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Brasserie Vacherin - Croydon

South Croydon French £££ +100
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About Brasserie Vacherin - Croydon

Dear diners, please note that for Valentine’s Day on 14th February, Brasserie Vacherin will only be offering their exclusive set menu. Please contact the restaurant directly if you have any queries.

A fine French establishment that aims to evoke the atmosphere of an upscale Parisian restaurant, Brasserie Vacherin’s Croydon location offers a chic dining experience that’s difficult to surpass. With numerous private dining options and excellent service, this upscale French restaurant on South End in Greater London’s Croydon is a stylish venue for your next large gathering or celebration. Open every day of the week, Brasserie Vacherin is your home for traditional French cuisine in stylish surrounds.

Check out Brasserie Vacherin’s Monday Steak Club here!

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 09:00 - 23:30
  • Sunday 09:00 - 22:30
Brasserie Vacherin - Croydon, 48 - 50 South End, CR0 1DP Croydon

Further Information

Francophiles and lovers of gourmet cuisine have found their new favourite dining establishment in Croydon’s Brasserie Vacherin on South End. And it’s not just the traditional French cuisine that’s drawing in guests from all across the London metropolitan area – the restaurant is known for its cocktails and beverage selection as well, making it a favourite watering hole for locals who appreciate a proper drink. Try the Blood and Sand made with Bell’s scotch, cherry brandy, cointreau, orange juice and orange zest or get fancy with the French 75, consisting of Gordon’s gin, cointreau, and Malcolm John Champagne. Ready for the best news? Drinks are half price during happy hour on Mondays through Thursdays, from 5pm to 8pm. Other great deals include The Lobster Deal, whole grilled lobster and chips, available seven days a week (while livestock lasts and up to a maximum of five diners), and the weeklong three-course prix fixe menu for lunch and dinner (besides Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday lunch).

After you’ve imbibed one (or several) of Brasserie Vacherin’s premium cocktails or enjoyed a glass of French wine, it’s time that you move on to a starter like the deep fried squid with roasted garlic aioli and the English asparagus with hollandaise, or rather, dive headfirst into mains such as the confit pork belly, spring cabbage and apple puree, the Barbary duck confit, endive meunière and green peppercorn sauce, or the whole grilled lemon sole, capers and samphire. Vegetarian? Try the risotto primavera, made with spring vegetables and enjoy a classic French dining experience without the meat. But don’t dare leave without dessert – the chocolate fondant with praline ice-cream is out of this world. Reservations are essential for a great meal at Brasserie Vacherin in Greater London’s Croydon. Book well in advance.

CHEF'S CHOICE

172 Reviews

4.8 /6 Excellent 172 Reviews
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: delicious
Waiting Time: short
Noise: quiet
Service: friendly
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1 review so far 6
18.04.2017 18:36

Nice to find a goid French restauranto on our doorstep. Will definitely be going again in near future when we can. Very good meal and polite staff

1 review so far 6
18.04.2017 09:34

Fantastic night out at the always reliable Brasserie Vacherin topped off by a conversation with the main man himself, Malcolm John. We'll be back soon. Tim

3 reviews so far 6
16.03.2017 16:41

First class - lovely staff, delicious food, very nice ambiance and we are always very well looked after. Highly recommend. We shall certainly return and return.

1 review so far 6
13.03.2017 08:11

Fantastic food, drinks and service yet again. We'll certainly be back very soon, as we can always guarantee a great experience at this local restaurant.

7 reviews so far 4
03.12.2015 09:30

Four of us visited the Brasserie Vacherin to celebrate my sister-in-law's birthday as it's one of her favourite restaurants. It was the first visit for me. We were greeted promptly and with a smile and chose a table by the window. They took our drinks order quickly and gave us some lovely bread with anchovy butter. We didn't have to wait long for the first course which all of us thoroughly enjoyed. The wild mushroom and chestnut pastry dish I had was delicious and perfectly cooked and my mum said she'd never tasted a better onion soup. Unfortunately after this things went awry. It took nearly an hour to bring the main course and nobody came to explain or apologise which is a shame as had they done so this would be a 6 point rating but that lack of good customer service really let the side down for all of us. The main courses were as excellent as the starters but we didn't bother with dessert because of the delay which was just as well as we also had difficulty in getting someone to take our payment. Perhaps this is the outcome of a restaurant including the service charge automatically as they know that no matter how they treat their customers it'll get paid anyway. Perhaps our experience isn't the norm and I would return as the food was so good but if the service is poor again that'll be the last time.

