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The Anchor Inn
Ranked #5 of 16 Alton B&B and Inns
Farnham, United Kingdom
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“Great food, service was lacking...”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

I've eaten at the Anchor on a number of occasions but in a lunchtime visit on Bank Holiday Monday we all noticed a slip in the speed of service.
The food was up to the normal excellent standard, but with a full restaurant there only seemed to be 3 waitresses working and one of these was obviously new to the restaurant as she kept having to refer back to the others.
Hopefully this was a glitch that will be remedied, but to stop customers having to constantly ask for menus, drinks, the bill etc the pub needs to ensure a better staff cover, it wasn't that the staff weren't doing their best, it was just a lack of them.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Fleet, Hampshire
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Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

We went here for a celebration lunch. Service was friendly, food was really good with a range of enticing options. My asparagus starter was fresh, the steak and ale pie had proper shortcrust pastry, lumps of good meat and a tasty gravy to eat with the mash. Other half's lamb was tasty but wasn't a plateful - not a hearty portion as it seemed to lack potato and vegetable (there were small blobs on the plate but he wasn't sure what they were). He enjoyed it though. I think the bill was about £65 for 2 starters + 2 mains + 4 glasses of wine. We'll definitely go back. The pub is welcoming and they've done a good job with the decor, it's traditional with a clean, contemporary touch.

  • Stayed May 2014
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London
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

Me and my partner needed a break outside of London and this was perfect. A mere hour and 15 out of London the anchor inn is an easy and quick retreat. When we arrived the staff were really accommodating and our room was gorgeous. What I like the most was the personal touches, milk already in the mini bar for tea and delicious home made cookies in a tin. The food in the restaurant below was exceptional, and we did a long and beautiful walk in the countryside in the morning. I highly recommend this for a weekend getaway - or even a visit to the restaurant if you are local.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Sassoon room which was lovely
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

This beautiful country inn is the perfect combination of a warm welcome and a comfortable room when you come in from the rain. The cherry on top is the excellent food in the downstairs restaurant - where they knew the changing menu very well and were happy to make accommodations and substitutions for my annoying gluten-intolerance.

Breakfast in the morning was a smorgasbord of local goodies. Cereals and muesli (that I couldn't eat) and full cooked breakfast with local bacon/sausages, etc. A quick call to them a few days ahead of time ensured that I even had gluten-free bread for my toast in the morning!

I would definitely recommend this lovely inn where you'll find comfort, tradition and a warm welcome!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

A great place in the Hampshire countryside, set on a quiet road, with lovely views on the fields.
The old pub has traditional low ceilings and wood fires and the extended area and garden offer a very pleasant restaurant with a varied menu of well cooked and presented food. Staff are competent a d friendly.
We stayed for the night in the Rupert Brooke room, which has a great tall window and a balcony on the back with lovely countryside view. Breakfast included a large glass of fresh orange juice and varied cereals, but unfortunately did not include fresh fruits, nor yoghurt for those not so partial to the full English cooked breakfast.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

Stayed overnight at The Anchor Inn for a works Christmas party. The pub is in the middle of the country and retains a lovely original feel, and walking through the door is like stepping back in time. Be warned though, the ceilings are very low throughout, so a lot of hunching will be required!

The food was fantastic, one of the best Christmas meals I have had, staff were attentive and efficient in serving a large group of ~25 people.

The room we stayed in (Richard Hillary) was of a good size, and had lots of nice touches; portraits of lords and the gentry, reading books, exposed oak beams etc Well finished bathroom and plenty of hot water in the shower, though I couldn't quite stand up straight in it! Beds were excellent and a good night sleep was had. Breakfast was also rather good.

Whilst I was only there for one night, I would say this place is definitely one of my favourite country pubs in the UK, and I would highly recommend it for a short break.

Room Tip: Richard Hillary room was nicely kitted out and a good size.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

We've just returned from spending one night at The Anchor following our daughter's wedding there on Monday. We had exclusive use of the inn for the wedding ceremony followed by afternoon tea for 36 then an evening party with buffet for 80ish. The food was absolutely fantastic (home-made bread sandwiches, cakes, etc) whilst the service was excellent. Amy the manageress was a star, making sure that everything ran well and meeting all our needs. The staff were fantastic, really friendly and working like trojans to keep everyone happy, despite the stormy weather which created additional problems for them. The roaring log fires added to the romantic occasion and the atmosphere was brilliant, with plenty of items to take your interest. It was so nice to be able to have music for dancing in one area whilst also being able to hold conversations in another. The bedrooms where lovely, comfortable and clean, and we wished we'd had a longer stay!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Property: The Anchor Inn
Address: Lower Froyle, Alton GU34 4NA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Alton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Alton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Anchor Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Around 6 miles from Farnham, The Anchor Inn in Lower Froyle is a traditional country pub with rooms and restaurant in an idyllic waterside setting. Each room has en suite bathroom with shower and handmade Bramley toiletries. There is a flat-screen TV, hairdryer and tea and coffee facilities in all rooms, and the elegant suite has its own balcony with outdoor seating. Full English breakfast is served each morning. The 2 Rosettes restaurant offers decadent fine dining and pub classics, using locally sourced and seasonal produce. Close to the borders of Hampshire and Surrey, this inn is 2 miles from the South Downs and around 12 miles from Basingstoke and Farnborough. Guildford is less than 25 minutes' drive east of Lower Froyle. ... more   less 
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