New to the area and came across The Hartley Bar & Dining rooms at the weekend... A real find. Fantastic food (especially the puddings - all you with a sweet tooth), great service and vibe and not expensive either. Would reccomend it highly. Beats The Garrison hands down. Plus if its too busy you can always go to Siu's or The Tower Bridge Tandoori!
I tried The Hartley the other day and wasn't all that impressed. I found it totally lacking in atmosphere, admittedly it was a tuesday night and very quiet, perhaps when word get's around this will all change. Also the barmaid didn't seem to really know what she was doing.
I'm willing to give it another go and try the food however and anywhere that has Blue Nun on the wine board for £40 a bottle get's my vote (I presumed that this was meant to show the owners sense of humour but this was totally lost on the barmaid when I questioned her!!)
I've eaten there twice now.
First time, service was slow despite it being quiet.
Second time the place was heaving, service was excellent and the food was first class.
I'd urge those who have experienced the the early days of staff finding their feet to go back, you won't regret it.
Oh and don't forget the Bermondsey Kitchen - now that the Hartley and Garrison have sprung up it's a cinch to walk in off the street and get a table any night of the week. Don't neglect it though - it'd be a shame to see it close as everyone's gone down the road.
I went there on a very busy night, found it had a lovely atmosphere, pleasant staff and the food was the equal of Bermondsey kitchen, and better value. I'll definitely go back, especially as it's handier for me than Bermondsey kitchen.
Anyone know what happened to Kennington Lane restaurant, by the way? Was sad to see the place closed down.