Having been in this location for a few years now, the Garrison has settled in. It seems very popular and it's not hard to see why. The gastro menu runs from smoked salmon breakfasts to guinea fowl mains, and much else besides. An extensive wine list dominates the drinks options, though Weissbier and Adnam's are on tap for beer drinkers. More than anything, the Garrison's interior decoration shows its aspirations. Light, airy and colourful furnishings set the mood. The assorted tables and chairs seem to have been reclaimed from an old garden centre and repainted then artfully distressed, though we think they are better suited for dining than relaxing over a few jars. Innocuous music hovers in the background. We could take issue with 'The Garrison Public House' legend on the exterior, as this is clearly more a place for eating (and the legend on the web site "visit our other restaurant..." does little to dispel this) than imbibing and the prices tend to be rather more exclusive than proletarian. It is certainly very female-friendly and will appeal to people who aren't really into traditional pubs. Some will love it here, others will be less convinced. This one is definitely in contention for tiniest men's loo in London - they've managed a cunning urinal sink combo that it would be far too easy to mistake one for the other, and definitely no cat swinging.
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99 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, London, SE1 3XB
020 7089 9355
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How to find the Garrison pub
From the Tooley Street exit, turn right and walk down Tooley Street before turning right down Bermondsey St. Walk down here for five minutes before reaching the pub on your left.