The Anchor Pub

4.1
294 reviews
£25 and under
Contemporary British
Set on the bank of the beautiful river Cam in the historic city of Cambridge, The Anchor pub, dining room & river terrace is a stone’s throw away from the world famous Queens college & its stunning mathematical bridge.

We serve fresh seasonal food using locally sourced ingredients, cask conditioned real ales, craft beers; wines from a carefully chosen innovative wine list. We provide friendly knowledgeable & relaxed service in picturesque surroundings.

Escape to our dining room where you can guarantee a fabulous view or experience al fresco dining overlooking the river during the summer months.

Why not spend an afternoon or the evening with us, take a punt on the river then enjoy a meal with us either before or after.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 294 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
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4.0
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4.1
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3diners
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Had a really enjoyable dinner.
Would have been nice for someone to come and check the meal was ok and for condiments etc.
We had to go looking for someone each time.
The staff were however pleasant and polite.

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Great food, delicious roast, but unfortunately the service was so poor. It felt like we were an inconvenience and it was all very slow even though it didn’t appear to be busy at all, nobody bothered to do a check back/ ask how everything was, and we asked for more sauces which never came. Overall, quite disappointing

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DaveP
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience5

There was only one guy trying to serve almost the entire pub, totally ridiculous. Felt really sorry for him as he tried his best but people were left for long periods just “waiting “

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Razzler
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Great location but food and drink were over priced and the service wasn’t great.

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fionah
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views across the river, excellent service and lovely food!

The Anchor Pub
Responded on 3 November 2020

Delighted to hear that you had a wonderful time with us and appreciated us enough to review us. See you soon.

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Fortyniner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent COVID precautions, staff alert yet relaxed.

The Anchor Pub
Responded on 30 October 2020

Thank you so much for your feedback we are working hard to ensure we all feel safe and its great to hear that you felt that without it being too over bearing. See you soon!

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CatherineW
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The Sunday Roast was horrible and SO overpriced. The meat was fatty, they didn't even bring us Yorkshires even though they were listed on the menu, the potatoes were flavourless, the gravy was thin and oily, we ordered extra sides of Pigs in Blankets and Cauliflower Cheese for £4.50 each and they were the biggest waste of money. Tiny portions and the Cauliflower Cheese was orange and tasted really weird, and the Pigs in Blankets were grisly and cheap. The restaurant was cold also and not very relaxing atmosphere. Also you aren't able to split the bill any more due to Covid rules which I fail to see the reasoning behind. I've never been more upset to pay for a meal, feel like I literally threw my money away.

The Anchor Pub
Responded on 30 October 2020

We are so sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your roast with us, it is definately not the norm. We did run out of Yorkshire puddings later in the day but managed to cook some more! We for sure should have let you know and replace them with something else. We will always resolve any issues on the day should you bring them to our attention and would never want you to leave us so upset.

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VickyW
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious Sunday roast. The staff were very friendly and the service impeccable. Highly recommend and would definitely visit again

The Anchor Pub
Responded on 30 October 2020

We are delighted that you had a great time with us and thank you for taking the time review. We look forward to seeing you again soon and of course we will pass your comments on to our Chefs.

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CarolineW
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty food, prompt service. I had the roast chicken, although wasnt offered choice between joints or breast meat. Was given joints-prefer breast meat. Side of pigs in blankets and stuffing was tasty but over-priced. Everything clean and distanced. Busy still.
Complicated log-in for covid - uses own qr system and texts etc

The Anchor Pub
Responded on 30 October 2020

Hi Caroline, with the half roast chicken you get some of both breast and leg meat. We often do regular competitor visits and find that we are well priced in the area. We are super Covid friendly and our team will always help those who need it.

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JCT1
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely pub food, good service. We sat inside near the door to the outside seating area, on the whole it felt as if diners were well spaced out and that the Anchor has put Covid-safe measures in place very successfully. Would certainly recommend.

The Anchor Pub
Responded on 30 October 2020

Many thanks for your review and our guest and team safety is paramount. We are delighted to hear that you had a great time and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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TamaraN
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were friendly and good service. We had the fish and chips which was amazing!! Highly recommend

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Mml123
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience4

We had to wait at the door for 20 minutes even though we had a reservation

The Anchor Pub
Responded on 26 October 2020

Good Evening, Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your food and service with us however we do apologise that you had a longer wait in the queue than you expected. With the COVID restrictions, it can take a longer time to get all of our guests to track and trace before entering the pub however we are always looking at more efficient ways to combat this. Thank you for your patience with us! Kind regards, The Anchor

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IainD
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Three of us went for drinks and had an extremely good experience. We got a secluded table with lots of space between us and other customers and the whole evening felt very safe. Good Camden pale ale as well.

