On Bermondsey Street, and clad in fetching green tiles, the Garrison was one of the first cool places to eat on this now- fashionable street. Inside the decor is shabby chic. Tiny pot plants sit on the tables, everything is mismatching. The best tables, if you can nab them, are the booths at the back. Always book. This is one popular place.
The menu changes seasonally. It always includes a steak, often "skirt" a tender tasty cut, and fish. Last time I was there, I had the steak tartar to begin (wonderful) and then the confit duck leg with gooseberry and apple mash and cider sauce. It was as delicious as it sounds. For dessert their chocolate brownie is always a winner. In fact, they often bring you a little bookmark with the bill that tells you how to make the brownies yourself. But the standout dessert is the pumpkin cheesecake. Ohhh I dream of that cheesecake.
The wine list is good too and the waiters are always able to make recommendations. They like to try the food and wine so they know what's really good.
The Garrison also serves breakfast and lunch as well as having a special Sunday menu. In my opinion having Sunday dinner there is almost a waste. The Garrison is better with the freedom to invent.
But what makes this place so special are the staff. The Garrison is so proud of their kitchen staff that you can see into the kitchen from the restaurant. And their waiters make an effort to get to know their customers despite running a very popular bustling restaurant.
Downstairs is another cute little room which can be hired. On Sundays it is where you can watch movie screenings.
The downstairs cinema
Another review site with a chip on it's shoulder described Bermondsey street as "cooler-than-you". Well I'd say The Garrison is of a breed that doesn't try to be cool. It just is. And it's ok, because by going there, so are you.