The Anchor
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jerryskc
By jerryskc
Traditional, friendly, classic pub. Not for everyone perhaps, but a delight if you like this type of pub
5.0 of 5 bubblesDec 2019
I live in the US but I grew up in and around Sevenoaks, attending Sevenoaks School and generally frequenting the area. Much has changed in the intervening years (I am now 54) but, thankfully, The Anchor seems to have been immune. Whether or not you think this is a good thing is up to you, but I love finding pubs like this that still seem to thrive. I came here to meet an old friend from the aforementioned school days and we spent a delightful 4 hours. We whiled away the time sampling the wonderful Kentish Ale and delightfully, playing darts. Why did pubs ever lose their dartboards? It makes such a change to find a games area (there was also a pool table and a games machine in a separate area that also houses the only TV. This is great. It keeps the games and those wanting to watch TV away from the main bar area. It looks as though the TV is reserved for sports, and when the live sports ended this day, it was soon turned off. This is truly a throwback in pubs. You enter through the front door that is in the shape of a crescent, into the small bar where I was promptly greeted by Barry and engaged in conversation whilst awaiting my friend. All the bar staff with whom we interacted were similarly friendly and helpful. We borrowed darts from those kept behind the bar for our game. No frills here and all the better for it - I love places like this and was delighted to find they still exist. In addition to the good ale, they have a decent bar menu and I sampled the steak and ale pie for which they are deservedly renown. It was really excellent. Good solid pub food just topped off the visit, it was great. If you are a fan of the flashy, glitzy Wetherspoon establishments this is not the place for you. There is nothing wrong with them of course, but this is far preferable in my estimation. A lovely afternoon spent here post Christmas

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jerryskc
Kansas City, MO530 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I live in the US but I grew up in and around Sevenoaks, attending Sevenoaks School and generally frequenting the area. Much has changed in the intervening years (I am now 54) but, thankfully, The Anchor seems to have been immune. Whether or not you think this is a good thing is up to you, but I love finding pubs like this that still seem to thrive.

I came here to meet an old friend from the aforementioned school days and we spent a delightful 4 hours. We whiled away the time sampling the wonderful Kentish Ale and delightfully, playing darts. Why did pubs ever lose their dartboards? It makes such a change to find a games area (there was also a pool table and a games machine in a separate area that also houses the only TV. This is great. It keeps the games and those wanting to watch TV away from the main bar area. It looks as though the TV is reserved for sports, and when the live sports ended this day, it was soon turned off.

This is truly a throwback in pubs. You enter through the front door that is in the shape of a crescent, into the small bar where I was promptly greeted by Barry and engaged in conversation whilst awaiting my friend. All the bar staff with whom we interacted were similarly friendly and helpful. We borrowed darts from those kept behind the bar for our game. No frills here and all the better for it - I love places like this and was delighted to find they still exist.

In addition to the good ale, they have a decent bar menu and I sampled the steak and ale pie for which they are deservedly renown. It was really excellent. Good solid pub food just topped off the visit, it was great. If you are a fan of the flashy, glitzy Wetherspoon establishments this is not the place for you. There is nothing wrong with them of course, but this is far preferable in my estimation. A lovely afternoon spent here post Christmas
Written December 27, 2019
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GlobalGourmet2014
Sevenoaks, UK1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is no trendy gastropub. It is a traditional town pub housed in an original and characterful early 20th century building - more the kind of place to drop in and chat to the friendly landlord and regulars over a a pint and a bag of crisps. A trip back in time...
Written July 4, 2014
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Alexis K
Riga, Latvia50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Thanks to Barry for making this place our after-hours meeting point. Nice beer, friendly service, family atmosphere.
Written April 13, 2014
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Charlie T
Sevenoaks, UK35 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
Nice guy behind the bar but small range of drinks and a very old and tired pub. With the many places to get a drink in sevenoaks, you could probably do better if you want a nicer pub
Written November 30, 2019
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HarryN63
Sevenoaks, UK40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Family
Stumbled across this fab pub last night - first impressions confirm other reviews, we'll be back!! Friendly Landlord, good old fashioned atmosphere, smiling customers.
Written April 3, 2016
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andrewpring100
Sevenoaks, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
Always a pleasure to spend time in the Anchor. Great beers, friendly customers and in Barry Dennis, the Host With The Most. (Plus some scrumptious, amazingly good value pub grub.) Excellent music nights too.
Written January 13, 2018
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amp771
Eastleigh, UK24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
Friendly bar staff, excellent food and the best ale I've had in some time (English Garden).

I was staggered at the quality (and quantity) of the food for well under a tenner. It's been some time since I've had a pub meal that good without having to take out a small overdraft.

If you're in Sevenoaks and want a pub lunch, or just a quiet pint, give this place a hard look before you go anywhere else.

Well done, Anchor, well done.
Written April 12, 2017
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Matthew L
London, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Solo
The best pub to go for a friendly night out in Sevenoaks. Good beer, cheap food and great people. What more could you want.
Written January 19, 2016
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Philip T
Sevenoaks District, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
I remember, when I was young, all the best pubs had a Landlord with a huge personality, great beer, food that was nearly as good your Mum cooked and regulars who either wanted to know all about you or just sat enjoying their drinks in their own seats and own little worlds! We've lived here for over six years and have been to, probably, every pub in town. What an amazing find this was for us! If you're looking for crystal chandeliers, flock wallpaper and velvet drapes, don't you dare come here! The Anchor has the most down to earth mix of customers from musicians and managers to jobseekers those who, for their own reasons, would rather not job seek. This is a place for real people to meet other real people for a bloody good laugh. A place to reflect on how lucky we were in the good old days, (if you're old enough to remember them), to feel that safe, warm and welcoming atmosphere that is so rare these days. Dip your toe into this little backstreet surreal experience and you won't regret it! We certainly didn't and now go back almost every night for everything from the live blues shows and comedy specials to the Sunday 'mega meat raffle;! We are well and truly hooked!!
Written May 10, 2015
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