Visited with a friend on a sunny afternoon- what a great place! Cozy decor, great natural light and fantastic staff and service.
I tried the red onion tart, served with a aft boiled egg and mushroom ragu- it was delightful, light and flavourful. My friend and I shared some rose, a great addition for a lazy afternoon lunch.
Saw a sign advertising movies on Sunday evenings- can't wait to come back for that!
Overall, great food and drink spot on a lively street!
* Watermelon, heirloom tomato, and goat's curd platter - fresh, crisp taste and excellent creamy flavor in the goat's curd.
* Mushroom Pappardelle - noodles were tasty, but the real winner here was the variety of mushrooms. Hands-down the best tasting mushrooms I've ever had.
* Great food
* reasonable prices
* stylish decor
* fairly slow (even by British standards!) service even on non-peak time (our reservation was at 8:45, we left around 11)
* slightly cramped dining space - our table of two was so close to another it felt like we were supposed to be dining together
In summary, some above-average pub food at a reasonable price, assuming you can get a reservation and don't mind a bit longer dining experience.
There are some really spot on things about the Garrison. The down to earth tables and decor give the place a really comfy, homey feel. The waitstaff are friendly and attentive and I really enjoyed the atmosphere - very buzzy and fun. The downfall was the food.
We went as a large group. I ordered mackerel with lentils and orange because it sounded like a potentially interested started. It was bland and boring. The mackerel was overcooked and the lentils on the mushy side. The flavours blended into one another and the two measly slices of orange really did nothing to liven it up. As a main, I had the rabbit on pearl barley. The rabbit fell off the bone but it wasn't memorable otherwise. My partner had a lovely goats cheese salad and he liked his risotto but it came with old rocket which didn't look very nice on the plate. I felt like I could have made everything at home.
The presentation also needed quite a bit of work. I don't need over the top, stacked food or anything but quite a few of dishes were monotone in colour. Brown lentils, brown fried fish with orange slices. Orange rabbit leg on orange pearl barley.
I had a nice time with friends but definitely won't be going back for the food.
Another forgettable London gastropub, I'm afraid.
Artichoke risotto, beet carpaccio - a bit too desperate to be original, if you ask me.
The lamb burger could've been decent had it not been so soggy, the patty collapsing at first touch. The artichoke risotto was also much too wet, having the texture of rice porridge.
That Frankziskaner on tap is a redeeming feature.
When organising my best friend's hen party, the most difficult part was without a doubt finding somewhere for dinner. The bride really wanted a private dining room, which I agreed would be really lovely, but it was easier said than done. Everywhere we found was either fully booked, located much too far away from the rest of our plans, or just way outside of our price range. Eventually the bride's sister suggested the Garrison, which she'd initially held back on suggesting since the bride had been here before, though only for brunch. But as soon as I dropped them an email to enquire, I knew I was on to a good thing.
The response I got was very welcoming, something which really isn't a given when you drop the words 'hen party'. The Garrison, however, was more than happy to accommodate such a group, and really seemed to take an interest in our plans. They confirmed that they would be able to seat us in the Cinema room, which we could have for the whole night if we wanted, and the only condition would be a minimum spend which was well within our budget. They sent over a sample menu which looked delicious, and I quickly sent back the booking form to secure our place, without even needing to pay a deposit. All done, and a considerable weight off my mind!
About a week before the party, The Garrison got in touch again to confirm the final arrangements and offer me the option of pre-booking some wine, which I did. I also asked whether it would be possible for them to print copies of the set menu without any prices on them, as we'd already had the guests pay up-front for the day and I thought it would be nice to completely obscure all that icky financial stuff from them. They were very happy to do this for us, which was great.
On the day, the bulk of the group arrived around 7pm, having sent an advance party to, ahem, 'decorate' the table with some questionable vegetable carvings - which, to her credit, our waitress did not seem to even bat an eyelid at (it was a pretty classy hen party, but a hen party nonetheless - what do you expect?) Our waitress was superb, keeping everyone topped up with wine throughout the meal and just generally doing a fantastic job of keeping an eye on everything. The bride, who is fairly knowledgable about her wine, was perfectly happy with the house wine at £18 a bottle too, and we were off to a great start.
The Cinema Room itself was beautiful, and mercifully cool on the hottest day of the year. My one regret was that we didn't make use of the cinema itself, as it would have been great to project some photos of the bride- and groom-to-be, but I suppose you can't think of everything! There was lovely soft lighting which made for some very flattering photos too.
