August 20, 2013
Anchor & Hope Pub, Charlton (near the Thames Barrier)

The cycle from Greenwich to the Thames Barrier is a favourite of mine. It includes great scenery, London landmarks, interesting dockards and is nearly all on a designated cycle route, away from busy roads. Its also a 7 mile round trip, meaning you work up an appetite.

This is how we found ourselves at the Anchor and Hope in Charlton on a sunny Sunday afternoon, in great need of sustenance.

The outdoor space is great: several benches with a great river view, laid out in a similar way to the Cutty Sark Pub in Greenwich, but less busy as it is more off the beaten track.

I ordered the roast beef and was thrilled to discover it came with stuffing and also a ‘pig-in-blanket’ (sausage wrapped in bacon). Very generous portions and lovely roast potatoes. The roast came in at £9.50 and is only available on Sundays, but is worth the trip and a great place to stop if you’re venturing out to the barrier.

Finally, I can’t vouch for the men’s, but the ladies loos were exceptional! Really well decorated, with a selection of free perfumes and toiletries, it wouldn’t be out of place in a nice hotel. Fancy that!

Food: 7.75/10

Atmosphere: 7/10

Service: 6.5/10 (tiny bit slow, but we were happy)

Value: 6/10

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