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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Suppose a large wood shack with full-length windows from somewhere in the wooded northerly reaches of Scandinavia had been blown up in a tornado and set down again not in the land of Oz, but on a traffic island near the south end of Tower Bridge, with London buses purring away in the logjams on either side. Thus it is that Restaurant Story appears, its neat, trim interior equipped with executive-style furniture, the walls lined with books arranged according to the colours of their spines (although the spring of 2018 was due to see a refurbishment of the look). It's the creative lair of Tom Sellers, one of the capital's more intensively experimental practitioners, whose stint at René Redzepi's Noma in Copenhagen shines through in much of the creative retooling of profoundly humble ingredients that characterises the Nordic (and Tower Bridge) style. The story concept of the menus isn't applied too thickly – there is no need to fear any in-character Jackanorying from the staff – even if the successive stages are labelled 'chapters'. A harking back to childhood, as long as yours was a childhood that included bread and dripping and fairground onions, sets the ball rolling, before a venture out into the garden for some snails to cook in ravioli. At the sea stage, cod comes partnered with brassicas and truffle, before a waft of ash dresses a pairing of scallop and cucumber. Yeast is one of the indispensable elements of northern modernism, and reliably turns up here with venison and cauliflower in the principal meat dish, and then a trio of desserts files by in enticing review, utilising strongly accented flavours from lemon via chocolate and honey to almond and dill.  A condensed version of the above is offered at lunchtime. It all adds up to what the menu calls 'a kind of love story', one that can be taken home and treasured on purchase of a signed copy of Sellers' book of that title. The drinks list is not to be spurned either, with fragrantly botanical cocktails, modern wines and rare gin brands all contributing to a singular experience.

Opening hours

  • Closed: August bank holiday weekend, 2 weeks Christmas
  • Days closed: Sunday
  • Closed for lunch: Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 5
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef(s): Tom Sellers

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 4
  • Wines over £30: 147
  • Wines by the glass: 11

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 37
  • Off-site parking available: On street, NCP

Getting here

Nearest train station

London Bridge, Tower Hill
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