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Reviews of The Garrison

Bermondsey Street, London SE1


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Still delicious
Thoroughly enjoyed a 2 course dinner on Tuesday night. Had the lamp for my main course - two good sized chops nicely spiced on a bed of tabbouleh & yoghurt. So glad that I didn’t order macaroni cheese or chips as a side dish because it was a big plate of food. The ginger ice cream was heavenly! Must not leave it so long before I dine at the Garrison again. Highly recommended.
All over the place
Enough said.
Make the trip!!
We were so put off by previous reviews that we decided to avoid The Garrison and only ended up there as we couldn’t get in anywhere else. How lucky were we?
VERY!!!! This place is fantastic. The service was amazing, the food is one of the best pub lunches I have had anywhere (roast beef done to perfection (pink bits included)), and this was all during a very busy Sunday lunch. Would recommend anyone to make the trip…and I live in Brighton!!
This is only the second time I have eaten here and I have to say, as a really picky person when it comes to restaurants, The Garrison held it's own. At breakfast they fill the gap between a very decent hotel and greasy spoon very well.

I had the 'Proper English' which gave two plump well cooked proper sausages, two golden yolked fried eggs, 3 rashers of excellent bacon, beans and a tomato half. Add to that a large price of artisan toasted bread and we have a winner. Ingredients were good quality and cooked well and at £9 I would suggest decent value for money for this quite expensive area.

Staff were OK - only giving a smile when they've taken the cash is a little bit poor. It seems to be a wholesale problem in SE1. We were there at 9.30am so may have missed a busy service however it seems in this part of London you might get better service at the golden arches. Sad but true.

Disappointing Sunday lunch
less busy than it usually appears on a sunday, we decided to give The Garrison another go.
(delfina was closed).
we'd last visited about a year ago. medium rare steak was tough and well done, service was brusque and haughty. we were made to feel ashamed for not making a booking.
this time service was marginally better. there were only a couple of tables occupied. we asked about the pork, our waiter stated he had not seen it so couldn't comment on whether it was on the bone. there was a pause, possibly an opportunity for him to check in the kitchen. ....but no. he simply shrugged.
unfortunately, the angus gold beef which our overly relaxed waiter had described as, ' really great. good choice.' was once again not medium rare. there was not even any pink tinge to mine.
a few chunky carrots and a little broccoli were good but should not have been the plate's highlights.
in addition, 2 roast potatoes which looked fine, but were not quite warm all the way through and an ok yorkshire pudding with a hint of gravy.
£14.90 not inc 12.5% service charge!
in the ongoing quest for the perfect se1 sunday lunch i would recommend the woolpack, if it's not too busy or delfina if it's not too empty.

Took some friends for drinks there in November. It was my 3rd visit but I was trying to give the place the benefit of the doubt; unfortunately on all 3 visits the bar staff were rude and also extremely slow. At one stage when I questioned the delay in receiving drinks I was told "it's only been 5 minutes" with a sneer. Considering I was the only one ordering drinks at the time ... Also beware the waiting staff; there is a service charge automatically included which they don't tell you about.

Over all a lovely location, lovely decor, great potential but let down by the bar staff who seeem to think it is beneath them to provide a decent friendly service.

OK, but expensive lunch - Bad staff!
Lunch at the Garrison yesterday was OK, but not great. The food was good but at £14 for a roast beef lunch, this seems expensive to me. Lunch for 2 with a glass of wine each, tap water and service comes in at £45, which I think is a lot. However, the place was packed so I can't blame them for their prices as they're set by 'the market' really.

However, the barman was really rude. He was serving me and having an argument with a waitress about a missing order at the same time. I had to eventually say 'sorry, would you mind finishing serving me first' and he still carried on and didn't seem to care.

Generally the Garisson offers good value for money and the waiters and waitresses are not too pushy. The menu is changed regularly, and always seems slightly out of the ordinary. Although the menu is never very large, there is something there for all tastes.

Personally however, I find the two sittings for dinner on busy days a bit of a disadvantage.

The Garrison
The Garrison is great. Cosy, friendly and really good food. They do excellent brunches too! Do book ahead as they get very busy most days and nights!
Best of Bermondsey?
I have been eating at the Garrison for the last year, and have never been disappointed by the food, the wine, the atmosphere or the staff. Several friends of mine have suggested it's the best pub in London, as well as a great restaurant.

The only drawback is the amount you'll spend there - the price's are overly high, but it's hard to stick to only 2 courses...

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