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The Anchor, Southbank, SE1

34 Park Street
Phone: 02074071577
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Taylor Walker (Spirit Pubs)

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Jon B left this review about The Anchor

it certainly looks the part from outside, but the corporate branding everywhere gives the game away. This is just the pub equivalent of those dreary chain restaurants that dominate this stretch of the Thames. it has probably the best outdoor seating location in London with the view of St Pauls etc so it’s naturally the mother of all tourist traps. It’s nothing special anyway.

On 17th May 2019 - rating: 4
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Anchor

Still has the Taylor Walker branding outside, but the menus and other printed material inside is all Greene King. Otherwise, little seems to have changed in the split-level interior since my last visit some nine years and two incarnations ago in its Spirit days. However, the service seems to have improved and the beer choice which is (marginally) better - I found 1730, IPA, London Glory, Old Golden Hen and (thankfully) Scary Man from Long Man Brewery from the two banks of four handpumps in the main bars (plus the solitary upstairs example). Great riverside location though, so inevitably very much a tourist trap.

On 5th November 2016 - rating: 6
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Anchor

A large, multi-level pub on the banks of The Thames, it is inevitably something of a tourist trap given it’s location, but does nonetheless manage to maintain a fairly traditional feel to it, and we found it a pleasant enough pit stop on our walk along Southbank. It is also recognisable from one of the Mission Impossible films when Ethan Hunt stopped here for a drink.

The pub is split in to a number of different areas spread over a couple of levels. The central room is probably the cosiest with a low beamed ceiling whilst a much larger and open room to the right had a couple of plasma screens in ornate gilt frames and a disused fire-place. Flooring was predominantly black boards and there was much exposed brickwork, some of it inlaid with black timber. Elsewhere, extensive wood panelling lent something of a hotel drawing room feel to the place and there were numerous old photographs and drawings on the walls.

Beers on tap were 1730, London Glory, Green King IPA and Old Golden Hen, whilst the ciders were Aspall’s Suffolk and Symonds Founders Reserve.

On 26th January 2016 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by hondo .
London Cannon Street, 0.42 miles, 8 min walk (show)
London Bridge, 0.51 miles, 9 min walk (show)
London Bridge, 0.51 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Anchor, SE1
17th May 2019, 16:50
Review submitted by Jon B
15th Jul 2017, 22:13
Picture submitted by Just a quick pint, then I'm off approved

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  • Beer Garden : Yes - Terrace - last updated 26 January 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 25 January 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 26 January 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 26 January 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Micropub : No last updated 26 January 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 26 January 2016 by Blackthorn _
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