8 reviews of the hope and anchor in English
Of three of us dining, one had their pie (at £11.95) served cold in the centre, whilst one, opting for a 'major burger' had the wrong dish delivered.
As our trio attempted to salvage our dining experience, the pie was evidently sent into the microwave and re-served, with the lid of the pie looking as it did when it left the table, whilst the 'Chilli burger', which was mistakenly brought out in place of a beef burger (when it originally looked like a ladle of bad chilli con carne in a burger bap) had clearly been re-shaped, by hand, into a pattie shape then re-served with the words 'This one is DEFINITELY a beef burger'. Needless to say, the contents fell apart before even picking up the soggy bap, leaving what could certainly not be described as a burger inside.
Frankly, I have had better meals in Little Chefs and MacDonalds than this farcical excuse for a pub. What is more, the prices outweigh even the best of Clifton's local eateries, so visiting here will not only make you feel sick, but veritably short-changed. No care, attention or even skill went into the 'cooking' (in brackets as the microwave was going 'Ding' in the background every ten minutes we were there). Go somewhere like the Lansdown up the road, or the Grain Barge down the road if you want to eat in a decent pub.
If you are a meat eater you can rely on the earlier positive reviews, no need to read this one. If you are a vegetarian don’t even think about eating a main meal here, stick to a cheese sandwich or something safe. The menu has plenty of veggie options, but the broccoli and Stilton pancakes I ordered were truly disgusting with not a spot of Stilton in sight. The waiter did apologise on removing my uneaten meal though.
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Great selection of real ale, wine and good wholesome food. Their portions are BIG and even their sandwiches defeat all but the largest appetites. I've been going there for over 15 years and can't fault it. Suitable for all age groups over 20 years. Dogs welcome too! Staff are both helpful and very cheerful, decor is traditional with natural floorboards, old tables and chairs, no fruit machines, nice terrace beer/smoking garden, Sunday Roasts and good Veggie selection always available. One of the top 5 Pubs in Bristol.
Another jewel in the haze of standard pubs in Bristol, The Hope and Anchor really stands out from the crowd. Firstly there is the range of drinks, and as a beer drinker myself, it is marvelous. 4 or 5 guest ales are usually on, along with 4 or 5 largers/premium largers. There are various ciders to choose from and all other drinks you would expect.
The food comes next, and what a meal they serve! I work quite close to this pub, and Friday lunchtimes are often spent here eating great, proper pub grub. they have all the usuals you would expect, along with 3 times more of the unusual. The food is fantastic value and the portion sizes are very generous! My favourite lunchtime 'snack’ to date was the roast beef sandwhich (which was effectively a whole roast dinner between two slices of thick, wholemeal bread.
It can get rather busy in the evenings, but the garden outside is large enough for four or five large groups of people, a great place to spend the summer evenings!
The Hope and Anchor is a great pub, but probably because of the steepness of constitution hill, isn't packed by students...(apart from us back in the days, oh what fun we had with the name)…although it usually is pretty busy in the evenings. This may be because there is always great food to be had there (served from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.), or it may be because of the real ales and beers that are on offer. Personally I love this pub because it is nicely old-fashioned, and the kind of place that feels as if everyone there is a regular, creating an atmosphere that is so comfortable you can even bring in your boardgames and not get weird looks.
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