The Garrison Southbank
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This bright, breezy gastropub is, quite rightly, a local favourite. Assorted hanging lampshades and salvage-style mismatched chairs and tables may be standard issue these days, but The Garrison wears them well. Pub food in all its modern glory is offered by a wide-ranging menu that could start with breakfast of smoked haddock kedgeree, and end with dinner of bavette steak, incorporating lunch and all-day snacks along the way. Sunday roasts boast high-quality meat and are “among the area’s best”, coming loaded with side dishes and sauces. Onion soup made with veal stock is a robust triumph; braised rabbit-leg casserole with bacon arrives heartily flavoured with wintry herbs; and peppered venison haunch has great flavour and tenderness. The one-page wine list offers plenty of fairly priced bottles, but beer (draught Whitstable Bay Blonde, perhaps) seems the natural way to go.


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  1. The Garrison is a pub-cum-restaurant on Bermondsey Street and it’s owned by the same people as Riding House Café and Village East. After a not-so-successful lunch at the latter, I was hoping the Garrison would be a good choice for a relaxing Sunday roast on Father’s Day – but sadly it wasn’t quite so.

    It’s a really charming space with a bustling atmosphere which is helped by the fact the place is constantly busy. It’s all very reclaimed wooden tables, mis-matched chairs and random, old fashioned lamp shades...
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  1. Liam and I took a trip to Greenwich and after a long day out we decided to have a quick dinner before taking the bus back home. We decided to go to the Garrison, down Bermondsey Street. When we arrived, it was quite busy considering it still early on a Sunday evening. We were promptly shown to our table, nestled in a quiet corner of the restaurant.

    I ordered a coke for Liam while he was away, but strangely they brought us diet. I can only assume they served me diet coke because I’m female. I used to laugh at this, but now I understand why my friend’s boyfriend specifically asks for “full fat” coke. Handy...
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