The Anchor & Hope is one of the worst-kept secrets in London. The conspicuous pub is widely credited as being one of 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 T.
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.
A workers’ two-course or three-course lunch for £15 or £17 is available on weekdays.
The pub offers a selection of lagers and ales as well as an extensive wine list.
The Anchor & Hope edge up the list from 19th to 12th this year, which, given the consistent quality of food at the pub and goodwill amongst diners and fellow industry heads alike, is completely deserved.