Spotlight: Comptoir Gourmand
Comptoir Gourmand has been established in Maltby Street and Druid Street for over 6 years and comes from very humble, authentic beginnings. Pastry Chef Sebastien Wind started baking and selling a small range of cakes from a little stall at Borough Market in 2005. With a great deal of ambition and hard work mixed with a huge amount of butter, sugar and flour, Comptoir Gourmand was established within the arches of Bermondsey’s Rope Walk. It’s now the London home of French patisserie and today Private Dining London explore the possibilities of their venue for private and corporate events.
Equidistance from London Bridge and Bermondsey Street, Comptoir Gourmand has the end arch of Rope Walk and with their newly refurbished interior, the kitchen and large cafe shouldn’t be underestimated as a party and events venue. On Saturday and Sunday, the market is packed full of tourists, foodies and locals looking to satisfy their hunger but come the rest of the week the café becomes a quiet spot for good coffee, delicious pastries and meeting friends whilst you watch Sebastien and his team create fresh patisseries in the open kitchen.
For events, Comptoir Gourmand is quite a sizeable venue. The space can accommodate groups of 10-40 guests seated for dinners whilst for standing receptions you’re looking close to 60-70 guests with their movable furniture, flexible layouts and outside space. The interiors feature dark woods, bare brick and copper lighting to bring guests to the warmth of a French bistro whilst the open kitchen not only provides a dining experience with a difference but shows the real essence of Comptoir Gourmand’s authentic food offering for parties and events. Tartiflette is their signature dish and we are yet to discover anywhere else in London that cooks this as well as they do. Cheesy, indulgent and warming, it’s particularly welcome during these Autumnal evenings and will be a delight for any Christmas party. They can create desserts to request and propose a number of the market stall favourites, including the Raspberry Mille-feuille with Pistachio Ice Cream that we enjoyed. Whilst we dine, the welcome we are given by the staff and the quality of the ingredients used in every dish that they create doesn’t go unnoticed.
The venue is somewhat of a blank canvas for anyone planning a party. It lends itself to a French style but with the high ceilings and wooden-clad walls the venue can be dressed easily with beautiful flowers, balloons and entertainment. We recommend you keep the cuisine French at heart but work with Sebastien and his team to create a bespoke menu for your private dining party, you will not be disappointed. It has a great Bermondsey location, a little off the beaten track but not far from the City so would be a brilliant choice for your next event.
Comptoir Gourmand, 98 Druid Street, London, SE1 2HQ