Loyal Tavern

3.6
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23 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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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Serving the best of seasonal British produce in the relaxed neighborhood environment that was the Bermondsey institution called Vilage East. Led by Chef Patron Tom Cenci (previously Duck & Waffle), the menu provides for simple, seasonal dishes.

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London
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We went 2 days before full opening and had such a disappointing experience.. The food was well below average, small portions, overpriced and lacking in taste.. the lamb kebabs were the only dish we enjoyed.
service was bad - they forgot to bring out a dish we ordered, added a bottle of wine we hadn’t ordered to the bill and ran out of chips!
We used to come here a lot and it’s really disappointing to see it’s decline.

LO
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food and very good value. Would definitely return.

r
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

greatly improved menu..quite subtly / tasty British food vibe. Staffsuper friendly and attentive even on a busy opening week.

Highly recommended

L
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic, the waiting staff were very friendly and the atmosphere & setting were great! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a lovely meal in London!

OT
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

It was just okay. Nothing special about the food. I had big expectations.

PH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Went for lunch on soft launch to find they only serve a sort of breakfast. I checked but was never told this so wasted my time

JS
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very tasty and the staff were friendly and helpful. Would certainly visit the Loyal Tavern again when in SE1

CD
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We went during the soft launch as we were excited to see what they were offering and we had a few nags which once smoothed the place would be good.
We really liked the ambiance and the design, great bar area.

However, the service was a little ad hoc. We had one waitress who was lovely, smiley, chatty but others hardly smiled and didn't engage.
They would top your water up constantly which is good but they never asked and just leant over you as you were eating.
The brunch menu looked nice but nothing different to what is on offer elsewhere but i am happy with salmon and eggs if done well. Unfortunately the toast served with the food counteracted the flavours and seemed bland which detracted from the food.
I also asked for just normal toast and jam but was told they may not have jam and will look...the toast came but was the chicken dripped toast not just normal toast that was requested. I was told by one of the waitresses that there was no jam but then the friendly waitress came over with jam a few seconds later...but jam and chicken dripped toast...
The loyal tavern has some good points and i would go for drinks as it's a good atmosphere but i left after brunch still hungry. If the service was addressed and some of the ingredients on the menu slightly adjusted i think the place was good.

MB
London
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had been customers of Village East for a long time so were keen to try the refresh. Totally recognise this is early days. The place is brighter and lighter than it was but largely unchanged. The food was ok - some real highlights like venison tartare and pig cheeks and some “meh” dishes like the flatbread with hummus and pistachio ice cream (fairly tasteless). I struggled to describe what type of restaurant it was other than sharing plates. Wine list is a weak spot - but cocktails were good. Service was a bit hit and miss but nothing unusual for a new launch and I assume it will improve (as it was always good before).

k
London
68 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed the atmosphere – it's not changed much from the Village East days, but that's not a bad thing. We would likely return for another visit. The food was consistent – the blackened cauliflower was a particular highlight though, and other dishes were decent enough! Service was nice and friendly and wine was reasonable and not too overpriced.

FF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved every bite! I’m already thinking when to go back! The parsnip hummus with fresh truffle was to die for. The venison tartar was divine. The meatball was also delicious but it should have been served with a spoon because we could not enjoy the delicious broth. We sat on the upper floor, at the round table that’s in the middle of the room and we kept getting bumped into, so suggest to remove/ replace with a smaller table. Loved the concept, the open kitchen and the pass , the decor, the atmosphere. Chef Tom engaged with us whilst we were waiting for a table, which added a warm touch! Thumbs up guys and see you soon!

g
London
144 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to try out my new local during soft launch. Food was fantastic. A huge improvement from the old days of Village East. Couldn’t fault any dishes. Service was smooth and friendly. Best of luck to them and we look forward to coming back

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was a bit hesitant at first after reading some of the initial reviews. I can say that the team at Loyal Tavern are doing a fantastic job. As the team finds its bearings, it was great to see the members helping one another. Service was prompt and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back.

As an aside, please keep in mind that it’s a soft launch so minor hiccups are to be expected (although we didn’t experience any).

