The Anchor Pub

3.9
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£25 and under
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Contemporary European
Set on the bank of the beautiful river Cam in the historic city of Cambridge, The Anchor pub, dining room & river terrace is a stone’s throw away from the world famous Queens college & its stunning mathematical bridge.

We serve fresh seasonal food using locally sourced ingredients, cask conditioned real ales, craft beers; wines from a carefully chosen innovative wine list. We provide friendly knowledgeable & relaxed service in picturesque surroundings.

Escape to our dining room where you can guarantee a fabulous view or experience al fresco dining overlooking the river during the summer months.

Why not spend an afternoon or the evening with us, take a punt on the river then enjoy a meal with us either before or after.
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3.9
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4.0
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JR
London
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice pub food, a great location with views over the water and surrounded by history.
Loved the pink Floyd connection.

AC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The pub was very busy as it was the Cambridge half marathon but the staff were friendly and tried their best to keep up with all the orders!

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

A nice pub. However took a very long time to receive our food. And the quality of food has dropped in the last year. Nachos had too many chips for the tiny amount of salsa and cheese.

GL
London
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Only for a drink!!!
Our waiter tried so hard but unfortunately they had very little available on the menu and burgers were not good. All bread was stale.

Beautiful setting however and the venue has wonderful charm!

AB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! Everything we had on the menu was presented to a really high standard.

OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Was lovely, food was perfect although I wasn’t much into desert - just personal preference though. All and all a great place

OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food came quickly and was excellent

PW
Cambridge
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great time here. Food excellent. Service and atmosphere always good. Lovely selection of wines too.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Fast and friendly service.

TS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great to find a pub that sold a vegetarian Sunday lunch! And a very nice Sunday lunch too.

PW
Cambridge
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and seating as always. Would highly recommend.

SS
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food at a reasonable price and excellent and thoughtful service.

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Poor experience. Errors made twice with an order, some food served not hot. Very unfortunate, this place is trading off of its reputation and location rather than the quality of its food and drink.

SL
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Staff were very good ( Federico ) the food ok but could of been better . Wine list very good

VA
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The place near by the river is really nice.. The food and the whole service was very professional! I would recommend it and I will book a table again!

CS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t think of a more beautiful setting to eat and drink in the sunshine as we did on Thursday.

LN
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, service and ambience were great in the upstairs restaurant area. They were able to accommodate us, even thought we're were an hour late, we did phone to let them know and they made us feel it wasn't a problem. Really had a nice meal and a fab location over looking the river Cam, although sadly one of the windows was covered up with boarding, which spoilt the view slightly, but we had a nice time regardless.

JT
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We booked a table in advance as this pub is in a good location next to the river. First impressions weren't good as the exterior looks tatty and is covered in peeling paintwork. The interior isn't much better. We had arrived early but the upstairs dining room was closed and staff were very vague about when and where a table would be ready. We decided to sit outside until a table was available and ordered a bottle of French Chardonnay for £28. It wasn't chilled and the cooler was full of water not ice. We had to ask for ice and add ice to the wine we had already poured. That is simply not acceptable. We chose nachos to share as a starter and they arrived drowned in orange squirty cheese as did our dried up burgers. I wouldn't have thought it was too difficult to use 'real cheese' and a salad garnish would be nice! My son's fish and chips was slightly better although the skin hadn't been removed. Unfortunately the location of this place in no way makes up for the overall experience. A lot of work needs to be done all round!

SA
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Good food, good wine, mediocre service and terrible loos!
Prime location on the river with punt hire nextdoor so you'd at least expect a seat on the ladies loo! Not a good example for the tourists!

CM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just look out for the optional service charge. Otherwise all was great

AN
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

After booking a table over a day in advance, we arrived expecting to have a lovely meal by the river. Since their website said "if you'd like to sit outside and eat then just ask when you turn up", so I did, and after much confusion as to why we'd want to sit outside on such a nice day, and being told we wouldn't "have the same experience or service", we went to order at the bar, but being greeted with "just to let you know, we don't have any hot food tonight" we decided to leave. Surely this is the exact purpose of giving the restaurant our phone number so that we can be called to be told they don't have any hot food? Disasterouse. Very disappointed.