For my starter, I went for the dressed crab with lemon aioli on toast, which was simply sublime, and a very generous portion too. What really impressed me was how they managed to bring out every single dish within the space of about a minute - no mean feat when you're got 16 people to serve! However, my main was the steak and chips, and to be honest I was quite disappointed with it. It was very pale and looked more like pork or veal than steak, and it was a cut that I couldn't identify which really lacked any flavour.
However, looking around the table it was clear that I'd just got the one dud steak, as it was a very popular option and everyone else's looked perfect. I haven't docked a star from my rating because I don't doubt that if I'd said something, they would have corrected it immediately - but by that point I was too preoccupied with other hen-party admin (taxis and the like) to really be able to eat much anyway. Unfortunately this meant that I wasn't able to fully appreciate my chosen dessert - the cheese board - either, although the few mouthfuls I managed to cram in between settling the bill and booking the taxis were very nice! And from the approving noises being made around the table, it's safe to say that everyone else really enjoyed their meals too.
Overall, I was very impressed with The Garrison, and would love to come back here to try eating in their main restaurant. And I would most definitely recommend the Cinema room for a private party.
The Garrison may well be a victim of its own success. It was absolutely full to capacity on a Monday night because it does have great food. I had the kedgeree which was very very slightly too liquidy with just a smidgin too much curry, but overall quite delicious. I also had the gingerbread with ginger ice cream that was perfectly nice.
So why the gripe? Well it has tried to pack rather a lot of tables and chairs in, and it has gone from eclectic to claustrophobic. It was quite difficult to get the attention of anyone in order to get more tap water, but they were surprisingly persistent with the dessert menus.
I also dislike the time limit on their tables - especially as we were dining with our friend who has supported them for years and years. It feels like it's become a place that simply tries to turn over as many customers as physically possible in a night. I do realise that's how money is made in the restaurant biz, but most places tend to be a little more subtle about it.
So, I'm not sure I'm going back, and my friend who was been patronising them for years is also a little iffy on the whole idea.
It's like dining at your grandma's house! Black-and-white army photos hang on the walls, faded out-of-style lampshades float over your head, and mouthwatering aromas waft about the space.
Except this isn't food like -my- grandma ever cooked. Perfectly roasted potatoes mixed with tender carrots and al dente broccoli are smothered in slabs of meat just ripe for dipping in gravy. The entire mound is topped off with a bowl of Yorkshire pudding. On the side, we're brought a tub of potent horseradish... we didn't even have to ask for it. Delightful!
Now, if only I'd been able to walk out of here without a half-dozen bits of gristle stuck between my teeth... flossing never felt so relieving!
I'm wary when I see the term "shabby-chic" pop up on Gumtree. It often is not-so-secret-code for "old, small, smelly and run down."
Question: can a restaurant pull off shabby chic in an elegant mouth watering manner rather than filling your mental chops with visions of cobwebs and moth balls?
Answer: Yes. If you're at the Garrison. Sister (or perhaps granny) to Village East, the acclaimed restaurant just down the road, this gastropub serves up innovative, fresh, and local food combos like it's going out of style... but leave that award to their decor, instead.
Everything is so well thought out from the small bar where internet types square up with their macs aglow, to the small chalkboard menu boasting daily specials. Truly, I could not have been happier or more comfortable with the airy ambiance -- it's the type of place that you'll want to bring every visitor that comes to London. It's a reason to be thankful you live here.
And then there was the food... oh the fooooood. Each dish was absolutely incredible, from the risotto to the gnocchi to the cod special. Unfortunately, we were in the embarrassing conundrum of being in such a hurry that we weren't able to truly experience any of it. We sat, we scarfed, we paid, we ran. It was about 30 minutes door to door.
But not to worry, I will certainly be back. Immediately, if not sooner. The Garrison is worth going out of the way for.
The Garrison pub is onto a winning formula. The pub itself is so inviting, friendly and fun that it makes me want to up sticks and relocate to within 10 steps of this place, so that I can call it my local.
It has an airy feel, a lot of thought has been put into the decor. And the food! The food is easily a couple of steps up from standard pub fair and is grown up and inventive. The cornish crab and seared tuna are particularily good, although one of my favourite meals here was a simple fish finger sandwhich from the bar menu.
