“ Hullbridge, Essex „
The new style is modern and comfortable and the staff are learning on the job quickly under good supervision.Food is tasty and well presented in a modern way. It doesnt always look as if the portions will be sufficient but are remarkably filling and tasty.Aimed more at visitors than local residents perhaps, but very modern and clean.Could be more welcoming but that'll come with time I guess.
Nice looking restaurant and waitresses were very nice and polite. Menu prices grossly overpriced, quality and quantity of food rubbish. I paid £17 for a ribeye steak and chips which was inferior by far to one I would pay £4 for at a roadside cafe. My girlfriend had chicken pot au feu. The chicken was so dry and overcooked that she couldn't eat it. We were offered a small bowl of treats and coffee as compensation but ended up getting charged for the coffee's which we didn't really want anyway and which tasted very weak watery. Very disappointed as it was meant to be a special meal to celebrate my girlfriends birthday. Would not recommend coming here for a meal at all unless things are improved substantially!
You have not had a review since 2001 on the Anchor in Hullbridge, its had a revamp it is no longer a warm welcoming, family friendly pub, but an over made up glossy, gastro pub, done up like a dogs dinner, overpriced, with an all singing all dancing super chef!! who does not cater for vegetarians as the Anchor use to. Hullbridge needs a pub for the locals, not for a load of trendies, with more money than sense GIVE US BACK OUR LOCAL!!!!
The Anchor I’m a great believer in finding something to do on a weekend to keep the kids amused. Trips to the park, the beach- always well received. But what do you find to do when the weathers lousy? There are of course many indoor amusements, such as the library, play centres and swimming pools. One of my favourites, and not because I’m a self confessed lover of wine, has to be a trip to a good pub with the kids ! And it’s a good opportunity to get other friends and family together. This is what we did on a dreary, very wet Sunday, a few weeks ago. We organised to meet up with some other members of the family and headed off to the Anchor pub, in Hullbridge. The pub is situated almost at the end of a road, very close to the river Crouch.. In the summer it is possible to sit out in the garden, and watch the fascinating scenery, and occasionally scenes , before you. Last year as we drank, we watched a group of teenagers being instructed in the art of canoeing – very amusing! The children’s garden ,attached to the pub, is situated away from the water, for obvious safety reasons, and holds all the usual swings, climbing frames and other apparatus, needed to keep kids happy. On one visit, a pool table had been placed in the garden, over which the children were fighting for a turn! Now to the inside of the pub. The Anchor is a very child friendly pub .There is a large adult bar ,in which children are tolerated. It is of course probably more sensible to take them into the children’s room. Here a no smoking policy is adopted, unlike the main bar, so this is another reason not to sit in the grown up’s bit. Inside the children’s room is a medium sized ball pit, and play area, with various soft( ish) toys in, for the children to play with. Whilst we were there, at one time 12 children were in the ball pit without it becoming too overcrowded. The responsibility for the child’s safety stills lies
first and foremost with the parents. As well as this, there are a couple of arcade type machines, but aimed at young players (if you’re going to let your kids on these, take plenty of change with you.) The same goes for the 20p sweet machines – we’re almost always wiped out of money by these things!! A separate changing room for babies is provided, which makes things so much easier when you’ve got a baby in tow. The room is quite large, and allows you enough privacy for your family group. The landlord, whose name I think is Dave,( could be Mike, or Pete…), is a friendly fellow. He constantly wandered in to see if everything was Ok with us. He went and found us a baby seat, when we needed one. In fact he’s one of the reasons why we want to go back again – we were truly made to feel welcome! The food itself , which is the part I really look forward to, was great. It wasn’t cordon bleu, just your basic pub food, but it was well presented, and tasted good. Obviously we didn’t get the chance to try it all!! My partner had the Sunday roast, of which he left nothing! Not eating meat , I have to say that the choice of food was a bit limited – I choose mushroom fajita( the other option was a vegetarian pasta dish). I cannot praise this dish enough! It was fantastic – a dish of peppers, onions mushrooms , cooked in various spices( I think a bit of chilli was in there – it definitely had a kick!).This was served with fajitas, salsa sauce, guacamole, and salad. Other meals on the menu include fish dishes, and chicken and steaks dishes. These are served with salad, and chips or jacket potatoes. There are a few meals on the menu which are weight watcher friendly! The puddings – well…! Lots of sticky puddings and crumble dishes, and several choices of ice-cream based puddings. The menu is packed full of fabulous ‘photos, so the choice is made harder , because you wa
