Last week, I had a fabulous dinner at Tanner & Co, London Bridge – a unique restaurant that takes a wonderfully old-school approach to great quality food in a stunning space on Bermondsey Street.
Stepping inside the ex-leather warehouse space immediately made me think of the gymnasium at my village primary school – pommel horses have been fashioned into banquettes, climbing ropes hang from the ceiling, and gym frames are used as room dividers. Combined with vintage furniture and industrial lighting and piping, the overall effect and ambience is nostalgic, with a distinctly modern twist – just like the menu.
Traditional British dishes are brought bang up to date, using the best ingredients, lovingly crafted into heartily comforting dishes. Unable to settle on a single dish each from the menu, Chris and I ordered a smorgasbord to share – three of these plates particularly stood out for me:
- Tanner & Co’s signature Scotch egg is to die for! Freshly cooked, the scrumptious sausage meat encloses an egg with a perfectly runny centre – I could eat this for days!
- The Tunworth ‘English fondue for two’ is a whole baked camembert/brie type of cheese (though exactly what cheese it was, I’m unsure) – strong in flavour and perfectly soft, we polished off the lot, wiping up every last morsel with the crusty bread.
- The chicken and bacon salad came with pumpkin and a delicious vinaigrette – the tastiest way to get our greens.
I just drank wine, but I believe the beer & cocktail selection is quite impressive too.
As is so often the way, we were too full for pudding (plus our cocktail reservation at nearby Cecil’s was calling!) – but the menu sounds wonderfully promising, featuring chocolate salted caramel gooey sponge, butterscotch tart with “whippy cream”, and a Marathon sundae (peanut butter, caramel, chocolate, cream and nuts – I need to go back for this!)
I haven’t been to such a great and unpretentious place in a while, and was thoroughly impressed with Tanner & Co. There’s nothing showy or dramatic about the setting or the servings, but it still totally knocked my socks off.
They also do breakfast…
The breakfast menu sounds good – again, traditional, but bound to be excellently executed.
There’s even an events space…
Tanner & Co would be great for parties, soirees, weddings – any event really.
If it’s so fabulous, how are the prices?
Not cheap, but not extortionate – you’re looking at £18-£25 a head, excluding drinks. It’s worth it though. My mouth waters at the memory.
This is comfort food, expertly done, perfect for absolutely any occasion.
Tanner & Co
50 Bermondsey St, SE1 3UD