What sets this place out from standard pubs is the private room and cinema in the basement which can be hired out for private parties. The cinema especially is a great idea if you have a birthday party and want a more inspired evening then just sitting around drinking (not that that isn't fun either). They can also provide food for you when you are down there, so you can really make an evening of it.
I am SO happy I finally tried this place. I'll give it five stars for food, and four stars for being way too busy on a Sunday night so we had to sit at the bar. We ordered a few glasses of wine and the special cider they were making, of course delicious.
Appetizer started with the tomato and pepper soup as well as the warm goat cheese salad. Both delicious and super fresh tasting.
Main--Roast pheasant with pancetta. I've never had pheasant before, but i adored this dish. it was succulent, with a good salty hearty flavor of the pancetta.
The bar servers were super sweet as they felt bad for us eating in a crowded area but all in all, I would be happy to come back. This goes WAY beyond my expectations for a gastropub (read my last review on a gastropub :)), I was almost tempted to keep this info to myself but its too good not to check out!
PS Sundays, they have movie nights....last week it was Shame and this week its Dark Knight!
The ever popular Garrison sets the standard in gastronomic drinking houses with mouth-watering food, gorgeous log cabin inspired decor and a range of lagers, ales and wines to suit your taste. The staff here are wonderfully helpful, greeting you at the door and remaining attentive to your every need from start to finish. This helps greatly to lighten the atmosphere making the Garrison feel much like a country retreat rather than a city pub.
The food is the obvious standout feature with a menu that boasts a terrific variety of seasonal and expertly prepared food. The ever changing daily specials will leave you spoilt for choice and ensure that you keep coming back for more.
There is nothing dramatic or overdone about the Garrison, it has the reserve and classic sophistication of an aging academic and simply lets the food and ambience do the talking.
Mmmmm... yeah! Mmmmm... yeah! Ah... yeah! Oh, oh, oh... yeah! This was kind of how I felt as I munched through my mushroom and pea risotto with rocket and parmesan. It was that good. My dining buddies also let out the occasional groan of satisfaction as they devoured their gnoochi and cod main meals.
The Garrison is not cheap, rolling in at around £14 on average for a main course. Yet as you walk in, you can't help but admire the opulent, decadence of the place. Backed up by a stunning gastro pub British food menu and a private cinema room, this place is a winner. The staff know they do good food and have a sexy establishment. I couldn't help but feel the service from our waitress was a little snooty, but with food this good topped of with the lovely house Chardonnay I destroyed, I will end this review in the positive way it deserves.
Mmmmm... Ohhhhhh yeahhhhhhhhh!
Great decor and atmosphere, very friendly staff, a bit pricey given the relatively small portions
I was on the search for a new brunch place today with a couple of friends. Walking down Bermondsey, we noticed the Garrison and the smells emanating from the kitchen were enough to draw us in immediately. We ran into a slight hurdle as we hadn't made a reservation and the place was packed (this is about 1pm on a Sunday). Luckily, the opened up the cinema room downstairs and seated us right away. The girls grabbed the really comfy looking couch type seats and I settled into the hard wooden chairs (damn the price of chivalry!).
Our waitress was cute and friendly and was eager to provide suggestions when asked despite having just started the day before. We opted for a mix of dishes to share: 1) smoked pigeon with black pudding on a bed of rocket, 2) shredded pork and salmon (the mix had the consistency of light tuna salad) with melba toast and a mustarda (not really sure what this was made of), and 3) a pork sunday roast with all the trimmings.
The smoked pigeon was tasty with a rich salty flavour and the meat was tender as duck should be. Sadly, the portion was barely more than a breast, so it was perhaps an appetiser but not proper meal. The shredded pork and salmon likewise was full of flavour but lacking in size. The pork roast was seared and juicy but more than half of the serving was fat which was a bit disappointing. The potatoes deserve special mention as they were delicious with crispy chewy skin containing light fluffy flesh. The potatoes were also tossed with herbs giving a little extra flavour.
The pear and blackberry crumble and salty caramel ice cream was a satisfying end to the meal. The cumble was a little too chewy but the pear and blackberry filling was sweet and tart in all the right places. The ice cream (recommended by our waitress) was the perfect complement with the saltiness enhancing the sweetness of the crumble.
Overall, loved the taste of the food and just wished the portions were a bit bigger. It's a good place to have a chat and catch up with friends over a quick bite, but won't satisfy that hungover brunch craving.