The Anchor Pub
Responded on 17 October 2020

Good Morning! Thank you for your review!! We aim to make everybody as safe and inclusive as possible! We are extremely happy that you enjoyed your time with us! We can't wait to welcome you back again soon and don't forget to check out our social media for all the exciting news we have to share! Kind regards, Lauren

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Review786
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Lovely view, Sunday roast was poor and the service was slow and almost non-existent

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GillianB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Slow service. 2 out of 3 meals lukewarm and returned as a result our group did not eat together. Food was nice but service poor. Waited 15 mins to have order taken. Would not go back.

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ChrisC
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Couldn’t fault the food. However the quality of service was poor. We had pre booked and arrived early but were brought to our table promptly. However we then had a wait of around 20 minutes before we were asked about drinks. Then during the meal we requested another drink and didn’t receive that for 30 to 40 minutes after ordering and asking where the drinks were 3 times. That spoilt what was otherwise would have been a very positive experience.

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GaryW
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to the anchor for a quick bite for lunch and was massively impressed by the covid procedures in place, service and food quality. The club sandwich was perfect for a quick lunch before I headed back to work, and for only a tenner it came with ample chips and lovely bread. Highly recommend.

The Anchor Pub
Responded on 17 October 2020

Good Morning GaryW! Thank you for your review, we are extremely happy that you enjoyed your time with us and we managed to score 5 stars across the board! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Kind regards, The Anchor

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Jules
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We came for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed our time and had a lovely welcome from Kirsty who showed us to our table and told us about the Covid procedures. Gary looked after us well an definitely deserves a mention! We would recommend to our friends and will be back next time we are in Cambridge.

The Anchor Pub
Responded on 9 October 2020

Good Afternoon Jules! Thank you so much for your kind review, I will be sure to pass your comments on to the team! We really look forward to seeing you again soon! Kind regards, The Anchor

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RebeccaW
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

For food and location, the Anchor is a fantastic choice. The weather was awful, so we sat inside but still got beautiful views of the river. The food was delicious - best pulled pork nachos I've ever had! Jerk chicken needed more spice but everyone else really enjoyed theirs. The service was a bit all over the place - firstly we were a party of 6 and were sat at a table for 4 people, even though I had booked weeks in advance. Luckily, we were able to be seated elsewhere. We found the food to came out in dribs and drabs for the mains and then we struggled to get the attention of a server to come and take our plates to then order desserts. We ran out of time and had to leave to meet our cab, which was a shame. I would return though - it was a lovely pub and the food is worth going back for!

The Anchor Pub
Responded on 6 October 2020

Good Afternoon! I will pass on your lovely comments to the kitchen team, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your food with us. Our sincerest apologies for the inconveniences that you had during your time with us. With all the new staff we have due to lock down, we are on a steady progression back to the correct level of outstanding service that we would like to be known for. We are excited to welcome you back in the future so we can show you what we are really capable of! The Anchor

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England
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food and lovely location. Very busy and service average .Meals arrived no knives and forks ,took a while to arrive as busy on other tables .
Also congested at entrance as people there without reservations ,blocking entry for those with bookings . Once inside felt comfortable with COVID procedures .

The Anchor Pub
Responded on 6 October 2020

Good Afternoon, We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you had felt safe once inside the pub. We aim to ensure all of our guests feel this way. We are sorry that you had experienced congestion within the entrance of the pub, this is something I will forward onto the hosting team. Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, The Anchor

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Cryad
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service, very good pub food (especially the fried chicken) in a very nice setting with a terrace on the river Cam. Strict following of covid regulations (also a very good point).

The Anchor Pub
Responded on 6 October 2020

Good Afternoon! Thank you so much for your time in writing this review, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your dine with us! We assure all customers that we are strict with the COVID regulations but this is to help ensure the safety of not only our customers but our wonderful team as well! We hope to see you again soon, please visit our Facebook or Instagram profiles to see the exciting things coming up! Kind regards, The Anchor

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jordi
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The views were great and the service fantastic! Great experience!

The Anchor Pub
Responded on 2 October 2020

Good Afternoon! Thank you for your review! We are absolutely delighted that you enjoyed your time with us! We cannot wait to welcome you back in the doors real soon! Don’t forget that it’s OKTOBERFEST at the anchor until 4th October!!! Kind regards, The Anchor

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giovanni
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Pretty cold downstairs, some food really good, fish and chips quite soggy and greasy

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CooperWales
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

In our first visit we Went here just for drinks. Although we had not booked, the manager was quite rude, we did get a table outside and even when an indoor table came available, and the waitress ask the manager If we could have it he still said no.
In our second visit my son got the incorrect meal after being given a normal menu and not the Sunday menu. We had finished when his alternative meal arrived and although an apology was given, they still added a service charge at the end, which considering our order was incorrect was a bit of a kick in the teeth. And on leaving my son did say by to the staff and he was ignored. Won’t be returning

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bernardb
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really good food and nice ambience. The service was fast and friendly

The Anchor Pub
Responded on 29 September 2020

Good Afternoon! Thank you so much for your kind review! We are extremely happy that you enjoyed your time with us, we look forward to welcoming you back soon! Kind regards, The Anchor

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Food very expensive, £5 for a small pork pie or sausage roll.

