May 1 2023

Disappearing Dining Club Launches New Community Pub Simon the Tanner

For over 10 years the Disappearing Dining Club have been providing creative spaces for Londoners to enjoy excellent food, drink and music. This year they launched a new community pub to add to their stellar roster: Simon the Tanner. The pub located in South London’s Bermondsey is open to book for dinner all week and lunch all weekend, this new neighbourhood hub offers dishes which showcase the very best produce, including a fantastic Sunday roast, alongside a top drinks list. To add to the great food on offer, the pub also prides itself on its adventurous music taste where you can find an eclectic mix of vinyl records on display to complement the dining experience. We headed down to Simon the Tanner to try out their tasty food and drink and more importantly its relaxed vibe.


Immediately on entry, the vibe is what takes you in. Mood lighting and its dark features give a relaxed vibe but it has all the features of a classic English pub that creates the community feel that is at the heart of Simon the Tanner’s ethos. For drinks, we had Tule, Bianco Catarratto; an Italian Sicilian white wine that’s unfiltered and best drank in the summer. It almost has a Kombucha feel to it as it’s fresh, crisp and goes cloudy towards the end of the bottle.



For our starters, we had the Spicy Polenta Chips with Harissa Mayo and Crispy Cod Cheeks with Pea & Mint Pesto. Both dishes were sublime, providing an upmarket take on classic British pub cuisine. The chips are almost hashbrown-like in texture but the Harrisa Mayo steals the show as it elevates the flavours and rich texture of the chips. The Cod is fresh and light and is complemented perfectly by the Pea & Mint Pesto which provides a refreshing taste unlike how peas are usually served.


Have you had a proper dinner at a pub if you don’t have a steak? For our mains, we had to try Simon the Tanner’s Pan Fried Ribeye Steam comes with Green Beans, Potato Wedges and Cafe De Paris. A delectable main dish with each part of the meal playing its role to create myriad of flavours. The steak itself comes medium rare and cuts easily and avoids the often chewie texture you get with many pub steaks. The real winner was the green beans that were seasoned to perfection giving it an almost carb-like flavour to the veg. I could easily eat them on their own. We also had Potato Gnocchi with Wild Garlic, Grilled Asparagus, and Smoked Red Pepper Sauce. This is a great dish for Italian food lovers who’ll enjoy the flavoursome red pepper sauce. For dessert, we had the Chocolate Brownie with White Coffee Ice Cream to settle our stomachs after the heavy but tasteful meal.



Disappearing Dining Club has smashed it again with Simon the Tanner. A place that has all the hallmarks of a traditional pub but with a uniquely modern, fun and creative twist to it. Make sure you head down asap, to try out one South London’s newest crown jewels.


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Words by Gerald Onyango

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