1 review so far 2
20.02.2017 10:27

We arrived a little early but this wasn't a problem so we got seated very quickly. We were offered an aperitif and some bread which we ordered - one Pernod and one Kir Royale - the waitress said that the cocktails which included Kir Royale were on 50% off until 8pm. I thought this was a nice added bonus. When we ordered these she took our wine glasses away without asking if we wanted wine. She soon returned with our drinks. A little bit later she came back to take our order - she then told me that the Kir Royale wasn't on 50% and quite abruptly said "but you didn't know it was 50% off when you ordered it did you?" I was quite taken aback by her attitude which was very rude. We then ordered a bottle of wine and our meals. When the wine came out she had to get someone else to get the glasses as she had removed them earlier. She asked if we would like to taste the wine and I said I would. She poured a small amount (as is normal) for me to taste and I said yes it was fine. She then poured a glass for my partner and then looked at me and said "oh do you want some too?" I was really taken aback by her manner - way too aggressive for this role. Our starters came out a little later but we still hadn't received our bread. So we had to ask another waitress for it and it came quite quickly after that. Our meals came later on and i had ordered a side of mushrooms - however she had written it down as mash potato so this came out wrong. Luckily one of the other waiters replaced it for me with no problem. The meal itself was lovely and I can't fault the quality of the food and drinks. Our experience was just marred by the attitude of this waitress. It was a shame as everyone else seemed to have really good waiting staff - except us!

1 review so far 5
07.08.2016 07:53

Great food and service as always. Lovely to be able to have the doors open last night as was so warm. Crab ravioli starter was delicious. This was the First time I didn't have the twice baked soufflé which is one of my favourite starters of all time. My husband enjoyed his Scallops followed by duck. Staff are great. Why the missing star? Smarten your ladies loo up! I shudder every time I go in there. One of the two taps has been broken for months the soaps dispensers are covered in gunk, the cheap plastic seat wobbles and the whole area needs a lick of paint. Malcolm John probably has never visited it he needs to take a look next time!

1 review so far 2
30.12.2016 11:44

It's a shame. We have eaten here many times since the restaurant opened. This time there were 8 of us for a pre-Xmas celebration. The service was poor even though the restaurant was almost empty. Restaurant was cold until we asked for heating to be put on. One example of poor service occurred with the main course. The service bell rang but we were not served, so we assumed it was for someone else. Some time later the crockery for our starters were removed and our main courses were brought in. We mentioned this to the manageress who made no comment. Some of the food was quite cool but most people were hungry so ate it anyway. The worst issue was two rare steaks. I tasted mine and decided it was not pleasant at that temperature. The steaks were returned only to reappear re-cooked - obviously no longer 'rare' steaks. These were once again returned and replaced - this time with fresh pieces of meat. One was perfect, the other was one third gristle (the price of this one was removed from the bill). One portion of 'main course' risotto was so small we had to emulate 'Oliver' and ask for more. Bread was requested 3 times before any appeared. The only reason I am writing this review is that after so many excellent meals over so many years, on this occasion we had a very disappointing lunch. Our annual family get together always entails a meal in a good restaurant sometimes at Brasserie Vacherin (and its previous incarnation - Fish and Grill). We will think twice before revisiting but I am sure we will, as other visits had been very good.

1 review so far 3
10.03.2016 07:56

Booked on the website and it guided me to the prix fixe menu and asked me to fill out my details for a discount voucher for first visit. I must point out that I didn't go looking for either of these things. When we arrived on the day, we were "greeted" by a rude waitress who told us we may not have the prix fixe menu as it was mother's day and that the voucher was also no good on the day. We sat down and she continued to be less than welcoming... also didn't show us the "mother's day menu" until we asked for it. This just made for a bad start! Had it not been for this, I may have rated the overall experience higher. The experience was however rescued by a waiter who decided to serve us instead mid way through. Politeness and service with a smile goes a long way and thanks to this waiter (I didn't catch his name) we did have a nice evening and enjoyed the food.

