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Story. Photo: Fay Elizabeth Harpham

Story. Photo: Fay Elizabeth Harpham

Story. Photo: Fay Elizabeth Harpham

Address 201 Tooley Street; London SE1 2UE
by Tower Bridge Road and Queen Elizabeth St
Neighbourhood Southwark, Bermondsey – Tower Bridge | See on map
Tube London Bridge [Jubilee, Northern]
Telephone +44 20 7183 2117
Website http://www.restaurantstory.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/RestaurantStoryLondon
Price Six-course menu GBP 45, ten-course GBP 65 plus drinks and service.
Hours Tues-Sat 12-16, 18:30-23:30

They encourage all the guests to bring a book, and every dish is based around one tale or another, yet the real story at Story is chef Tom Seller. Starting his career with Tom Aikens as a mere 16-year old, he’s never let up, working his way into culinary high temples such as Rene Redzepi’s Noma and Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry and Per Se, before opening this place ten years later.

Here the cuisine is British, though mostly terms of ingredients and inspiration with plenty of very international technique and trickery on display, and a choice between a six and a ten-course tasting menu. Neither leaves much room for any non-food related conversation; it really is a place for serious foodies and gourmet hounds rather than business or scenesters.

Dishes are suitably theatrical and playful, from Seller’s signature Bread and Dripping edible candle made from smoked beef fat (dip your bread in the dripping), to the Three Bears porridge dessert served in a trio of sweet, salty and ‘just right’ bowls. It’s novel and envelope-pushing gastronomy, without resorting to shock antics like Noma’s live ants.

There are only around 40 seats at this converted toilet block (it sits on a traffic island behind the Shard) and they’re usually fully booked throughout the advance booking window (reservations are taken one month ahead). However, you can often score a last minute or walk-in table. And if you can do without wine – overpriced – then this tale doesn’t even need to have a bitter end.