I discovered Tanner & Co during the summer when I was having a wonder this side of London Bridge. As the sun beamed down it seemed like a fun little bar to have a few cocktails in, but during Winter it's like an inviting kind of place that, true to the name, seems somewhere that hide was once tanned, but it appears to be have been transformed into somewhere those who need a good meal (and drink) go. I found myself around London Bridge again over the weekend, this time with a friend and as we admired the pretty hanging lights above the outdoor terrace, we perused the menu: with enough variation to satisfy the adventurous and enough classics to feed the less-brave, my friend and I went in.
They seat you immediately and inside is a warm, cleverly-lit cabin-like bar-come-restaurant. If you ask nicely they'll sit you somewhere quiet like the booths at the back of the room.
After perusing the drinks menu my friend settled on a blonde beer that surprisingly had champagne notes. I however, opted for the 'strawberries and cream' black Japanese tea, that had fruit and creamy flavour. I was surprised at how delicate the tea tasted because black tea is usually quite strong and I never enjoy it, but this - huge - pot of loose leaf tea was delicious.
The menu was seasonal and classic British dishes that sounded delicious. I chose the baked cod that was served on a sweet potato puree, with sauteed mushrooms and lightly steamed broccoli. The fish was cooked and seasoned to perfection. It was melt-in-your-mouth good. I never pair fish with mushrooms, but the flavours paired perfectly.
We also shared some cauliflower cheese that was truly the best I've eaten. It was served in a black ceramic pot and just full of cheesy, cauliflower goodness. It was fantastic.
My friend is vegetarian so he ordered the artichoke heart pie with some wilted spinach. It was a huge, flaky pastry-topped pie that was deep and full of a vegetable, gravy-like sauce that was herby and hearty: perfect for a Sunday meal.
It's spacious, but it was less than half-filled when we arrived, so it was relatively quiet. As the evening drew in however, it slowly filled with groups, families and couples. It seemed as though it's the perfect place for a filling, satisfying meal if you're in the area. And it's tucked away from the hubbub of Borough High Street, where you'll find a lot of tourists. However, Tanner & Co is no more than a 5 minute walk South of the Shard.
My friends and I are already planning our next meal back at this wonderful restaurant-come-new-favourite-eatery.