Boasting a prime position on the banks of the River Thames and home to gorgeous views overlooking the water, The Blue Anchor is a long-standing riverside spot that is well-loved for a reason.
These days, The Blue Anchor is part of the popular Hippo Inns group, but the pub has been around long before then, having first received its license in 1722, almost 300 years ago. Cinema buffs might recognise the space too, as it was featured in the classic 1998 film Sliding Doors, starring Gwyneth Paltrow (who probably would be partial to one of The Blue Anchor’s vibrant salads).
Only a short walk from Hammersmith Bridge, The Blue Anchor makes for a great pit-stop if you have spent the day walking along the riverbanks, and is also a popular spot for spectators of the annual Boat Race. Once inside, the ground floor offers a glimpse of what a 17th century pub would look like, thanks to the space’s traditional wood-panelled walls, while the upstairs River Room is a more contemporary affair, featuring chic chandeliers and a stunning ocean-themed mural which takes up most of one wall.
The Blue Anchor’s menu majors in pub classics given modern twists - think fish and chips with tartare sauce and mushy peas or a stacked burger loaded with cheese and bacon (vegan version also available). Desserts are classic too, thanks to the likes of a ‘Hippo-Bocker’ Glory and sticky toffee pudding, while you can wash down your meal with a selection of international wines, beers on tap or classic cocktails.
If you fancy a family dinner out, children eat half price at The Blue Anchor during the week (4-6pm) and don’t miss the Sunday roast specials on the weekend either, when chicken, roast beef or a veggie alternative all come piled high with trimmings.