Hope & Anchor, Brixton

There are a few spots in Brixton which are known by many. There’s the Ritzy Cinema, for arthouse or mainstream films. There’s Barrio, for all things Peruvian. Brixton Village for a touch of culture and POP Brixton for streetfood and communal dining.

And there was the Grand Union pub.

Now, it’s the Hope & Anchor.

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There’s been a bit of a reshuffle, and this Brixton fave has had a “makeover that even Miley Cyrus would struggle to compete with”.

A 10-15 minute walk from Brixton Station, you walk past the epic town hall and past Blues Kitchen. It’s long enough of a walk to work up an appetite, perfectly placed for pub grub if you live nearby or an after-work drink.

It goes without saying that the Hope & Anchor is not your average pub. The place is positively dripping with glamour. There’re the modern day necessities: neon lights, edgy mannequins, missing half a torso and stuffed with flowers, and glossy ceramic brickwork.

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There’s a (near-enough) resident dog, the sweetest puppy bounding around and having a substantial fuss made of him. Resident DJs play on Friday and Saturday nights into the early morning.

When you step inside, you can see why it’s a favourite of Brixton-ites. On top of a gratifying menu, there’s a massive beer garden out back which is heated during the winter months. Well-known in Brixton and beyond, here’s what you need to know: there are fairy lights, Tiki huts and a cinematic sized screen. Cinematic.

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To start we dipped into the Somerset Camembert, with Hiver Honey & Thyme and Sourdough Bread (£12.50) and the Crab Croquettes (£6.50) which were stunning but extremely garlicky – beware if you’re on a first date.

For mains we had the Chicken Burger (£9.50), which is stacked with a buttermilk breaded chicken breast, avocado, maple-cured bacon, and Sriracha mayo. Need I say more? It doesn’t come with fries, but I’d recommend the curly fries to satisfy the 90s child inside of you (and they always taste better than regular fries).

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Other highlights include a fully vegan pizza, the Vegetarian Burger made with crispy beetroot, fennel, lentils and mozzarella, and the pub-classic – Pale ale-battered cod with triple-cooked chips, mushy peas and tartar sauce.

The Brie & Bacon Cranberry Stuffed Chicken with Sweet Potato Hash is off of the Winter Retreat Menu, which is available until 28 February 2018. The offer is 2 meals for £20, Monday – Saturday, and other than the stuffed chicken (a definite recommendation), there’s Wild Boar Meatballs, with roasted carrots and buttered mash; Beef & Parsnip Pudding, with homemade mash potato and gravy; or an English Crown of Turkey & Leek Pie, with homemade mash potato. It’s alllll about the mash.

If you’re only free on a Sunday, there’s a pretty stellar Sunday Roast, with choices of Striploin of Beef, Lemon & Thyme Chicken, Mixed Nut Roast or Roasted Cauliflower Cheese. Get roasting from 12 midday every Sunday, and a live vinyl DJ arrives at 2pm until 6pm.

P.s. There are giant Yorkshire puddings. Sold.

Where are your favourite London pubs?

Love, Chloe x

Hope & Anchor, Brixton – www.hopeandanchorbrixton.co.uk

Closest tube: Brixton (Victoria Line)
123 Acre Lane,
Brixton,
London
SW2 5UA

Monday – Thursday: 4pm – 11pm
Friday: 4pm – 1am
Saturday: 12pm – 1am
Sunday: 12pm – 10pm

 

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. April 6, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    Looks like a wonderful place-and I love your photos.

    • April 9, 2018 / 3:10 pm

      Thanks so much Lydia!

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