The Anchor Pub
Responded on 29 September 2020

Good Afternoon, Thank you for your review, we are sorry that you feel that way. All of our bar snacks are made fresh, in house each day. We do however have two days left of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme and would love it if you would come down and enjoy 50% off all food and soft drinks. Maybe we could change your mind about the pricing of our menu! Kind regards, The Anchor

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SherylP
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed lunch at the anchor with my husband. The food was very nice. Staff very friendly all in all really good. The 2 only negatives are it was quite noisy & I thought a large glass of red was ridiculously priced. We will visit again but I will not be having a large glass of red.

The Anchor Pub
Responded on 2 October 2020

Good Afternoon! Thank you for your kind review, we are so pleased that we have almost reached all expectations! The music in the pub can always be quietened if this is the cause of the noise level, we can always lower this at any request! We hope to see you again real soon! Kind regards, The Anchor

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JonathanF
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service, food and ambience. Good welcome and much improved Covid19 provisions.

The Anchor Pub
Responded on 28 September 2020

Thank you so much for the kind words Johnathon, we are always aiming to provide the best service possible and the ongoing COVID changes are sometimes difficult to manage but we are glad we have managed to improve on our systems so far!

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MartinL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service in difficult times. Staff very accommodating! Thank you!

The Anchor Pub
Responded on 23 September 2020

Good Afternoon MartinL! We are so pleased that you have enjoyed your time with us, I will pass on your lovely comments to the team! We hope to see you again real soon! Kind regards, The Anchor

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KatF
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience3

Unfortunately the food wasn’t great. We were lucky to be in the sunshine which helped, but we had the chicken wings, monkfish scampi both were average - wings were tiny and scampi was only 6 small pieces in the portion. The patron peppers were not cooked properly so we’re still crunchy. Shame as we were so pleased that they were back open.

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Samantha
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly service and it felt very well organised and safe. good food and a lovely view

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Lizzy
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Gorgeous food, apart from the veg needed a bit of extra cooking/was quite hard to cut into and the cauliflower cheese sauce and gravy was a bit too watery - but everything else was really tasty and overall good.
Lovely, friendly service too and fantastic setting by the river.
Have had their fish and chips before and wow, absolutely right up there with the best!!

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DexterH
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal, very COVID cautious (in a good way!) and lovely staff.

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Rach
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food was nice, but was very overpriced for pub grub. There was a very loud table beside us and staff were very kind and helpful allowing us to move to a quieter area.

The Anchor Pub
Responded on 7 September 2020

Good Afternoon! We are so pleased that you had enjoyed your food, we are currently running a 50% off food and soft drinks option on Monday-Wednesday throughout September and we hope to see you again soon! We will always try our hardest to accommodate any requests you may have and we are very proud of our kind and helpful team members. Thank you for your review! Kind regards, The Anchor

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Absolutely delicious food and enjoyable “show” outside - watching all the punters hire their boats

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jamest
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

No Ale, run out of Guinness asked for G&T was served orange gin

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HayleyQ
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was terrible. I had ordered a coke that was flat. Ask for a new one and it took forever to come. My husband had a beer on request for a second beer it never arrived. Food was below average. Not child friendly. We asked for a high chair when booking so the pub should of known we had a child with us. But still sat us up the highest point in the pub having to carry the pram up the stairs. The highchair we was given was full off food. Luckily i had my own anti bac wipes to clean it and the wipe after wiping it down was black with dirt..there was no kids drinks available like a juice or friut shoot.. Definitely Wouldn't return.

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LindaM
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely meal in a characterful setting by the river.

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KAzzaM
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We’ve rated the food fair but we did t actually eat, the review form wouldn’t let us move on unless we reviewed the food. So I think the pub had just reopened the day before we visited. Good COVID practices in place. Friendly staff. Sadly services was just really slow but I’m putting that down to the fact they’ve just reopened and they’re still trying to find their feet

The Anchor Pub
Responded on 2 September 2020

Good Afternoon! Thank you for your review, we are still in the process of finding our flow in these COVID pandemic times but we appreciate your patience with us and assure you that upon your return, our service will have returned to its exemplary standard! Kind regards, The Anchor

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HollyJ
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent and very kind adapting to our needs in the rain! Food was tasty, both had fish and chips. Just wish there were a few more peas for the price !

FAQs

The Anchor Pub does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. The Anchor Pub also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01223 353554.

The Anchor Pub is rated 4.1 stars by 294 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.