2 reviews so far 3
19.02.2017 18:44

We were greeted politely on arrival and shown to a table In the bar area where we had drinks whilst waiting for our guests to arrive. Service was OK but every time we wanted a drink or to see the menu I had to find a member of staff to serve us. After ordering, we were told that two of our orders were not available. Table was very pleasantly presented and with ample room for four diners. Wine presented professionally. All food chosen from Prix fixed brunch menu. Starters of squid (chewey with little taste) smoked salmon (so thin almost see-through). Three main courses of traditional roast beef (well received) and chicken breast in tarragon and lemon (bland). Most annoying of all was that I went to order a second bottle of wine, only to be told that our first was their last!! Desserts and coffee followed. Overall an underwhelming experience in a restaurant I had previously visited and enjoyed.

1 review so far 6
05.10.2016 17:38

Had voucher for meal for 2 which meant we had to chose from set menu. They didn't have chocolate desert we wanted so instead we asked if we could have a chocolate fondant instead from main menu which they agreed to do for £1 each. It wasn't our fault they didn't have what we wanted but we still negotiated to have something else we like for reasonable deal. The service and food was really good as always.

7 reviews so far 6
28.04.2016 20:54

I'd previously dined at the restaurant last year and praised the food but criticised the speed of service but this time both were absolutely spot on. I had the poached pear which came with the most delicious dressing. The ideal starter for those with smaller appetites who don't want to risk being full before the main course arrives. The duck confit was perfectly cooked and the meat fell of the bone easily. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 2
14.10.2016 18:48

Unfortunately this time the experience wasn't good, although the last time it was excellent. New chef and was very slow, in fact on entering restaurant a party of four were gesturing at us not to stay as wasn't good. We thought we would stay anyhow and it did get a little messy when another table of two suggested it was poor as well, but another couple on next table felt it was unfair of them to do this. A bit of an argument then ensued with both parties threatening to knock seven bells out of each other! Not great as I was there with my wife, 10 year old daughter and mother of 87! Anyhow things finally calmed down with one of the groups moving. It took 20 minutes before we were offered a drink, then starters took 45 minutes to arrive. When the main meals came, another mishap as everyone's but my meal turned up. Everyone had finished eating before mine had arrived. The food tasted good, but service was shocking and they just needed to be more informative or not take the bookings or AR at least turn people away, which they didn't. They didn't put service on the bill. Disappointing, would like to give them another chance as food tasted good, but service will have to improve drastically.

1 review so far 6
11.11.2016 07:56

'Monday night is steak night' (we hadn't known about it before we arrived) proved to be very good value as was the set price menu which one of us had. The three of us had different steaks, all beautifully cooked and delicious, and the cheese and shallot tart was an excellent starter. The 1/2 litre carafe of red wine complemented the food very well. Staff were very pleasant. Overall a great experience.

1 review so far 6
13.09.2015 17:54

Came here as a group of four. Lovely atmosphere, great food and wine, and attentive service. The food we had included pork belly, scallops, lamb and steak which were all delicious. The snails were less good (sauce was not very tasty, and more difficult than usual to remove from their shell) but this really is the only criticism we have. Thank you for a lovely evening, we'll definitely be coming back!

1 review so far 5
09.03.2017 18:32

This was my first visit to the Vacherin Brasserie in Croydon and we had a reservation for four but sadly one could not make it. The restaurant were completely unfazed by this and we had an excellent experience. The young lady who greeted us and took care of us through our pre-drinks and dinner was very caring and attentive. The drinks were served perfectly and the meal was excellent. I would highly recommend and will certainly return.

1 review so far 5
11.01.2017 07:51

This is one of my favourite restaurants. A very good menu, a very attractive ambience. Service is usually excellent and all that has stopped me giving maximum marks is that on this visit we requested water when our coffee was served but eventually, when none was brought, my companion went off to find a waitress to ask for it. I recommend this restaurant for lunch and dinner and for special occasions.

1 review so far 5
24.03.2017 09:05

Lovely restaurant. Nice, friendly staff and delicious food too. Our table of three had steak and there wasn't a morsel left on the plate! The only grump was that the specials weren't pointed out to us and, when we did notice and changed our order, were told a few minutes later that the specials we'd ordered were off. Otherwise, we would certainly dine there again and recommend to others.

1 review so far 5
02.01.2016 22:16

My girlfriend and I decided to go last minute after wondering what to eat. Remembering a recommendation from a friend we made the booking online which was extremely easy. We were promptly and politely greeted and received excellent service throughout the evening. Each course was delicious and nicely presented. I will definitely be back to try more of the menu and will also recommend to more friends.

