What Insiders Are Saying
Village East is one of the best spots in Bermondsey for brunch, and it works for a group dinner or low-key date too.
Went with my hot wife for dinner. It's a great place. Good atmosphere and service was great. Had the mac & cheese followed by the beef short rib. Delicious. We'll be back.
Good food but we were kicked off our table after just over an hour as they needed it back which felt a bit rude.
One of the best Sunday brunches I had in London ... lovely experience , and friendly atmosphere:)
Defo recommend this restaurant!
Very average breakfast. Flavours could be enhanced. Breakfast is very competitive in London and unfortunately the flavours, taste and presentation are very average. For instance, my avocado on toast was served with cold toast.
Really excellent food and service. The bacon sandwich was exceptional!
Food was good, only real criticism was the starter masala lamb chop. I know it’s a starter but for £7 it was minuscule and really poor value for money. Bean burger was good and port braised short rib was delicious.
Although it was a really nice setting and the wine was lovely, my dish (stir-fried quinoa) was too plain.
The atmosphere and service and really good but unfortunately the food is overpriced for what you get.
Amazing imaginative dishes, quirky location and great atmosphere. Staff are very attentive and knowledgable about the menu which was great. I will be back!
Good food, good wine, good value, great service. We went for the fixed lunch option which was tasty and inexpensive. The restaurant was quiet and the staff were attentive. A really good option before heading to White Cube or exploring Bermondsey.
Relaxed friendly, unpretentious, good food, reasonable prices, would recommend it.
Food was good, but room was cold and some dogs on adjacent table were barking every time door opened.
Amazing service extremely attentive and food was lovely.
Great food and location and service, reasonable price, can't fault!
Took my daughter for brunch. We had eggs royale and the pancakes were really top quality! Nice to sit in a booth too.
Great food and great service - however 4 stars because they forgot both my coffee and our orders so we had to wait for an extra half an hour to get our coffee and then food which was a bit disappointing. Given you only have the table for an hour and a half, this was quite a significant delay.
Excellent food, as always! However service was a bit slow and we were often looking around trying to get a waiter’s attention. The main problem we had was that the tables were too close together. I am a slim person but struggled to get out from my table to go to the bathroom without knocking the wine glasses over on the table next to us!
Great food and good service - best to book as very popular - visited on Saturday afternoon
Feels the restaurant has gone down hill over the years. Menu feels reduced (where’s the chateaubriand?), quality has reduced (felt like average pub grub rather than a dedicated restaurant) and the service was nowhere near as attentive as we’ve had the in past (no topping up of water etc.). Decor is still nice, but feels without this it really would not be a desirable place to go at all. A shame as this was a nice part of Bermondsey Street.
An excellent place to come for meeting old friends for a catch up.
No noisy music or tv screens.
Interesting dishes but beers were limited in choice.
Lovely food, a little noisy but great service and advice, also location was lovely.
Great service and good value for money. Brunch was nice.
This is my third trip to VE for brunch and it was my 3rd cold food experience which is odd as this isn’t mirrored in the evening service where my food does arrive hot!! Taste was all there - just not the temperature...
I like it here and I’ll come again - staff are as ever exceptional so if the (lack of) heat niggles can be ironed out - all would be perfect!
Sleek welcoming space but don't go too often or you won't fit into the fixed seating! Excellent food. My chicken starter was perhaps the tastiest chicken I've ever tasted. My vegan daughter's beetroot arancini were fun, pretty and strangely delicious. Ella's aubergine main was good but slightly underseasonned. My mussels were full of flavour but could have been a bit hotter. The house wine was fruity with strong apricot overtones. Service was informal and attentive. Overall a great place for lunch at a reasonable price - dinner too no doubt.
Cool place but food was cold and service slow, they also forgot something I ordered which was annoying.
Good, prompt service. Pancakes and veggie breakfast were good, salmon and scrambled eggs a bit small/disappointing.
Great spot for brunch, all food was very tasty, relaxed but attentive service and a good atmosphere
Overrated. Ordered a table for 1pm, took our drinks and food order at 1:40pm after chasing for a waiter. Our waiter was rude and food so average. Nothing to write home about.
Amazing service! Brilliant ambience. Would highly recommend.
Service was okay given the fact it was so busy. Our waitress was really friendly and helpful. Some of the food dishes were a bit bland but the rest was amazing. Overall really enjoyed it and would recommend.
Really nice venue, service was a little slow but the staff were very friendly & the food & drinks were excellent which up for it. Definitely recommend it!
Not a restaurant we would try again. Service was great but the food and drink way too overpriced and nothing special. We felt too crammed in. There is not a cosy feel to the place and we couldnt wait to leave.
The atmosphere was nice however the turkey leg with fried rice was not nice. The rice looked like maggots, which meant all I ate was just a massive turkey leg
Had the calamari for starters which was nice but a bit greasy if I’m honest. Sea bass for mains was delicious and sorbet for desert. Great service but a bit pricey
Truly amazing! Nailed my special request. The service was friendly and the mussels delicious (as always)!
Let us stay chatting away for ages. Made a catch up with a friend who I haven't seen for a long time a lovely experience, thank you
Great location and really buzzing with atmosphere, the food was delicious. The service was very quick and staff were attentive. I arrived late but they took my order and the food was on the table before all my friends had finished.
Came here for lunch after having been for dinner before where there was an amazing menu selection. Sadly the lunch offering wasn't quite as varied and two of the brunch options were only available till 1pm (we arrived at 1:30). The staff were really nice but service was way too slow and we had to grab someone's attention every time we wanted to order/get the bill etc. Had the staff been a bit more attentive I'd have given it 4 stars.
Great food, lovely atmosphere, good location
It was a good night out but they were slightly hurrying us to get through our meal to get the table back