Loyal Tavern

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Serving the best of seasonal British produce in the relaxed neighbourhood environment that was the Bermondsey institution called Village East. Led by Chef Patron Tom Cenci (previously Duck & Waffle), the menu provides for simple, seasonal dishes such as Cornish mackerel with apple, pine nut and truffle or venison tartar with beef dripping. Seasonality continues in drinks with seasonal botanicals in punch bowls alongside a wine program with sees natural, New World, British and international wines carefully paired to match dishes.
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j
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Booked for Saturday afternoon to come and try the cheese toasties which I had read about online. I checked the website beforehand to make sure there wasn’t a specific menu being offered at that time and there were no restrictions on the website and the menu for the toasties was on there. When we arrived we were given the brunch menu and when we asked about the toasties a lady went and checked with the kitchen and said they would make the toasties that were on the blackboard only but we needed to move to the casual dining area. We moved and then another lady told us they aren’t serving toasties at all and they are only after 6pm. Nowhere on the website did it specify that and also the mixed answers we were getting from different staff members was confusing and put me off eating anything there at all so I left and will not be returning.

KG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met some friends there for dinner. Absolutely loved it. Such great food and amazing service with a Vibey and relaxing atmosphere. Cant wait to go back.

CB
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely for Valentines Day. It's nice and local to us and felt like a great place to go rather than taking the journey into Central London. The food was brilliant and staff where very prompt.

Happy to go again, would recommend for a nice catch up, taking the family or a nice romantic meal.

JM
London
78 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really good. First visit since change of ownership. Nice collection of starter dishes and staff very keen on feedback. Recommend.

EC
London
26 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lovely place, great food and atmosphere, service a little slow, but friendly nonetheless.

AF
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good ingredients, great rustic atmosphere, very polite staff.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Very long wait to place order on my last visit. Also, food appeared rushed.

P
London
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great cocktails, great service. Would visit again.

SG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch spot. The staff couldn’t have been more accommodating to myself and baby.

A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really wonderful, except the table - clearly was meant for three as it was right next to the stairs, and the waiter had to add a chair from another table. The person in the additional chair was being brushed by all night, and unfortunately there were no other tables.

BK
London
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Plant based menu options need more thought and work but parsnip hummus was fantastic.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice ambiance, but over priced for what it is.

k
London
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

the new menu is absolutely delicious! will definetly be back

b
London
13 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

At last, a Sunday Brunch spot with a tempting number of Brunch options on the menu. Good portions, interesting dishes, attentive service. An all-round satisfying experience, like finding a Brunch gem in Manhattan or LA....but on our doorstep in Bermondsey. Yippee.

VG
London
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

We had been wanting to eat here since it opened and booked dinner with friends for last night but left really disappointed. The chicken skins (one of the main reasons we wanted to go here) an item they seem to have as an USP had completely run out when we ordered at 7.30pm. They then forgot one of the starters (didn’t admit it but it arrived 20 minutes after the other three) this was kindly taken off the bill but then we waited almost an hour for our main dishes to come, which was rather cold. Delicious meat and well presented but lukewarm at best. Again our waiter for so apologetic and gave us our second bottle of wine half price. Dessert was delicious. But for £80 a head it was pretty disappointing.

IT
London
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I'm afraid I have to agree with Victoria G below. A party of 4, we ordered the Charcuterie specials and Chicken Skin as a starter to find out that they had both run out. This was very strange seeing as it was only 7pm, and not a good start. So we were limited to the flatbreads, which were fine. The main courses were good, not amazing. I'm hoping it was just an off night at a restaurant I had been looking forward to visiting since it opened.

P
London
27 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really nice relaxed meal, I do understand the rating where this restaurant have.the food is amazing, and the service is excellent too, they have a Portuguese Waitrose called Micaela that really knows what is the best. If you are around the corner and there is a free table do drop by, you will not regret it!

RD
London
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely Evening - staff were nice and pineapple pudding was excellent

g
London
156 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vegetarian breakfast is very good

TB
London
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went to the Loyal Tavern for Sunday lunch. Food and service was great. But the beer prices? Frankly they are taking the Mickey! £6.25 for a pint of Whitstable Bay? I regularly drink in The Bloomsbury Tavern in Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2 (for readers from out of town, this is in the West End of London). They have the same beer for £4.65. And they are making a profit. I leave you to draw your own conclusions.

OT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely venue and amazing food. Service was great 😊

EX
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff are lovely, as is the food and venue! Super cute place to go for brunch but my slight criticisms would be the less than generous portion size of toast (1 slice is definitely not enough for most), and also if you sit near the coffee machine, the repetitive and loud bang each time the barrister empties the coffee portafilter is a tad annoying. Wouldn’t stop me popping past again though.

SK
London
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Used to go here regularly when it was Village East. It had a killer veggie breakfast. I recently went for the first time as Loyal Tavern and was hugely disappointed. It had a handful of occupied tables (never the case when Village East) and the food and service was a real let down. The potatoes were under cooked. The tomatoes had no flavour, they didn't have a hot drinks menu, they didn't provide butter with the toast. I could go on but for a 40gbp brunch with just one tea and coffee I was left feeling disappointed and went home for a bagel!

