RestaurantsLondonSouthwarkSE1

survey result

Summary

£69
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Still fantastic after all these years” – this celebrated foodie favourite near the Old Vic returned to being London’s No.1 gastropub this year, in a dead heat with Fulham’s Harwood Arms. “It’s a bit insulting to call it bar/pub food as it’s a level up from that”“very strong, British traditional fare is made with added flair and style” from a “daily changing menu with lots of options” (“the shared roast and other meat dishes are quite unique and the eclectic wine list a joy”). And “nowadays they serve a well-priced lunch as well as its always-magnificent evening menu”.

Summary

£67
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Still serving hearty gastropub food in a chilled-out way” – this “long-time favourite” near the Old Vic remains one of London’s top foodie boozers thanks to its “ever-changing menu” of “innovative dishes with a nod to nose-to-tail dining”. Its performance has been less consistent in recent years, though (“some options matched the reputation for robust, powerful flavours, but others in my party reported basic errors that we wouldn’t expect at these prices”).

Summary

£58
   ££
3
Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The ultimate gastropub” – this Southwark “pioneer of quality pub dining” missed out this year, by the narrowest whisker, on re-taking the crown as being London’s No.1 favourite hostelry in our annual diner survey. The gutsy, honest food is “top-notch every time” and – even though no longer viewed as achingly cutting edge – comes “at sensible prices, and with good beer and wine to go with it”. Service is “super-nice”, and all-in-all it’s just “a great, laid-back place to relax”. Best of all for some folks, they “now accept reservations!”

Summary

£54
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Still nailing it after all these years” – this “unpretentious but brilliant” Southwark boozer near the Young Vic was again very narrowly beaten into No. 2 place amongst London’s best gastropubs (by the Harwood Arms), but maintains a massive fanclub, and “you still have to queue to get a table”. The draw is its “hearty” British cooking – “always-fascinating-and-unusual” dishes (often using game or offal) “delivering great flavours and textures”. Top Tip – you can book for Sunday lunch.

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36 The Cut, London, SE1 8LP

Restaurant details

Highchair
Yes
No dress code
65

The Anchor & Hope Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Anchor & Hope Restaurant in SE1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Anchor & Hope restaurant.
Mike W
A perennial favourite which continues to de...
Reviewed 10 days ago

"A perennial favourite which continues to deliver. Asparagus with Parmesan emulsion, fried plaice fillets and 7 hour lamb were all delicious "

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Matthew C
The best gastro pub in London!...
Reviewed 6 months, 11 days ago

"The best gastro pub in London!"

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Andrew K
Still going strong, though prices have noti...
Reviewed 9 months, 19 days ago

"Still going strong, though prices have noticeably risen, as I guess is true of most places. The back room is preferable to the pub room."

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Alistair N
The service both in the bar and next door i...
Reviewed 9 months, 25 days ago

"The service both in the bar and next door in the restaurant was very attentive. The starters of lobster broth, cotechino and french beans with anchovies and parmesan were fine, but the main courses were truly well below standard. For a start duck confit is one of my favourite dishes, but the implication of the word “confit” means that the meat should have been salted for some decent length of time which, originally intended as amend of preserving the flesh, in the same way as ham, results in,it becoming much firmer than otherwise. As far as the two of us who had it could tell the duck had merely been boiled to death, losing all flavour on its way and becoming simply soft enough to eat with a spoon rather than a knife and fork. The veal Milanese was far too well cooked, being dark brown in patches rather than the usual overall golden and was not eaten after the first mouthful. Altogether an extremely disappointing meal, though the conversation which we supplied ourselves flowed well. "

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Andrew J
First visit for a while: still decent. Pott...
Reviewed 11 months, 18 days ago

"First visit for a while: still decent. Potted shrimp; cuttlefish puttanesca w/ polenta; crème caramel. Wine: £160."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £0.00 £0.00
Lunch £4.00 £60.00
Dinner £4.00 £72.00
SundayLunch £4.00 £72.00

Traditional European menu

Main Veggies Pudding
£38.00 £7.00 £0.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £28.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%
36 The Cut, London, SE1 8LP
Opening hours
Monday4 pm‑10 pm
Tuesday4 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday11 am‑10:30 pm
Thursday4 pm‑10:30 pm
Friday11 am‑10:30 pm
Saturday11 am‑10:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑3:15 pm

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