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Settling In For Sunday At The Garrison Public House

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Settling In For Sunday At The Garrison Public House

For over 600 years, London Bridge was the key crossing point of the Thames in London, where people, livestock and all manner of goods made their way across the beating heart of the river. The area drips with history, its winding alleys and cobbled streets steeped in the essence of historic meetings and romantic dalliances. Visiting in 2019 or 1419, you’d be sure to find a cosy pub filled with dimly-lit nooks and crannies, a shelter from London’s smog and rain promising warmth and refreshment. Happily, The Garrison pub’s Sunday lunch offering has evolved from a hunk of bread and watered down pint of ale (and there’s central heating, too).

Focused on fresh British produce and taking as much as possible from local Bermondsey suppliers, chefs put together seasonal menus that delight and inspire. A typical visit might call for crab caesar salad with buttermilk & anchovy dressing, or traditional fish and chips with pea and mint tartare.

The menu is short, with a couple of specials on the board. We settled into a cosy, raised booth overlooking the shabby chic surrounds, eventually choosing Cornish sand sole with a sumptuous browned butter sauce, scattered with sea herbs (£24.50). Next, velvety chunks of hanger steak on a bed of puy lentils, bone marrow & red wine sauce (£20).

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Drinks-wise, a Garrison Spritz will get most meals off to a great start (£8.50), combining gin, elderflower, Chambord, lemon & prosecco. The Fine Pine is a interesting choice, too, blending gin, pine needle syrup and cold press coffee. There’s a nice selection of wines, sorted into subsections like ‘Intense And Powerful’, and ‘Steely And Mineral’. Wetherspoons, this is not.

Dessert isn’t to be eschewed, the freshly-made chocolate tart rich and dense, and a huge coffee crème brûlée served up with a pillow-soft honey madeleine for dipping purposes.

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ANYTHING ELSE? Downstairs, there’s a mini cinema and screening room. Too cute!

DETAILS: 99-101 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XB / 020 7089 9355

WEBSITE: were guests of The Garrison #invite

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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