The Anchor and Hope
After a recent makeover (think pleasingly simple scrubbed wood), The Anchor & Hope no longer looks like one of those grungy London bars where meat might be raffled and men might meet their ends. Now, the only aspect of this gastropub (serving robust British dishes, many say it is London’s finest) to grumble about is its no-booking policy, which can mean a long, long wait in the admittedly agreeable tavern-style bar. However, it definitely is worth the wait, so start with a sherry – there’s a proper selection, as well as plenty of gastropub-worthy wines and beers – and sample some of the tapas-style nibbles at the bar if you’re too hungry to wait. It’s best to come here with company, as many of the dishes on the twice-daily changing menu are made to share (including the legendary stuffed duck) – if that is, you can be trusted only to eat your fair share, after one too many sherries on an empty stomach.