The Anthologist

3.9
574 reviews
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  • Lunch
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Group Bookings
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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L
London
10 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Decent food for a social business lunch, a good vibe in the restaurant meant lots of background noise but didn't really matter for the purpose. Good food and service. Would definitely go back. The white wine was perfect temperature!

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C
London
22 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice large restaurant/ bar with really friendly waiting staff. The bar area is too noisy to have a conversation but we were placed at a table at the other end of the restaurant so it was fine.
After pre dinner drinks, we both had the smoked aubergine flat bread to start , then I had a lovely grain salad for main and chose to have an extra of chicken. Salad was really nice but the chicken was very over cooked and difficult to chew. I had to leave it in the end and we weren’t charged for that. My husband had the beetroot burger which he assured me was delicious.
We chose a Romanian Pinot Noir to drink as I was curious to try it and it was very good. All came in under £100 which I considered good value in Central London.

The Anthologist
Responded on 8 July 2019

Cate, thank you for your review :) thank you for your feedback - the chef is aware of it. Please let us know when you'll be visiting again as I would like to look after you personally. Have a fabulous day, Jen Assistant General Manager

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OT
London
22 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good atmosphere and varied menu. Service was very attentive and friendly, as well as flexible to what we wanted to eat when.

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DW
London
16 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I have visited before but this really was the worst time. The food was inedible, clearly reheated meat that tasted of fridge and had to be sent back. What replaced it was no better. The chips were cold and the service so slow and inattentive. I will not be returning.

The Anthologist
Responded on 21 June 2019

DinnerWinner, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm sorry you didn't like any of our food, chips or replacement. Head chef has been informed. Could you please email me personally as I would like to investigate your experience and come back to you as soon as possible. Have a lovely day Regards, Jen Jennifer.welz@drake-morgan.co.uk

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V
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice lunch with the exception of a poorly-recommended cocktail - although the staff happily accommodated and removed it from the bill.

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MD
London
42 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly service. Tasty food.

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F
Nottingham
7 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, service ok but a bit slow, not sure why service charge has to be added on automatically, surely that should be my choice? Best part of the visit was the venue - it’s beautiful with a great atmosphere.

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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.

The Anthologist
Responded on 8 April 2019

Hi MCRBB Thank you very much for taking your time and leave feedback. We really appreciate it. We are very proud of our staff and glad to hear that they were up to our standards. Are you interested in keeping in touch with us regarding our upcoming event at The Anthologist? Please pop me an email on cecilia.molnar@drake-morgan.co.uk and I would love to keep you in the loop. Cecilia Molnar – Reservations Manager +44 (0) 207 726 8711 The Anthologist, 58 Gresham Street, Bank, EC2V 7BB

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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.

The Anthologist
Responded on 8 April 2019

Hi Stuart Thank you! Always nice to read a lovely comment, makes us smile. We are very proud of our girls and I'm glad you liked the decor as well. It worth the change to refresh the site a bit. Would you like to stay in touch with us regarding the exciting events coming up at The Anthologist please pop me an email on cecilia.molnar@drake-morgan.co.uk. Cecilia Molnar – Reservations Manager +44 (0) 207 726 8711 The Anthologist, 58 Gresham Street, Bank, EC2V 7BB

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TB
Brighton
8 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.

The Anthologist
Responded on 8 April 2019

Hi TinaB Thank you very much for taking the time to rate us. We really appreciate it. I'm pleased to hear you were happy with our service. Apologies for the small waiting time. I would love to keep you in the loop, we have a lot of exciting events coming up at The Anthologist. Please pop me an email on cecilia.molnar@drake-morgan.co.uk if you are interested. Cecilia Molnar – Reservations Manager +44 (0) 207 726 8711 The Anthologist, 58 Gresham Street, Bank, EC2V 7BB

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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
79 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
26 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
6 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
4 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!

The Anthologist
Responded on 9 January 2019

Thank you for your 5* review, we hope to see you again soon at The Anthologist :)

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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

The Anthologist
Responded on 8 January 2019

Thank you for your feedback regarding your experience. This is not the level of experience that we expect. I would like the chance to make it up to you. Please could you contact me directly on abi.pritchard@drake-morgan.co.uk at your convenience. Many thanks The Anthologist Team x

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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.

The Anthologist
Responded on 8 January 2019

Thank you for your feedback regarding your experience. This is not the level of experience that we expect. I would like the chance to make it up to you. Please could you contact me directly on abi.pritchard@drake-morgan.co.uk at your convenience. Many thanks The Anthologist Team x

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MD
London
42 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
111 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
London
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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LW
London
20 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great for team lunch & great spot in the city - service is just the right pace, food is good price & always busy atmosphere, this is the only gripe is so busy often!

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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
22 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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