Brigade Bar & Bistro, it is much appreciated and I am pleased you had a great time with us. Our Open Kitchen certainly adds to the atmosphere and it is indeed great to see our Chef's and Apprentices working right in front of our guests! Thank you again and I hope... More

Guildford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

After an excellent experience at a business dinner in a private room had a poor experience tonight in the main restaurant. Food pretty good but service was poor after long day when just wanted to relax as a group - had to wait for service - no menus - wrong drinks delivered when ordered - got mean time lager instead... More

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Michael W, General Manager at Brigade, The Fire Station, responded to this review

Dear TripAdvisor Reviewer, Many thanks for your review which is obviously a disappointing one to read and feels like you have been to another place after your excellent first visit. I would really appreciate it if you can contact me direct on mwestenbrink@thebrigade.co.uk to discuss your visit in more detail. Best Regards, Michael Westenbrink More

London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Three of us dined in the restaurant at Brigade on the night of the England vs Uruguay football match. And although the place was very, very busy and bustling, as you would expect, the service was impeccable and the food delicious. We had a reservation for dinner so on our arrival we were greeted by a lovely waiter who, as... More

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Michael W, General Manager at Brigade, The Fire Station, responded to this review

Dear Sophie, Thank you so much for your fantastic review of Brigade Bar & Bistro, much appreciated and I will share with all of my teams. The Brigade Burger is delicious, some say The Best in London and I have to agree! Our new Wine List (with vintages!) is coming out in the next couple of weeks with some extended... More

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

We walked In off the street to this bar, looks lovely and the food was tasty, I had the fish and chips with mushy peas, must say best mushy peas I've tasted, did feel its a bit over priced at £15 but it's London after all. Wasn't a huge selection on the menu I felt but managed to find something... More

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Michael W, General Manager at Brigade, The Fire Station, responded to this review

Dear Aly, Thank you very much for your review of Brigade Bar & Bistro, I am pleased to read you had a great time with us. Our Fish & Chips is one of our Classic Dishes and indeed a superb one with the mushy peas a winner! Thank you again and we hope to see you back soon. Best Regards,... More

St Albans
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

I visited Brigade for the 3rd time last night. Menu is so good it's always difficult to choose. Food was delicious. I choose the seafood starter (again)- which tasted so fresh, however the confit of duck was over salted and very dry and tough, therefore rather disappointing for the high price of this particular dish. Ice creams and rhubarb doughnuts... More

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Michael W, General Manager at Brigade, The Fire Station, responded to this review

Dear TripAdvisor Reviewer, Thank you very much for your great review of Brigade Bar & Bistro, it is much appreciated. My sincere apologies for the Duck Dish, I will discuss this with my Head Chef to ensure this does not happen again. The Doughnut Dessert is indeed a winner and very popular with many! I am pleased you enjoyed our... More

Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

My partner and I were staying close by and were looking for somewhere to have dinner. We saw this place on trip advisor and decided to pop round for a look. They were happy to take us in without reservation and we sat in the bistro. The place was very busy and because the dining space is open to the... More

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Michael W, General Manager at Brigade, The Fire Station, responded to this review

Dear Vittarrio, Many thanks for your great review, I will share with all of my teams here at Brigade Bar & Bistro. My apologies for the drinks service you experienced on the evening, indeed the atmosphere can get rather noisy at times but always great fun. I will further discuss your feedback with my Bar & Bistro team to ensure... More

London, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014 via mobile

The location and staff are great but the food is average. Nice enough but nothing to write home about.

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Michael W, General Manager at Brigade, The Fire Station, responded to this review

Dear Neville, Thank you very much for posting your review, your feedback is much appreciated however I would be keen to understand it in some more detail. I am hoping you are willing to contact me on mwestenbrink@thebrigade.co.uk to discuss your experience in more detail? Hoping to hear from you soon. Best Regards, Michael Westenbrink More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

Went with a work mate in the week and had seats at the kitchen counter. Had the steak for main course and it was one of the most flavoursome I have had in a long time. Recommended.

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Michael W, General Manager at Brigade, The Fire Station, responded to this review

Dear TripAdvisor Reviewer, Thank you very much indeed for your fantastic review of Brigade Bar & Bistro! It is great to sit and eat at the Kitchen Bar and watch the Chef's and Apprentices in action, really good fun. Thank you for your kind words regarding our Steak which is indeed a great one! Hoping to see you again soon... More

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