A cute, very "British" feeling pub in the most touristy of ways. Seemed relaxing that afternoon. Surprisingly many locals mixed in the with tourists. The beer selection was not huge, but acceptable. Was a bit expensive, but it is an expensive area. Nice decoration of dried hop plants above the bar. I didnít try the food.
On the main Thames path of the south bank of the Thames, it is impossible to miss as you approach or appear from under the railway bridge. The appeal from the outside is its Victorian appearance, a relic of a Charles Dickens era London. The pub is popular for its location and serves food and although the interior isnít quite from the same period of the building, it is a classic mix of soft and wood furnishings and cosy for it, although it can get uncomfortably crowded at peak times. If the weather is good the terrace area for the pub is situated across the cobbled road and offers views right across the Thames and of the trains crossing the river to Cannon Street Station. Ales available.
A mediocre pub, despite its attractive appearance and location.
The plus points of the Anchor are that it looks good inside - several nice rooms arranged higgledy piggledy Ė and it has a heated terrace with great views over the Thames across to St Pauls and the Millennium Bridge in one direction and Tower Bridge, framed under London Bridge, in the other. The bouncer on the door was also very friendly, welcoming and helpful.
Unfortunately these advantages are outweighed by the downsides. Firstly, the beer selection is limited and probably wonít hold much of interest to most Ratebeerians Ė they had just Wells Bombadier, London Pride, Adnams Broadside and one other when I last visited. It was a Tuesday evening and by no means busy. Few of the tables were occupied and only one of the two bars was open but the customers were five deep at the counter and the service was abysmal. One woman serving was downright rude and a man wearing a badge saying he was the bar manager was merely incompetent and clueless.
The food was passable but not great. My pasta (pesto linguine) had lots of olives but was swimming in oil; my companionís roast chicken dinner looked as if it had been deep fried from frozen rather than roasted and parts of it were stone cold.
Iíd had a pleasant evening here many years ago celebrating a friendís marriage but I can say for certain that I wonít be returning in a hurry.
(Last visited 21 March 2012).
A few common hand pumps on offer so not really worth going out of your way for. The pub itself holds some charm and traditional pub fare can be ordered. A pleasant location on the wharf and because of that youíll pay hefty for the privelidge - the most expensive half pint I paid for in London.
Ever changing, but still a creaky old historical kind of place. Food has always been good, standard. For ale variety itís the nearby Market Porter. For things to gawk at while downing a pint itís the Anchor. Good view outside as well.