L
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall, it was a good experience. I’m coeliac, but there were plenty of gluten free options for starters and mains, which were delicious. However, there wasn’t a gluten free option for dessert, which was disappointing. We spent most of the meal without anyone on the table next to us. However, when a couple did sit down, we might as well have been on a table for four as we could hear their whole conversation. We went as part of the soft launch so there was 50% of our food bill, which made it good value. We’d go again, but would probably request to sit in one of the booth seats at the front.

S
London
12 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The place had just reopened following a name change and refit. Its a nice new decor with a good feel and relaxed atmosphere. Food was tasty and reasonably priced overall, although portion size could have been a little bigger. Service was sound, only a couple of minor issues, which I am sure will be irnned out as they everything beds in. Will likely come back in a few months to check it out again.

GC
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The order of food was odd, happy to have food served as they are ready but the cold appetizer and finger food at the end was strange. The specials were limited and not that special. Needs to try harder to survive on this amazing foodie neighborhood. Best thing was drinks menu.

CS
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

One of the worst meals I’ve eaten in a long long time. The service was equally as bad.

V
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food arrived luke warm and tasted average, nothing special. We were informed 2 of the items on the brunch menu were unavailable, even though our booking was at 10am. The customer service and food quality does not match the standards of the other local restaurants on the street. We won't be returning anytime soon.

FE
London
31 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Brilliant menu and delicious food by chef Tom Cenci who's just taken over the kitchen of this established local gastro pub. Brunch menu is incredible. Great atmosphere.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Opening week for what used to be the Village East. Food was on point, portions very good. Would recommend several is the smaller dishes and maybe one main to share. Keep room for the dessert too! All in, great place to relax, eat great produce with a good wine list to match. We'll be back!

Loyal Tavern
Responded on 9 September 2019

Hi Thanks for your lovely review. I hope to see you again soon. Best Wishes Richard General Manager

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i
London
10 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a good evening here - loved the cod main and pig cheek and it's in a great building on Bermondsey street. We were a little tucked away from the main room which was a shame and the food seem to come far too quickly so we asked them to slow down. Overall good but a little on the expensive side for what it is.

SO
London
48 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

This used to be Village East. Now rebranded under the new chef (ex Duck n Waffle). The starters - we had the cauliflower on a bed of tahini yogurt. It was nice. Not too special. it would have been nice if the cauliflower was crispy on the chargrilled bits. The Mackerel with apple on a bed of Himalayan salt was good. I felt it needed something else - perhaps a sauce? something light and fresh to counterbalance the fish's fishiness. The mains - we order one of the specials - rib of beef which was priced at £48. We waited about 30 minutes between starter and this - when it arrived - it was so underwhelming. Way to tough to cut let alone chew. What we were surprised at was we couldn't cut through it so how the chef that sliced it thought it was good enough to serve. A real shame. Never had a rib of beef that bad so we sent it back. The potatoes with melton stinky bishop was lovely and the buttered slice of fennel bread was good. We had two fish dishes. The cod in white beans which was lovely - although a little salty and i love salt. The Gurnard was good and i was excited to taste the sauce which was a crab bisque. I felt it missed something. The desert was lovely - pineapple grilled and served with banana ice cream. I don't like ice cream but this banana ice cream was exceptional. A delight. Service was top notch. Friendly front of house and waiters. Lovely.

Loyal Tavern
Responded on 9 September 2019

Dear Suzanne Thank you for giving us such detailed feedback I really appreciate it as it allows us to improve. Your comments regarding the food have been passed on to Tom who I know will look into the issues and suggestions you have made. Also thanks for you lovely comments about the FOH team, I know it means the world to them. Many thanks Richard General Manager

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RV
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Starters were original and delicious! Brunch options weren't different from other restaurants although the produce used was top quality. Cocktails recommended.

f
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Appreciate we were visiting on the first night of service but the service was dreadful. Our waitress forgot to enter our main course orders but didn’t apologise or let us know so we were there for quite some time and had to ask someone else if the food was ready. When it came it was delicious, but not piping hot. The furniture seemed too big for the space and navigating around was quite difficult especially in the prep/ service area. I’m sure these things will be easily resolved in time, hope to return soon.