Make your way south over London Bridge and which way do you usually turn? Right. Borough Market with its heady mix of restaurants, bars, pubs, retail and cafes, can cater to all of your needs. Pop by during the day and the market with its fresh fare is even more appealing. But wait, let’s do something different and turn left. No, not to the Shard with its expensive mortgage inducing restaurants, but walk a little bit further past London Bridge station. Pass by Guys Hospital and you happen upon Bermondsey Street. Here you will find a little selection of cute bars and restaurants which are a world away from the hustle and bustle of Borough Market. If you want to slow down the pace, but still be spoilt with great food and drink choice, Tanner & Co should definitely be on your to do list.
More Bermondsey than London Bridge, this spot has history. Formerly a leather warehouse, you can see the remnants of this in its high ceilings, objets d’art and industrial feel. Partner that with a solid British menu and the evenings joy is set. Tanner & Co offer wholesome food. Not flash or pretentious, just great portions of goodness which is deserving of an accolade or two. Not because it is mindblowingly good, but because it is a comfortable experience. Food these days can be intimidating. So much ‘buzz’ can be created around concepts, that there is this anxiousness that it will not be delivered. I refer back to Padella, the overly hyped Italian near Borough Market. I have still yet to see what was amazing about this place – it was OK at best but the queues of lemmings remain. Go to Puglia around the corner instead.
Back to Tanner & Co our meal choices. After a very entertaining and informative exchange with a team member known as T, we opted for mushroom on toast which was plentiful and Scotch eggs, which was the right combination of meat and soft egg. T continued to dazzle us with his humour and we followed his lead with an order of a burger and pie of the day. Being a big of burgers, I am always hesitant as they can be hit and miss, but this was lush. For drink, there was one of the best old fashioneds I have had in a long time and my dining companion had a espresso martini, also delish.
Bermondsey is a territory which deserves as much respect as its London Bridge sis, it even has the prestigious WSET school in the area too for wine connoisseurs in training. New addition to your south east London list of thing to do, check out Tanner & Co asap.
Tanner & Co
50 Bermondsey Street