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The Anchor Inn, Henley Town, Henley-On-Thames

Friday Street

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Graham Coombs left this review about The Anchor Inn

Old backstreet pub which has gone a bit gastro but still has a welcoming feel. The remains of two rooms at the front both have stripped floors and grey paintwork, while behind is a larger restaurant area and a patio garden. Ales on were Brakspear's Gravity and Oxford Gold with Bombardier also. Pleasant enough but used to be much better.

On 10th December 2019 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about The Anchor Inn

Lost a bit of charm here, looks like the refurb brigade have paid a visit since the old eccentric licensee left. Horseshoe shaped interior, with a basic bit off to left leading to formal dining area. To the right is a dimmer and more cosy area. 3x Brakspear pumps at the bar, sadly my Bitter, in the truest Brakspear pub tradition, was utterly pedestrian. 5.5

June 2011
Popped back in with high hopes but the beer was awful (and expensive). Made me sad. Rated 6

June 2009
A real find, tucked away in the backstreets off the main drag. Stick with your googlemap and your patience will be rewarded with a proper low-ceilinged, two-bar, cosy local - full of nik-naks and a real fire on the go which has real a 'lived-in' feel to it; you do indeed think you've stepped back 40-odd years when entering on a cold winter's evening. It's a Brakspear house with Bitter and Oxford Gold available on my visit, the quality was very good too. Can't recall the price but it didn't seem much different from the other non-JDW outlets in town. The little old lady plus pet dog running the place seemed slightly concerned that I was on a crawl of Henley town centre and even slightly horrified after I showed them the list of pubs I was aiming to tick off. Bless. Well worth a visit on this showing. Rating 7.

On 1st December 2018 - rating: 5
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Malden man left this review about The Anchor Hotel

A friendly welcome from the landlord, after I'd been thoroughly checked over by the pub dog, and I found the landlady charming and helpful too taking the trouble to check out the train time for me. This is a proper old pub, low beamed ceilings, fireplaces, tankards and bed pans hang from the beams and numerous bank notes from around the world are fixed to surfaces too. Three main areas, two fronting the street either side of the bar plus what looked like a dining room at the back. Busy decor with horse brasses, rowing photographs, hunting scenes etc, and a collection of toby jugs hanging above the bar. Lighting is subdued. A mix of seating at mainly copper topped cast iron tables but there are a couple of impractically low sofas. The dartboard is another of the unuseable type with furniture in front, there is also a piano, not sure if it is ever used though.
The beer is good here, Brakspears Bitter and Oxford Gold...a much better pint than I'd had earlier in the day elsewhere, plus Wychwood Bountiful. I asked about the Wychwood as I'm unsure about some of their beers and I was given a was actually pretty good.
Well worth a look in.

On 6th February 2010 - rating: 6
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Anchor Hotel

The Anchor is an excellent traditional style back street pub tucked away in a side road just from the river.
It comprises of two smallish bar areas either side of the service area, a back dining room which is like being back in your Nan's pantry and then beyond this, a very nice secluded courtyard garden area.
Its a Brakespears House and has Brakspears Bitter and Oxford Gold on. The beers are very good, but then at £3.30 a pint they bloody well should be.
And the pub has a resident large chocolate Labrador who commands his own chair in the left hand bar and gives visitors to this bar a good sniffing before he lets you buy a pint.

On 8th October 2009 - rating: 7
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ROB Camra left this review about The Anchor Inn

Impressive pub with multiple rooms all with a different character. Some of the things on the menu board were quite inventive e.g. Devon Crab, but we didn't try the food. The pub had pumpclips showing for Brakspears Bitter, Special and Downpour but only the bitter was actually on, which was in fine fettle and was £2.50 a pint. We sat in the beer garden (we don't get enough sunny days to miss out) which was very pleasant and nearly out of earshot of the stroppy caged bird which was having a bit of a squawkfest at the time.

On 7th July 2007 - rating: 7
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