Sitting halfway up the rather steep Jacob’s Wells Road is this independent free house, where delicious food and tempting drinks are served in a warm and welcoming setting.
Step inside and you’ll be greeted by traditional decor – think pictures adorning the walls, tables tucked into corners and a large bar, which leads around to the tiered garden. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a couple of drinks with friends, somewhere to prop up your feet after a walk in the nearby park with your four-legged friend, or are after a delicious three-course meal, the Hope & Anchor is the place to be.
Visiting a sunny day, we decided to make full use of the pub’s suntrap garden, so after ordering our drinks, we headed straight outside to bask in the sunshine. While relaxing we perused the menu, which showcases modern British cuisine made using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. From the tempting selection I chose to begin with arancini atop a bed of olives and spinach. Crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside, they proved incredibly moreish. Meanwhile, my companion tucked into fresh prawns, tossed into a salad and paired with sweet chilli dip. She seemed equally taken with her starter, commenting that the dressing had a wonderful kick. After a short pause, our mains arrived – a jerk chicken burger for me, and sausages and mash for my guest. The burger was a tower of succulent chicken, fresh salad and relish, and was accompanied by crispy sweet potato fries and homemade coleslaw. My companion’s meal comprised organic sausages – which she declared some of the best she’s ever had – with creamy mash and onion gravy. Although rather full, the specials board boasted a number of tempting desserts, from which we plumped for peanut butter cheesecake partnered with tonka bean sorbet and crème brûlée topped with a scoop of vegan blueberry ice cream.
Fully content, we sat back with a tipple each and planned when we would be making a return visit – perhaps next time to sample the Hope & Anchor’s reputable Sunday roast.