Loved this place! When we were traveling to London last month, we were told that while the food is good, pubs aren't always the place to find it.
The Garrison proved that rule completely wrong! The vibe and atmosphere was unique and modern, the service extremely friendly and helpful, and you could really sense their dedication to unique and rustic food choices. If you want to get a good idea of the vibe of the place, their website is awesome and very representative of the pub itself.
Not just the best food I've had at a pub, one of the best meals I've had anywhere!
And, I hear they do movie night every now and again too!
Located on the quirky and trendy Bermondsey Street, The Garrison is a fantastic gastro pub which has a buzzing yet chilled and relaxed atmosphere. The layout is great as it has an almost vintage antiquey type feel with lots of random objects scattered around.
The Garrison has a varied range of alcohol including beer, ciders, wines and spirits and the selection of dishes on the menu are delicious (although there isn't a huge amount of choice). I had the swordfish which was one of the best meals I have ever had. The food is the pub's main selling point so it is best to call and book in advance.
There is always a trendy, arty type crowd in here and I love the vibrant atmosphere. Definitely a winner!
Yep - it's delicious but pricey. but it's good quality food caringly prepared. both times I've been have been great nights and I've certainly appreciated how kind and accomodating the waitstaff was.
Great place - definitely go with a reservation (although I was luck once to get a table wtihout one!)
Why don't I venture out here more? The Garrison & Bermondsey Street, up to recently was a mystery to me and I only really came out here to intrude on my friend's brunch with her boyfriend (which I had not met before), even though I protested as I didn't want to feel like a third wheel. Oh how glad I did....
From the moment I stepped in - I knew this was my kind of place. I am a sucker for amazing quirky decorated places and 'The Garrison' didn't disappoint with it's mix match plates, cosy tea sets and eccentric trinkets. The people was lovely but service was a little slow though I wasn't too worried about that as it was Sunday Brunch so the place was packed. If you haven't made a booking you might have to wait a bit.
We ordered some tea and OJ for drinks then me and my friend ordered Eggs Benedict and her boyfriend got a full English breakfast. It arrived with no delay and looked amazing drenched in just the right amount of yellowy Hollandaise sauce. It was so good and fulling that I don't think I was hungry till well in the afternoon.
I can't wait to head back to try out the lunch and dinner menu if breakfast was so good. BTW, we dined on the table next to Professor Green, apparently it's a favourite haunt of his as well. Amazing breakfast and celebrity spotting - what more can you ask of a Sunday morning.
It's so nice here, and the food is generally excellent, but it is painfully expensive. Some dishes are really outstanding while others are good but not brilliant, so it's a bit of pot luck (although, for example, you will probably be ok with something like delicious figs stuffed with delicious cheese).
The decor and atmosphere, as others have said, is really cosy yet buzzing. The downstairs area is particularly cute and calmer, if it happens to be open when you're there. The staff are very friendly but can be quite inattentive - you have to flag them down, remind them about orders etc. Having said that, both times I've been I was let in without a reservation so they were probably quite stretched.
I would be prepared to come here a lot if I could afford it. I can't, sadly, but there is certainly no shortage of others enjoying this place.
Extremely nice restaurant / gastropub, with a nice ambience, very friendly staff, well-kept kitchen (we can see the guys cooking while dancing :-),
The food is really great, with quite large portions of delicate dishes.
The venison is cooked perfectly, risotto is exactly what you'd get in Italy, and the cod is really rich of flavours.
As for the desserts, the crumble is, for once, not just some little piece of tasters, but a great plate of a delicious piece of art.
Brownies and hot fudge are over-the-top in terms of taste and texture.
Last but not least, very fancy toilets with sinks on top of urinals so you can save some time down there ! Not to mention the Dyson hand dryer, which is always pleasant to use !
The Garrison should be near the top of your list for Sunday roast in London. It's a very casual yet atmospheric bistro pub that is well worth the jaunt down to Bermonsdey. The other Yelpers are spot on that The Garrison excels at being rustic shabby chic without being either too shabby nor too pretentious. All in it's a great place for a meal.
To start I ordered the gazpacho which was a refreshing treat on a surprisingly sunny London day. They were a a bit stingy with the avocado pieces but otherwise it was a good start to the meal. Being a Sunday, I of course went with the roast beef...served medium rare with a selection of veggies, potatoes and pan drip gravy, and of course a Yorkshire pudding. Be sure to ask for a side of horseradish.
