In a world now inhabited by so many ho-hum ‘gastropubs’, the Anglesea Arms has been delivering since around about the time the term was first coined. It’s been through a few changes in ownership and chef since then, most recently in June 2014, but this compact corner pub has rightly managed to keep its reputation for affordable, gutsy, seasonal cooking.
The menu, scrawled on a blackboard each day, usually has half a dozen or so starters and mains, and several puds. You can’t make reservations, service can be slack, and it’s filled with the usual mismatched furniture. There’s a separate dining area but the menu, which usually finds space for oysters, seasonal salads, simply grilled fish and a decent number of meaty options, is available throughout. There’s a good selection of real ale behind the bar, while the wine list at the Anglesea Arms is surprisingly grand in places.