Village East

4.2
2525 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
Top tags:
  • Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Village East is a stylish bar and restaurant in the heart of a creative community, designed within two strikingly different adjoining buildings; one a listed warehouse and the other a contrasting glass apartment block. It combines cosy booth seating, ample counter dining and a tucked away dining room just beyond the spacious cocktail lounge to create a space for any occasion.


The restaurant acts as an environment in which to meet, eat and drink at any time during the day and evening, always bustling, efficient and full of activity.


The menu is served la carte for lunch and dinner service, encouraging the guest to share both starters and mains as a way to try all the different elements the kitchen has to offer. The small plates also accommodate those who are in a hurry and wish to dine less substantially. Village East's menus consist solely of fresh well sourced produce incorporating classic cooking inspired by unique ingredients.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Modern European
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 11:45am;
Brunch: Saturday: 9:00am - 4:00pm and Sunday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
020 7357 6082
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Parking Details
On-street parking is available immediately outside Village East after 6.30pm Monday to Friday, and all day on Sunday.
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Public Transit
Village East is conveniently located roughly 10 minutes on foot from the Underground and National Rail services at London Bridge and Borough stations.

Bermondsey Street is also frequently served by a multitude of bus routes: C10 (Abbey St); 381 (St Thomas St); 42, 78, 188 (Tower Bridge Rd); 21, 35, 40, 133, 343 (Borough High St).
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Village East offers a private room for meetings for up to 14 (seated), a dining area for up to 16 (seated) and a bar for groups up to 20 (seated and standing). With space for different occasions, the restaurant works well for milestone birthdays and parties toasting promotions and engagements.

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Village East is one of the best spots in Bermondsey for brunch, and it works for a group dinner or low-key date too.

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CS
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal with a really nice menu. Staff were very friendly as well. Would recommend.

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

Really enjoyed our visit to Village East - the menu was great with loads of original, creative choices and good vegetarian options. I had the charred cabbage and poutine and we shared a baked camembert, all delicious. In fact, two out of the three of us who aren't veggies went for vegetarian mains. The ambience is really cool too, there are lots of booths, a separate bar area and also a bar where you can dine. It was a Tuesday so was quite quiet but still had a good atmosphere. I'd definitely come here again with friends!

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BC
Edinburgh
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Third time visiting and it feels like it’s kind of lost it’s shine. Place virtually empty, food a bit underwhelming and lacking finesse. Old favourites lacked the flavour notes of previous visits, but can’t criticise staff or wine choice which was good. Too competitive a market to suggest a return again sadly.

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W
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent with great staff.

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TB
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my partner here for a birthday meal! We had such excellent and friendly service. The food was delicious as were the cocktails and wine. At the end of the meal, our waiter, who had been so charming and polite all evening, brought us a surprise dessert of lemon and mango sorbets on the house. My partner felt like he had been richly spoiled and left with a big beaming smile!

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SD
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Went for brunch yesterday as a group of 4 & despite the many mixed reviews I thought we'd give the place a chance as I went a few years back for a nice meal & the building itself is quite impressive (& the only reason for this not being 1 star). First off we were sat in full view of the open kitchen which is always a novelty but it went downhill quickly when one of the chefs began blowing his nose & then proceeded to wipe it with his hand immediately before touching some food for service. To wash hands, especially after blowing your nose, is surely the base level for food hygiene & having a kitchen in full view of guests makes it truly unforgivable. Then what followed is what can only be described as the poorest excuse for a hunters' breakfast I have ever experienced & what was basically a tin of baked beans with two uncooked fried eggs on top with just pork fat & the cheapest pieces of toast I wouldn't even expect in a local cafe. How a restaurant can believe that serving pure fat which is meant to be slow cooked pork shoulder & cheap bread is beyond me & just shows how truly terrible this place is for food & the prices charged for the pleasure an example of delusions of grandeur

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A
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I’ve been a few times for breakfast now, and the “Village Breakfast” arrived so quickly it was obviously reheated, and it showed. The fried eggs were really crispy, the sausage not very nice, and the black pudding is so dry. The rest was fine, and my friend’s avo on toast looked really good, so I was actually jealous. Other than the food, coffee was nice and it’s a friendly place.

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VG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 5

Village East was buzzing when we went for brunch yesterday. The place looks great in old London industrial style. I loved everything about the design decisions in the restaurant. Most unfortunately what was terrible was the food. I had the turkey hash which was recommended to me by the waiter and while it looked great on the plate it tasted of nothing. It had no seasoning (salt or pepper) but also no flavour, no spice, nothing. The combination of Turkey, potato, spinach, mushroom and egg all tasted like the blandest potato mash I've ever had. I actually find it incredible how someone managed to achieve such a bland meal. Very disappointed.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

George was a really fantastic host and made everyone feel really special!!

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JT
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to Village East for a family get-together - the staff were very attentive and helpful, the food was great (with plenty of vegan options for the two vegans in our party) and the whole meal was very well priced (as were the wines). Overall, would highly recommend for a medium sized group looking for a more lively restaurant with plenty of options for all.

