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 it’s a lot better than the reviews it’s 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, what’s 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 haven’t 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 ’suity’ in the week day evenings. All in all it’s worth coming if you’re 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 it’s nothing like a traditional pub. It has a relaxed, Bohemian feel and there’s 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 it’s 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. There’s 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 you’re in this pub you’re probably being a tourist anyway so it won’t matter to you. It’s 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.
Visited on 26th August 2016. Smart modern looking spot between Tower Bridge and the Draft House. Decor is a bit of a modern and traditional mash up. Very deep red dominates. Beer range was decent enough with 5 cask and 3 keg offerings. Prices a little steep. Service fast and friendly. Won’t be rushing back but decent enough.