C
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely Father’s Day celebration with a delicious roast dinner and very good service.
I would highly recommend it.

KE
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the loveliest meal here. There wasn’t a scrap of food left, all plates literally licked clean by us and the children. Will definitely be back. Service was great too, really friendly.

W
Cambridge
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We were a party of six for a traditional pub lunch, the food was good, although the portion size a little small. The service was very slow to start with and took a long time to find the table we had booked.

JC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I booked a table for my wife's birthday. On arrival we were told to find a table on the top floor. We sat in a bay window with a nice view overlooking the river. Unfortunately I am unable to review anything else about this restaurant as for the 30 mins we sat enjoying the view we were not asked if we wanted a drink nor were we offered any food so we left and went to find somewhere to eat. Happy birthday.
Clearly not a venue that looks for repeat business.

JH
London
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is marvellous. We mostly go for Sunday lunch. Plentiful choices. Everything we have ordered has been excellent.
Service is good.
Location wonderful.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Terrible service. Would not visit again.

JR
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

First off, the food and staff were great, had very good Sunday roasts which were without fault, lovely! The kids menu was the usual, but when asked they said they do do a child sized roast which wasn’t advertised, so I think they need to promote that more because even my 7 yr old is sick of nuggets and chips everywhere! The only downside was on arrival the restaurant section was closed, we had been reserved a table in the bar area with no table service, although when the excellent staff were queried over this they kindly did take my order so I didn’t have to queue again. The pub is lively, busy and fun and overlooks the river so very pleasant. Will go back again

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good, honest pub food and good service. Relaxed atmosphere and great location with views of the river. Bit pricey for what it is and the loos were bad, no soap, no loo roll, one hand drier not working. Overall a good experience and I’d go back.

PM
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Waiter was good, very cheery. - just everything else sad to say. My sons starter arrived after 20 minutes - mine just under 10 mins later. A long wait for the mains - 2 roast beef, 1 chicken .... luke warm at best. Chicken dry and tasteless. Such a shame as pub is a lovely location. Lets hope it improves.

N
London
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Great pub. Great food. Friendly service. But was way under staffed! Hire more people!

JD
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

There were not enough staff working. We waited 30 minutes to order. Then waited almost 1 hour for the food. The only waiter was dealing with incoming clients, taking orders. Meanwhile hot food sat on hot plate for a good 20 minutes. No one got their food for a long time. Not enough staff. Poor communication, organisation and no management.

JB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really nice atmosphere, great views over Cam, and very friendly service. And the food was good. Can strongly recommend the horseradish sauce; roast potatoes were excellent if on the massive side. Great beer.

M
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Our return visit. We had one Sunday roast (belly of pork) and one burger. My guest had the belly of pork which was delicious, however, my burger was disappointing. It came with stick French fries which were over cooked and hollow. The burger had the pulled pork on top, which was lovely but the burger itself was quite dry. I thought it was over priced. Next time, I'll stick to the roast as that seems the winning formula.

C
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

It is a lovely pub with beautiful views over the river. However, the place was completely understaffed; everything took forever, and it did not make for a nice atmosphere with all the manic running around. Also, wasn't convinced by the open kitchen - created noise and a feeling of stress. A pity, both food and atmosphere used to be amazing but this is now the third time it has not been great.

S
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Over the last nine weeks we have tried lots of places to eat and drink in Cambridge and this seems to be favourite with the group I’m working with.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Poor service and tasteless food served with attitude

RR
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Slow service, not good value

DH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived the service excelled and the Sunday roast was amazing, I had the Suffolk chicken delicious

AF
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to the Anchor on New Years Eve. It was a nice experience. Meal was very tasty and good value for money. It was a bit noisy but it was NYE.