A real throwback pub. Like travelling back in time. There’s no music, no TV. One barman, a real salty bloke. A real fireplace, with flames blazing on my Saturday afternoon visit, in March. Good range of Sam Smiths on the go. Various different rooms where you can split off to enjoy your drinks. Low prices. Sam Smiths isn’t really the most exciting brewery, but it’s worth checking this place out for the atmosphere.
The Anchor Tap was originally the brewery tap for Courage, whose Anchor Brewhouse was opened in the late eighteenth century and closed in the latter part of the twentieth. The brewery sprawled over a large area and it’s been renovated and refurbished to accommodate flats, shops and bars although the area still retains a Dickensian feel. The Anchor Tap is now a Sam Smith’s pub and it’s like a time warp - a completely unspoilt warren of rooms, all with dark oak panelling, nicotine stained walls and chocolate brown ceilings. There are only two hand pumps but the beer was in excellent condition and it’s well worth a visit just to soak up the atmosphere even if, as when we were there, it’s as quiet as the grave.
(Visited 18 June 2015).
WoW. I did not think places like this existed in central London any more.
Lovely BROWN pub that seems to be unspoilt from ugly music and dozens of tv screens with sport.
Small rooms to relax with your friends and enjoy your beer.
Mostle Sam Smith ale. But that works really fine!
The place is kind of hidden behind the main road to Tower Bride. No tourist (like me hehe)
Visited around 3pm on Saturday 3rd January 2015.
Trad old boozer in the typical Sam Smiths mould, a rabbit warren of rooms largely formed around a central bar, lots of wood and pretty dark. Old Joannah in the room at the rear where we camped out.
Usual Sam Smiths range, OBB on cask, 3 or 4 kegs, half a dozen bottles which are not good vfm compared to the tap range - think upwards of £5 a bottle for shitty fruit beers etc!
The place was pretty quiet but still a nice vibe, service prompt and friendly.
Decent back street boozer of old and worth a look if in the area.
Visited a few times over the years and most recently over the summer. Feels worn and tired which comes as no surprise considering the foot traffic that must pass through this pub. Friendly barman. Not far from Dean Swift and Draft House but could be a worthy stop on a crawl around Tower Bridge for a pint of stout.
Arek (61) Zielona Góra & Wrocław, Poland | December 8, 2014
Very nice pub very near to Tower Bridge. Samuel Smith’s beers are served over there and they are in very good price.
SilkTork (91) Southampton, United Kingdom, England | August 11, 2012
February 3, 2005. Updated February 15, 2007: 6 different rooms. Sombre wood panelling. Dirty brown embossed wallpaper. No crowds. No cask beers - all keg or bottles. Interesting place.
August 2012. Update: There are more rooms upstairs, and now serves Old Brewery bitter from the cask. Wooden cask as well.
Food is cheap, but you get what you pay for. It’s fresh, but not top quality. The cabbage, for example, will be more stalk than leaves.
This was also off the tourist area. Some nice beers that you cannot find at other bars in town. I really liked the small place with garden and many areas to relax. the staff was top notch. A nice old English Pub. No food when I was there.
Good for a laugh and just a social visit. Now with S. Smith in the saddle everything has gone Tadcaster. You can have a fine blended Samuel Smith Whisky or Cognac, maybe some Samuel Smith lemonade or perhaps one of their beers. I don’t suppose they use Samuel Smith’s toilet cakes in the men’s rooms. Good for the odd tasting but a little too much of the mother-load can give you a nasty headache.