RestaurantsLondonSouthwarkSE1

survey result

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.

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.

Summary

£53
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

By a single vote, this “amazing” South Bank boozer finally lost its crown this year as London’s No.1 pub (to Fulham’s Harwood Arms), but it still remains “the ultimate gastropub” for its huge fan club. It’s “cramped”, “busy” and “difficult to get a seat” (you can only book for Sunday lunch) but “worth the gamble” thanks to its “changing but always interesting menu at very keen prices”, with an emphasis on game, offal and other “thoughtful”, hearty British dishes.

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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.
Tim J
This was a disappointing experience overall...
Reviewed 9 months, 30 days ago

"This was a disappointing experience overall. While some dishes matched the reputation for hearty powerful flavours others in my party reported basic cooking errors that we wouldn't expect at these prices.. "

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£9.00 £24.00 £5.00 £8.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £21.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 10.00%
36 The Cut, London, SE1 8LP
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday5:30 pm‑9 pm
Thursday5:30 pm‑9 pm
Friday5:30 pm‑9 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑9 pm
Sunday12 pm‑3:30 pm

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