26 April 2007
The Bridge Lounge
188 Tooley Street
London, SE1 2TZ
020 7403 4112
WITH A high ceiling and general white and blue colour scheme The Bridge Lounge has the look of a place that is keen to look modern and expensive, whilst retaining the good bits of its original character such as original tiling, old school radiators and a charismatic spiral staircase at the back.
Quality chairs and tables add to the experience and the huge four sided bar that dominates the middle of the pub adds significant character and acts as an obvious focal point.
The bar is well stocked with quality continental lagers, premium sprits and good quality wine. Stella, Staropramen, Becks Vier, Guinness and Strongbow all come in at a slightly hefty £3.10 a pint with Tetley at a flat £3 and Hoegarden hitting the heights of £3.90. A glass of house wine is a very reasonable £2.80.
Starters including spring rolls, wedges and bread and olives come in at £3 with standard but decent main courses such as burgers and sausage and mash at around £8. However, Monday night is Sausage and Mash night, offering six different types of sausage and three types of mash from £5 a plate. There is also a rotating menu of seasonal specials, when the 'Weekender' visited highlights seemed to be Lobster Soup and Hot Cross Bun and Butter Pudding.
Largely due to the huge windows on the front of the bar, The Bridge Lounge is blessed by a very breezy and summery atmosphere. There is usually a buzz of conversations, but not to an overpowering level. A very mixed crowd of locals, 'city' boys and girls from More London and City Hall and tourists all mix well giving the bar a very unique vibe.
I think we're creating an interesting buzz but also somewhere that people want to be. I hate the word 'gastropub' - I much prefer thinking of us as a bar or lounge!
Bar staff:Laura Kenny
Sometimes working behind a bar can be quite an aggressive job, but not here.
You get a really good crowd here - every evening you never know quite how it's going to be!
The regulars:Peter Woan and Paul Merrigan
We like it here, either upstairs or downstairs it's a really good place to sit back, have a pint and watch the world go by. It's very cosmopolitan and you don't get any a**eholes in!
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