Brigade Bar & Bistro
Brigade Bar & Bistro

Brigade Bar & Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thebrigade.co.uk/
  • Phone: 08443461225
  • 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.
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Brigade Bar & Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
189 reviews since 26 May 2014
Average Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambience3.6
    Value3.6
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
business meals (91)fit for foodies (69)special occasions (55)group bookings (54)pre/post theatre (38)outstanding value (32)brunch (25)good vegetarian options (22)romance (22)sunday lunch (20)disabled access (13)child friendly (10)afternoon tea (4)outdoor eating (2)Show More
  • Disappointing
    CDFood
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    Unfortunately our experience was below average. Dishes weren't cheap but were covered in mayonnaise sauces so you lost any flavour in the ingredients. Staff were sweet but the booking system lost our reservation and they were clueless when asked about dishes. They also had no idea how meat dishes were cooked when serving them I.e. They were not told which were rare, medium e.t.c
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    business meals
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  • Going Back!!!
    DrZap
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Excellent food, Excellent service, Excellent environment. Nothing more to say!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • PickyeaterVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Friendly service, good variety on the menu. I've visited Brigade on a number of occasions previously, and it's great to see that it's still going strong.
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    business meals
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Leaves you wanting more...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    We did enjoy the food at Brigade Bar & Bistro but the starter and main courses are very small and don't include sides so expect an expensive meal that will leave you wanting more. My starter (£8.95) was described on the menu as 'Grilled oak smoked Cornish sardine fillets' but this was very misleading as only one sardine fillet was served! Another starter of 'Apprentice Scallops of the Week' at £11.95, consisted of 3 of the tiniest scallops I've ever seen, costing roughly £4 per scallop! My husband's £23.95 10Oz rib-eye steak didn't include chips so add another £6.25 for chips and a veg! What a shame as I love the fact that there is a cookery school on site that gives you the opportunity to taste new upcoming student chefs.
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    business meals, fit for foodies
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  • Super meal
    Panda50
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    Cristina served us, and she is lovely. Two of us had the lamb.. delicious, and it did need the couple of side dishes we ordered. The chaps had fish and chips and the chips were served in mini wire baskets, a great idea. We did remark that our plates could have been hotter, and were told that because they had only just opened the plate warmer had only just been turned on, and the chips were pre salted, which was too much salt for my husband and we mentioned this. Having said that the food was wonderful and the chocolate brownie and raspberry dessert was delicious. We had a lovely bottle of wine, and the bill reflected the 2 for 1 offer. It was great food and very good value.
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    outstanding value
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  • Disappointing
    Kisintow
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    You access this restaurant through a very busy bar which is clearly visible and audible from the restaurant. None of the clientele made way and the staff placed us very close to the bar. Access to the toilets are through the bar. We didn't stay as it was obviously not going to be a pleasant dining experience. It is a shame as the menu looked promising.
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  • LIVELY PLACE
    Ricky
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Had lunch here. Impressed with the menu - had real decisions to make as there were so many interesting combinations of food. Very lively atmosphere - staff young and very attentive. Great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a perfect place for a birthday!
    akitch
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    We visited Brigade on my 30th birthday. I booked ahead as we were travelling from abroad and I couldn't have made a better choice. The food was outstanding! Keep up the excellent work.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • interesting food
    zimstock
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    It fit what I needed for a business lunch. Food was well presented an very good. Decor is very modern and a bit cold for my taste but that is the norm for this sort of place. Overall I would recommend it.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Sarah
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    First visit to Brigade and I was impressed. Food was very good, and we were sat at the counter so could see everything being served up - there were plenty of other dishes I am now looking forward to trying on future visits. Service was very good, with the chef and manager both checking with us to see how we were enjoying our meal. The opentable deal made it excellent value but I'd be happy to go back and pay full price.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Night Special
    frank4774
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    An impromptu Saturday evening dinner with my wife at Brigade was made all the better by Brigade's usual excellent food and service, aided by the OpenTable dining offer of 'buy one course, get second one free'. My seafood starter topped with tasty crab was great, my wife's scallops too. She had Shepherds Pie for a main, while I enjoyed a beautifully cooked and tasty piece of tuna with my Salad Niçoise. We both like Brigade, having dined there a couple of times before, and look forward to doing so again in the future.
    Special Features:
    child friendly, fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brigade
    TammyVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Brigade is a buzzy restaurant with really fantastic food served from an open plan kitchen. One of my favorite places to eat in London. If you haven't been, go!
