Anchor Bankside Bar & Restaurant, London

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Bankend, Bankside SE1 +00 44 (0)207 407 1577

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    by Jenniflower
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    by Jenniflower
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    The Anchor Bankside Bar & Restaurant: A South Bank gem :)

    by Jenniflower Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We sat in the non-smoking section (which is located next to the carvery), and thoroughly enjoyed our meals!

    I am really glad we came here. I have heard about it and looked forward to trying it out.

    This is one of Londons oldest and most historic pubs, it was around during the Great Fire of London in 1666. It itself succumbed to fire later on and was rebuilt in 1676.

    We went on a cold and rainy day, so could not sit outside (which is unfortunate, as they have a dedicated decked patio area for the pub that overlooks the Thames!) On a sunny day this must be absolutely fantastic!

    They have a big dining room which has gorgeous views over the Thames. They also have a Shakepeare Room which has pine panelling from the 18th century. This room is used mostly for functions and the like.

    An interesting titbit of information for film buffs (as film makers love the surrounding area of alley ways...) Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible had a pint of beer outside the Anchor, on the patio.

    Favorite Dish: 3 of us had the carvery and one of us cod and chips. The cod was succulent apparently, the chips, salad and peas fine too. Nothing to write home about, but good value for money.

    The carveries were the best I thought. There are three choices. Pork, beef or lamb. 2 of us had lamb and 1 had pork. It came with roasted (I love cooking veges this way!) pumpkin and potato, roast potatoes, a good helping of meat, a Yorkshire pudding and a ball of stuffing.

    Service was efficient – staff courteous and the manager gave special treatment to my father in law and served his meal himself! :) Not sure why. It just shows that it pays to be friendly and chatty!

    Update June 2007:
    We recently went again, for a VT meeting. We met up and had a few drinks together, prior to going to dinner at Nandos.. it was a sunny day, perfect for sitting and basking in the sun with a beer and some terrific company... thanks everyone!

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    The Anchor: Historic Pub on the Thames - Southwark

    by sue_stone Updated Feb 19, 2007

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    The food and service were ok, but it was quite exp

    The Anchor is a historic Pub on the Thames. It was rebuilt in 1676 after it was damaged by fire.

    It has recently been re-furbished and enlarged. It is a popular place for dinner and drinking by the Thames.

    We had dinner here with friends (after a visit to the Vinopolis - see Must See Activities).

    Favorite Dish: The food and service were ok, but it was quite expensive... good location though.

    Meals weren't good enough to recommend, let's hope they have improved since then!

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    Anchor: Bankside Pub (1)

    by tvor Written Jun 3, 2006

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    The Anchor is a historic old pub on Bankside, right beside the Golden Hinde ship and Southwark Cathedral. Just a few steps from Vinopolis and the Globe Theatre, it's got several levels and a good carvery lunch menu. The non smoking section is upstairs by the carvery but next year the law is changing and it will all be non smoking. There is a small room in the pub famous for being the room that Dr. Johnson frequented as a regular during the time he was writing his famous dictionary and it's also the pub that Pepys sat in while observing the Great Fire of London. The pub is warm and atmospheric, with a great location and decent prices for the location. Good place to stop if you're on the south side of the Thames. Also it has an outside seating area right on the river for great views of the London City skyline.

    Favorite Dish: Carvery, roast dinner of the day. Lots of veggies, gravy and yorkshire pud as well. Decent a la carte menu as well.

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    The Anchor: The Anchor, Bankside

    by phil_uk_net Written Nov 2, 2002

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    The Anchor, Bankside

    Famous and historic pub on the South Bank. It was from here that Samual Pepys is said to have looked across the river while London was burning in the Great Fire of 1966.
    Close to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
    In the last 20 years or so the South Bank has come a long way. From being almost a no-go area it is now a very pleasant walk from Westminster Bridge to just beyond Tower Bridge with lots to do and see.

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    Anchor

    by bianchis Updated Sep 23, 2002

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    Inside the Anchor

    Pubs are everywhere in London. A very good idea is to look down smaller side streets! Always try the real ale (large handled pumps that have to be pulled).

    The pubs are open from 1100 hours to 2300 hours. They serve food and drink. Usually you can sit down! If you are really touring London, you will be on your feet a lot. Sitting down for a few minutes now and then is very nice. Food varies. Try the Ploughman's Lunch. It is usually about 5 L. Typically it consists of bread, cheese, pickle (English coleslaw) and apple or lettuce or something in the way of a fruit or vegetable.

    Favorite Dish: Very close to the Globe Theatre. Nice both inside and out. Inside or outside in the courtyard or next to the Thames. It has a very nice selection of food. The interior is full of nooks. Real ale in at least one bar. Over the [Southwark] bridge and down the stairs. Proceed to the side away from the Globe.

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