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The Anchor

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323 Gloucester Road,

(0117) 924 1769 

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Review byHeather Morgan27/02/2009
This pub off Gloucester Road appeals to all kinds of people. There's no specific crowd at the Anchor, just people who enjoy a drink, or a few.

The Venue
An average-sized pub with one bar bang right in front of you, reminding you that's what you're there for. The Anchor is covered in leather sofas and eating tables and by the looks of it, an unlimited amount of large TV screens showing the major football matches.

The oddest and probably the most brilliant part, (for the men anyway) is the small porthole windows from the men's urinal. This allows football fanatics to keep an eye on the game even while they're relieving themselves.

The Anchor is the sort of pub you take someone on the fourth date. It's not classy enough for the first date but for the third or fourth it is a relaxing and comfortable place to be (when there's not a match on or pound a pint night).

If you get bored with just drinking, there are three snooker tables, fruit machines, and board games like Monopoly, Connect 4 or Jenga. There's also a beer garden at the back and front of the pub which is excellent for summer.

Nights at the Anchor consists of pound a pint on Mondays, but you'll need an NUS card to get the offer. There's also a quiz night on Sundays where you can win a large haul of alcohol.

The People
Everyone and anyone! It's not just full of students or locals, it's both. Taking into account the amount of football matches screened here, there is usually more men than women. However, a lot of women come here for a pre-club drink.

On a Monday it's pound a pint for students, which never fails to get the pub completely packed. Throughout the rest of the weekday evenings the Anchor is a popular place as it has a chilled atmosphere.

The Food
Probably not the best food in the world as the emphasis here is put on 'cheap'. Recent instalments include a new stew in a bread bowl sort of thing. It looks like a bit of a dog's dinner but at £2.95 (chicken and bacon, beef and red wine or sausage and Mediterranean vegetables) you can't argue with it. Main meals, which are usually two for £9, are quite delicious and generous with portions, especially the curry. They also do an all-day English breakfast for £5.65.

The Drink
Apart from pound a pint night the drink prices are fairly regular. There's a few beers on draught, along with Strongbow. But the highlight is their large selection of cocktails, pitchers and shooters. For cocktails there's a two for £6.50 offer which is pretty good when you see how much alcohol goes in. The sweetest and fanciest looking one being the Key West.

The Last Word
If you fancy a good drinking night with your mates this is a great place to pop into. Its huge selection of brightly coloured beverages and entertainment will no doubt see you stumbling home giggling come closing time.
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