There seems to be a bias towards sticky-carpeted boozers in the reviews of London pubs. The Bridge House has been fairly panned here, but I think itís a lot better than the reviews itís received. Sure, it has its faults: the selection is limited to Adnams cask ales, no guest beer; the decor is a bit bare-pine-trendy and the place has pretensions of being a bar, not a pub. But it also has several strengths, the first being that you can sample all the Adnams cask ales in excellent condition, and this being an Adnams owned house they always have the seasonal on tap. The staff have always been friendly to me and know their beer, advising on the rotation of the seasonals, whatís coming on when. They also have Bitburger Pils on tap (which despite being no great shakes is not at all common in London) and Licher Weizen on tap (a new beer to me). I havenít eaten here, but the food looked good, big burgers, proper portions. The bar is airy and relaxed during the day, but it does get a little ísuityí in the week day evenings. All in all itís worth coming if youíre in the area, doing the Southwark beer traill to sample the Adnams and get a draught Weizen, and not a bad place to have a few pints in the evening
The Bridge House is the only Adnams pub in London and itís nothing like a traditional pub. It has a relaxed, Bohemian feel and thereís a mix of furniture, from the long diner style banquette along one wall to the regency style chairs around some of the tables, some artsy black and white photos and - with a nod to Southwold - a turquoise and amber coloured stained glass panel in the window depicting a sailing boat and waves. Although itís not a go-to beer destination I really liked everything about it, including the music. There are seven hand pumps: all Adnams but including several specials.
(Visited 18 June 2015).
Adnams pub in a prime location on the approach to Tower Bridge from the south. Thereís no shortage of tourists here but that is to be expected. The drinks are priced accordingly and its a full range of cask ales from the brewer, all of which you can pretty much find for cheaper elsewhere, but if youíre in this pub youíre probably being a tourist anyway so it wonít matter to you. Itís a small place with the upper level being the ground floor if you access it from the main road. With a wooden floor and a few high tables around the bar, the rest are low level suitable for dining with brown leather backed long benches akin to that in diners except for the more publican colour of them. The walls are littered with framed photos and pictures with only minor relevance to the location but work for its ambiance.
A decent spot overall. Itís a fairly modern pub, and the ambiance is nothing special. The beer range has some good Adnams offerings, but thatís not a major draw for most people. Friendly service. Slightly expensive prices. Maybe a good spot to check out if youíve not had many beers from Adnams, but otherwise this place doesnít have a lot to offer.