Crown & Anchor
© Michael Franke
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Time Out says
Posted: Thu May 3 2012
The Jolly Butchers in Stoke Newington is a stop-off on every beer buff’s ultimate pub crawl, and so news that its owners had taken over this public house south of the river was greeted with glee. The no-frills restoration stripped things back to bare brick and gave the wraparound windows smart gunmetal-grey frames; the most exciting feature though is the lengthy bar and its endless fonts (or so it seems – there are actually seven real ales from cask, and 14 keg beers and ciders). The breweries you’ll see represented regularly are Redemption, Dark Star, Camden Town, BrewDog, Kernel and Five Points; bottles take a worldier approach and include a fair few Belgians.
Clued-up staff are keen to recommend and offer tasting notes and samples. What makes this pub really stand out is the way it bridges the apparent divide between Camra-endorsed real ale and its hip young cousin, craft beer. Bearded note-takers and bearded hipsters should feel equally at home, as will their hopefully beardless female companions: the Crown & Anchor – unpretentious, friendly, local and devoted to the cause – is also a bloody nice place to sink a drop.
Crown & Anchor 246 Brixton Road
- Venue phone:
020 7737 0060
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Open 4.30pm-11.30pm Mon-Thur; 4.30pm-12.30am Fri; noon-12.30am Sat; noon-11.30pm Sun. Meals served 5-10pm Mon-Fri; noon-10pm Sat; noon-8pm Sun
Stockwell tube or Brixton tube/rail
Crown & Anchor
- 246 Brixton Road
- 020 7737 0060
- 246 Brixton Road
- Crown & Anchor
Average User Rating
4.2 / 5
- 5 star:6
- 4 star:0
- 3 star:4
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:0
Fast becoming one of my favorite pubs in London, the Crown and Anchor never disappoints. The selection of ales, lagers and ciders is fantastic and the staff friendly and knowledgeable. We also had the sunday roast for the first time yesterday and really enjoyed it. Good solid pub fare and decent value at £12. Recommended!
What can I say about the Crown and Anchor, only that I think it is BRILLIANT and the food is FANTASTIC. Great to have a pub with great beers and wine and food locally; but worth the trip if you are not. By the look of the place I am not the only one who likes it, as like most weekend's today was no exception; I noted everyone in the pub had ordered food so had to wait for a few minutes to get a table. Had there been more bar stools I would have gladly eaten at the bar. Hint - more bar stools please. We have eaten all the roasts on offer since it opened and all have been great. As for the veg I have no complaints there either, but must add that a roast potato can never get crispy enough,so keep roasting them. We had chocolate brownie and peanut butter ice cream for desert today also (to share), even though I was full from the meal, as it sounded good and again I was not disappointed. The waitresses are always lovely and friendly and the bar men/women very in the know about the beers. As for the chef and the kitchen guy's all I can say is well done and keep cooking - no complaints from this customer. See you all again soon....If there was a gripe it would only be to say, Dear bar people - but make sure your order more Malbec wine !!!, Yum.
Just had an early Sunday dinner at this local pub. We have heard good reviews and was recommended by our friend who was the architect who did the refurbishment. Sadly the food was a big let down. We ordered the Sunday roast, lamb, beef and pork. The food came quite quickly but was all lukewarm. We thought the lamb was quite good but the pork was a bit dry and the beef was average. The worse culprit was the roast potatoes (totally agreed with Julia) which were dried and tasted like they were cooked a while ago. When we were asked about the food at the end of our meal we commented on the roast potatoes. The really nice waitress said she would tell the chef and came back explaining that the roast potatoes were clearly not cooked to order (kind of obvious!) but were definitely 'freshly cooked'. Well, not sure what the chef meant, perhaps cooked that morning for the lunch serving... We also tried the mulled cider and the Anchor Steam, all good. The waitress was very pleasant and gave our son a colouring book as soon as we came in. The food was the let down and worst of all the chef blatantly dismissing our feedback. Don't think we will be going back for food in a hurry. Fentiman Arms will remain our top choice for a good Sunday roast in the neighbourhood.
if I was rating this pub alone on beer and decor I would give it 5 stars, but sadly the food was a major let don. Three of us had the roast yesterday (Nov 11) - we tried the lamb, the pork and the beef. All were served with roast potatoes, cabbage, some sort of swede mash and yorkshire. The pork was overcooked, the lamb had a peculiar texture, while the potatoes were solid, the cabbage tasteless and the yorkshire quite leaden. When you do a Sunday roast and offer only 2 other choices, you have to ensure your roast is up to standard. In this case it was pretty dismal. Maybe add a few basic choices to the menu - a burger, steak, sausages etc - things you can cook to order.
Great drinks and atmosphere however the food on the other hand suffered. I have been looking forward to eating at this pub for a while and as i'm a local however i was disappointed and will not be eating there again. The Scotch Eggs were overcooked. One came out soft boiled the other hard boiled (consistency?!?) and they were more breadcrumbs than pork mince. Cheese Truffle Croquettes – These were cooked well and tasted lovely; the salad was also a good addition. The 'Famous' Brixton burger looked great and has all the right ingredients to be excellent however when we ordered and stressed that we would like our burgers RARE as most places will generally over cook the beef. When i order rare i hope it will actually come out a lovely medium rare pink. The burgers came out and looked the part however the beef was most certainly over done becoming grey and dry. Disappointment: eat your heart out!
Pretty glad this place is my local! Not suprised it has won this award at all - great place. The homemade scotch eggs and burgers are also pretty good!
amazing selection of beers, although they hadn't started with the food on my visit. very exciting, I will be back.