• Italian• Bermondsey

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About the restaurant

Legare comes from co-founders Jay Patel and Matt Beardmore, who had racked up experience in Barrafina, Koya and Trullo between them before setting up Legare in spitting distance of Tower Bridge in 2018.

Set in the charming Shad Thames district, a relic of old-school London, Legare is an unfussy space that puts the emphasis on the food. An open kitchen at one end keeps things dynamic, while art deco prints and shelves of wine adorn the walls of the dining room.

In keeping with the tradition of similar openings in the past few years, Legare serves a short, seasonal menu of pasta and sharing plates and antipasti, focusing on fresh pasta prepared daily. The food is matched by an exciting wine list that showcases exciting natural and low-intervention producers from Italy and Europe.

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Critic reviews

The Infatuation

Pasta only makes up a little of the menu though, and while things like citrus salad or stracciatella with sobrasada are perfectly simple and tasty, the antipasti won’t blow you away.

Time Out

There’s a refined menu: simple dishes made from high-quality ingredients. On the antipasti front, the stracciatella (like the gooey insides of a burrata) with roasted radicchio and mellow hazelnuts was sheer class.


The décor is simple and modern, with plywood, white tiles, bare bricks and a concrete floor - a bit functional, even for me.

The Nudge

The fresh pasta comes from a relatively short list, and includes coin-like orecchiette with fennel sausage & a herb-loaded cavolo nero ragu; flat stracci with crab, chilli, garlic, and saffron; and little agnolotti parcels filled with Neal’s Yard goats curd.