The Garrison | Bermondsey Street
So much more than a self-proclaimed ‘Public House’, The Garrison’s exactly the type of place you want to go for Sunday lunch…
Or any meal. Any day of the week.
From the outside it’s all frosted glass and polished green tiling; while inside’s decorated with shabby-chic precision and overflowing with trinkets. Vintage chairs in pretty fabrics, decorative picture frames and chintzy lamps are toughened up with wood-panelled whitewashed walls, industrial metal lighting and bleached wood tables.
Also, a stuffed antelope head.
If you’re lucky enough to sit at Table 16, take a peek in the secret drawer: stuffed full of little notes, doodles and confessions, it’s been filling up since The Garrison first opened (and is an emotional, and at times eye-widening, read).
The food’s very British. Breakfast includes smoked haddock kedgeree and Scotch pancakes; lunch options include salads; smoked duck breast, cranberry and apple chutney with chicory and lemon dressing, classic steak sandwich and spicy potted shrimps. And for dinner you’ll find hearty dishes of wild mushroom stroganoff, stuffed rabbit saddle with prunes or veal blanquette with tagliatelle. They also do great fish; a delicate lemon pepper salmon fillet with cannellini beans, or pan-roasted sea bass with cockles. Plus roasts on a Sunday, finished off with traditional lemon meringue pies, chocolate brownies, gingerbread and Eton Mess.
With an extensive wine list and lively bar serving a variety of cocktails and nibbles, it’s the perfect weekend retreat (especially given the Sunday screening sessions in their Cinema Room…).
The Garrison | 99-101 Bermondsey Street SE1 3XB
Credit Photo: Paul Winch-Furness