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DL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall good, but food and service speed need some improvements - our starters arrived before our drinks and the food quality isn't as good as other restaurants on Bermondsey St.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Ordered salmon as a main but it was half raw.
A waitress was a bit rude

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W
London
18 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Lovely ambience and great staff. However the brunch was rather dissapointing. I ordered eggs royale and the muffin was really small. I have been to many brunches but i think there are definitely lots of other better brunch places in the area.

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HC
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Vegetarian options were tasteless. Half a butternut squash with a tiny bit of cheese on was what came to the table. Wasn't even seasoned and cost £15. Rip off.

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A
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Nice service staff undermined by one of the waiters who was clearly rude while serving us, as he dropped our drinks angrily onto our table, 'ordering us' to take them ourselves - other members of the staff had to apologise a few times for his behaviour

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J
London
12 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ever, Village East produced a wonderful brunch in a lively atmosphere. It was particularly nice this time to be by the kitchen to see the impressive hustle and bustle "behind the scenes". Recommended for brunch!

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EG
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and venue was excellent. However we ended up being sat facing the kitchen which was odd. Felt like we were on a cooking show watching the chefs

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d
London
17 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Modern trendy brasserie, with good food and great service. It was quite quiet when I was there (Thursday lunch-time), but I can imagine that evenings and weekends it is really busy/noisy/bustly.

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KL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impressive food and great menu choice. Brilliant cocktails to accompany as well. The duck in particular was great. Oh, and definitely get the croquettes to start.

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E
London
9 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had a very friendly waiter but otherwise the food was good but not great. My friend had the muscles, I had the salmon with noodles. Both a bit too salty and heavy. We were literally under spotlights - and it was busy. So we felt a bit uncomfortable throughout. However when we went to bar area for a drink afterwards the atmosphere was much better.

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k
London
62 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I loved the atmosphere – great vibe and a really fun spot. We would absolutely return for another visit, hopefully brunch next time. The food was good, but not outstanding. Nice duck but could perhaps have been slightly rarer. Starters were very good. Service was friendly and wines were good and reasonably priced.

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SP
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really great experience on Saturday evening for a relaxed anniversary meal. The staff were attentive without interfering and provided good recommendations: the duck with a side of the mash with the crispy chicken skin was delicious and gluten free requirements were easily met.

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent, the price is reasonable and Bermondsey street is a really nice place to be in

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KC
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful dinner here for a friend's birthday. The staff were very attentive and warm. Food was delicious and the vibe was lovely too. Thumbs up to Village East.

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P
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

The small plate menu isn’t good quality, don’t order the smoked chicken it reminds of a sandwich filling from Tesco’s.

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

It didn't live up to expectations. The menu is really enticing, but the food was a mixed bag: delicious pork belly, but overcooked duck. Similarly on the service: when we were attended to it was helpful and engaged, but we had to wait quite a while to order and to pay.

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DL
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I remember going there last year and everything it was outstanding: food, ambience, service, price... great balance. But on my last visit, I felt the food was not as good as it was on my first visit. The price though, is still the same.

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G
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic pizza - the one with Parma ham, rocket and burrata is to die for. Not cheap, but it’s a premium worth paying. Noisy and lively so not great intimacy or relaxation after a hard day at work... more for playtime.

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E
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff and amazing food as always.
Highly recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely roast dinner and amazing brunch menu. On the more dear side but service and atmosphere excellent.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Top food and great vibe. Service was a little slow

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TM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and drink, charming service. I only marked it down as my wife an I had the corner table. Hope to be back soon.

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

As a non egg eater I usually do not choose to go out for brunch as there are usually very few savoury egg free options! However, there is plenty to choose from here and I could have eaten a variety of things!

I choose to have the Avocado Toast with a side of smoked salmon! It was really fresh and delicious and I felt like I was having brunch - I usually have to go with pancakes or waffles which does not satisfy my savoury taste or else an actual lunch dish which negates the whole purpose of going for brunch! Also had a delicious Flamingo Fizz which was nice and refreshing!

My two friends both had eggs Benedict in some shape or form and both agreed it was delicious, albeit slightly on the small side.

I thought it was an enjoyable experience and decent value for money, you wouldn't get the quality for much less anywhere else.

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EC
London
14 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food, good drinks, nice space, consistent every time.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The waiter was friendly and helpful and all the staff were really nice. The cocktails were lovely. However we were sat at the back of the restaurant where it was dark on a sunny day. The food was overpriced and only average flavor so I was over all a bit disappointed as I had booked the restaurant for friends.

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LW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a lovely brunch at Village East- fab food, wonderful service, able to accommodate our dog in the upstairs bar area. Can’t wait to return and try more of the menu!!

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S
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

There are mice running around in the restaurant. Food was average, slightly over priced but the rodents ruined the evening

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LB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great brunch, the campfire breakfast was particularly good

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AZ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Went here on Wednesday evening with two friends for drinks and dinner. My first surprise was to see that the bar section of the restaurant was closed so there was no chance of having a relaxed drink before the meal. Food was very mediocre. My dish was very salty. I told the waitor this and he said he would feed back to the chef. My friends did not enjoy their meals either. Nice wine though. A shame because I was hoping for a lot more given it was a friend reunion after 4 years.

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place! We were so happy with the food and the service was incredible.

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