There is also a nice selection of ciders and some hard to find beers.
All in 4 stars. Just be sure to book well in advance, prime roast hours get booked quickly.
Delightful and delectable smells wafting from their windows & a good looking local neighbourhood gastropub...BUT...
I've been to the Garrison before, a long time before! Its good to know that the interior hasn't changed much (sometimes too much change is a bad thing) cos its pretty perfect the way it is. Think of Kath Kidston meets the Stepford wives' country manor clubhouse. Its cutesy, country manor style decor, with one-off pieces here and there. I especially love the downstairs area for its warm table layout, with comfy mocha brown sofa lounges, original overhead screen projection-cum-cinema concept (screenings every Sunday evening) and a feature wall of illuminated glass bottles of various shapes and sizes.
We were there on a lazy Sunday afternoon, nursing a not-quite-a-hangover from the previous nights' celebrations (my bday drinks) but certainly in need of good coffee and fine grub. With the former - it was a great macchiato, beautifully presented with the rich dark layer of espresso at the bottom, the middle layer being a warm hot chocolate looking melding of the espresso and hint of frothed milk, topped with a small dollop of foamy milk.
Unfortunately, I can't pay too many compliments to the meal. Whilst the roast loin of pork that I ordered from the Sunday roast menu was reasonably apportioned for one, my friends' orders came out looking more of an entree sized dish for a mains price tag. Nonetheless, the food itself was absolutely delicious, my only gripe is that the pork was perhaps a little too overcooked in the middle (therefore rendering it slightly dry) and they could've been a little more generous with the side dishes (I recounted 2 pieces of everything, including 2 very lonely looking broccoli). Their roast potatoes were faultless however - crunchy thick coating but fluffy and powdery inside!
Opinions about dessert was somewhat divided amongst the table - I thought the crumble on our pear and blackberry crumble with salted caramel ice cream, was a little too hard and too buttery that it risked overcoming the subtle flavours of the pear and blackberry filling. The ice cream was fantastic however. Portion size wise, we shared one dessert between 3 and there was more than enough to go round the table.
Overall, I think the Garrison is a good spot to take your date out and impress him/her with both the daily specials menu, the relatively modest wine and cocktail list and ofcourse, the dessert to share! Just be prepared to part with some well earned squids!
The Garrison - oh, I liked you!
A good friend took me for Sunday lunch - it took us a couple stops and a few mulled wines before enough time passed to finally sit down at the Garrison (3PM).
Between the wonderful lunch time aromas and knickknack crap everywhere, I found it to be somewhat reminiscent of Sunday lunch at my grandmothers - just warm and inviting.
I had my first Sunday roast - it was wonderful. I added a little English mustard on the side, making the meal near perfect for me.
Quick note - the cheap glass of red was nice.... if you in for a glass of wine don't bother with the other stuff.
It was a lazy sunday today and didn't feel like making a trek to someplace far from home, so decided to hop into here on a last minute whim. Now I'm still new to London and learning and exploring the city, but I was greatly impressed with this gastropub. I was really hoping to get a late breakfast, but sadly that ends at 11:30am.
I opted in for the tuna steak, a bloody mary, and a cappucino for take away. Everything hit the spot even the bread with butter! Everything was just super tasty that I took the bread and soaked up the sauces from the tuna steak dish. If there was any complaint it would be that it was definitely a pretty expensive lunch.
It's a shame they don't open earlier in the morning Mon-Fri, otherwise I'd hop in for a coffee during my morning walk to work.
Fully booked on a Saturday at lunch time, the Garrison accommodated me and my companion at the bar. This pleased me, especially after I saw the FT Weekend sitting right in front of me as I perched myself atop a barstool. I'm the kind of person who actually quite enjoys dining at a bar, since this usually means you get great service.
Operative word: usually.
Throughout my visit, the bar staff was aloof and lacking proper restaurant/bartending knowledge. Someone beside me ordered a flat white, and a black americano arrived with milk. I am not joking.
My companion and I were left alone for lengthy periods of time. The honey macademia nuts I ordered never arrived despite appearing on the bill. And we only received the bill and paid for our lunch after flagging the bar staff down to ask for it and looking at anyone and everyone with longing desperation of a chip and PIN machine.
The food - while quite tasty and innovative - came in woefully small portions, at woefully high price points.
