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The ‘no reservations’ policy, dishevelled interiors and jam-packed tables aren’t enough to deter south London’s dining cognoscenti from patronising its best-known gastropub – although recent reports suggest the Anchor & Hope is getting ‘tired’ and ‘trading on its longevity’. Once you’ve negotiated the scrum at the bar and secured a coveted spot in t he no-frills dining room, you’ll be rewarded with a short (and rapidly depleted) blackboard menu of unreformed grub with a trencherman British accent – perhaps a ‘flavoursome’ warm salad of snails and bacon, Middle White pork faggot and mash, grilled lemon sole with samphire, or fried ox cheek. The enticing wine list has plenty below the £25 mark, although not everyone is happy drinking out of cheap tumblers. You can book for Sunday lunch, with a single sitting at 2pm sharp (very civilised).

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Anchor & Hope

36 The Cut ,London SE1 8LP

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Nov 2013

I had dinner with 2 friends at the Anchor and Hope this week and I don't think I have been treated more rudely in a restaurant before. We arrived at 6.30pm at the pub and asked if we could have a table for 3 people at the restaurant explaining that one of us was on her way. We were told that we couldn't have the table unless all 3 diners were present. We reassured that our friend was in her way and got the table. My friend got stuck in the tube and arrived 30 minutes late. In the meantime we ordered...

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 1

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Anchor & Hope

36 The Cut ,London SE1 8LP

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Bev

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May 2013

I went here with a girlfriend for Sunday lunch, which I was really looking forward to as I have heard good things about this place in the past (although admittedly, more recent reviews are much less complimentary). I booked us a table and was told it was a set menu, served at 2pm and was £32 per head. Pretty expensive I thought but hopefully worth it. When we arrived the staff were lovely, really friendly. A good start. Then they started serving lunch. So starters were a mixture of things. Octopus...

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 2

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36 The Cut ,London SE1 8LP

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May 2012

Went to the Anchor and Hope with a group of friends on Friday night. Very disappointed with this tired gastropub, which is surely now trading on its longevity and the reputation it once had. The service was sporadic until they wanted us to pay the bill and go, at which point it became very brisk. The food was terrible. The famed leg of lamb was slow cooked to tastelessness. The vegetarian lentils with spinach and goats cheese a disgrace – £1 of ingredients cooked to sub-suburban Indian restaurant...

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Lyn W.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 2

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36 The Cut ,London SE1 8LP

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Mar 2012

Had an absolutely shocking and disgusting evening at the Anchor and Hope. Having drank on a number of occasions at the bar with colleagues after work, I decided to go for food with my girlfriend and a couple of friends on Friday night as the food always looked tempting. Firstly I knew that there were no table reservations so we got there early, and got our name on the wait list. We were told 20 minutes and got some drinks at the bar. We ordered 2 beers, and 2 glasses of white wine. The wine was...

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 1

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36 The Cut ,London SE1 8LP

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Feb 2012

At a recent lunch with two colleagues we were served decently cooked food but service was offhand. A warm salad of snail and bacon was flavoursome as were potted shrimps. Mains of lemon sole, fried ox cheek and veal Milanese were reasonably well executed. The ox cheek was served with chips which prompted our colleague with the veal to ask if he could have a portion too, to be met with a comment from the waitress that they didn't serve chips! She explained that the restaurant 'doesn't want to be known...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 6

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36 The Cut ,London SE1 8LP

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Nov 2011

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I hate despise complaining. Having said that, I feel I should account for the meal and serivce I just had at the Anchor and Hope. The story goes as follows: Orered rabbit, two pieces came on the dish, one piece was deilicious, the other one was off (taseted as if brewed in unspeakable condiments)…I politely asked the waitress to inform the chef he should try to verify, she returned it and said ‘its the way it was cooked, its fine’. In no time did I recieve any sort of consideration as to the quality...

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 1

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36 The Cut ,London SE1 8LP

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May 2011

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It defies logic how they get away with treating their customers like benign cattle. Stacked in holding patterns, left at the whim of the “table allocator” (woe ye if you try and make a point about the appalling treatment you are suffering – you will get punished with many more waiting minutes). It took 70 minutes last night (06-May 2011) after being promised “something within the hour” (45 minutes expectation). Good food alone (which they have in bucket loads) at reasonable prices isn't good enough...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 7

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Jan 2011

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

My boyfriend and I have been here several times and it's still our all time favourite place to eat in London! The food is always amazing and the service friendly and genuine. It's pretty difficult to get a table on a Friday or Saturday night without waiting for an hour or so, but I think this is part of it's charm. I love sitting at the bar sharing a bottle of wine in such a buzzing bar with a great atmosphere. I will carry on recommending to all my friends.

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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36 The Cut ,London SE1 8LP

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Jan 2011

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

I live about half a mile from the Anchor and Hope and have been previously with a friend and although the food was not bad, the booking experience was ridiculous, we waited an hour and a half for a table and then had a mediocre experience, I decided to give it another try as the reviews were promising. I called up the week before and explained I was bringing two clients and could not stand at the bar for an hour and wait for a table, so I was told to arrive at 12.30 and would definitely get a table,...

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Lyndon W.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 2

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  • Address: 36 The Cut, London SE1 8LP
  • Telephone: 020 7928 9898
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  • Opening Times: Tues-Sun 12N-2.30pm (Sun -5pm) Mon-Sat 6-10.30pm

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