There's a new food menu every eight weeks, to reflect seasonal changes and to keep things interesting for the many local residents and regulars who prop up the bar three or four times a week.
The homely feel has proved a major hit with Bermondsey’s hip creatives, made further at home by a cinema room in the basement. show less
2 Camden Walk, Camden Passage, London N1 8DY
berserkjohn7821: “was a brilliant pub and i was part of the owners family although it wasn't the best it made due sleeping on a inflatable sofa above every single one of you thank you for cherishing drinks in that pub while it lasted” more...
26 reviews of The Garrison in English
Looking for nice eateries for my blog I followed a recommendation and went to The Garrison 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 make 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 The Garrison 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.
Went for our wedding anniversary last Thursday and it was definitely a great choice. Loved the food so much we fitted in 3 courses, where we'd usually stop after the main. Duck and steak were beautifully cooked and a really lovely bearnaise sauce. The food was prefferable to some Michelin starred restaurants we've tried, yet the service and atmosphere is relaxed enough for people who are shy of pomp and circumstance - so we'll invite the in-laws too next time.
It was good. The little starter - very delicious. i don't know the name, but i do remember the feeling and sensation I got from that dish, it was revitalizing and inspiring; was like a little prawns in spicy mixture and with some bread. The butter was delicious. The spinach I had with lamb was a bit watery. But I still remember the night, and the lovely feeling after being satisfied with delicious meal and drinks. Stars for the starter, drinks, service, and atmospher - 4 stars
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.
I would love to write a great review of The Garrison.
Maybe I could write about the last meal I had there, which was in 2006 and I still remember how good it was, but I won't.
I was supposed to go back there yesterday, but my friend's reservation was cancelled 1 hour before the established time, with a very poor excuse for it.
That's so annoying that has put me off the place, and I don't even know if I ever want to go back.
Despite sometimes feeling like more of a restaurant than a pub because of the limited space for drinkers, The Garrison is still one of the best gastropubs south of the river. The design is rustic chic, the atmosphere cosy and lively, and the food top notch.
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.
Ah Monday nights in the Garrison, it doesn't get much better. We went with a couple of friends for dinner and had a fabulous evening from start to finish. The Garrison is an experience, not a Gastro Pub. The interior is smooth and informal, perfect lighting and ambience. I didn't even notice the highly efficient and warm waitress who kept arriving just as I required a top up or some more bread. I went for the steak of the day with potatoes and green beans, the steak arrived promptly with the juices and aroma dominating my senses. It was gone within seconds, as wash my ladies seabass, rabbit and friends steak. The girls had pudding whilst we carried on sampling the local beers and having a great night. Book ahead and take some friends as you'll be sure to have a wonderful evening.
Great pub with some great decor inside. We went here for Breakfast on Valentines day and they fitted us in very last minute. the food was quite pricey but my Boyfriend had a full English which looked amazing, I went for the lighter muesli and yogurt which was fine, the coffee was amazing and all the juices looked fresh Theres loads to choose from on the menu and the downstairs cinema looks intriguing!
Would recommend it to anyone looking for somewhere different to try, the staff were a bit grumpy but it didn't really matter as there was a great atmosphere.
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...
The most noteable thing about The Garrison is discovered when you walk through the door. It looks like the home of some crazy (but really cool) old aunt with cats and a flair for design. There’s a cuckoo clock on the wall next to the bar, there are vegetable racks hanging fromt he walls but all quite tasteful in an old English kind of way. The food is hearty and well presented - not the cheapest with £9-11 for lunches like burgers and steak sandwiches but good quality and great to go as a treat.
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.
Great decor, lovely people and the food is delicious. Whenever I have been there at a weekend I’ve made sure I’ve booked ahead as it always popular. And as an added bonus there’s the cinema room downstairs which is available for hire but as there’s no windows I would imagine it’s a bit warm in summer.
I really want to like this place but I think I’m going to have to make a few trips back before I can really make up my mind.
I was there with a few workmates for lunch and we were using the room downstairs (the cinema bit). And of course we had a few drinks in the bar afterward.
The food was pretty good, I went for the steak sandwich which came with an awful lot of bread but once you got to the steak it was very reasonable. The bar seems well stocked and the staff were very helpful (although we reserved a table for all of us and they put aside three small tables which wasn’t very considerate of them when they had a long table in the middle of the bar which could accommodate us all).
Like I said, I need to go back for a few relaxed drinks (and spending my own money - that’s the real test!) to really make up my mind.
I bloody love this place. An absolutely fantastic gastropub with a top-class menu and superb interior decor. It’s got a bit of a wow-factor when you walk in, really interesting bits and pieces on the walls etc. We were on a working lunch, so rather sadly, I didn’t sample the ales, but my grey mullet was out of this world - literally one of the nicest lunches I’ve had in ages. We sat on a long tall 'bar’ table arrangement, which was actually surprisingly comfy. There’s an old cinema downstairs, which they rent out during the day - also a great space. Keep it up!
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.
Wonderfully eclectic decor with a fresh, organic and interesting menu, the Garrison is definitely one of the best gastro-pubs in the London Bridge area. Whether it’s sweetcorn soup, a bacon and avocado sandwich, kedgeree or even a simple cheese on toast, I have never had a meal here that I didn’t really enjoy. I’ve only ever been here for lunch, but imagine the ambience is just as good if not better in the evening.
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.
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