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“OK food - lacking in atmosphere”

The Crown and Anchor Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 11 Restaurants in Holy Island
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Eat here one evening (they serve 6-8pm only as do every other place on the island - not sure why). Restaurant room is all hard surfaces and lacks any atmosphere. Crab salad starter was fine, my husband sole for main was nicely cooked but needed a little something - sauce perhaps. My hot smoked salmon and bacon salad main was a rather confusing dish flavour wise but a very large portion. Very limited specials board the day we were there. Only went here cos other places were fully booked - why do they all only serve food 6-8pm ??

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Reviewed 31 July 2014

The Crown & Anchor is a nice white washed two roomed pub tucked away behind the Market square in the Holy Island village.
We utilised it for a lunchtime visit and although the pub was rammed, due to a bit of inclement weather descending across the Holy Island, we managed to get a seat in the dining room for some very decent sandwiches and beers and although the staff were clearly run off their feet with the rush of lunchtime punters the food arrived fairly promptly and the jovial Geordie landlord still had time for a chat. Apparently he’s only been in-situ for about 18 months, but seems to be making a decent fist of running this traditional pub.
The lunchtime menu is more traditional pub fare than gastro, which frankly is how I prefer it, and what we had was fairly plain but clearly fresh and with flavour
On the beer front the bar has two hand pumps that were dispensing Secret Kingdom and Tyneside Blonde from the Hadrian and Border Brewery and both were tried and found to be well kept.
The smallish main bar area is fairly plain with a wooden floor and wooden tables and seating. But has a brick fire place and brick bar front and assorted Holy Island pictures and photos dotted about which give a bit of character. Then the second room behind the bar functions as a dining room and is laid with tables for food. The pub is dog friendly in that they are allowed into the bar area , but not into the dining room.

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Reviewed 28 July 2014

This pub/restaurant has recently been refurbished. There are a few local beers as well as the usual national brews. The food is very good served by a friendly waitress. We had local oysters to start (marvellous), but you must try the fish and chips; the local catch, haddock, was the best I've tasted in a long while - melt in the mouth with a superb batter (not stodg). Also try the locally grown strawberries - tastefully presented with single fresh cream (not whipped or squirted!),

1  Thank Tony H
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

Had a good pub sandwich and nice beer. Later in the day when everywhere was shut the barman at the Crown took pity on us and served a cup of coffee whilst the rain came down

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Reviewed 18 July 2014

The beer garden is really good with great views and cheeky sparrows scrounging food. The beer is excellent. We have sat and had a drink or two in the beer garden an few times over the last summers and been very haapy each time. On our last vist to the Island we decided to eat in there on one of the evenings, which was a bit of a mistake. The food was good but the service was poor. The waitress made two mistakes with our order, one with the dirnks and then with the starters, not good as there was only two of us and there are only 8-10 tables the majority of which were not occupied at the time. However we fared better than a couple on a nearby table, who ordered their meals then 20 mins later the waitress asked then if they had decided what they wanted. As I said the food was good but the service really was not acceptable. We will be sticking to drinks in the beer garden on future visits.

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Thank Laura H
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