Monday, 25 October 2010

The Fox & Anchor - London

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A beautifully renovated traditional pub in the heart of Clerkenwell. The Fox & Anchor originated from the late Victorian era and has been serving the traders of Smithfield Markets for years. Now lovingly restored with mahogany doors, etched glass and heavy brass, the pub serves great food and a range of real ales.

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This is probably not the kind of 'hotel' I would usually think of staying in, for a weekend trip to London. But as a lover of all things quirky and vintage, it was an excellent choice. When we arrived at around three o'clock on a Friday afternoon, this traditional pub was absolutely heaving. We were shown up (several) flights of stairs to our room on the very top floor which thankfully was well worth being a little out of breath. As the door swung open, there standing in front of the window and at the foot of the bed, was my dream bath - free standing and gold footed, it was quite the show-stopper of the room. The room was fairly small but very cosy and had luxurious details which highlighted it's Victorian roots.

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Once we quickly unpacked, it was out again to pay Oxford Street a (relatively) quick visit. Due to late trains, we weren't able to shop quite as much as we would have liked but we were very much looking forward to returning back to the Fox & Anchor for our evening meal. Again, the pub was bustling with night time drinkers and we were led through to a quieter restaurant area. In a traditional setting, what better way to enjoy an evening meal than with an array of traditional British Gastro Pub food to choose from. Hearty Broth and Salmon Terrine to start, Fish & Chips with Mushy Peas, Fish of the Day on a Bed of Creamy Peas,Bacon & Leek with Cauliflower Cheese & Celeriac Mash on the side and a good Apple &Cinnamon Crumble with Vanilla Ice-cream for dessert. And we both agreed (neither being wine connoisseurs), the most delicious bottle of white wine.

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Breakfast was an early rise for us, determined to make the most of our only full day in London. Freshly squeezed Orange Juice, Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Eggs with a Cappuccino was quite a mild breakfast choice it would seem in amongst the early morning revellers partaking in some 'Hair of the Dog'. Perhaps what you would expect from a traditional pub such as this, but we were taken aback once again by how busy it was at nine o'clock in the morning - is the Fox & Anchor ever not busy? I'm sure the friendly and cheerful staff must have something to do with this!

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The pub itself is situated in a side street, upon first glance it would appear to be fairly quiet and non-descript. But it is also home to some other pubs and bars so is actually a great area for a good night out. The only drawback to my Fox & Anchor experience was some loud music from the direction of a bar across the street until the early hours. But if you do not have OAP tendencies as I, I'm sure you would be joining in the party not listening to it from afar!

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31 comments:

Harriet said...

Wow, there are so many amazing places to visit in London I'm sure I will never run out! This is definitely going on my 'must-see' list!

Helen said...

Oh it looks gorgeous, I love staying in quirky hotels. The music would annoy me too though, I need my beauty sleep haha

Becky said...

Brilliant review, I'd definitely consider staying here next time I'm in London. I actually feel like I recognise the outside as I remember eating in a restaurant in Clerkenwell last time I was there.

Sarah said...

Gorgeous photos as always! I will remember that hotel - I don't live too far from London but it's always nice to take a little trip into the Capital and stay overnight!

Velvet said...

That place is amazingly beautiful and its vintage touch has really caught my eye.

You're a great "nice hotel" finder haha.

Have a nice week.

Catherine said...

Wow, that IS a dream bath! So beautiful! I love how everything on your side of the world has so much history. ;)

Lauren said...

Beautiful Paula. You have such great taste in everything you do x

normalityandme said...

hmmm, i fancy a bath.... how do you find these amazing places?
x

Rachel said...

Methinks I need to pay this place a little visit...

Nicola said...

It looks lovely. That bath!

swiftreverie said...

I love this place- it is very sumptuous for a pub. My cousin and wife even stayed there on their wedding night!

sacramento said...

Wonderful photos!!!
Un abrazo from Spain
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Ute@HungryinLondon said...

beautiful pictures! just went to fox & anchor myself last Friday, really liked it. My photos are horrible compared to yours though...

janettaylor said...

Gorgeous place, no doubt. I really love Ur photos... U are talented...

vint junky said...

Oh it looks wonderful! i can almost smell the mix of beer and furniture polish.
And the fish and tartar shot has me drooling
x

Alice said...

Oh that looks like a wonderful place. Lucky you! And the Pictures are adorable. Thanks for sharing. xx, Alice :)

Susu Paris Chic said...

Gone to the pub... so sweet and rustically romantic. London is a place that I affectionate. Hope to hop over from Paris within the next few months. Loving the English flair.

Jen said...

I love that bath. My mum got married at the Star Inn in Masham last year and there was a bath just like that at the foot of the bed in one of our rooms.

I thoroughly recommend that hotel if you like vintage surroundings - it's stunning. Much like the Fox & Anchor! :)

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naomemandeflores said...

Everything looks so pretty! I guess your eyes have a special way of finding lovely things.


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Elizabeth @rosalilium said...

Looks lovely, and you've captured its essence so well in these piccies!

Dina's Days said...

I enjoyed this review. The pictures alone make me want to visit!

Kristin said...

I really want to take a bubble bath in that tub!

conversationpieces said...

Love the 'fox's lare' sign... I would so be forced to steal that! (Don't tell them... shhh!)

Ena said...

Great photos, as always! I love the idea of staying at a quirky renovated hotel rather than a usual hotel. Sadly we don't have so many old buildings here in Japan, though. And I love that "Gone to the Pub" sign!

*Ena*

Imogen said...

This looks like the most beautiful place and your pictures are always lovely. I must say that I absolutely love the bath.

Haute World said...

The room looks lovely, as does the restaurant! I can see why you fell in love with that bathtub! I'll have to check out the pub on my next visit to London!

Retro Chick said...

Oooh that looks gorgeous!

Maria Ana said...

I adore those bath tubs...ahhhh

Maria Ana

Dotti said...

What a lovely place! Bookmarked in my travel list, dear. ;)