REVIEW: FOX & ANCHOR

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Fox and Anchor is a traditional English pub, stepping inside feels like your stepping back in time. Ale is served in Pewter Tankards, old framed photos decorate wood paneled walls and the menu features some good old fashioned comfort food. Located on Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell, an area which is often deserted on a weekend, the pub serves up a cracking Sunday Roast to keep the punters coming.

LondOntheInside got a good roasting on Sunday and we quite liked it! We started with the scampi, a generous portion of crispy, juicy scampi, it was as good as any we have tasted back home in Whitby and that is saying something. We ordered one Pork and Beef roast which were served with homemade soup and a tankard of ale for under £14 – not bad.

After the scampi we were served mushroom soup with bread. The creamy mushroom soup was very tasty, served with a tankard of ale you could really imagine people sitting here hundreds of years ago. In our snug for two we felt like royalty.

Starters finished the roasts arrived. The beef cooked meduim, rare was a generous helping of tender, juicy meat, not surprising given the pubs proximity to famous Spitalfields meat market. Both meats were served with the tallest, straightest Yorkshire puddings we had seen in our lives – an achievement in themselves! Roast carrots, roast potatoes, green beans and a gravy boat completed the roast.

The roast carrots were sweet and soft, the roast potatoes cooked in goose fat were crispy on the outside but delicous and fluffy on the inside. The gravy was thick and full of flavour, so many places get this wrong so it’s a treat to find somewhere which does it well. The homemade Yorkshire puddings were ACE. Huge, a major plus – we love a Yorkshire or two!

The only grumble we had was the belly pork was a little too fatty and there really wasn’t alot of meat on it. Apart from that everything else hit the spot – the location, food, service and the live band, although we did nearly knock ourselves out on the guitar as we turned the corner!

Will we return? We certainly will. There is so much to try – the pies looked amazing, as did the burgers and we have heard the hotel rooms are something else.

Fox and Anchor, 115 Charterhouse St, EC1M

www.foxandanchor.com/

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