Burger fans only need read on. Veges beware.
We stopped here on our way home from a weekend away. Went there for lunch today in fact, and was so impressed with the food that I felt moved to write a review straight away. It's lovely day today, so at 12.30 the pub was heaving, inside and out, but we managed to find a table next to the enormous horse powered apple crusher (sadly no longer in operation). The pub was well decorated and being attended to by an army of waiting staff, which was just as well. The queue of people waiting to place their orders nearly reached the door at one point. However, they seemed to have a good system which was working well for them, as our drinks and food both found their way to our table in reasonable time.
Now I'm slightly predictable and usually go for the burger, and stuck to form here, going for the Anchor Burger from the top of the lunch menu. I was not disappointed. Neither was my wife and she's not the biggest fan of the humble burger. It was awesome. I don't know what they added to it (other than the capers which were still whole and delicious) but whatever it was, it worked marvellously. It was cooked to perfection, juicy and tasty in every mouthful, which was bound to include some crispy bacon, tomato relish and fresh sliced tomato, lettuce and a hint of the Boursin which had been spread lightly on the top of the focaccia bun. All together a winning combination, and head and shoulders above the burger from Jamie Oliver's restaurant in Bath. I would go back to Tintern just for the burger - stuff the magnificent and striking abbey in whose shadow the Anchor is nestled.