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, so I arrived at 12.30 and sat down at a tble and all was great, my guests arrive at 12.45, at 13.00 our orders were taken, by 13.45 we still had not received any food, waiters were madly rushing around and it was very difficult to get anyones attention, we finally managed to get a waiters eye and received our food 5 mins later, when the food arrived the teal and john dory were very disapointing for the price of £14.00 and £16.00 each, the mutton was tasty, but again very expensive for the price. We finished our meals and waited for a menu for desserts, we ordered these and for a £7.00 cheese plate with four oatcakes and three small pieces of cheese, once again the price did not reflect the offering, the other two desserts were nothing to right home about, by the time we finished our meal it was 2.50pm and took way longer than we wanted to spend for a business lunch.
When I got back to the office I had to change my clothes as the extraction was not working in the restaurant and I stank of frying, I smelt like I had been in a greasy spoon. Not a very good reflection for my clients.
If you want a reasonably priced meal, good service and want to come away smelling decent, choose elsewhere.