Garrison

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Behind the smoked-glass windows of its green-tiled exterior, the Garrison is assuredly more restaurant than public house, with more seated customers quaffing wine by the glass than bottles of ale from the brief list, and little standing room.

A lot of thought seems to have gone into creating an eclectic interior with a mixture of vintage furniture and plenty of curios – diners have to pass the watchful eyes of a stuffed antelope’s head to get to the toilets. While it’s a good look, on our most recent visit we found the meal disappointing. On a Sunday lunchtime, the rump steak roast came topped with an impressive yorkshire pudding. It looked good, but the yorkie turned out to be a dry pastry, which couldn’t be redeemed by soaking it in the meat’s thin gravy. The generous portion of steak also gave us plenty to chew on, since the medium rare meat was a bit too leathery. Pan-roasted salmon was a nicely-cooked piece of fish, but it seemed lonely on its pretty vintage plate – its only companions a few meagre jerusalem artichokes and a handful of french beans.

Much better were the simple desserts. A piece of gingerbread and a slice of brownie were both served with a scoop of good quality ice-cream. We especially liked the nutty pistachio, a good combination with the dark chocolate brownie.

Despite the disappointing dishes on our visit, the Garrison’s popularity doesn’t seem to falter, a testament to its fashionable location. The restaurant was buzzing while we were there and walk-in customers were turned away.

Venue name: Garrison
Contact:
Address: 99-101 Bermondsey Street
London
SE1 3XB
Opening hours: Open 8am-11pm Mon-Thur; 8am-midnight Fri; 9am-midnight Sat; 9am-10.30pm Sun. Food served 8-11.30am, noon-3pm, 6-10pm Mon-Fri; 9-11.30am, 12.30-4pm, 6-10pm Sat; 9-11.30am, 12.30-4pm, 6-9.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: London Bridge tube/rail

Average User Rating

2.5 / 5

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Una Kim

Better from brunch than other meals. Food is hearty - but sometimes a bit over-salted. I'd say this place isn't a "value for money" option, but it has a really sweet decor and individual style. I prefer other locations on Bermondsey Street e.g. Jose, 124 Bermondsey or the Woolpack. The menu is hit and miss - and sometimes portions and dishes can end up being a bit underwhelming after a saliva-inducing description.

Matt

a very disappointing Sunday service... My girlfriend and I had been to the Garrison before and had a brilliant time. So much so, that on a rare day off from work, we had made a very concious decision to head back here, and spend a very lazy, very boozy lunch together. On arrival, we were greeted by a very unhappy team of staff, who frankly didn't appear to want to be there, nor did the majority grasp any elements of what contributes to a warm welcome and friendly service. What made this matter worse, is that the manageress was the most sour-faced of them all. Sadly, first impressions lasted and it set the mood for the rest of our stay - which we cut short, deciding to spend our money elsewhere. The food was good-to-average. A beautiful pork belly, sadly topped with inedible crackling, accompanied by raw carrots - solid as rocks and a watery gravy. It appeared to us, that the staff are lacking in organisation. We were served by no less than 6 different members of staff, ensuring that no consistency or markable level of service was delivered. The venue is lovely, but sadly the design is let down by the team. A great shame, as we were so looking forward to letting the wine flow and the courses roll in. On leaving, the manageress did come to apologise for being grumpy and said she was feeling under the weather. Perhaps this should have happened during our visit, at the time that we made the complaint to the other staff member. Too little, too late I'm afraid.

Beth

Lovely interior, shame about the food! You get the sense that they're just trying a bit too hard with their menu. I had a goat's cheese salad, rabbit wrapped in bacon and we tried to share a crumble for dessert - I say tried because we ended sending it back, along with the rabbit. The chef had clearly gone a bit blow-torch mad which resulted in 2/3 dishes tasting a bit like singed hair (this was true of the goat's cheese, but I wasn't sure if that was the flavour they were going for so I didn't send it back). The rabbit was unwhelming- the bacon was fatty and undercooked and generally unappealing. The crumble went straight back with its funny singed taste. Having said that, the staff were very helpful and offered to take the main and dessert of the bill, but we still ended up paying nearly £50 for what was one of the worst meals I have in London.

Rachel

I had been to The Garrison before but was disappointed this time. The food was ok but actually nothing special. My starter of mozzarella and tomato with salad contained three very tiny balls of cheese and my main course was not great either. It's always busy but with all the great restaurants on the street I think The Garrison need to up their game if they want better reviews. I went to Antico the night before which was much better.

Laurence

The menu is inticing, but the food fails completely to live up to expectations. The squid and chorizo salad was a confused warm mess whose titular ingredients where noticeable by their absence. The service was poor and on occasion vaguely confrontational. Do not waste your money!

Visitor

Excellent breakfast! Plenty of options to choose from. Staff were really friendly & the atmosphere relaxed. Can't go wrong if you're in the area.