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The Anchor, Tring

73 Western Road
HP23 4BH
Phone: 01442823280
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Greene King

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Thuck Phat left this review about The Anchor

Unfortunately, my experience of The Anchor was closer to that of Mr. Fastard than of Mr. Larter.
I won't dwell on descriptions as they are detailed below other than to observe that this felt to me like an identikit pubco refurbishment, Greene King in this case, leaving little in the way of original features or atmosphere.
My biggest bugbears though were the screens and the beer. There are two large screens both of which were showing adverts and hip hop videos all at high volume thereby sucking, the already limited, atmosphere out of the place.
The six handpumps were badged Greene King: IPA, IPA Gold and London Glory in addition to Marlow Rebellion Mutiny and IPA and Tring Sidepocket for a Toad. Swerving the GK offerings I went for a Mutiny, which was in decent shape but firmly in the boring brown beer category. The only real option was the Sidepocket from the six handpumps which was fine and is worth calling in for. It is though widely available in the area.
I'm afraid that I couldn't wait to leave.

On 10th February 2016 - rating: 4
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Anchor

I came here on the back of it's entry in the 2016 GBG one Thursday evening.The pub is owned by Greene King and has had a refurb with door panels and wine boxes used as wall coverings and around the bar.There are two high tables in the front bay windows,and mainly wooden furniture in the modest interior which leads to an outside area with space heater.Sadly the refurb has caused a doubled sided fireplace by the front door to be bricked up and supporting a modern radiator,a real fire would have been a much needed feature .Disturbingly two large flat screens have been allowed to dominate the small interior and worst still was the airing of Heat music channel which besides annoying commercials seems exclusively to feature hip hop and gangsta rap at high volume which completely destroyed any atmosphere.
GK have granted a " Local Heroes "lease so you will find three GK ales (best avoided) and three guests one of which will be from Tring Brewery which meant Sidepocket on my trip ,in fair condition.However the choice of two Rebellion ales as the other guests(IPA and Mutiny) was another mistake as this brewer is almost as insipid as GK meaning that five of the six real ale options on my visit were really not worth the bother.
Pricing is cheapish with real ale up to 4.8% at £3.40 and 4.9% and above at £3.50 while food consists of pizzas and value light bites ,however it just felt that this is the wrong offer in an upmarket town like Tring where folk will pay for quality.I couldn't wait to escape the crap music,there are far better real ale pubs very close by and I have to question why the local CAMRA branch feel this is worthy of a GBG entry,it should be all about ale quality not quantity.

On 6th February 2016 - rating: 5
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Will Larter left this review about The Anchor

A Greene King pub, but one where the company's tacit admission that their beers are crap has resulted in a decent choice of guests being on offer. There are six hand pumps on the small bar, with Greene King IPA, Benjamins and London Glory joined by Rebellion Mutiny and IPA and the even more local Tring Side Pocket for a Toad. The latter was in fine condition, well hopped and leaving a lingering bitterness in the mouth. Service was friendly and the pub was smart and welcoming. The original layout of small rooms is only hinted at by the presence of a large chimney breast just inside the front door. The floor is wooden, and the walls have been lined with reclaimed wine box panelling. I liked it here, and if I lived in these parts I'd be happy to call in on a regular basis.

On 3rd February 2016 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
Tring, 2.31 miles, 44 min walk (show)
Wendover, 4.84 miles, 1 hr 33 min walk (show)
Cheddington, 5.78 miles, 1 hr 51 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Anchor, Tring
8th Dec 2016, 18:31
Pub map correction submitted by Bucking Fastard approved
8th Dec 2016, 18:31

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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 03 February 2016 by Will Larter
  • Car Park : No last updated 03 February 2016 by Will Larter
  • Darts : Yes last updated 03 February 2016 by Will Larter
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 05 February 2016 by Bucking Fastard
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - Sky Sports - last updated 05 February 2016 by Bucking Fastard
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 03 February 2016 by Will Larter
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