The Anchor has now been given a new look and the opportunity to provide, more easily and in greater comfort, that for which it has for so long been famous — good English food and honest English ale in surrounding which are traditional but not folksey.
"Where in London can I get a superbly cooked English meal in surroundings which are 'England'?"
On an evening in March we invited the Press to find out for themselves. By the end or the evening, for which Anchor Hotels and Taverns should be justly proud our friends from Fleet Street had discovered that what we said was right, and so by now have many others, from Mr. W. L. Lee, Chief Architect of Courage (Eastern) Ltd.. recorded a broadcast to his native Australia, and Mr. H. Whitwell, Public Relations Manager, recorded one for America.
We can only suggest that readers come and see for themselves; our pictures will, we hope, whet the appetite."
"The Golden Cockerel Vol.2 No.5 Summer 1963" page 6.
You can just imagine the 17th century Good Beer Guide description: "Riverside pub, handy for the bear pit, theatre and prison."
A superbly cooked English meal in early 1960's London. Quite a tricky enterprise, I fear.
But most importantly, look behind the bar. Those wooden barrels standing proudly. Were they really in use? The picture isn't quite detailed enough to tell. But I can't see any beer pumps. Bitter and Mild. That would be my guess for what's in the barrels, should they be real.