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.