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Brigade Bar & Bistro
Brigade Bar & Bistro

Brigade Bar & Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thebrigade.co.uk
  • Email: bistro@thebrigade.co.uk
  • Phone: 0844 346 1225
  • Hours of Operation: Brigade is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Monday – Friday
    Open from 7:30am – Late

    Saturday
    Open from 5:00pm – Late

    Sunday
    Closed

    Closed for Bank Holidays

    Food is served between the following hours:
    Breakfast from 7:30am
    Lunch 12:00 – 17:00
    Dinner 17:00 – 22:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Executive Chef: Simon Boyle
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: By Tube:
    The nearest tube station is London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee Lines). Exit station via the Tooley Street exit, turn right and continue down Tooley Street for approximately 700 metres. Brigade will be on your left hand side.
    By River boat:
    It’s easy to reach us by Clipper river boat; with the nearest stop at London Bridge
  • Parking: Public Car Park
  • Parking Details: By car:
    The nearest car park is the NCP at the junction of Snowsfields and Kipling Street nearby (approximately 600 metres).
A word from Brigade Bar & Bistro
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.Continued
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Awards voted by toptable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBritish
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBusiness Meals
Diner Reviews
  • "Food very good, service both friendly and efficient. We had the 50% off deal which made what would have ben an expensive meal good value."
    dined on 15/04/2014
  • "This is my 3rd visit and this time I had an amazing Salmon Souflet. I just had to buy the recipe book. Fantastic"
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "Booked to dine with Husband and our 6 year old who is Fire Station obsessed, but wasn't really expecting the place to be hugely kiddie friendly. Staff were great with him, paper, crayons, lots of chatting to him, really impressed. No set kids menu but they offered a smaller portion of several main menu items which I always think is nicer anyway. He polished off most of a rib eye steak plus half a portion of rhubarb doughnuts. Food is simple but fabulous quality. We arrived early for a 12.00 booking which I think threw staff off track a bit, but service was overall very good. Would happily return with or without small person in tow."
    dined on 07/04/2014
  • "My wife and I booked a table for her birthday. The menu is extensive and we were spoilt for choice. The drinks menu is also extensive. The food was fresh and very tasty. We tried the signature burger and it was excellent. The burger however was on the rarer side (which I didn't mind) but that was the only downfall. Had two for one and it was excellent value."
    dined on 03/04/2014
  • "Very quiet when we dined but loved the food and the laid back yet attentive service. Would go again even if no 2 for 1 deal."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "We had a really nice dinner in the Brigade, the food was excellent we really enjoyed our meals however the cost was ridiculous. Three of us were dining so not the best for a 2-4-1 offer but we shared two starters and two deserts then had three mains and a bottle of wine and the cost was still £120 with the offer. We enjoyed the evening but I wouldn't go back if there wasn't an offer on."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "Had a lovely meal after visiting the Shard. Food was delicious and the staff friendly and attentive. The library room was ideal for our group."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "I was very pleasantly surprised at how good the food was - it was as fresh as good old fashioned home cooking but at the same time innovative and creative."
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "Booked a table for myself and a group of friends for Friday evening and took the 2 for 1 offer. We had a table near the open kitchen area which was fine, always good to see the cooking being done. The service was excellent, we were swiftly shown to our table. The restaurant was busy but neither too loud or too busy. The food was very good, with some interesting items on the menu. With the 2 for 1 offer the value was fantastic, to be honest it would have been good even with the offer. Will definitely be going back"
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "Food was generally good but 2/4 desserts were not good. Thought it was good value on the 2 4 1 offer but without the offer I think expensive especially for the portion size."
    dined on 01/04/2014
  • "I chose top table because it was a social enterprise. The atmosphere was great. We sat at the bar and were able to watch the chefs as they cooked which was fun. However, the fish in my fish and chips was tasteless underneath the batter. We also waited 15 minutes at the end of the meal for tea that did not turn up, having already had to grab a member of the waiting staff in order to pay."
    dined on 28/03/2014
  • "Food was excellent and staff friendly but waited 20 minutes for our first drink!! After that everything was fine."
    dined on 27/03/2014
