Discovering the Bridge House
Looking for a bar that was fairly casual and served food, we ventured to the Bridge House on Tower Bridge Road for an afternoon of relaxed chat over a board game – what a find this place is!
To be fair the Bridge House does not look too promising as you approach, particularly as they currently have one of the main windows boarded up but do not let this put you off going inside as this is a real treasure. The interior is fairly basic, wooden tables and chairs plus a long banquette down one side. Tables were set for dining (we arrived at around 2pm on a Sunday) so we grabbed a table at the back of the room. The Bridge House may not be a wine lover’s paradise but the choice of beers, ales and ciders by bottle or on draught is rather fine. F had a Crabbie’s alcoholic ginger beer and I had a wheat beer (draught).
First impression of the food menu was a little disappointing, it all seemed rather standard pub fare. However, that had been our aim so we ordered the homemade hummus, olives and toast to share and a couple of mains. The hummus was absolutely delicious – obviously homemade and not at all what we were expecting. The garlic flavour was subtle yet strong, it was crunchy and full of olive oil and served with perfect toast. We could not stop praising the hummus as we devoured it and suddenly were we really looking forward to our main courses… they did not disappointed.
F had ordered a beefburger with cheese and bacon, which was accompanied by side salad and chips. The burger was bigger than the bun that was trying to contain it! I had the pork and leeks sausages with buttery mash and onion gravy. The sausages were nice and meaty, the mash divine and, to my delight, the gravy served in a huge sauce boat so that I was in control :-) Going back to that buttery mash, both F and I agreed it was one of the best we had tasted…yum! We had stumbled across a place that serves simple food extremely well – a haven for foodies!
Service at the Bridge House was friendly, the landlord very chatty. We were there for a few hours, lingering over the food, a couple of beers, jugs of water and teas and coffee as well as aforementioned board game. Everything was just right – our only surprise was that there were not more customers. The Bridge House is one of those places that you really want to succeed but, at the same time, want it to remain one of your best kept secrets. I can hardly wait to return…