The Anchor & Hope is one of the worst-kept secrets in London. The conspicuous climber of 11 places on the 2021 Top 50 Gastropubs list is widely credited as being among the very first modern gastropubs.
Dining at the Anchor & Hope is a low-key affair: portion sizes are generous and wine is served in tumblers rather than traditional glasses.
Critics often comment on the pub’s ‘Mediterranean’ feel, but that’s likely more to do with the relaxed, lively atmosphere than the stellar food, which is modern British to a tee.
Menu highlights include grilled Orkney kipper with tatties; suet-crusted steak pie with buttered sprout tops for two; and baked vanilla and poppy seed cheesecake and raspberry sauce.
The pub offers a selection of lagers and ales as well as an extensive wine list.
The Anchor & Hope has become a firm fixture on the list that, given the consistent quality of food at the pub and goodwill among diners and fellow industry heads alike, is completely deserved.
The Anchor & Hope / CHEF
Serving upwards of 1,000 covers a week