  • "Brigade is one of my favourite restaurants. The food is excellent, it has a varied menu, with interesting and different choices as well as recognisable standard fare, plus truly fabulous side dishes. The desserts are to die for. The wine is reasonably priced. The restaurant has a buzz to it. Nonetheless, it is not perfect. It's a bit hit and miss service wise. You often don't get your side dishes at the same time as your meal (or you don't get them at all) and if you order tap water, you never get a top up. It is best not to sit near to the bar area when it is full - it is very noisy. However, in comparison to many of the other restaurants nearby (over priced and poor quality tourist places, or city pin stripe) it is an absolute gem."
    dined on 26/03/2014
  • "Busy office based restaurant quite expensive - but good value with the 50% off!"
    dined on 24/03/2014
  • "Great centrally located venue, buzzy atmosphere and Great good and value. Lovely Staff although the Bar area does get very noisy and out of hand when TV or sport is on !!!"
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "What an exceptional lunchtime (21/03); extremely attentive friendly & accommodating service. Made the meal an outstanding dinning experience for my friend & I - a great lunch; made all the more special for us both by the drama of watching professionals working together in the wonderful bustle of the open kitchen. Spectacular; well worth a visit & be sure to ask for a seat at the food bar."
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "We keep coming back to Brigade for 3 reasons - the food is good and reasonably priced for the area, the service is excellent and their community project of bringing in homeless people and training them is admirable. TT 2-1 offer is also worth having. The mushrooms on sour dough toast are a must-have though the salmon and pork terrine were good too. The steak was good, the artichokes tasty but the salmon Caesar very rich. hence too full for pudding which was a shame because they are very good. All in all a very nice night. I'm sure we'll be back."
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "From the moment we arrived we were treated really well by courteous, professional and friendly staff. My parents we visiting us. For my fathers quantity is important and he was more than happy with his perfectly cooked, large Rib eye. for my mother quality is important and She queried the cut and the staff were brilliant. I have never experienced such a friendly and positive response to query. The chef cooked more fillet & delivered it himself, with a smile. The sides were all delicious, particularly the red cabbage slaw. We even got fried onions which are not in the menu. For dessert the cappuccino creme brûlée is must! a fabulous fining experience that I would reccomend to everyone. I will be returning, that is for certain!"
    dined on 20/03/2014
  • "An enterprising menu slightly let down by the restaurant being a bit noisy and the service indifferent."
    dined on 19/03/2014
  • "We have been there twice so far and the food has never failed our expectations. The best ever 10oz ribseye and perfect buttery mash potatoes will keep us coming back :D Don't forget to ask for the 2 for 1 offer."
    dined on 14/03/2014
  • "We had booked a 2 for 1 deal at Brigade for dinner following an early evening meeting. First impression was not brilliant as the bar area was very busy and noisy. We were asked to wait for two minutes while our table was prepared while we ordered a beer - Greenwich Meantime on tap - and a glass of wine. We were then taken to our table only to be told by another server that we couldn't sit there, please go back to the bar and wait. Close to walking away time. After five minutes we were taken to a better table and the maitre d' recovered the evening by offering us our drinks on the house and a bottle of wine for our dinner. Brilliant work but a shame he had to do it. Food was superb, wine good and the dining area much quieter and calmer."
    dined on 12/03/2014
  • "Great location, decor and service. Ambiance was a little missing as we dined early and were virtually the only people in the restaurant at 7,00 p.m. Food was great but a little pricey and the veggie options were very limited."
    dined on 11/03/2014
  • "I imagined that Brigade might be good, but the food was GREAT. I cannot recommend the Oxtail burger more highly. In fact, I'll be going back for another. That does pose another problem as the menu was fantastic and it was hard to choose to start with so there may a couple of visits required. I don't often say that. The seafood cocktail to start was one of the best my date has ever eaten. The ambiance is the only thing that doesn't make me rate Brigade more highly. Its a bit of a noisy, organised kind of choas, especially on a Thursday or Friday with the front bar making it that way which detracts from the restaurant experience slightly. It certainly won't stop me going back though for some of the best food I've had in SE1."
    dined on 06/03/2014
  • "We took advantage of the 2 for 1 deal, which offered good value for money. The food was OK, but nothing spectacular. Service OK. They have a nice ante room, which we didn't try out - but this seems to be the place for a group dinner."
    dined on 17/02/2014
  • "Excellent meal. Good service and friendly and helpful staff. Lively atmosphere."
    dined on 06/03/2014
  • "This is the second time we have been - both in the evening and groups. Both times the food has been excellent, there is a good choice of interesting wines and the service is very friendly and professional."
    dined on 25/02/2014