1 review so far 3
06.03.2016 18:57

The food was decent (although the frites are literally indistinguishable from McDonalds fries). The service on Saturday wasn't great though. We were left waiting for desert for so long I had to call a waiter over to ask where it was. A latte I ordered also failed to turn up but ended up on the bill. I also had to get up to ask for the bill. As we left we had to ask where our coats were as none of the staff were proactive to fetch them either. Overall the food was good but not sensational and the service was fairly inattentive. Could recommend only if it wasn't busy.

2 reviews so far 5
14.01.2016 23:42

A good value meal in pleasant surroundings. Free corkage on Thursdays is a great idea for people on a budget. In our group, everyone ordered the steak. One of the steaks turned out to be full of gristle and virtually inedible. To give the restaurant their due, the restaurant refunded that course for that person without prompting. A great local restaurant.

4 reviews so far 4
12.05.2016 19:31

BV has an excellent menu. Quality is dependent on whether or not Mr Malcolm John is cooking himself. It is measurably better when he does. Last night he wasn't and the tuna tartare had an excessive amount of chilli and the scallops and lobster were not as good as usual. Service levels were just as good as usual and we still enjoyed a nice meal. Our loyalty card made the experience very good value.

1 review so far 3
20.12.2015 08:38

The food was OK, I expected better as experienced in the Sutton branch of Brasserie Vacherin. The background music was too loud and instructive. The kitchen service poor and far too slow. The main course was served 90 minutes after we arrived. I spent most of the evening hungry and looking longly in the direction of the kitchen hoping the food would be ready. It ruined the evening that my husband had planned to celebrate my birthday. Overall I expected better service from a high end restaurant such as this, that prides itself on quality & charges accordingly.

1 review so far 6
02.11.2015 09:06

This restaurant was great. I was slightly early for our table, which wasn't a problem, and the waiting staff couldn't do enough for us. We ordered from the set menu but my friend wanted to swap something within it and we weren't charged extra. Definitely coming back here again.

1 review so far 6
06.04.2016 09:03

The service was excellent with the food being brought out in a timely fashion, we were not constantly asked if everything was fine. The food was also excellent hot and tasty I would recommend this restaurant to everyone who enjoys an exceptional dining experience, will go again!

1 review so far 4
09.03.2017 18:44

Beautiful venue, and fantastic staff, it's such a shame that I left feeling let down by the food. Although the starter (ham) and dessert (chocolate pot) were lovely, the steak I had for my main was so tough & chewy, it left my jaw aching and I couldn't finish it. Perhaps a bad day? Who's knows, I would be willing to try again but I definitely wouldn't order steak.

1 review so far 5
10.03.2017 23:49

The food was excellent and the staff friendly and very courteous. The premises look smart and clean and the service is speedy, although it wasn't busy when we got there as we were having an early dinner with the kids. Not cheap, but worth visiting on special occasions. Would definitely go back in future.

7 reviews so far 5
17.03.2017 18:01

I have had excellent food and wine at Brasserie Vacherin on a number of occasions and this didn't disappoint. The service was also very good. I've only docked a mark for the music being too loud though that's typical of many restaurants unfortunately. I like to talk to my friends not shout at them.

1 review so far 3
20.09.2016 07:36

The food was very nicely cooked, but unfortunately completely let down by the appalling service. We didn't order starters and waited an age for our mains to turn up. Then 3 steaks, long wait, then two more. Another wait, some sides, some sauces - we had to ask for the remaining dishes. All done in an off-hand manner, no apologies. Everything else very slow arriving, apart from, funnily enough, the bill! Go there if you like good cooking but don't care much how or when it arrives!

1 review so far 5
27.11.2016 12:38

We had a good meal, the service was prompt, the tables are not squashed in too tightly and the noise level was good so my deaf husband could join in the conversations. Not given top rating as the choice for vegetarians (one of our party out of 4) could have been better.

1 review so far 6
18.02.2017 08:55

went for valentines night and the sharing menu. Received a lovely champagne cocktail on arrival and then three delicious courses of chacuterie board, sea bream with cockles and chorizo (amazing!), and cheese selection. Service very attentive and lovely expereince. Would recommend and return.

1 review so far 5
06.07.2016 08:39

Food & wine very good as usual. Was very busy, so a bit slow, so they took our Champagne aperitif off the bill. You can rely on them to great and if they fall below usual standards, to make it up to you, by a complimentary item or two. Great place.