The complimentary thick-sliced brown bread accompanied by soft butter? Well, it was the Garrison's saving grace.
We got here at 1pm just in time for Sunday roast and we noticed that every table already had customers or a reserved sign. Nonetheless, there was room for us at several tables if we thought that we could leave by 2pm which was fine for us. We were seated at a great raised booth with comfy light blue seats and a "not-too-big" table. It was like our own fortress! If the food matched the decor, I would have given this a 5 star rating.
The service was friendly and we soon had some complimentary breads and our drinks had arrived. You can see into the kitchen which is the first time for me when at a Sunday roast lunch. We saw our lunches were ready to be brought over - they looked great! We both ordered the pork belly with a yorkshire (it costs extra, but you really have to have a yorkshire when eating Sunday roast). The letdown was that the crackling had no crunch at all! That's pretty important to me. Still, at least it wasn't chewy leather. The meat itself was tender and delicious. The potatoes were fine and the vegetables were better than average. Most places only serve you one small parsnip; here you get several. The yorkshire tasted average.
Overall cost was just under 50 pounds (we had a drink each too), which is above average price.
+ lovely interior, + changing menu, - noisy, - pricey
The Garrison was a friend's recommendation and we followed it on a Friday night. The place was packed though it still wasn't dinnertime and my companions and I were given a time slot for dinner since we didn't have a reservation.
A first look at the menu indicated that The Garrison isn't cheap but a second look inside convinced me to give this upscale pub a try. I was really impressed by the mix of pub, restaurant and living room atmosphere that in total looked like a sophisticated old school dollhouse. Since The Garrison is Michelin recommended I was even more curious about the food. Next to the menu it offers daily changing dishes.
Our little group tried the fish, chicken, and tartar (everything around £12-18) and I personally have to say that it was tasteful but didn't put my socks off like the pizza at Pizza East or the burger at The Dean Swift. Maybe my expectations were too high or the pints were adulterating my taste.
Overall I liked the atmosphere and interior, the food as well, though I expected more, and would return next time I am in London.
A man unknown to me recommended my boyfriend take me here after said boyfriend had forgotten to meet me at the train station. I was instructed to meet said boyfriend at London Bridge before any more damage could be done.
I can see why the unknown man recommended this place as somewhere to make up to a mildly angry girlfriend. It's beautiful inside - a little rustic Frenchy feel to it, lovely atmos and great looking food. I didn't eat - just put away a super glass of (expensive, apology) wine and a smidge of prosecco.
I'd love to return and do so hope when I do so I won't be in such a sulk with the boyfriend...
Not cheap, but inventive and tasty. The steak tartar is timeless, but beet carpaccio was new, as was the cheese and rocket soup.
Other reviews tell all of the important stuff. Just know that -I- would return if given the chance!
The Garrison is a charming little pub on Bermondsey street. Good food and drink and friendly folk. And they have a cinema!
Great place to visit!
This place has left a lasting impression on me, there's something about it that I loved. As soon as you walk in, a welcoming and homely atmosphere greets you. Fantastic decor, lovely chairs and tables all different designs, light wooden floor and walls, big lampshades, and overall just a lovely cosy atmosphere. It almost feels like a cross between someone's living room and a restaurant. The day we were here it was a beautiful sunny day so the light outside really complimented the colours inside adding to the cool vibe.
The lunch we had here was great, lovely menu with lots of choice, and I'd love to come back to sample the Sunday lunch. It's a great place to hang out on a Sunday afternoon reading the paper and I'll definitely be coming back. The cinema room downstairs is perfect to hire if you need a room to spend a day for any reason, great for companies to use who want something different.
The elegantly batty ballerina of Bermondsey Street, the Garrison requires the right treatment. If you don't book in advance, you'll be summarily rebuffed.
It's a gorgeous place to eat, very atmospheric and done in that Louis XIV carboot sale style that you'll either love (me, hurray!) or find a bit boho desperate.
Food and grog are both excellent, but expensive. This is one for just after pay day, or special occasions. It's totally worth it.
Let me get this out of the way first; I actually had a head-spinning moment while eating here when I thought I'd somehow transported to Brooklyn, NY. Not in a good way though, but in a 'look-at-all-the-rediculous-hipsters' way. Skinny jeans and ironic mustaches everywhere! For a disorienting moment I was actually in Carroll Gardens!
