The Garrison

British, Gastropub·
Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of The Garrison

Bronze Award

Bermondsey favourite The Garrison is a stylish, relaxed venue that regularly plays to full houses. Mismatched chairs, slightly wobbly reclaimed tables and an eclectic array of lampshades make for a quirky space that serves eaters and drinkers equally well – there's even a highly recommended pocket-sized cinema in the basement. Sunday roasts can be rather hit and miss (we like our roasties crispy), but the evening menu shows more precise cooking – think crab on toast with watercress and samphire or glazed chicken breast with sweetcorn purée, crushed new potatoes, bacon and rosemary. To finish, the flourless chocolate cake is the stuff of pudding lovers' dreams. With decent prices, terrific breakfasts, all-day snacks, unusual beers and a decent wine list, it's easy to see why The Garrison is always packed.

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
British, Gastropub
Cool, Cosy, Dark and moody, Fine dining, Glamorous, Romantic, Traditional, Unique
Food Occasions
All day dining, Bottomless brunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Byob, Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Special Features
Chef’s table, Counter dining, Dog friendly, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celeb spotting, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
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A staple of South East London since 2003, The Garrison is a relaxed neighbourhood pub and restaurant offering up brunch, lunch, dinner and Sunday lunch. Pared-back furniture and decorative plants populate the space, while large windows flood it with natural light through the day. The focus here is locality, with some ingredients travelling mere meters from their origin.
There is a wide selection of local gins, including entries from Peckham, Chelsea and Camden, each paired with Lixir tonic or used in a cocktail. The Garrison spritz, for example, features London dry gin, black raspberry, elderflower, citrus and prosecco. Other house cocktails include the more exotic Palomares, a blend of mezcal, orange, grapefruit and reduced pickle brine. More traditional cocktails are also available on request. There is a reasonably priced, global wine list as well as sparkling, beers and ciders.

The fare here is best described as British-leaning, with some elements reminiscent of pub classics, others more modern and diverse. As such, you might start with pig’s head croquettes, picalilli and crispy pig ears or salt and pepper Brixham squid with fermented red pepper dipping sauce. While the menu changes regularly, diners can be sure to find something they enjoy in each course. Your main course could be a hearty Cornish fish stew, whole baked cauliflower with pine nuts and coriander or 45-day dry-aged Longhorn ribeye with glazed Roscoff onion and bone marrow jus.

The brunch menu, meanwhile, features similar options but with the addition of more morning-style options like avocado on toast with heritage tomatoes, feta, black olive crumb and herb dressing, full English (with a veggie option) and yoghurt and granola with mixed berry compote. Sunday lunch offers a choice of Salt Marsh lamb leg, Hereford sirloin, middle white pork belly, Castlemead chicken and a nut roast for vegans.


Are there gluten-free options on the menu at The Garrison?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu at The Garrison.

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99-101 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, London, SE1 3XB

020 7089 9355 020 7089 9355


Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-22:00
Tue 12:00-22:00
Wed 12:00-22:00
Thu 12:00-22:00
Fri 12:00-22:00
Sat 12:00-22:00
Sun 12:30-21:00


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5 Reviews 

Mike W

13 February 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Just brilliant ??

Absolutely beautiful venue. The food was amazing. The cauliflower cheese was epic! Foodies will love this place! 

Goran F

22 January 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Tina S

28 June 2019  
Love the quirkiness of this place. Although it gets incredibly booked up in advance that just confirms what an all rounder this place is.

Tereza K

04 May 2017  
Overall great experience amazing food!

Katina J

02 June 2016  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
The Garrison, Bermondsey Street breakfast meeting - Katina Jones review
This is a delightful and unpretentious establishment tucked away from the main road and very good value for money, service and food. I had the full breakfast, with health juice and cappuccino. The food and drink was delicious, wholesome and satisfying. The service was quick and efficient but not overpowering or intrusive and delivered cheerfully. Excellent value for money, I will be sure to go back and also recommend this when the opportunities arise. Thanks! Katina Jones
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