10 reviews of The Anchor in English
Remarkably decent and friendly for such a touristy pub. Decent selection of drinks and acres of seating. Never tried the food but I once had a cupcake one of the barmen had baked for charity and it was lovely!
The best here is the superior view to the punting tourists near Queens College, when sitting outside at the sunny Anchor´s river pier.
Varied menu but mostly not cheap. The meals we were not to complain about. A touristy spot, it´s not easy to get a free table.
A Cambridge standard, the Anchor is beautifully situated at Mill Pond, overlooking the punting station and two bridges. It is quite popular in the summer and its terrace usually very busy.
While being a good option for larger groups I can not really recommend it for anything other than its fantastic location and nice interior.
The beer is quite pricey and the selection dominated by the usual deep chilled australian fizzy beers. The food is lower quality pub food for medium prices and generally not recommendable. Still the location makes up for a lot, so still three stars.
Verdict: a pricey Cambridge favorite, more renowned for its setting and scenic beauty than for its food and drinks.
The Anchor pub has an enviable position next to the river to watch people making fools of themselves on punts - and because of that position, the outside space is nearly always full! If you’re lucky to get a seat there, grab a Pimms and watch the world go by, But the inside space is pretty good, situated over three floors with both dining and drinking space, although it is quite touristy.
The food is lovely. I always end up having the same thing - the chicken with cheese, bacon and barbeque sauce, yummy! It’s of a reasonable price - don’t expect haute cuisine, but it’s very tasty. The drinks prices aren’t bad either.
This is a great place to have lunch - especially enjoyed by the tourists and workers of Cambridge. Take a punt out and then stop by for some lunch. Home-cooked food with a small ground floor terrace overlooking people out on punts. There are several levels to this pub, but it still holds a Cambridge traditional pub feel to it.
I like the anchor, if i was bringing anyone who hadn’t visited cambridge before, i’d take them here for a drink as its a classic cambridge pub, and in a lovely setting near the river too. Great pub, nice decor and good service. Good selection of beers and wine, lovely food and a great place to kick back with friends.
The anchor! Classic Cambridge pub. In the winter this place is like the womb and in the summer you can sit outside and watch people who can't punt embark on their unfortunate journeys. It's not cheap, but don't worry you can play "Who wants to be a Millionaire" on their machine in the hope of covering your drinking costs.
The Anchor works well in summer or in the winter. Whilst the sun blazes its greatest benefit is an outside decking area that hangs over the river Cam so you can drink right next to the water and watch people attempting to punt, an added piece of entertainment if you find your companion dull. In the winter, two fires provide hearty warmth to snuggle round and there are various comfortable chairs to be appropriately drawn up next to the fire. Just be quick to nab one of these prime seats. Price wise it is ok, not a bargain, but everywhere in central Cambridge is pricey. Its one downside is its food. Although I have actually eaten there quite a lot the food is often uninspiring and just not that tasty.
Go for a beer by the fire or a pimms by the river. Eat later
The Anchor is beautifully located on the banks of the river Cam and opposite the lovely Queen’s College. It’s very popular in the summer with people getting dinks here before hiring a punt or just sitting by the river and watching other people making fools of themselves by pushing their friends along the river using a stick and often falling in, much to the delight of everyone watching.
Inside it is quite higgledy piggledy with several open plan levels from the basement wchich goes straight out to the riverbank up to the top floor which is accessible from the alley behind the pub. It is an old building and as such has a lot of charm, with big fires in the fireplaces during the winter. You can also minor celebrity spot – I’ve seen Rory Mcgrath and Spencer from big brother (remember him?) here.
The food is ok, as is the selection of drink and all is reasonably priced, but the real hook is the great location. I also have a particular fondness for The Anchor as it was the only place I’ve ever won a pub quiz. Wizard.
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