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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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I had heard fantastic things about the Anchor and Hope but the few times we had passed by, it was heaving, or the menu looked a bit too eclectic for my tastes. We came upon an empty restaurant on a Saturday for once so decided to take our chances.
I passed on the starters and went straight for the braised lamb neck as my main – very fatty (though this wasnt a bad thing) but probably not the ideal Saturday lunch before a day walking in the sun. It was quite big, bit fatty but tasty, a very hearty meal. Partner had roast chicken caesars salad which looked ok – again, nothing really special. I, of course, had pudding which was the pistachio-est pistachio cake id ever had, delicious, and a bit of a work of art for an obsessive baker like me!
The Anchor and Hope is hugely popular, despite me thinking it was just ‘nice’ – ive also had mixed experiences with their sister place Great Queen Street, once having a fantastic mindblowing roast chicken to share, then having a bland rump steak on another trip. The Anchor and Hope takes no bookings and if you are a fussy sort, id say come early, check the day's menu and have a backup just in case (Tas is over the road and ALWAYS heaving). Or else come on a Saturday lunchtime, i doubt you'd be disappointed, i just didnt see what the huge fuss was about…