Restaurant Story

Bermondsey, London

Every meal tells a story at Tom Sellers’ ambitious Bermondsey dining room

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Tom Sellers gave his ambitious Bermondsey restaurant an extensive refurbishment in spring 2018, marking his intention to keep pushing on with his restaurant, which won a Michelin star after five months of opening and has retained it ever since.

Out went the bare tables and bookish theme, with Sellers instead creating an opulent space with a more muted gold and grey colour palette, tablecloths and more comfortable furniture that marked a fresh new chapter for the restaurant.

Sellers also wanted to create a “more refined” dining experience on the plate, with diners not presented with a menu on arrival but instead being served a meal built around their preferences and which mixes Story classics, such as his beef fat candle served with bread, with new and seasonally inspired dishes.

A meal at Restaurant Story is certainly a leap of faith for diners, who have the option of an eight-course tasting menu at lunch and 10 courses at dinner, and in the hands of a lesser chef this could be a challenge. Yet Sellers, ably abetted by former L’Enclume sous chef Tom Philips, knows what he’s doing and has created a menu that flows, sometimes surprises but nearly always delights.

Story’s plating is stunning, as seen in dishes such as Oscietra caviar, veal sweetbread and hazelnut; snail ravioli; and pear, artichoke and rose, and at times playful – a dish enigmatically called Paddington Bear turns out to be a slice of pain perdu topped with marmalade adrift in a sea of foie gras shavings.

199 Tooley St, Bermondsey, London, SE1 2JX

020 7183 2117

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