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|Address:||36 The Cut, London SE1 8LP|
|Tel:||020 7928 9898|
|Price: £39.00||Wine: £16.00||Champagne: £50.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Sun 12N-2.30pm (Sun -5pm) Mon-Sat 6-10.30pm|
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In practice, the Hope & Anchor is a great place but it is getting to be just way too much trouble to eat there and the food isn't SO good to make it worth all the effort. This was our fourth visit and each time the hassle becomes that littel bit more annoying.
Firstly, you can't book a table so it's always very hit and miss getting in. Either quite quick or a very long wait indeed. Not good if you're hungry or if you are out with Grandma! Then, if you're not eating in a group, there is the rather limited choice of dishes. On Saturday evening 27/11, there were 4 dishes on the menu for 3 people or more, 2 of the singleton dishes had already run out when we got to sit down (40 minute wait) leaving just 3 dishes to choose from. Ridiculously, they had cassoulet designated as only for 3 people or more and were unable to serve it for one person…what is so diffcult about giving cassoulet to one person?! Likewise Irish hotpot…I mean, can't you just spoon out a single dishful for one person?! Both are simple dishes to make but were seemingly too much trouble to serve for one diner.
I then asked if it would be possible to have chips with a dish that wasn't marked as “with chips”. “No”, came back the answer, “all our chips are specially made for those dishes marked as such, we only do chips for those dishes and we don't have any more and can't make any!” Unbelievable. What is so difficult about that?
So, having been unable to find anything at all on the menu that did not involve a group eating it (we were just two) we regrettably had no choice but to leave and go elsewhere. A great shame, because the place is fun and (once you get there) the food is good, if only it weren't such a hassle to get in to eat it. Gastropub meets gastropain!! If you want gastropub dining, go to The Garrison on Bermondsey Street – you can book, you don't get hassle and the choice of dishes is better! The whole dining experience there is that much easier!!!