DINING OWL AWARD: 4th – for family occasions
When I visited: 2013
Location: London, near Tower Bridge
Team: Frederick Forster (Head Chef), Jean-Marie Contestin (Head Sommelier)
Rating in the Michelin Guide: Recommended
What to wear: Men – shirt and jacket and nice trousers and shoes; women – a smart dress and/or smart trousers and a top
Ambience: Quite posh, near the Southbank / London Bridge
Course of the meal: Roasted duck
If I could change one thing: Price
Le Pont de la Tour is one of those restaurants that has enjoyed a kind of fame in London for many years but that is, in a way, a problem: it’s not new or ‘hot’, and has a slightly ‘old-school’ reputation, not helped by its high prices.
Having said that, my experience there was a good one: the cocktails were delicious, the food was great if not particularly innovative, and the atmosphere was fun and buzzy. I’d recommend going in the summer as the Southbank location is particularly good at that time of year.