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • forensically examine the bill
    DanInWatford
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    the menu price is doubled to allow an attention grabbing 2 for 1 'deal' to be offered. But you have to check your bill and be assertive to ensure it is applied fairly. The 'large' carpaccio was tasteless and small. Scoth eggs were actually one small scotch egg (menu typo?). Portion sizes generally mean. Fairly noisy. Its corporate sterility is surprising given the social enterprise it purports to be.
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  • Excellent food, service a bit pushy
    veggiefan
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had a 3 course meal, every one of the courses was really good - especially the orange and treacle tart and the ice cream! The wine list was arranged in an unusual way - not lowest price first as you would expect. The first on the list was a £34 Sauvignon blanc but further down there was a French Sauvignon blanc at £19 and a South African Chenin Sav Blanc at £21. The waitress was very quick to recommend the £34 bottle which, to anyone who hadn't already scanned the list, would have appeared to be the least expensive. Clever!
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Theatregoer2014
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We ate here before the theatre mid-week. On the plus side, they served us quite quickly. The people who ordered burgers were happy with their food. I ordered a "salmon gateaux" from the specials section on the menu. Unfortunately this turned out to be just many slices of smoked salmon on Bellini bases stacked up. The poached eggs were over cooked and there was no sauce so it was extremely dry. I would normally have sent it back but we didn't have time. Other people in the group were also disappointed with their food. It's a shame because it could have been great but we left thinking we'd have been better off in pizza express.
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  • Foodie2
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We love the restaurant. The food is always good and the menu changes regularly. The staff are always friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & fantastic social value
    Lopen
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    I took my husband there last Saturday for his birthday. I requested a bottle of prosecco ready for our arrival and there it was! Nice surprise and no hassle! The chef showed us round the upstairs and told us that they have apprentices at risk of homelessness working there. What a great cause! The apprentices have then gone to work at other great reataurants so the project works! They even have us a pudding for his birthday with a candle, even though we were too full for dessert! Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to go
    DanbVIP
    Dined on 18/7/2014
    I have been to Brigade a few times and each time I am amazed at how good the food is and never understand why it isn't busier. The service is great, food is well prepared and great value.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great value dinner at Brigade
    mangetout
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Five of us met for a mid-week birthday dinner at Brigade on Tooley Street. Great value as we got a 2 for 1 meal offer. Buzzy sort of place, pleasant service and OK food.
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    group bookings
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  • Generous portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 30/6/2014
    Food was beautifully presented and really tasty. But what stood out was the incredibly generous portions. We went on a open table deal so this represented great value for money'
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Bolt Hole in London Bridge
    Kaz64
    Dined on 27/6/2014
    Went here for dinner on a Friday evening. The bar area was very busy as was the paved area outside, so getting into the restaurant was a bit of a squeeze. However, once inside the eating area was quieter and we managed to grab a table by the window. The advantage of this restaurant is that you can see your meals being cooked and prepared. We took up the 33% off offer and could order anything from the menu and the specials board. We both had starters, mains, side order, shared dessert and a bottle of wine and the bill came to £66! Meals were lovely - well cooked and presented well. Serving staff attentive. Would definitely recommend.
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    business meals, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Great for a special occasion!
    Flojo
    Dined on 23/6/2014
    I was extremely impressed with this restaurant. I booked through Opentable and mentioned it was a 60th birthday and would they make a cake. I received a call from the restaurant the next day to arrange the cake at a very reasonable price. We were a group of 6, when we arrived we had a lovely round table in the middle of the restaurant. All the staff were very pleasant and helpful. Our food was delicious, very well presented and good value for money. The birthday cake was amazing - looked good, tasted divine and large enough for 12 people so the staff packaged it up for us to take home. All in all a wonderful experience. I would recommend eating here.
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    business meals, group bookings, special occasions
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  • would go again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 21/6/2014
    dinner with friends- good menu choices; unusual combinations that worked, good food. Seemed to only be one waitress so service was slow. Good concept I'd go again
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    brunch, child friendly, disabled access, group bookings, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • Don't forget the discount!
    PrinceZog
    Dined on 21/6/2014
    We visited the Shard earlier and booked a table for 7pm. The staff were very welcoming and friendly. We were shown to a cosy side room (looked like the old watchroom) which was a bonus. Service was prompt and efficient and the food was very good. The only downside was that, although a discount was clearly advertised and prominently displayed (a third off all food), the initial bill did not have the discount applied - I had to ask but for it. This shouldn't be necessary and I wonder how many people miss out on the offer by this "over-sight"?
