Harden's survey result
For 25 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. This year diners have submitted over 60,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK.
“Sometimes you have to bare-knuckle it for a table” at this “bursting-at-the-seams” boozer, a short walk from the Old Vic – still hanging on to its crown as the survey’s No. 1 pub. “It’s worth the crush though” for the “simple”, yet “sophisticated” pub grub “done oh-so-well”, which still “trumps the stretched staff, the slightly chaotic ambience and tired fixtures”. “I really wish you could book” (“unfortunately you can only reserve for Sunday lunch”).
“The gastropub against which all others are judged!” – the survey’s No. 1 boozer, a short walk from Waterloo, continues to wow with its “confident, robust, mostly meaty cooking”, often enjoyed “at shared table so you meet interesting people”. On the downside, it can be a “scrum”, with no bookings (aside from Sunday lunch) leading to “endless waits”. Top Menu Tip – “the shared lamb for five is divine!”
“London’s best gastropub” (for the 10th year running) – this “rammed” but “engaging” South Bank fixture is “still an exciting and exhilarating food experience” which “incorporates unusual ingredients (including game and offal) much superior to the norm”. “I just wish you could book” (though you can for Sunday lunch).
“Number one for pub food in London”; for the 9th year this “convivial” South Bank boozer – with its “hearty” but “superbly precise” British cooking – remains “the benchmark for gastropoub eating”; if only it weren’t “so horribly hard to get a table” – expect to queue and share tables.
The Anchor & Hope Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Still as good as ever. Unusual dishes always fascinating and always great flavours and textures"
"Been a couple of times for lunch followed by a few beers but have given up. The menu is so restricted that for 2 the choice is not sufficient to please both. It's been quiet on both occasions so the service is great but no ambience."
"Pubs do not get better than this"
"Great food! A little chaotic and service is a bit hit or miss, but there's always a great buzzy atmosphere and interesting seasonal food. Love the sharing dishes."
"Hadn't been here for years (since the revamp) and being the grandaddy of Gastropubs still hits all the notes - lack of choice of salads needs to be addressed"
"St John heritage - and it shows. Great food in this more restaurant than bar. Shame you can only book for Sunday lunch."
36 The Cut, London, SE1 8LP
Mon 5 pm - 10.30 pm; Tue - Sat noon - 2.30 pm, 6 pm - 10.30 pm; Sun 12.30 pm - 3.15 pm
Last orders: 10.30 pm, Sun 3.15 pm