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.
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.
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!
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.
Great food but service was slow, but it was very busy to be fair.
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?
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)
Great location close to Bank. A bit too drafty near the door - they need a lobby . Food was very good and promptly served by pleasant staff. no hesitation in recommending.
In hindsight I wish that when I mentioned during booking that my group contained some elderly people I’d been warned about the large number of Christmas parties and loud music that will be at this place. It was definitely not an enjoyable experience for my grandfather and his wife due to noise levels. The food was fine. The service was satisfactory but not outstanding. I don’t think I’d go here again.
Lovely service, good food in the heart of the City. Jolly ambience and buzzy!
The tables by the window (raised area) are the best.
Great service - food good. £17 for a wagyu burger . Should know better. General burger quality in London through the roof these days.
Food was really good and it had a really nice weekday after work vibe.
Great atmosphere, great menu selection from tasty seafood light dishes to real ale pie and beautiful mash. We went for a business lunch but it looks like it would be great fun at night and the outdoor seating is really well done.
Service was good but I think we were at the tail end of lunch so not too many staff available. Imagine that to be very different at peak hours. The staff none-the-less were really friendly and delivered good service.
Lovely, quirky restaurant. Great vibe, fun, and damned decent food.
Good location and nice bar. Food is well prepared and tasty!
Cocktails and starters were very tasty but general consensus from all 10 of the group was that main courses were rather average.
Service was pretty good and ambience only slightly disrupted by the overly loud music.
Good vibe, typical of a City location. It's a huge venue, but always busy, and atmospheric. Like the contemporary decor, and lighting. Food is good, not exceptional, and reasonable value for this sort of place. A good selection of beers and cocktails are available. Overall, I'd recommend this place for casual dining, and a good after work venue.
Been here twice as part of large team Breakfast outings at work. Definitely appreciate that you can make reservations for 10+ people here and the food comes out really consistently for everyone. Good variety and food is solid.
The food was good. The waiter was fantastic. It was particularly noisy as it was a Friday night. I didn’t like the fact that people who had come for a drink, and were not eating, were standing around the tables. If you want to have a conversation, don’t have a table anywhere near the bar as the music is very loud. We, luckily, got moved further away, as we couldn’t hear each other’s conversation.
Great for business meal, good ambiance and food too
Great atmosphere, great food, great service! My second visit, and there will definitely be a third and more!
Great food as usual! Service could be more attentive
Anthologist, City - Always busy and sometimes at it's peak the noise from the Bar drowns out the dining experience. Food is nice, quickly prepared and nice selection of wines on the menu. The only thing I would say is some of the mains don't come with sides i.e Half Roast Chicken is just as it says on the menu - I mostly expect something such as a small salad, chips or veg etc - obviously you can buy additional Sides on top.
All of the Drake pubs are nice places to dine. The aesthetics are very easy on the eye and the ambience is casual and relaxed. We always book early to beat the lunch time crowds. The menu is good and offers something for everyone. It is slightly disappointing to see the same menu at all Drake pubs. The food however was delicious, and the service was good. It's a bit on the pricy side for what it is, but to be expected in the City.
Food was good and ambience spot on for an after work metro establishment
Had a really great meal and evening with friends. Very good service, delicious food, and easy to access. Great location minutes from Bank station. A grewt atmosphere.
I made a reservation for a group of 7 and we were seated at a nice a round table at the corner of the restaurant. All the staff were lovely and accommodating ,especially our waiter.To my surprise the service was very quick and our food was served less than 20 minutes after we ordered. There was nothing negative about our dining experience so I would definitely recommend.
Been here a number of times, and have always enjoyed it. Went on a Monday lunch time this time around, so not overly busy, but a nice atmosphere. Had the salmon salad, which was delicious, and would definitely be happy to return just for that. My ginger mimosa was also well received! Overall, an enjoyable lunch, and I'll continue to return.
Always interesting when you give feedback to a waiter who then comes back to tell you chef says the duck is supposed to be that dry and tasteless (and assuming we'd never had crispy duck before in our lives)
Service was ridiculously slow at a time when the restaurant was not busy.
The ANTHOLOGIST did not receive my OpenTable booking. However they managed to find us a table and the experience was great. Would not recommend using OpenTable again.
The food was good, however, we did feel that they were a bit pushy with trying to get us to buy more prosecco - we were asked if we wanted another bottle to which we said no, they then brought another bottle over to open it and we said no - they realised that they were being pushy as they apologised as they said it was the "last bottle" - we didn't like the way they were being so pushy so we paid the bill and then went to the bar to buy another drink.
Had a table booked for 6 for a catch up with friends, were able to set up a tab but still had to go to the bar to order drinks (with queues for up to 15 minutes) on top of that the speakers were broken and flickered between being on really loud or not at all - in the end 1 friendly bar man turned them low for us as it was pretty annoying. When staff brought food out they did not ask if we wanted sauces/cutlery/napkins - in fact the girl was keen to run away as quickly as she could without even making eye contact. I appreciate this bar is not set up with high end service in mind but it was a pretty disappointing experience and I don't want to have to worry about service when I'm overdue a catch up with my friends. Also any place with happy and passionate staff is so much better than people in a mood!!
Good service thank you
Nice venue and helpful staff. Food is good but a lot of the mains don't come with the accompaniments that you would expect i.e for a Burger, Chips have to be bought onto so it's good to ask as when you order what your dish comes with. Food is of a decent size, must admit my Half Roast Chicken was on the lower scale of being nearly undercooked, however although not to my appreciation it was fine and I'm sure the staff would have accommodated any request to return to the kitchen. Had to ask for table water in the interim of being served, which took a little time as was a busy lunchtime period vs the initial attempt to take drinks within 10 seconds of being seated, of which we were not ready. All in all though a nice and decent restaurant and I would recommend a visit for lunch. Dinner times are especially busy and terribly noisy - especially on a Thursday or Friday evening but this is typical of all City establishments during these intervals.
Nice and well decorated place. Interesting layout with the tables at the edge a bit higher than the rest with outward looking windows. Although as the bar is just next to the restaurant and they share space it's a bit too loud if you want to have a conversation while eating!! Kitchen closed at 10 pm which was a bit annoying for a Friday night, but overall it was good!
We only grabbed a couple drinks before moving somewhere else. Service was ok
The food was good, great value for money, rich options. Location and ambience are very satisfying. Service, however, left a lot to be desired. The waiter kept referring 'boss' to everyone, forgetting our orders (I've asked for a glass of wine 3 times and it only arrived 20 minutes after I ordered), he kept interrupting our conversations with no so relevant questions and then talked about even less relevant things himself further interrupting our conversations. To sum it up, the service really ruined the night for us. I appreciate this might have been an acception and not all staff are like that there but this was my experience.