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
Chilly atmosphere, the Adnams beers are the only reason to go there. A bit strange that Adnams should go for this type of style, it is in great contrast to their other marketing. do not go out of your way for this, as there are a number of fine pubs in the area.
A cold place, and dark. Unfriendly staff. And i donít like Adnams...
chriso (528) London, England | December 10, 2005| Updated June 24, 2006
This is the only Adnams house in London and, although the regular Adnams beers are very widely available in the free trade and as guest beers, youíd expect them to be in better condition here. Plus its the only place that you can be sure of getting the Adnams seasonal beers and occasional specials. And thatís really the only reason to visit unless youíve been to have a look at Tower Bridge. It has a modern "trendy" feel to it and is virtually devoid of atmosphere and comfort. Its never been very crowded when Iíve visited. Consequently, service has always been speedy and attentive. Not sure whether trendy bars are better full or empty.