Can't believe nobody has yet written about the food here. Or maybe I'm just new and couldn't find it on account of dur-ness. Anyway. There is a seriously good kitchen at work in this place, not to mention a great pub downstairs. The staff are sweet and lovely and the menu and execution really impressive. Give Bermondsey St a swerve and come here instead next time you want a great meal - the beautiful room and the great chef/staff deserve to be busy. I more or less joined SE1 just to say this and I'm not even vaguely connected to anyone at the place. just a happy punter with a generous boyfriend.
Sorry that post was so light on details. Right. Leather Uppers is the name for the upstairs room at the Leather Exchange pub on Leathermarket St. The meat is not leathery and you don't have to wear leather to get in. Food is posh gastro pub type I guess. Modern Brit and v well done at that - scallops with pancetta ragout and parsnip crisp, rabbit and hock terrine, pork belly with roasted roots, lamb with confit shoulder and wilted greens, that kind of stuff. Beer heaven downstairs and no snobbbery if you drink pints with your meal (though lovely short wine list available and good wines by glass) I drank discovery and beloved had Red Fox and we both argued ours was better, though I think they have at least one if not 3 other draught beers. Down with lager!! Death to the fizzy infidel! I'm sure the coffee is top notch (ie proper noisy machine stuff)but I've never had it. Hope you both love it as much as we do! Cheers
Glad to have found this thread. After a hectic week at work I took the boyf here last night. I was looking for somewhere nice and cosy that offered good food, and thought we would give it a long overdue visit. The bar was packed (aargh, we wanted quiet), but the upstairs room was perfect - intimate (a bit too dark for some, probably) and quiet and we had a lovely meal: great sweet potato soup and rabbit terrine. Mr R's rib eye was great (better than his chorizo at Constancia, but not as good as my rib eye there - so we are talking good meat). I had a duo of pork (belly and loin, crispy and moist respectively).
Agree staff charming, and chatty (but left you to eat when the food came). Apparently the same food is served downstairs with the addition of 'sharing platters', but can't comment on those.
Will be a nice alternative to the modern bars around here, with its tradional setting (high ceiling, big windows - great view of The Shard - wooden floors, etc.)
Mark's review was just about right, I too had the pork duo, Mrs. Pepper opted for the sea bream special and enthused about it.
Our dining companions were equally happy with their respective choices.
The staff were excellent, there when you needed them, and absent otherwise.
The bill was surprisingly low considering that the four of us had not spared the horses on getting stuck into the Viognier and in my case the Belvedere vodka.
All in all an enjoyable evening, we'll be back, and I can safely recommend it to anyone.