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Fox & Anchor, Smithfield, EC1

115 Charterhouse Street
EC1
EC1M 6AA
Phone: 02072501300
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Fox & Anchor

A traditional looking pub located just around the corner from Smithfield Market, it was almost deserted on our recent bank holiday Monday visit, but I imagine can get very busy at other times when the market is open.

Internally, the main bar at the front of the pub is quite long and narrow with a long bar counter on the left and wooden boards on the floor. It had quite an elegant feel to it with black flock wallpaper on the upper part of the walls and dark wood panelling down below. There were plenty of pictures on the walls and some wooden partitions with mirrored glazing. Padded bench seating ran all along the right hand side. At the rear was a much cosier dining room with black tiling on the floor, and black wood panelling covering the walls. There were many more pictures here including old black and white photographs of the market and various livestock. A small tiled fireplace was off to one side, but this looked to be disused. Further private dining rooms were at the rear, with one having etched glass in the doors and being known as the Fox’s Lair.

The menu offered a decent enough selection of “pub grub” dishes and our gypsy eggs with a ham hock and chorizo stew as well as a cheese and tomato sandwich with chips both went down well.

Beers on tap were Sam Brook’s Wandle, Young’s Special, Young’s Bitter, Doom Bar, Proper Job and Redemption Big Chief. After that lot, cider choice was very disappointing with only Aspall’s on tap, and even that had run out. Overall, despite the lack of any cider, I thought this was a nice, traditional old pub and would happily return if in the area.

On 8th May 2019 - rating: 7
[User has posted 1693 recommendations about 1630 pubs]


hondo . left this review about Fox & Anchor

Really nice exterior and interior as described below. Not that big inside and the toilet must be fun when it’s busy.

On 26th October 2018 - no rating submitted
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Tris C left this review about Fox & Anchor

Established by at least the late 18th century, this pub was rebuilt in its somewhat extravagant form in 1898. Grade II-listed with an Art Nouveau terra cotta and glazed tile façade, it's one of the most ornate pubs in the EC1 area.
Indeed, the fine tiles extend to the narrow interior with dark wood including bar back and pot shelf though the French zinc-topped bar is modern as is the questionable tiled ceiling.
There are some tables to the walls and dining area to the rear in what is in fact quite a small venue. It also has somewhat inadequate lavs with just one urinal behind an American-style saloon bar doors and then just one cubicle.
Ales: the standard Young's line-up, thereafter guests from the likes of Sambrook's and Truman's, served well but typically at around the £5.05 a pint mark.
Worth a look for the interior, but it's not easy to get comfortable here so it's a bit of a one-pint pony. Expensive too.

On 8th June 2018 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Will Larter
Farringdon (London), 0.25 miles, 4 min walk (show)
City Thameslink, 0.46 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Moorgate, 0.72 miles, 13 min walk (show)
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8th May 2019, 09:44
Review submitted by Blackthorn _ amended by Blackthorn _
 
8th May 2019, 09:43
Review submitted by Blackthorn _ amended by Blackthorn _

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 26 October 2018 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 01 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 01 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 01 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 01 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 01 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 01 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes - Young’s & guests - last updated 26 October 2018 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 26 October 2018 by hondo .
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