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Anchor & Hope

  • Bars and pubs
  • Southwark
  • price 2 of 4
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
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Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

Once there was just St John, then former St John chefs started to create their own restaurants using the same template of head-to-tail cooking. Open for more than a decade, the Anchor & Hope is still a leading exponent of using offal and unusual cuts of meat in simple but artful combinations, served in a relaxed setting.

Handy for both the Young and Old Vic Theatres, it consists of a straightforward pub divided by a heavy central curtain from a dining room. Bookings aren’t taken, so most evenings you join the waiting list for a table (45 minutes midweek is typical) and hover at the crammed bar enjoying a glass of wine or a pint.

Unlike some gussied-up gastros, the dining area retains the atmosphere of a pub, in a low-lit, art-festooned room, and the food is terrific. textured venison kofte served on perkily dressed little gem lettuce, for example, or rabbit served savagely red with salty jus, fat chips and a big pot of béarnaise sauce. 


36 The Cut
Tube: Southwark tube or Waterloo tube/rail
Main courses (Mon-Sat) £12-£20. Set lunch (Sun) £30-£35 min 3 courses
Opening hours:
Open 5-11pm Mon; 11am-11pm Tue-Sat; 12.30-5pm Sun. Lunch served noon-2.30pm Tue-Sat; 2pm sitting Sun. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat
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