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The Anchor

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Address: South Bank, near Southwark Bridge, London SE1 9EF, England
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+44 20 7407 1577
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11:00 - 00:00
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Sun 12:00 - 23:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 23:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Rebuilt in 1676 after fire devastated the area, this pub is located in a...

Rebuilt in 1676 after fire devastated the area, this pub is located in a romantic and atmospheric neighborhood of narrow, winding streets, and has been featured in movie productions such as Mission Impossible.

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Found food just OK

Supposedly one the oldest pubs in London but it must have been rebuilt because it is very solid with several floors and inviting terrace. Fries were not hot so lacked flavor. My... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Naples, Italy
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were disappointed by our visit to The Anchor. I used to come to this place 45+ years ago as teenager with my parents and it was a real English pub that served excellent classic pub food (served on a white tablecloth and classic silverware) freshly cooked. Today it is more like a fast food disguised as a pub as... More 

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Connecticut
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652 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Supposedly one the oldest pubs in London but it must have been rebuilt because it is very solid with several floors and inviting terrace. Fries were not hot so lacked flavor. My husband's fish and chips were good but kind of pricy. He liked the mushy peas! My pulled pork bloomer was a lot more bread than meat. It is... More 

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Thank JillConnecticut
cornwall
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Steak pie. HUGE! lovely tasting. Lovely gravy could not eat all of it. Will definitely return. Served hot. Typical pub but worth a trip. Husband had Scampi. Ok too. Probably gets very busy at peak times.

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Thank curlilox
Minnesota, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While just average from the food and tap side of things this is a very historical pub and it is neat to think of all who may have tipped a pint here. Like all Taylor-Walker pubs the menu is pretty standard, done ok but a bit boring....if you are more interested in food the Fuller's pubs are superior. The location... More 

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Thank TomK84
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely ale superb sandwiches slight order mistake superbly handled wonderful customer service 😊worth a repeat visit with the family possibly order better weather 😊

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Thank Ric S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A quick lunch stop, super surrounding the place was so clean that it was a treat to visit A large range of wines and ales at reasonable prices for this popular touristy area. Service was good as was the food, it arrived promptly having been ordered from and served by really by nice helpful staff The gents loos were immaculate,... More 

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Natal, RN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice to stop and drink some ales and meet friends. Típico pub inglês, com arquitetura linda e conservada.

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Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in here because it was pouring rain and we needed to get dry and luckily it was lunch time! We shared an order of fish and chips which was plenty for us at lunch. The piece of fish was very large and freshly fried. It was fairly crispy with decent flavor. Not the best or worst fish I... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a foreigner I would say "this is how I imagine a typical English pub" and I can say it has proven itself to meet my picture of it. Around 6 PM, Friday, it was already difficult to find a seat or a spot to lean on.

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It look's great from outside and inside with its different levels and nooks for seating as well as having a fantastic location it ticks all the boxes despite being a bit of a tourist trap. It has a lot of history behind it as well and we found the service good as well as usable wall sockets available in case... More 

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Southwark
Even before the arrival of the instantly iconic Shard, the riverside scene in Southwark had moved well beyond any up-and-coming phase of development. For quite some time, locals and out-of-towners alike have loved browsing the boutiques of Bermondsey High Street, foraging through the bounteous stalls at centuries old foodie haven Borough Market, and flocking to the banks of the Thames to enjoy some of Britain's biggest attractions such as Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe. Despite Southwark's many popular draws, instant calm can be achieved easily by turning down almost any side street. For more urban buzz, a quick stroll across famed bridges like the pedestrianized Millennium Bridge or the ever photogenic Tower Bridge yields access to the very core of Central London. And with London Bridge Station as this neighbourhood's main transportation hub, getting across town (or to anywhere in England for that matter) is a relative breeze.
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