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Brigade, The Fire Station

#951 of 17,071 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
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Southwark
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139 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ, England
+44 844 346 1225
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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at 5:30 after booking reservations with Open Table. We had 7:30 tickets to the Globe. It was weird that I had a reservation but when we showed up, the restaurant wasn't open. It opened at 6:00 pm. It was a little awkward, but to their credit, they welcomed us in anyway and everyone got to work. I was... More 

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Thank Jessica S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch here every day for a week as we had an event hosted here. The food is simply excellent, with good service and a nice environment to compliment it. Highly recommended. Would definitely spend my own money here, looked reasonably priced.

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United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a big event/lunch here and was very impressed. Simple food done very well, excellent service and all for a great cause. Pretty reasonable value for central London as well.

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Thank R S K
TheBrigade, General Manager at Brigade, The Fire Station, responded to this review

Dear R S K Many thanks for your feedback - I am delighted that the event went well. We too also think that we are reasonably priced!, especially when considering the location and fresh food used. Many Thanks James More 

London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dinner in the function room upstairs was great, about 20 guests. Loads of canapés and two very good main courses. Fish was excellent.

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Thank Elizabeth J
TheBrigade, General Manager at Brigade, The Fire Station, responded to this review

Wow what a lovely review! Thank you, we are exceptionally pleased that we met with your expectations and look forward to seeing you at Brigade soon. Best - James More 

Stroud, United Kingdom
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298 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Liked the unpretentious layout and plenty of draft beer choices in a well stocked bar for what is basically still a restaurant.Open plan 'see through' kitchen and cheerful and attentive staff.Salmon carpacchio followed by roast lamb then a good plateful of cheese.Solid rib sticking stuff with a well advertised socially responsible undertone. Only tiny whinge was that it is a... More 

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

Thank you for your review we are very grateful. There is a lot of choice in the area as you say, luckily most offer very different and delicious foods. Brigade is a very special place that not only strives to exceed expectations on all food and service levels but also helps to train those that were formerly homeless the professional... More 

London, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

I used to come here quite often, always had the same meal... Steak and mash.. it was divine.. until they changed the menu, and I think got rid of the mash or something.. haven't returned, but I will be back, because I can't fault the staff and am open to see the menu again.

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Ramsgate, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Busy lunchtime, the whole table was served at the same time which always pleases me. The food was good and tasty and arrived piping hot. Excellent service, friendly amenable staff. I will be returning.

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Thank Lucy H
TheBrigade, General Manager at Brigade, The Fire Station, responded to this review

Dear Lucy I am glad that you had a good time at Brigade - I do hope to be able to welcome you again soon in the near future, Very best - James More 

Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

We went for a dinner at Brigade. Whilst the food is average, the restaurant is a social enterprise which helps provide training for homeless people in hospitality. Worth supporting. Food rating - 3

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Thank Vegemitelover
TheBrigade, General Manager at Brigade, The Fire Station, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review and noting the social enterprise. I am sorry that the food did not meet with your expectation. We have a new chef at Brigade and our menus are (as I type) changing, I do hope that you will be able to come again soon and see what we can do. Please do ask for... More 

Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

Love the philosophy of this restaurant along with the training of its staff. Very impressive. The meal was lovingly and freshly prepared. Give it a go and change someone's life!

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Thank Elaine M
TheBrigade, General Manager at Brigade, The Fire Station, responded to this review

Dear Elaine Thank you so much for your feedback. It is lovely to read such reviews that can truly see us for what we are and aim for. Thank you a million times! See you soon, James More 

London
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

I went to have drinks early on a Friday evening and the bar looked quite empty but I was still subjected to a very long wait where staff were having conversations between themselves instead of serving customers. Had one then left.

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Thank jilll692
TheBrigade, General Manager at Brigade, The Fire Station, responded to this review

Dear Jill Thanks for your feedback for which I was exceptionally sorry to read. From the early evening Friday night is one of our busiest, having local businesses thankfully descend on us and the bar is sometimes 4-5 persons deep all waiting for drinks and the team are generally only ever busy serving clients. naturally I will investigate this and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$17 - $59
Cuisine
European, British
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Business meetings, Bar scene, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 139 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Southwark
  • Neighborhood: Southwark
  • Phone Number: +44 844 346 1225
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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Staying in Southwark

Neighborhood Profile
Southwark
Even before the arrival of the instantly iconic Shard, the riverside scene in Southwark had moved well beyond any up-and-coming phase of development. For quite some time, locals and out-of-towners alike have loved browsing the boutiques of Bermondsey High Street, foraging through the bounteous stalls at centuries old foodie haven Borough Market, and flocking to the banks of the Thames to enjoy some of Britain's biggest attractions such as Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe. Despite Southwark's many popular draws, instant calm can be achieved easily by turning down almost any side street. For more urban buzz, a quick stroll across famed bridges like the pedestrianized Millennium Bridge or the ever photogenic Tower Bridge yields access to the very core of Central London. And with London Bridge Station as this neighborhood's main transportation hub, getting across town (or to anywhere in England for that matter) is a relative breeze.
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