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The Anchor Pub

4.2
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282 reviews
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£25 and under
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Contemporary British

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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 282 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.1
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4.2
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3.8
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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
1 review
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 !

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Ajm147
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Setting was lovely - great spot outside by the river. Staff were attentive, welcoming and social distancing measures were firmly in place. The food was okay. We went when it was the eat out to help out, so pricing was reasonable. We thought the full prices were a little excessive for what you got. When we are next in Cambridge, we will definitely go back for a drink along the river.

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PercySelfridge
London
31 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Really friendly and inviting place, but the delicious-sounding buttermilk chicken burger was a rather small fillet on a dry bun served with lukewarm chips at £14. To be fair, the chicken was delicious but the price point is all wrong for what you get. Had it been one of those deliciously overproduced and generous meals served at the right temperature, I would’ve been happy to pay that (or a little more) but it was basic pub grub and gastropub prices where other places do it better and cheaper. Its been over 20 years and I enjoyed my visit to The Anchor, but I would be a fool to go back.

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Missy
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The food was hit and miss. My chicken burger was excellent but my son’s fish and chips was soggy. My husband’s chicken was okay. Our waiter was nice but he forgot to bring ketchup after we asked, we were served veggie sticks when we ordered fish fingers for the toddler, which apparently didn’t exist, and we were billed twice as much as we should have been but that was rectified when I pointed it out. The view was nice and the atmosphere good. If it wasn’t for the eat out to help out scheme, it would have been too expensive for what it was. There are probably better places to eat in Cambridge, for the money.

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JaciR
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice pub food, a great location with views over the water and surrounded by history.
Loved the pink Floyd connection.

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AnnesleyC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The pub was very busy as it was the Cambridge half marathon but the staff were friendly and tried their best to keep up with all the orders!

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

A nice pub. However took a very long time to receive our food. And the quality of food has dropped in the last year. Nachos had too many chips for the tiny amount of salsa and cheese.

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GabrielleL
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Only for a drink!!!
Our waiter tried so hard but unfortunately they had very little available on the menu and burgers were not good. All bread was stale.

Beautiful setting however and the venue has wonderful charm!

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AdamB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! Everything we had on the menu was presented to a really high standard.

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Was lovely, food was perfect although I wasn’t much into desert - just personal preference though. All and all a great place

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food came quickly and was excellent

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PaulaW
Cambridge
14 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great time here. Food excellent. Service and atmosphere always good. Lovely selection of wines too.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Fast and friendly service.

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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 4.2 stars by 282 OpenTable diners.

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