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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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As a long term resident of SE1, I haven’t visited the Anchor & Hope as much as I would have liked. In fact until my most recent visit I had only been twice (it was excellent on both occasions), however I find their no booking policy too frustrating. I live a mile away which is just a little bit too far to visit on the off chance and the prospect of hanging around at the bar and watching everyone else tuck in for an hour isn’t really the perfect dining situation. Turning up to be turned away and then trying to find a decent meal within a mile of The Cut isn't a thrilling prospect, so, reluctantly I have taken my custom to less deserving establishments that will at least guarantee me a table and victuals.
On Sunday morning I put my pessimism to one side and called the Anchor and Hope, it transpires that on Sunday bookings are accepted, although there is a £30 / 3 course set menu with two options – vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Fortunately there was space for two which was we were instructed is served at 2pm.
We arrived at 12.30pm in time to enjoy a few pint sized aperitifs, the restaurant started to fill up and by 2pm the entire hungry crowd were obediently seated.
Serving almost 100 people simultaneously sounded like madness but sure enough, the starters started to roll out of the kitchen, potato soup with a slice of fresh Foie. Simple but excellent – I have never eaten Foie Gras in soup before and I found myself wondering why, it made a lot of sense. The second course followed – Ox Cheek with Parsnip Puree, cabbage and pickled walnuts was also a delight. As soon as the mains been plated and distributed, the waiters started circulating tables offering ladels of seconds. You don't see that very often…
We were one of the first to leave at around 5pm after finishing dessert and stepped into the cold December air very satisfied and happy customers. I guess I will just have to live with the booking policy or stick to Sundays in future!