The Anchor

58 Friday St, Henley-On-Thames, RG9 1AH Directions

   Now closed Open today 12:00 - 00:00

Business overview

Brakspear are a family run pub company, who brew their own ale and run pubs across the region.


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The Anchor Weighs Inn

Wow, what a change from the previous management.
The Anchor has been transformed into a very welcoming pub with excellently priced good food and service staff who look happy to serve you.
Will definitely return again especially when the garden is open for business. The car park is a bonus considering the cost of parking locally.
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The seventh circle of hell

Funnily enough, this pub wasn't listed in the Trustedplaces database. Probably because no-one could find words to accurately describe the place. Let me try;

A beautiful, old building with bags of charm and character. Twenty yards from the river.

That was the good bit.

Now, for reality. A Brakespeare's pub that is host to not only the most foul-mouthed and apparently alcoholic Landlord and Landlady, but also the slack-mouthed, window-licking clique of Henley's life forms.

As I said, the building is lovely and this place could be absolutely staggering given half a chance. Sadly, though, it looks as though it will remain as it is (and has been for the last several hundred years) until the current denizens are carried out feet first. That, or burned in the garden with stakes through their hearts.

The ale is generally in appalling condition, though the landlord - whilst his harridan of a wife swears at you - will insist that is how it should taste. The food is circa Rovers Return in the sixties. The atmosphere ranges from hostile to "special" depending if the guitar playing drunk is there or not.

If your idea of a good night out is being insulted by a complete stranger who you have just asked to serve you, being gawped at by village idiots and then drooled on by an over-fat Labrador, then make a bee-line for the Anchor. All this, and you get to pay for the most expensive booze in Henley too!
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