The Fox and Anchor

Price guide: Mid-range

115 Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 6AA

Price guide: Mid-range

Simple pub food and a great selection of beers

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
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Expert overall rating:3.8 out of 5
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Service:
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Value for money:
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Recommended for:
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Expert review of The Fox and Anchor

Drop by for a pint of beer, dinner or breakfast at this modern take on the old-fashioned inn.

Beer for breakfast? It’s legal for pubs within sight of Smithfield meat market and the Fox and Anchor is undoubtedly the most alluring. A late Victorian boozer, it was sensitively refurbished a few years ago by a new owner who installed a sensational range of real ales, a simple gastro menu, and six luxuriously sexy bedrooms upstairs (see more on staying over here: Fox & Anchor).

Food and drink: 

Mornings see a mix of City workers, lone diners wielding laptops and overnight guests enjoying Guinness, champagne and bloody marys over plates of sausages, bacon and eggs. I love the sense of conspirational fun at this time. Things get crowded in the evenings, but not everyone stays to eat. The pies (steak, kidney and oyster pie, fish pie, rabbit and cider) are justly famous, and there are some nice light supper dishes such as welsh rarebit and ham toastie with fried duck egg. First-rate beers from small independent breweries help smooth over any blips in the cooking – my favourite is the organic raspberry beer from Samuel Smith.

Ambience: 

Old world charm: a row of gleaming pewter tankards hangs from the mahogany bar, walls are covered with ornate wallpapers and framed black and white photographs, and a rear snug suggests clandestine meetings.

Service: 

Friendly and knowledgeable but often pressed – it’s a popular spot.

Location: 

On a lively cul de sac off Smithfield market, a short walk from Farringdon station or St Paul’s.

Price advice: 

You probably won’t want more than two courses: mains are £10.95-£16.95, a side of goose fat chips £3 and desserts £5.50 each.

More information on The Fox and Anchor:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Pub
Food:
British, Modern, Traditional
Address:
115 Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 6AA
Telephone:
020 7250 1300
Website:
http://www.foxandanchor.co.uk
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 8-11am, noon-10pm; Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon 5pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible
Free tags / Keywords:
gastropub, pies, boutique hotel

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