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Reviews of The Anchor Bankside

Park Street, London SE1


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Wedding Day 16th July 2011
In July 2011 my wife and I hired the Anchor for our Wedding reception and evening celebration.
It was the best decision we have ever made. The food was fantastic, the service was amazing and, as you can imagine there are lots of "little extras" which needed organising and these were done very professionally and without fuss. As with all weddings its a day that carries many worry's and stresses all of which were taken off our hands by Paulina and Joanna and their amazing staff.
Thank you all for the best day of our lives.
Keith & Philippa ( 28/7/2011)
The Anchor has rude and atrocious service - avoid
I visited The Anchor with friends on Sunday night 19th April 2009 and it was absolutely the worst pub I have visited in London in a decade.
The staff were inexperienced and could not identify or provide a whiskey on their shelves when requested. Out of four bitters on show at the bar only one was available. The table we sat down at was dirty.
Then we were told to leave at 10.45pm by an extremely rude member of staff even though no bell for last orders had been rung. We inquired about this and was told it was broken and we had to go. This member of staff stood over us whilst we were uncomfortably required to down our drinks, watched by other surrounding tables of bewildered tourists.
A truly disgusting experience in an abominable pub. Avoid at all costs.
Fish and chips = rubbish
if you want fish and chips thats look like the chef sat on it in a pale batter then this is the place for you.
Do yourself a favour and go to Masters or Faulkners for proper fish...Usual disinterested eastern european staff straight from a Harry Enfield sketch.
Anchor Bankside has a historical location and river views - but this pub is truly dire, even after its recent refurbishment. We went at 5pm on Monday night and the only way we survived the experience was by sitting on the outside terrace in the cold wind. Inside, the pub was relatively empty but there was no draft beer available and they claimed to have sold out. The ground floor dining room reeked of disgusting fried smells, though there were few people eating. The smells in the ground floor loos were even worse and there was no toilet paper. Our recommendation is to avoid this place, no matter how desperate you are. And if you think this was just a bad night, try looking at the general pub websites on the internet where you will find reviews that say the same thing, over and over again. What a waste of a good space!

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