KL
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food and an extensive cocktails/drinks list. Service was a bit slow but could be because we were sat at the corner right at the back of the restaurant.
I shared the buttermilk pancakes with berry compote, the tamarind, beetroot, dates, orange and toasted seeds, and fennel and green apple sides with a friend, which were delish. My other friends had the Loyal breakfast which they said was awesome. I also had the Masako Martini (sake, lychee liqueur, lemon, rose, mint), it was very refreshing! Definitely a hidden gem in Bermondsey! I wanna come back for their Sunday roast :D

M
London
12 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

We came to Loyal Tavern following a very good review from Giles Coren, who emphasized the quality of the food and the genuine friendly service. The food indeed was impeccable and tasty. The chicken skins make a wonderful snack with a zingy hot sauce coating. The star of the show was the buttermilk poached cod with white beans and Nduja. Perfectly cooked, this rustic dish was perfect for a winter day, and the fish had an amazing flavor. As for the service, unfortunately it was disappointing. When we arrived the wrong lunch menu was on our table which confused us. Service was clumsy and hesitant, without any intent to connect. Robotic and should be addressed so that the whole experience turns from good to great. We will however want to come back, because of the nice restaurant look, and very solidly cooked food with fantastic value.

GM
London
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Restaurant lacked atmosphere and vibrancy. Menu is dated and heavy - very few (ie only one) vegetarian dishes and no vegan options.

Little on the drinks menu that isn’t alcoholic. No non-alcoholic beers, cocktails etc.

This restaurant feels like it belongs 10 years ago - can’t believe it has just opened. Overall a very disappointing experience, just go to one of the other excellent Bermondsey street restaurants instead.

d
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great welcome from Simon , rustic decor , relaxed atmosphere . Service very good .
We had the Sunday roast and ingredients were top quality . Unusual vegetables , chocolate brownie and ice cream yummy .
Only slight criticism is small portion of lamb , my beef couid have been slightly warmer and Merlot was very average for £33.
Other than that very pleased and will return .

L
London
14 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food we had was good but they had run out of 3 of the items we wished to order by 7.45 pm including 2 of the 4 starter dishes on offer .
That aside , ambience was good . The place was full and therefore a little noisy but still easy to speak .
Service was fine although staff were clearly very very busy ,
Wine we chose was very nice ( Malbec ) .
Would go again

W
London
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The atmosphere, staff and food was excellent! The food was a bit slow coming but we weren’t in a rush so didn’t mind. I don’t like the new name ‘Loyal Tavern’ it sounds like a pub name and could put people off coming in.

g
London
156 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good place for a vegetarian brunch. A lot of locals which is nice.

KT
London
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Top choice for a nice dinner with friends or date night. The food was exceptional and reasonably priced. The availability of a cocktail bar upstairs once your meal is over is an added bonus.

j
London
55 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice simple lunch menu, friendly engaging staff , a nice place for an informal relaxed lunch

H
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Hot-footed it to the Loyal Tavern after reading Giles Coren’s review in the Times. Disappointing Sunday roast lunches for my 3 companions ( the beef looked a bit sad was it really ‘old dairy cow’?) in terms of presentation with small portions of roasties and vegetable but my cod in a bean stew was delicious and the Brownie for pudding absolutely scrummy. One of my companions let down by their pudding : pancakes with bacon (don’t ask) and maple syrup except they forgot the maple syrup! Given the price of the roasts the impact was underwhelming. Our waiter didn’t get the proactive and cheery service memo and was a bit lax although a perfectly nice chap. Great selection of wine by the glass and so glad to see 125 ml advertised as a medium 👍 would go back for brunch and to try the smaller plates but not Sunday roasts as poor value.

HP
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food as always. Friendly service throughout!

g
London
156 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vegetarian brunch was unexpectedly delicious.

HJ
London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

great food and sweet staff. On the expensive side, considering what you get, but worth it

M
London
36 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Went for a post Christmas brunch with my husband. The food was served suspiciously quickly which confirmed my concerns that a lot of it is cooked and plated up already. Toast was cold and hard, eggs cold, side of mushrooms unappetising and cool. When this place was Village east I had a cold breakfast which I complained about and it was replaced. I didn’t complain this time but I won’t be going back. The Sunday morning chefs don’t get it. Cooking a poached egg from scratch takes 4 minutes. There is no excuse for cold short order cooking.

Loyal Tavern
Responded on January 13, 2020

Dear Merrie Thank you for taking your time to leave a review. I am so sorry to hear that the food was not up to our usual standards and something obviously went wrong during your visit. While I understand you wish not to return I would love the opportunity to make it up to you. Please feel free to drop me an email Richard@loyaltavern.co.uk should you wish to return. Many Thanks Richard General Mananger

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NV
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

After visiting Village East last year which was outstanding reserved again knowing it has a New owner. What a dissapointment... 4 dishes not available , the restaurant was open for an half hour when ordering . It was freezing cold the whole evening . The food was ok but not special , a bill off nearly 300 pounds for 6 people without dessert of coffee ( we were to cold to stay longer) is to much.

MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really could not fault this venue, food or the staff. Staff were amazing with ensuring my allergy needs were met and made it seem effortless. Thank you! Wishing you all a merry Christmas and happy new year.

S
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lovely lady that was looking after us was fantastic and friendly and kind. My cousin forgot her bag and she ran after us to give it back. Thanks again so much! Will definitely go back for the lovely cosy atmosphere and lovely staff and delicious quality food, looking forward to seeing the lovely waitress again 😉. Thanks again. Suja - local