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Crown & Anchor

Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs Stockwell
5 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

A sedate distance from the jumble of loud music and fried chicken around Brixton station, the Cranchor’s bright sign glows enticingly. This smart pub’s long-but-narrow layout means that when it’s busy it feels very full indeed, but claim yourself a table (inside or on one of the picnic tables outside) and you’ll soon feel a part of the crowd. Visiting at off-peak times will allow you to spend time googling the niche breweries which feature among the many brews on tap and in bottle (or asking the helpful staff) – this is one of the best beer and ale pubs in London, which makes its incongruous location on an otherwise unloved section of Brixton Road even more incredible. A super place.

By: Ashleigh Arnott



Address: 246 Brixton Rd
Transport: Tube: Stockwell/Brixton
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
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:16
  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:4
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:1
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Just a great pub - food is amazing and people are lovely. Could use 1 or 2 more tables outside and the drain smell nearby was a bit grim (though probably not their fault!) - 100% pay a visit!


I stumbled across this little gem last weekend en route to a friend's house. Lots of tables outside and dogs are welcome (two ticks already). However, the thing I liked best was how friendly the guy behind the bar was. It made me realise you don't often get really nice service in pubs anymore - but in here, you definitely do. We were greeted with a big smile and a nice welcome, plus an offer to help us figure out what craft beer we wanted (they have a LOT on offer). I opted for a white wine and we had a little laugh about it without any judgment. My boyfriend went for a beer of some type and we had a lovely drink outside in the sun. 

I would definitely come back here if I was in the area, if I lived nearby, I'd be in there all the time. Nice one Crown and Anchor - and well-deserving of the Love London titles. 

Great pub if you are between 20 - 30 but if you have a child forget it! Despite the park next door the bar manager seems to operate 'a seen but not heard' Victorian-esq child policy! A real shame...

Brilliant neighbourhood pub with plenty of craft beers on tap and lovely outdoor seating on a pedestrianised road.

Friendly staff, good food and an ever changing selection of beery delights!

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Pleasant, chilled out haven for the ale enthusiast with a great selection of ales and ciders. It's not as massive a range as the Craft Beer Co (which also has a branch in Brixton) but still plenty of taps to last you an afternoon. You can also get a tasting bat of 3 ales, which is a great way to sample what's on offer. Child-friendly with decent food and it doesn't get too busy either, maybe because it's a bit off the Brixton beaten path. Well worth the detour.

Love the Crown and Anchor, and I don’t even drink beer! Such a nice atmosphere in which to while away an evening drinking fizz and also a great place to host a party. I had my birthday there last year, and while it wasn’t available for private hire, they did let me reserve an area for 50 people at no charge and with no minimum bar spend, which I thought was great! There are tables outside as well, for when the weather’s warmer and the staff are all really friendly. I’ve not tried the food, but I’ve heard it’s good quality, if not worth a trip in itself. There seem to be mixed reviews about it, so it might just depend which day of the week you visit (which you definitely should).

You wont find a better beer pub in London. Few house beers topped up with an ever changing selection of ales and kegged beer. Fridge is stocked with a huge menu of choices.

Although the drinks selection was very good, i have to say that we found the food to be very disappointing. Im not sure whether it was a case of eating on the wrong night ( monday), but 3 of the meals we ordered were very disappointing. The harissa lamb kebab with cajun wedges, was in fact minced lamb stuffed full in a pitta, with spoonfuls of mayonnaise and raw onions, which made me feel like a i was eating some kind of greasy shepherds pie in a pitta. And the cajun wedges were in fact over cooked chips. I feel a bit sick thinking about it. The chicken burger came incredibly dry ( and they always run that risk anyway), and the fishcakes came floating in 2 different types of sauce and without the salad, so it looked like one big yellow dish. Not good. That said, all those that had the fish and chips were very pleased, so maybe its best to stick to that if you decide to go on a monday night! 

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.

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