The Anthologist

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566 reviews
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  • Lunch
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Business Meals
Situated on London’s Gresham Street, close to the Museum of London, The Anthologist bar and deli restaurant provides the ideal antidote to the stresses and noise of the city. Boasting a thoroughly modern design in an airy loft space, complete with exposed ducting, high stools and long canteen style tables, low hanging industrial inspired lighting, pressed tin ceilings and curved wood bar, The Anthologist is eclectic and quirky without an ounce of pretentiousness. Unashamed in its claim to ‘have it all’, here at The Anthologist your every wish is granted – ranging from a perfectly brewed morning coffee to a deli-fresh quick-fire lunch, from a hand-blended almost healthy cocktail to a delish dinner at the Chef’s Table. Wherever possible, The Anthologist works alongside local suppliers and artisans to offers guests the highest quality meals, wines and drinks. The menus provide a taste of the traditional on sharing boards and home-baked breads as well as gourmet twists.
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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Waitress let us know the kitchen was very busy as soon as we got seated which was helpful. The food arrived within a reasonable time. The fish curry wasnt the greatest but overall the experience was good

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MC
Brighton
6 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had a really good experience, really friendly, welcoming efficient staff, only downside for a dedicated gin drinker was the dreadful tonic.

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S
London
43 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I love how they’ve designed the Anthologist, really adding to the atmosphere since I was last there. Excellent service and the biggest smile you’ll ever get from the lady who greets you - great way to start the day.

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TB
Brighton
7 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were a small group at the restaurant the first of the spring menu. The food was great - there was even some food envy around the table. I would say the only thing that was off was the service was a little slow. There were not that many people in the restaurant and so I would have expected it to be a little better. However it was not bad enough that I would not go back. The servers when they did come over were friendly and fun.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Very poor salad. Just a few chicory leaves, lots of feta and the added halloumi (for which I paid extra) was breaded and fried. So hard and tasteless. There was no other salad in the salad I think I saw a pumpkin seed but can’t be sure. I expected a lot better

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

disappointed that the Grilled salmon has been removed from the menu. One diner had to wait a while after the rest of us had received our food, we had to ask for it. The service charge was added to the bill so we didn't feel the need to leave a tip but the waitress took it upon herself not to return with the change.

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F
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Service was really bad. Waiter was very rude and a real shame as the food was nice

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M
London
28 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good for business meeting, you can actually talk and be heard if seat on a separate table. Also good for groups - larger tables are available.
Neutral decor inside, tasty food. Good value.

Recommended

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P
London
77 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A business lunch stalwart - focussed service and good sized portions make for a good event.

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SO
London
24 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great venue in a handy location for Business Meals. Service was friendly and tolerant (I was early and waited for about an hour for my guest - who was on time for the booking!) and they were suitably attentive and non-intrusive.

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DJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good location, tasty food, reasonably priced. Catered well for children. Service good but one grumpy waitress. Good value and will go back.

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RP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Waited 20 minutes at the table to be acknowledged by staff, despite being shown to table. Long wait for drinks.

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L
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Really nice food, nice drinks! lively atmosphere etc... only downside is, despite booking a table, three separate people came to us on three separate occasions asking if we needed anything else after our meal. In the space of 5 mins. In fact, one person tried to take my plate while i was still eating! They obviously wanted to rush us out.. but was quite rude and disappointing considering we had reservations and ordered a decent amount :(

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The food was greasy but to be fair we had ordered fried starters. Since it was a Friday dinner the service was tardy. But the location was great as it was very convenient for a office dinner party .

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JJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Went for lunch. Service was very good (prompt and friendly) but food was nothing to write home about. I had the burger & bun was stale and tasteless and my friend had crab linguine which had trace scatterings of crab but heaps of (uncharred) corn. Fine for a quick catch-up but looking back, I wouldn't recommend the food for anything special.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service!

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ST
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The service wasn't great, no ice bucket for wine, took a long time, food average

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NO
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Nice venue in a central location. Good for breakfast but service was slow and not very attentive. Took an age to get the bill and then to be able to pay which frustrating.

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MD
London
39 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Booked Anthologist for a coffee catch up. Very warm welcome from the staff. Good coffee and very good service.

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MA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It is a large space and was quite full at lunchtime and so must be popular. I was just a little underwhelmed by the experience. The food was fine but no more than that-I didn't think-oh yes, must come again.

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s
London
56 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good new menu and group dining spot. Noise in the evenings quite loud however our waiter did get the music turned down

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YT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a very fun Friday night celebrating my birthday. My only negative would be the noise level - we were sat in the restaurant side and it was so loud you had to shout to have a conversation.

