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Submitted on Monday, 10th September 2012
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Anchor & Hope, Trowbridge Town, Trowbridge

64 Frome Road
Trowbridge
BA14 0DF
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Dennis Bloodnok left this review about Anchor & Hope

OUT on my racing bike one evening I spot a group of elderly drinkers playing cribbage outside the Anchor & Hope. Taped to the window is a faded notice boasting "Moles bitter £2.50 a pint."

I'm gagging for one. But as I head for the door, exchanging "good evenings" with the crib-players, I hear a thunderous fart, followed by gales of laughter. Then there's a crash of glass as the landlady topples off her seat, cursing.

And suddenly I think: this is my sort of pub. Fine Melksham bitter. No food. Friendly faces. Oodles of laughter. The occasional stray fart. And a weeny white pub dog called Dylan who sits on my table outside and, I swear, almost talks to you as he watches the world go by.

So why have I never used this place before? Why, indeed? For the Moles bitter is sublime. Sitting in the evening sun, I down two pints in about eight minutes. Then another. Then another two. Beautiful, gluggable stuff. And after 90 glorious minutes I begin my five-mile ride home in the dark. Lord knows how I make it down a hugely steep, winding hill near my home.

Two evenings later I'm back there quaffing more of this hearty brew, evoking stark memories of my ale-sodden days as a reporter in the Sixties before a lifetime of tossing pots professionally in some of Fleet Street's most shameless watering holes.

True, the Anchor's not much to look at from outside. But who cares? The friendly atmosphere and sporting banter give the place a magical buzz. And if you love good ale, you'll experience a wondrous, beery blast from the past in this blue-fronted haven far from those dreary gastro-pubs, with their ghastly pong of food that strips the head off your ale!

But hold on a jiffy! My fifth pint of Moles has just arrived.

Ah! Thank you, Dylan.

And cheers!

On 16th September 2012 - rating: 9
[User has posted 1 recommendations about 1 pubs]

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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Trowbridge, 0.62 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Bradford-on-Avon, 3.17 miles, 1 hr 1 min walk (show)
Westbury (Wilts), 4.6 miles, 1 hr 28 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Anchor & Hope, Trowbridge
18th Jan 2015, 10:37
Picture submitted by Jonathan Wilde approved
 
18th Jan 2015, 10:37
Picture submitted by Jonathan Wilde approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 17 January 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 17 January 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 17 January 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 17 January 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 17 January 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 17 January 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Darts : Yes last updated 17 January 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 16 September 2012 by hondo .
  • Hot Food : No last updated 16 September 2012 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 17 January 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 17 January 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Micropub : No last updated 26 March 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pinball : No last updated 17 January 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 17 January 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 16 September 2012 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 17 January 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 17 January 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • WiFi : Yes - Code on Wall. BT wifi - last updated 17 January 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
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