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115 Charterhouse Street
You’d never know this fine-looking late-Victorian boozer was actually a hotel were it not for the ‘no vacancy’ sign above the door or the telling motto – ‘hops and chops, cuvées and duvets’. Inside, it’s everything you might expect, from the snug little nooks, leaded windows and mahogany bar to the hand-pumped ales from Young’s Brewery, craft beers, ciders and global wines to go with an appealing menu of pub classics and more fancy ideas. English charcuterie and ‘market boards’ are true to the pub’s location, while the menu also promises everything from salt beef sandwiches and kedgeree fishcakes to T-bone steaks with triple-cooked chips, beer-battered cod and lamb shank pie topped with creamy mash. This being Smithfield, there are meaty breakfasts too – try ‘the City boy’ with lamb’s kidneys, minute steak, calf’s liver and all the trimmings, plus a pint of London stout.
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115 Charterhouse Street
Barbican Station 53m
Barbican Tube Station 218m
Worshipful Company of Haberdashers 281m
Mon-Sat 7am-11pm (Sat 8.30am-) Sun 8.30am-10pm
While it looks every inch the traditional City pub – etched glass, polished brass – the Fox & Anchor is as slick a proposition as you’d expect from somewhere that doubles as a boutique hotel, with six bedrooms upstairs. Private dining takes place next door in The Vestry, a wine and cocktail bar that was formerly a church vestry, which can accommodate 30 seated, 40 standing or can be hired exclusively for 80 – brilliant as a wedding-reception venue if you’re getting married in one of the many City churches nearby. Lunchtime food packages start at £25, there are also breakfast, brunch and buffet offerings and, as you’d expect from somewhere with such a strong drinks pedigree, a ‘hops package’ of 15 beers for £74.
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Food + drink: 3
How odd that the only previous reviewer has chosen a picture which is such a close female version of the picture I use on Squaremeal !
I have frequented this place on and off for over 12 years, and very much prefer it since it was taken over by present management which I believe is associated with the hotel in Charterhouse Square. The term gastropub is a portmanteau word covering a mulititude of differing ambitions and achievements. However,if the F+A is an average pub so far as drink is concerned, it is far from average so far as the food is concerned.
I have to ration my visits here a bit, as I struggle to keep my weight down and it would be easy to balloon in weight here. I can thouroughly recommend the burger here – definitely a couple of cuts above the average ! The quality is great, as is the juiciness. The chips, however, are almost always totally impossible to leave unfinished. Combine that with every condiment you could wish for, and this is truly a burger worth making a detour for. I have also eaten the steak tartare here, enjoyed it very much and, so far, seem to show no signs of incubating Kreutzfeld-Jacobs… (sic, possibly). There are fresh oysters for those who like to eat that sort of thing (not me, unfortunately). The pies are the trademark of the F+A but there's nothing I can say to add to what Anoo has posted. This is a good place for food, and an interesting place visually, and I am happy to commend it accordingly.
Food + drink: 4
Lovingly restored with plenty of nooks and crannies to hide in! Awesome wine and beer selection with ales served in pewter tankards. Excellent, friendly service and good, hearty food – loved the pork pie with crisp, fatty pastry and meaty filling. My only gripe is that the kitchen closes at 9.30pm on Saturday although the lovely staff did help find a table at another restaurant in the area.
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