Anchor and Hope is famed for putting Waterloo on the culinary map. It is a London gastro pub and it does offer a unique and special dining experience. In a dining room that sits next to a classic and understated pub bar area you can enjoy daily specials scrawled onto the specials board. Many of the dishes are sharing dishes - for example you can order roast lamb and dauphinoise potatoes for four (the visual impact of a large joint of meat and roasting dishes of potatoes arriving at the table is impressive). The food is seasonal and focuses on a celebration of meat - you can find anything from pigs' ears to duck hearts on the menu. The atmosphere is lively and relaxed - aided by friendly and knowledgeable staff and a low-key wooden décor. The catch is that it can often be difficult to get a table (see below for more details).
Cuisine: Modern British/ Gastropub
Anchor and Hope
36 The Cut
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7928 9898
|January - December||Monday||17:00 - 23:00|
|Tuesday - Saturday||11:00 - 23:00|
|Sunday||12:30 - 15:15|
Lunch: 12:00 - 14:30
Dinner: 17:45 - 22:00
Tube: Waterloo (Black Line / Northern Line and Brown Line / Bakerloo Line and Grey Line / Jubilee Line and Pink Line / City Line)
How to book:
The Anchor and Hope do not take bookings for evenings meals. This means that if you want to come for dinner, you will need to get to the restaurant early (before the hunger kicks in!) and be prepared to wait. A member of staff will take your name and make a note of how many of you are dining, and you can wait in the bar until your table is ready (thankfully the bar is also an excellent place, so the wait should be enjoyable) - you may have to wait for around an hour.
The Anchor and Hope is located on The Cut - the home of both the Old Vic and the Young Vic. If you have evening theatre tickets, the Anchor and Hope do a pre-theatre sitting. However, the lack of evening bookings means that you will need to get there early to secure your seat. The first dinner sitting is at the following time, so it is best to head to the Anchor and Hope for about 17:00. You can put your name down and have a drink in the bar while you wait.
First dinner sitting: 17:45
If you are coming for lunch (when you can book), the booking options are as follows:
Telephone bookings: You can make a booking on the number above.
Online bookings: There is no online booking form.
E-mail bookings: There is no e-mail booking service.
Walk-in bookings: For lunch you may be lucky enough to get a walk-in table. However, the Anchor and Hope is a popular restaurant, so (especially at the weekend) it is best to book ahead.