It’s amazing to think that London has any secrets in terms of dining destinations, but that’s exactly what we found with Alfie’s. Having opened in the much publicised Bermondsey Square Hotel, it’s not as if Alfie’s has been keeping a low profile. Perhaps it’s the restaurant’s unfashionable location or a lack of a big name chef. However, should the UK’s food press dare to make the journey South across the river, they are likely to be met with some outstanding cooking at prices that would embarrass the average pub.
The venue itself is a fairly standard contemporary affair. Essentially we’re talking avantgarde Ikea, with bright reds and dark woods, as well as big leather chairs and banquettes. There is also a little bar area which serves up a small selection of cocktails etc, whilst summer time visitors can take advantage of a massive terrace garden.
However, seeing as the food is the real star of the show, it’s quite fitting that the open plan kitchen takes centre stage in the dining area. Executive Chef Andy Nolan has taken full advantage of the restaurant’s proximity to Borough and Billingsgate Markets by sourcing many of his ingredients straight from them. Put simply, the hearty English menu combines great quality ingredients with some outstanding cooking skills.
For starters, the lightly buttered and well seasoned Potted shrimp allowed the wonderful shellfish to shine and was served with freshly baked Guinness bread. For mains, Rainbow trout was pan-roasted to perfection, with the fish just falling onto the fork; accompanied by baby leaks and a warm potato salad, it was also beautifully presented and an absolute bargain for just £12.50. Similarly, the Herb crusted rump of Devon lamb was full of flavour, beautifully cooked and served crisp potato rosti, onion puree & pearl onions. Even the home made chips and onion rings were a complete joy. Desserts continued to impress, with an outrageously rich and moreish White chocolate rice pudding with peanut ice cream and a light Plum pie crumble with vanilla custard.
Cuisine type: British
Meal for two (excluding drinks): £50
Alfie’s Kitchen @ Bermondsey Square Hotel
Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 3UN
0870 111 2525