1 review so far 5
20.10.2016 22:40

When there twice before the name change and new management. I had promised my son to bring him there so I did as it was his birthday. I was not disappointed food great and service was fabulous as before. I would give it a six if we had stayed for dessert.

1 review so far 6
21.07.2016 12:04

We went there to celebrate a birthday, we ordered off the a la carte menu, the food was excellent and the service was outstanding! Would definitely recommend it as one of the best restaurants I have been to in South Croydon

1 review so far 5
25.04.2016 14:58

Food was good, service was good and we arrived a little late so were in a bit of a rush - our needs were accommodated without being made to feel that we were in a hurry - Great little place and will be going again.

1 review so far 6
23.05.2016 10:44

Lovely food and lovely service. They were very accommodating! We had 2 courses each and shared a dessert- food came quite quickly and we were given lovely warm bread to keep us going. Espresso martinis were perfect!

1 review so far 6
18.05.2016 08:32

Fantastic as ever. Food wonderful. Staff attentive. Brilliant. Never disappointed in this restaurant. We have been here in large groups and they are fabby, we have been here in small groups and it is intimate and super!

2 reviews so far 6
25.02.2016 08:20

As always, excellent food, service and ambiance! We have visited this restaurant many times and will keep coming back! We ordered from the main menu but the set menu also offers a really good range of choices.

3 reviews so far 5
26.05.2016 16:54

The only disappointment with our meal was that our waiter always put my food in front of my friend place. As we were only 2 people at the table , I would have hoped he would get it right once (3 courses and coffee).

1 review so far 5
27.04.2016 09:55

Attentive staff and excellent food, as always. We dined with 15% off the Prix fixe menu and it was excellent value for money. The only complaint is that the bar area was very cold and we wanted to have a drink before we ate.

1 review so far 6
20.12.2016 12:06

Very Good meal and very good service as usual. Look forward to our next visit on Friday the 23rd of December The staff are always ready to give a nice friendly welcome and are very helpful.

1 review so far 5
30.10.2016 11:39

The food was excellent and the choice varied. The staff were very attentive. Good price for the quality of the food. Would recommend going. Lack of parking is the only downside and that is true for all the restarants in the area

1 review so far 2
16.08.2016 12:01

went there on a Monday for their steak club deal (50% off) only to be told they had no fillet steak or chateaubriand so limited choice therefore which @ 1/2 price was good value for money but too expensive otherwise especially in relation to dish size which varied significantly. Vegetables served al dente (good) but swimming in oil (again portions on the small side). Desserts ok but totally unexceptional. Service charming but amateurish This small chain of restaurants (also use the Chiswick branch) which was so good has steadily deteriorated over the last few years and whilst Croydon is a culinary desert we won't revisit.

1 review so far 5
13.10.2016 09:42

Had a very nice lunch with my wife from the fixed price menu. The surroundings and vibe and of the restaurant is refined and relaxing. The food was excellent and represented good value. Service was friendly, efficient and non intrusive. Great experience.

2 reviews so far 5
13.10.2016 15:28

Always a good experience at Brasserie Vacherine. Nice friendly staff good service and a willingness to go the extra mile like accommodating special requirements the food is always good and that is why we keep going back. Highly recommend this eaterie.

2 reviews so far 5
22.11.2015 08:10

It's always a pleasure to visit Brasserie Vacherin, either in Croydon or Sutton. The food is very good and always beautifully presented. The staff are friendly and helpful and there's a relaxed atmosphere. A little piece of France in South London.

2 reviews so far 5
13.03.2016 17:27

It was a lovely restaurant and the food was lovely, the only criticism I have was a service charge of 12.5% which is a lot I would have been better if it would have been 10%. But overall a lovely experience.

1 review so far 6
16.02.2017 17:11

Great food great staff. A party of six and we could not fault it. Price was very reasonable for the great choice of menu. Very satisfied will definitely return and recommend word of mouth

3 reviews so far 6
11.10.2015 19:55

Simply one of the best Brasseries in town, exciting, upbeat, straightforward and amicable. You want good food, smiley faces and Mayfair cocktails? Than this is the place to be right now! Well done!

5 reviews so far 4
17.01.2016 22:40

Authentically French menu, décor and flavours. Friendly and helpful staff. My food was tasty but my companion's rare sirloin steak was too tough. Replaced with a fillet steak without fuss. We enjoyed our first Brasserie Vacherin experience (in Sutton) so much, we tried this other one in South Croydon.