We popped into this pub for lunch, and found it quite welcoming, if dark. It is child-, dog-, and hipster-friendly, with all of the other patrons having a baby in a pushchair, a canine companion, or a long, long beard – some of them all three. It’s also known as a music and theatre venue, putting on plays or gigs every week, though not at midday.
The decor is suitably trendy, with a faux country pub theme including fox heads and fishing lures. Staff were knowledgeable and relaxed, and it had a good atmosphere.
Sadly the food wasn’t quite as good. I had their vegan burger of sweetcorn and chickpeas which was large, but very dry. The accompanying chips were tasty, on the other hand.
Mate’s jerk chicken burger was apparently dry too, but it did have a lot of chicken (at £13, it should have done!).
Second friend went for an odd combination of nachos and hazelnut chocolate cheesecake. The nachos weren’t great, with toppings that didn’t go very far, and in fact he didn’t finish them (I think the first time I’ve ever seen that!); he enjoyed the cake a lot more.
I liked the Bridge House, and might even visit for a more arty time, but I don’t think I would eat here again as it wasn’t very good value for money. It does seem like a fun place for a few drinks, though.
Address: 2 High St, Penge SE20 8RZ