nt the lot!! The kids menu is good, because it is geared at children. It was no doubt devised by someone who has an idea of children’s tastes, and the size of their stomachs! Dinners include fish and chips, burgers, chicken nuggets, and good old fashioned bangers and mash. A kiddie sized Sunday roast is also available. All of these come with a soft drink, and an ice-cream, or jelly, included in the very reasonable price. In fact because it is so cheap you really don’t mind if they leave a lot, which my bunch of picky eaters tend to do! On occasion, probably just after pay day, I’ve been told that the pub can get packed, and that it’s then best to pre book your table. Drinks cost no more than in any other pub, and you can pay using your debit, or credit card, over the counter, which saves getting out the cash, and realizing that you haven’t brought enough with you! We had a wonderful time here, the kids got to run around, and let off steam. We will definitely be going back!
"Let's go out for the day!" was the cry when the sun poked its head out from behind a cloud, and threatened to provide a 'nice day' for a drive. But where to go? Living in Southend there's sea on two sides (and the beach is too damned busy in the sunny Easter holidays), countryside to the north, or London to the west. So countryside it was. We packed up our 10 month old daughter and grabbed a couple of friends who were raving about this place in Hullbridge, a village on the south bank of the river Crouch. They had taken their two year old there a few weeks ago and loved it, so we set off. The Anchor pub is right on the river bank - in fact the road leading down to it turns into a slip way so if you're heading that way at night, be careful! The pub has a large car park though and we unpacked the kiddies and their paraphernalia, and headed for the bar. The pub is a large old building and inside it's been split into two halves. As you go in, the left side of the pub is the normal bar area, and the whole right hand side of the pub is dedicated to parents and children. The large room is no-smoking and provides great facilities such as ample highchairs, a baby changing room (with a proper pull-down changing mat) and a play area. The play area is the highlight of the visit. Just for kids aged 1 to 12 (so no fear of older children caudsing trouble), there's a ball pool, slide, and sponge shapes to bounce off, and it's enclosed with netting so you can let the kids play in the knowledge they're a) safe and b) not causing a nuisance to other people! We decided to splash out and have lunch. The menu was good quality pub food - burgers (of course), filled baguettes, steaks and salads to name a few. Lawrie (my husband) and I had chicken baguettes which came with a small side salad, while our friends Nick and Em had a "sharing platter"; garlic mushrooms, gujons of haddock
, onion rings etc. served with dips. Prices were average for a pub - around £3 for baguettes, £5 for the sharing platter, and we both had a side order of chips for around £1.15. After lunch we decamped outside to find a bouncy castle in the outdoor play area! Being a weekday the pub wasn't busy and Sophia (our friend's two year old) had the place all to herself. Well, apart from her daddy who also wanted to play and had to be forcefully held back, much to his disappointment. We didn't have time, but you can also walk along the picturesque river bank to work off that lunch. It was a great day out. The staff were friendly and only too willing to accomodate and it's obvious that a lot of effort has gone into making the place not only children friendly, but children-ideal. It was a refreshing break to be able to take the kids out and actually enjoy ourselves as well! I came home feeling like we'd had a nice day, rather than being stressed and needing to get home because the kids were getting ratty. I'd wholeheartedly recommend the Anchor to anyone who wants a nice relaxed family lunch out.