With that said, the garrison was a great place for dinner. Our waitress was super friendly and patient, the food was fantastic and the atmosphere lively without being oppressive.
Bermondsey in general is a lovely quiet little street with some nice pubs and eateries.
I have mixed feelings about this place. It has a lovely, eclectic, slightly quirky interior, great service and a really superb breakfast menu (everything from fruit or pastries to a full cooked English).
However, I find the dinner menu quite pretentious and a too pricey. Good food, admittedly, but it certainly won't make my list for favourites. It doesn't feel much like a pub to me. Most Gastropubs at least feel like a pub underneath the fancy food.
If you want a good pub, go to the Woolpack opposite, but stay here for a great breakfast or a more special meal.
Tasty dinner menu and helpful waiting staff, the only problem I have ever had here is trying to get a table. But you can tell a great restaurant when demand is more than they can possibly supply. Worth the effort though.
And the downstairs cinema room is lovely, and you can hire it for private parties for a song! We even considered starting a movie club just so we could all go there once a month and lounge around enjoying their food and drink and watching a DVD. Check it out if you can.
This place passed the tough restaurant test known as impressing my mother, who knows what she likes and doesn't like anything too fancy, exotic or expensive in a place that isn't too loud or colourful but still has atmosphere. So when she clears her plate and declares her meal absolutely delicious, you know they've hit on something.
The menu makes the simple things too impressive and the impressive dishes look simple. My mother's lamb with green beens was "cooked to perfection", my girlfriend's sea bass was polished off to happy noises and my duck breast with creamy leeks was tender and juicy. The wine list is very decent and praline ice cream to finish was deliciously creamy.
This is no one off - last time at The Garrison the food was also delicious. It's very cosy and easy to while away the time with a glass or two, plus there's Adnan's for those who like their ale. Dates, long-term partners and parents will all be impressed with this place.
Perhaps it could do with being a pound or two cheaper, but when the food is this good and the service this friendly, these are minor quibbles. Booking is essential though.
The Garrison is a lovely gastronomic pub in Bermondsey. The food is quite good, particularly the starters menu and the beetroot, pea, and goat's cheese risotto. The atmosphere is relaxed and unpretentious, and the shabby chic dining room is charming. One of my favorites.
Was there last night for the first time since moving to London from Seattle. I live right down the street and this highly acclaimed spot has eluded my grip for weeks. Finally, had some friends from the states in town and I decided to go. It was good! The soups were delightful as was the bread to start. Main dish was Spatchcock chicken with a side of potatoes and grilled tomatoes. Dessert was light and flavorful. Definitely a must try. It is a little on the £££ side... be ready to part with £30 a person for a full on meal. Will definitely try other things there soon. Impetus to get more friends from Seattle to join me.
Came here on one of those pseudo dates me and my husband try and have every once in a while, you know to re-kindle the flame. It worked. It was a fancy breakfast date (milk and cereal can get boring). We were warmly greeted and because it is a small world after all, we saw the girl that works at our local pub working there! We felt right at home. Very clean feel and the brushed up wood reminds of a cottage in the woods, specially with the cold of the morning. I was hesitating between the full and proper english breakfast (£8.95) or the scotch pancakes with maple syrup and fruit conserve (£7.25) I went for the latter. No regrets, the pancakes were fluffy and buttery; the fruit conserve made it tastier. Top it up with one of their fresh juice combination try an apple, mint and pineapple combination (£4.20).
To almost pay twelve pounds for breakfast, is a bit much, but consider this: it is a michelin recommended pub, greeted and treated warmly and you won't eat anything for the rest of the day. Or at least until night time comes.
The Garrison is the most beautiful of pubs I have been to, although exactly what constitutes a pub I do not know.
It has the feel of a shabby chic French café/restaurant with heavy wooden tables and aged white paintwork and an impressive menu to match.
During the evening the candles are lit and the atmosphere is even more inviting, it is however, incredibly popular making it difficult if not impossible to find a seat for a drink or two.
For this reason I prefer The Garrison during the day when you can relax and fully appreciate the beautiful atmosphere without the crowds and the noise of a full pub.
review for sunday night dinner
5star if you like overpriced, shabby-chic, pretend-pub-really-gastro-restaurant-whatever-surrounded-by-young-city-workers-still-wearing-button-down-shirts-on-a-sunday-night.
2star if you want good food on a sunday night without paying through your nose.
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