Hope & Anchor
- 42 Beadnell
- Chathill, Northumberland
- NE67 5AX
- 01665 720272
martinross last updated on 2 August 2012: Somewhat bland chain pub/restaurant with the usual selection of chain beers. Although we had a pleasant enough time on our first visit, we were ask...
2 December 2012
Enticed in by the notice board outside promising 'world famous fish and chips', we were not disappointed. The bar was pretty quiet (we were early diners) and we took advantage of the roaring log fire to enjoy a pint of Wylam Gold (excellent) while our meal was prepared.
When out touring, I tend to wear quite weather beaten (but weatherproof) clothing and somewhere too upmarket would be outside my comfort zone, so the Hope & Anchor fitted the bill perfectly. Besides, I don't like brightly lit modernised pubs - their over-sanitised presentation removes all the character.
The fish and chips came nicely presented on red-hot plates. The fish was, as one might expect, fresh, flakey and properly cooked, while the chips were not greasy or soggy in any way but done the way chips should be. Tartare sauce, lemon slices and the usual array of sauce (in sachets) was available. A pot of tea and even bread and butter slices were thrown in for what I considered a very fair price.
I am a keen amateur photographer and a morning's shooting whets the appetite but the generous portion defeated me. I'm a very harsh critic but this was my kind of place and have no hesitation in awarding 4 stars.
(Review date 02/12/2012)
21 February 2012
Reasonable enough pub in Alnmouth. We visited on a weekday afternoon in February and as far as I could see there was no food available, there were certainly no menus on the tables anyway. The main bar area was open and was snug and warm, another room was closed, but when it is open it will be a fairly spacious pub. They had three beers on including Farne Island and Wylam Gold Tankard, I had the Farne Island which was smashing. The place felt welcoming enough and there were a few folks in so it had a pleasant enough atmosphere. It’s not an especially smart pub, the decor is a little worn and old fashioned but at least it has a bit of character which many modern pubs are seriously lacking. I’d return if I was in the area I suppose but I wouldn’t especially go out of my way to do so.
30 January 2009
Bar and restaurant in the middle of Alnmouth. I’m guessing that the restaurant specialises in fish (unsurprising if it does, being right on the North-East coast), because the whole place smelt really strongly of fish. Service at the bar was well-meaning and friendly but a little slow and the barman seemed to not be sure what he was doing. Likewise the food service in the bar looked slow to us - lots of people waiting a long time for their food. Fairly bright, harsh lighting too, which was probably more noticeable because we’d just come from the more cosy pub across the road. OK for a visit, and probably a decent locals pub.
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