  • "Met a friend for a Friday night catch up. Being so close to London Bridge Station, the bar was packed but found the bistro easy enough through the crowd. The service was prompt and the Argentinian Malbec was superb. We both opted for the calves liver with mash potatoes and fell silent as we devoured it. Especially that hermitage butter. I would put that with everything. So Yummy. Neither of us wanted a dessert, but couldn't resist the sound of raspberry parfait with meringue. It was as light as a feather. The service was at a good pace and it was nice to be able to sit and slowly finish our bottle of wine and have a great conversation without the feeling of being rushed out of your seat especially on such a busy night."
    dined on 21/02/2014
  • "Arriving at the bistro, we were told we'd have to sit at a sort of bar area, overlooking the kitchen as there were no free tables. It was noisy & cramped so we complained & did get moved to a proper table, but it wasn't a good start to the evening. My 2nd complaint only applies to a small no. of people but I think it's relevant. I'm vegan & was told all they could do was a green salad (OK) but what arrived was just a plate of rocket. It was the worst vegan option I've ever been given. Even the waitress was embarrassed & offered to take it back before I'd even said anything. She returned with the rocket plus some tiny slices of beetroot, carrot & tomato. I know vegan's tricky, but this chef should have been able to do better than that!"
    dined on 21/02/2014
  • "Went to the shard and searched for nearby restaurants. This one looked pretty nice and fancy so gave it a go. Waiters were friendly and prompt and not annoying. Good was outstanding. It's not cheap but considering the quality of good it is certainly not expensive."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "I ordered the shepherd's pie with the lavender mash, and my friend ordered the fish & chips. Both were excellent, with friendly and attentive service throughout the dining experience. I would probably have to order the burger next time though, having suffered quite a bit of food envy from some chaps sat next to us!"
    dined on 07/02/2014
  • "Lovely food, great service. Also have private dining rooms upstairs and a separate kitchen. They can arrange group cookery classes. An excellent find and I can't believe I haven't been there before! 50% off with top table makes things even better value."
    dined on 11/02/2014
  • "Really enjoyed this meal and think it was a great offer at 2 for 1. We were in an alcove slightly off the main restaurant which wasn't ideal but apart from that it was a great experience. The restaurant is a social enterprise, training young chefs and contributing to work with the homeless which was an interesting slant. Food was really great - seasonal, fresh and interesting. Highly recommend the shepherds pie/lavender mash!!"
    dined on 10/02/2014
  • "I booked at Brigade Bar & Bistro for a celebrational lunch. We took advantage of the 2 for 1 main course offer through toptable. We were greeted with a friendly smile and taken to our seat. Our coats and bags where taken kindly by the staff. We ordered a bottle of champagne along with some bread (including Gluten Free) and warm olives to start the lunch off. We ordered our main and I can highly recommend their burger with chips (cheesey) it comes also with tendor Ox tail on top of the burger. The other dishes we had where fish and chips, liver and bacon, makrel salad. All where truly delcious! We finished our lunch with a great full bodied round of coffees. This is a great place to eat, the staff are very good and the food was amazing."
    dined on 10/02/2014
  • "The food was good, the staff were brilliant - the chef was friendly and the atmosphere was buzzy - beat place I've find near London bridge."
    dined on 24/01/2014
  • "Flexible, attentive, informal and very professional. Brigade was lively and packed the night we went and all staff managed superbly with a group of friends and colleagues arriving and departing at different times. Congratulations to our waitress and the kitchen staff who coped admirably with each of us wanting drinks and meals 'customised' from the menu. Great value and a really good experience."
    dined on 21/01/2014
  • "At the moment, this place has 2-4-1 on mains, so we decided to take advantage of this and try it. We were not disappointed. Don't let the bistro bit fool you, this section of the venue is a proper restaurant with food to match. Portions are healthy as well, so we couldn't even fit in a dessert. Highly recommended tasty European fair that looks like it changes by the month and we will certainly be going back."
    dined on 15/01/2014
  • "Great value with the current offer. Enjoyed a good steak. Sides are always interesting and stand out. Service always a bit haphazard. Chairs are uncomfortable."
    dined on 15/01/2014
  • "Brigage offered good quality food which on the 241 offer in January made it very good value for the money. However I am not so sure it would be as good if we had paid the full price. Good seasonal food offered, and some interesting flavour options, e.g. lavender mash!"
    dined on 15/01/2014
  • "Decent venue on Tooley Street. The food was very good. They could use a wider selection of beers: if you're going to offer several bottled beers, why not make one of them a bitter? The Muzak was intrusive."
    dined on 04/01/2014
  • "Very good food with excellent service. Wine list is very well priced. I had the pheasant which was well cooked and the red cabbage with liquorice was beautiful. Well priced and some very good food."
    dined on 03/12/2013