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The Anchor, Hastings

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
13 George Street
TN34 3EG
Phone: 01424422256

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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Anchor

Two Shepherd Neame pubs opposite one another, with this one looking more up to date interior wise. This pub is the oldest out of the two and apparently the oldest pub in Old Town Hastings. The main feature in here was the Inglenook fireplace, which was lit on our visit. The pub had a nice relaxed atmosphere and the barmaid was very pleasant. Mostly a diner's pub in my opinion, still there were four ales on handpump, serving Northern Lights, Whitstable Bay, Masterbrew and Bishop's Finger. I went for the October special the Northern Lights a Blueberry IPA, which was very good.

On 5th November 2019 - rating: 7
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Roger Button left this review about The Anchor

Situated in the heart of the picturesque Hastings old town, the Anchor is easily overlooked in favour of some of its more alluring and tourist friendly neighbours but it isn’t without its own charm or character. The interior is a series of semi-knocked through rooms that surround a central bar and has a bit of a scruffy feel to it with bare floors, sooty fireplaces and random furniture. 4 hand pumps with a good range of pricey but decent quality Shepherd Neame Ales; Spitfire, Master Brew, Bishops Finger and Whitstable Bay on my visit. The background music is a bit louder and studenty than surrounding pubs but it has to be said that whoever was chucking coins in the jukebox when I was there made a pretty decent and eclectic choice. There is also live music so it’s not generally a place for peace and quiet. If the interior is too shabby or loud for your tastes, there is some limited seating outside where you can people watch and try to guess whether Ye Olde Pump House opposite is really as old as it looks.

On 29th December 2009 - rating: 8
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Steve C left this review about The Anchor

Although this place is not as interesting as the pub opposite I have to say that there were twice as many (4) ales on during my visit and they were much better kept. The staff were nice enough, but I think that the music was a tad loud for a Mothering Sunday afternoon.

The pub is basically a large room with the bar in the middle and I'd imagine it is very nice in the winter months when the huge inglenook fireplace is utilised.

This isn't the most interesting place, but the beer was up to scratch and I would go back again.

On 31st March 2009 - rating: 7
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Manky Badger left this review about The Anchor

Normally I can be somewhat scathing about Shepherd Neame pubs. The reason being their beer selection is tied to the output of the Shepherd Neame brewery, and so few of their pubs serve anything more than Masterbrew and Spitfire (if you're lucky).
The Anchor did three Shepherd Neame lagers and four Shepherd Neame ales. We stopped off for a pint on the way back to the railway station – I had three.
And their jukebox is probably the best for miles around. thisd place warrants a well deserved 8/10.

18 February 2008
Four decent ales on the hand pump, including the Shepherd Neame porter which is excellent. Good food, friendly service. Will certainly be going back.

On 26th February 2009 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Anchor

Reasonable enough Old Town pub - seemed to be mostly locals in rather than tourists. Nice pint of Sheps Porter.

On 31st December 2007 - rating: 7
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