The Anchor Pub

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£25 and under
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Contemporary European

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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.
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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Poor experience. Errors made twice with an order, some food served not hot. Very unfortunate, this place is trading off of its reputation and location rather than the quality of its food and drink.

SL
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff were very good ( Federico ) the food ok but could of been better . Wine list very good

VA
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The place near by the river is really nice.. The food and the whole service was very professional! I would recommend it and I will book a table again!

CS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t think of a more beautiful setting to eat and drink in the sunshine as we did on Thursday.

LN
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food, service and ambience were great in the upstairs restaurant area. They were able to accommodate us, even thought we're were an hour late, we did phone to let them know and they made us feel it wasn't a problem. Really had a nice meal and a fab location over looking the river Cam, although sadly one of the windows was covered up with boarding, which spoilt the view slightly, but we had a nice time regardless.

JT
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We booked a table in advance as this pub is in a good location next to the river. First impressions weren't good as the exterior looks tatty and is covered in peeling paintwork. The interior isn't much better. We had arrived early but the upstairs dining room was closed and staff were very vague about when and where a table would be ready. We decided to sit outside until a table was available and ordered a bottle of French Chardonnay for £28. It wasn't chilled and the cooler was full of water not ice. We had to ask for ice and add ice to the wine we had already poured. That is simply not acceptable. We chose nachos to share as a starter and they arrived drowned in orange squirty cheese as did our dried up burgers. I wouldn't have thought it was too difficult to use 'real cheese' and a salad garnish would be nice! My son's fish and chips was slightly better although the skin hadn't been removed. Unfortunately the location of this place in no way makes up for the overall experience. A lot of work needs to be done all round!

SA
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Good food, good wine, mediocre service and terrible loos!
Prime location on the river with punt hire nextdoor so you'd at least expect a seat on the ladies loo! Not a good example for the tourists!

CM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just look out for the optional service charge. Otherwise all was great

AN
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

After booking a table over a day in advance, we arrived expecting to have a lovely meal by the river. Since their website said "if you'd like to sit outside and eat then just ask when you turn up", so I did, and after much confusion as to why we'd want to sit outside on such a nice day, and being told we wouldn't "have the same experience or service", we went to order at the bar, but being greeted with "just to let you know, we don't have any hot food tonight" we decided to leave. Surely this is the exact purpose of giving the restaurant our phone number so that we can be called to be told they don't have any hot food? Disasterouse. Very disappointed.

C
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely Father’s Day celebration with a delicious roast dinner and very good service.
I would highly recommend it.

KE
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the loveliest meal here. There wasn’t a scrap of food left, all plates literally licked clean by us and the children. Will definitely be back. Service was great too, really friendly.

W
Cambridge
6 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We were a party of six for a traditional pub lunch, the food was good, although the portion size a little small. The service was very slow to start with and took a long time to find the table we had booked.

JC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I booked a table for my wife's birthday. On arrival we were told to find a table on the top floor. We sat in a bay window with a nice view overlooking the river. Unfortunately I am unable to review anything else about this restaurant as for the 30 mins we sat enjoying the view we were not asked if we wanted a drink nor were we offered any food so we left and went to find somewhere to eat. Happy birthday.
Clearly not a venue that looks for repeat business.

JH
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is marvellous. We mostly go for Sunday lunch. Plentiful choices. Everything we have ordered has been excellent.
Service is good.
Location wonderful.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Terrible service. Would not visit again.

JR
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

First off, the food and staff were great, had very good Sunday roasts which were without fault, lovely! The kids menu was the usual, but when asked they said they do do a child sized roast which wasn’t advertised, so I think they need to promote that more because even my 7 yr old is sick of nuggets and chips everywhere! The only downside was on arrival the restaurant section was closed, we had been reserved a table in the bar area with no table service, although when the excellent staff were queried over this they kindly did take my order so I didn’t have to queue again. The pub is lively, busy and fun and overlooks the river so very pleasant. Will go back again

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good, honest pub food and good service. Relaxed atmosphere and great location with views of the river. Bit pricey for what it is and the loos were bad, no soap, no loo roll, one hand drier not working. Overall a good experience and I’d go back.

PM
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Waiter was good, very cheery. - just everything else sad to say. My sons starter arrived after 20 minutes - mine just under 10 mins later. A long wait for the mains - 2 roast beef, 1 chicken .... luke warm at best. Chicken dry and tasteless. Such a shame as pub is a lovely location. Lets hope it improves.

N
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Great pub. Great food. Friendly service. But was way under staffed! Hire more people!

JD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

There were not enough staff working. We waited 30 minutes to order. Then waited almost 1 hour for the food. The only waiter was dealing with incoming clients, taking orders. Meanwhile hot food sat on hot plate for a good 20 minutes. No one got their food for a long time. Not enough staff. Poor communication, organisation and no management.

JB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really nice atmosphere, great views over Cam, and very friendly service. And the food was good. Can strongly recommend the horseradish sauce; roast potatoes were excellent if on the massive side. Great beer.

M
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Our return visit. We had one Sunday roast (belly of pork) and one burger. My guest had the belly of pork which was delicious, however, my burger was disappointing. It came with stick French fries which were over cooked and hollow. The burger had the pulled pork on top, which was lovely but the burger itself was quite dry. I thought it was over priced. Next time, I'll stick to the roast as that seems the winning formula.

C
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

It is a lovely pub with beautiful views over the river. However, the place was completely understaffed; everything took forever, and it did not make for a nice atmosphere with all the manic running around. Also, wasn't convinced by the open kitchen - created noise and a feeling of stress. A pity, both food and atmosphere used to be amazing but this is now the third time it has not been great.

S
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Over the last nine weeks we have tried lots of places to eat and drink in Cambridge and this seems to be favourite with the group I’m working with.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Poor service and tasteless food served with attitude

RR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Slow service, not good value

DH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we arrived the service excelled and the Sunday roast was amazing, I had the Suffolk chicken delicious

AF
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to the Anchor on New Years Eve. It was a nice experience. Meal was very tasty and good value for money. It was a bit noisy but it was NYE.

JS
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Food choices poor, expensive and was over charged!

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and atmosphere

AP
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening, the staff (especially Chloe) were so lovely and accommodating. Excellent food, top beers and a cosy atmosphere- thanks Anchor!

IS
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Could be so much better
Clearly have trouble with large groups
Pie and a pint probably more enjoyable than a 3 - course meal
Idylic spot and a lovely old building crying out for a lick of paint

JA
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a quiet sunny lunchtime, we had a great time with colleagues we were meeting for the first time

IM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Booked table for lunch on Thursday 13th. Single server for busy bar. Could not find our table and after 10 mins trying to get served at bar decided The Granta was better option!

LS
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Overpriced for very average food.
Went to Byron the following day and had a much better meal for around half the price.

SA
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed fantastic meal and super puddings overlooking the Cam - very friendly staff overall a fantastic pub

DR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Booked as it had outdoor space by the river but weather not great so ate inside. Food was decent but not great and the service was ok. Had to try and find someone to find out where our table was which took about 5 minutes. Very expensive for what we had. Clearly paying for location!

DW
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Really good food and location. The downside (possibly due to the steady stream of people) is that it was really dirty (I mean REALLY) and the food service was very slow.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was great! Was just disappointing that 3 of the 4 dishes we ordered were not available 😢😢

SS
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

History, view, food - great combination. Nice afternoon or evening stop.

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