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  • Great for a celebration, BUT...
    ChairmanJROVIP
    Dined on 19/6/2014
    We enjoyed a fun (and raucous) evening at Brigade last night. We were given the private dining room (which was perfect for our party), and the staff brought over a complimentary chocolate Birthday cake with candle for our Birthday girl (which was v much appreciated). The service was good, and not rushed, - indeed, we had the private room all evening until we staggered home just before midnight. My one complaint was that the OpenTable deal (of 33% off all food), which also happened to be the deal for all diners in June (regardless of whether booking through OpenTable) was "forgotten" when calculating our bill. I had to complain to get the bill re-done, with the discount included.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • juanjo
    Dined on 19/6/2014
    Our group - 5 german couples - was received very warmly, they had reserved us a seperate dining room (very stilish, very romantically). All the meals are served very quickly and the taste - perfect, a dream...
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • gastronaut31
    Dined on 17/6/2014
    Good food served promptly and nice staff. All in all a very nice place to go for a lunch , especially if you do not like waiting too long.. Our only quibble is that we forgot to mention that we had booked the top table offer of 30% off, and , consequently paid in full, but it was still good value and would certainly recommend this restaurant and will go again. A wee bit worried that the chips still had their skin on !!
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    business meals, outstanding value
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  • Amazing birthday celebration
    21st
    Dined on 13/6/2014
    The good was outstanding, the service was brilliant and very welcoming. Made a birthday celebration very special!
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    business meals, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Redzhair
    Dined on 12/6/2014
    Lovely service and good food - use this place a lot for business lunches - very nice.
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    business meals, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fantastic meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    My daughter and I had a fabulous meal for her 21st birthday . The food was amazing , and the staff made sure it was a night to remember . It was the perfect end to our amazing day out in London. Thank you .
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    kaybe
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Food was delicious - I had the Mutton Shepherds Pie with Lavendar Mash. Sounds a bit strange but was absolutely divine! And the ice-cream (which is a bit of a speciality) is to die for. Service good too.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre
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  • Splendiferously
    Dined on 30/5/2014
    The place looks really inviting and the staff was very friendly. We had Burgers and Fish and Chips which were really well done. The price was a bit on the high side but ok with the discount voucher. It is a nice place to meet friends in a nice modern atmosphere!
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  • Kate
    luvmyfood
    Dined on 29/5/2014
    Great venue for a drink after work or a special dinner. Atmosphere was vibrant, lots of people at the bar and dining in the restaurant. The wine list was good with reasonably priced through to expensive. The waiting staff were excellent, remembering our order without writing it down is always impressive. Food was delicious, well balanced and not too filling. Great evening out especially on the OpenTable offer.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance
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  • No fire burning in this restaurant
    tuxhouseVIP
    Dined on 28/5/2014
    More of a bar than a restaurant and suffers from the associated noise as a result. Good place to take work colleagues for a meal
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    business meals, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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  • First visit, will be going back
    YvonneB
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    We were a little unsure when we booked, our feelings changed the minute we walked through the door, we were met by a lovey warm welcome. We were a little early, the waitress in the bar area asked if we would prefer to be sat at our table or enjoy a drink in the bar area, we enjoyed a relaxed drink in the bar. Nice not to be rushed. The bistro is stylish, a real buzz to the atmosphere. An open kitchen adds to the atmosphere. Our waitress was fantastic, attentive but not overly so, I asked about the beetroot cured salmon, for a starter, not sure about the beetroot, she promptly fetched me a sample to try, it was oh so good. the food was excellent We could honestly not fault anything. Was even better with a 33% discount. Fantastic. Thank you
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Brigade Bistro
    Richard
    Dined on 19/5/2014
    This is a good, solid Bistro with helpful, young staff in what was a Fire Station on Tooley Street close to City Hall and not too far from London Bridge. Good food, though slightly overpriced. The on-line booking offer of 33% off food made it well worth the visit.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • What great service
    HAYWARS
    Dined on 17/5/2014
    The staff were so attentive, they let my son watch them at the bar preparing food and ending up giving him a tour of the kitchen.. what a great experience for him
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable First Visit
    Sampsonite
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Intrigued by the venue, my wife and I enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere on a Friday night for dinner. The food was both good quality and good value.
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    brunch, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Disappointing
    Cess
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The lamb was outstanding but the rest average and the sides were cold.
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  • An excellent find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The lamb was the best we have ever tasted, the Scotch Egg was amazing and I still don't know how they did it, and all staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. Highly recommended!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.