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PR
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice lunch from a simple menu
Salad could have been bigger and had a better dressing
It was busy and so the service was ok but not attentive
Friendly atmosphere

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FM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

It was a very busy lunchtime so I tried to be patient, but it took really long to get anyone's attention so that we could order (I had a reservation and we were seated and given menus right away). When we were finally able to order, the waiter recommended that we get some nibbles because the kitchen was very busy and our food would take longer than normal. The food once it came was great, but when finished we again had a long wait to get our bill.

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LR
Kent
109 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Business brunch - they weren't massively busy but service was a little slow to begin with nonetheless. When food arrived though it was excellent.

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PS
Buckinghamshire
32 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Local to our office and has been good for breakfast, morning coffee and lunches. Good service and good food

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the service was great from the moment we walked through the door!

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for breakfast - lovely food. Just right for a quick conversation

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AW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was ok-ish, service spotty.

Ordered an omelette with cheese and mushroom, waited a long time then received one with cheese and ham. Tried to attract waiter's attention to change it but nobody noticed me so in the end got up and went to find waiter myself.
Asked for a peppermint tea, that took ages as well.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really accommodating. Food was great.

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t
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately I got there to find my table had been double booked and the people who where sitting there really didnt want to give it up. So I ended up not actually eating there. I also didn't realise that it is a club night on a friday, (I guess i must have missed the memo on that one) It was extremely loud so me and my party of 5 left hungry and went to find somewhere else we could eat and have a conversation. Its a real shame because im sure the food is delicious.

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N
London
21 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The service was awful. Too few staff looking after too many people in at the busiest time. The waitress didn’t know whether she was coming or going but she / we was / were saved by her colleague. We didn’t get served drinks for 15 minutes (and then I had to ask someone), then it became even more shambolic. Food way too salty (and I like salty food) and an embarrassing business lunch.

A shame as it used to be excellent in all respects.

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MD
London
39 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Again, delicious food and customer service was very good.

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OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Left before eating. Might as well have gone to eat in middle of a Club. Blaring music!

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JJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Ok experience

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I've been to the Anthologist before and it is one of my favourite places in the City.
The staff (host) at the door are always nice and welcoming. However, last week the waiter and the service provided were not as great as they should be.
We ordered 3 glasses of Prosecco, they brought only 1- so we had to wait for the next 2.
The 3 of us ordered steaks and had to wait almost 1 hour, when the waitress came one of he steaks was Rib- eye, and my friend ordered Sirloin. The waitress then realised that she placed the wrong order. I know everyone makes mistakes, and my friend was happy to eat the Sirloin but I think for a well- known place like the Anthologist- this should not be happening. At the end of the day, that's what she is supposed to do- take orders correctly.
Overall, the food and the environment were great as usual!

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Booked this restaurant as they were advertising a choice of two set menus, on arrival we were told that the set menus were no longer available despite me saying that we were booking because we wanted the set menu in my booking email. Food was ok, nothing special. The service was really slow, asked to order our food before our drinks order had been taken and drinks were slow to arrive. This would be ok if we had all ordered complicated cocktails but 3 cokes, two pints and two glasses of red isn’t complicated. Round two of drinks also took along time to come and we weren’t even offered desserts. It wasn’t very busy so we couldn’t understand the slow service. This is definitely more of an after work drinks and nibbles kinda place rather than to go specifically for lunch or dinner.

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D
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food but service was slow, but it was very busy to be fair.

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A
Essex
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I booked a table through you but got a call the next day after making all my arrangements to say actually the restaurant couldn't accommodate our booking as they were fully booked. Why advertise the availability if there isn't any?

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

It's by far not the first time I've eaten at the Anthologist and there is a reason why I tend to go back, normally the standard of service is quite good and the food has always been pretty good quality. However, we were having a team breakfast, when it seemed like the service at the Anthologist was failing on all levels.

We had a party of about 12 sat at a long table right next to another similar size party. The other table made their orders ahead of ours and the waiters kept bringing us the food and drinks that weren't ours. As funny as it was the first couple of times, it became very predictable pretty quickly.

Someone from our group ordered porridge, which I think in fairness wasn't on the menu. Then he ordered blueberry pancakes, that were. A few minutes after the waiter had taken the orders they came back to say they hadn't prepared the dough for pancakes that morning yet so they couldn't fill the order. That was around 9!

Another one of us ordered a bacon sandwich, making a point that it needed to be without butter (due to their lactose intolerance). The sandwich came with butter on the side as well as on bread. It had to be sent back.

Whilst we were waiting for our orders to arrive, the waiter came back to our table a few times to reconfirm that he made sure he understood certain orders correctly, however in the end they still managed to mess up a number of orders.

I have to say, although our group was generally dissatisfied with the quality of service that was offered that morning, I still maintain that the Anthologist is not a bad venue for large group breakfasts and lunches with reasonable quality of food.

Despite the whole incident, I would still recommend the Anthologist and go again myself (for food - not drinks on a Friday night)

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