The Hope & Anchor is a quaint English-style neighbourhood pub without the traditional green beer garden. It is located on busy Given Terrace in Paddington, but make sure you check out the building façade as it's home to an amazing heritage-listed 19th-century bakery.
The menu is British inspired pub food and is open for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Sunday. There's a great range of beer, cider, wine by the glass, spirits and cocktails which you could pair with the bar menu. You'll find a good selection of Australian craft beers.
We wanted to try the lunch menu and I ordered the fish finger sandwich, with tartar sauce and salad for $16. The fingers were made with real pieces of seasonal fish, between two slices of doorstop homemade bread. It was delicious.
My dining partner enjoyed his corned beef (four generous slices of meat) on crispy sourdough bread. There was just the right amount of hot English mustard to tickle the back of your throat, but not overpower the dish. It was served with aged Cheddar coleslaw.
We ordered shoestring fries to share and they were perfectly cooked, and served how the British eat their chips with a bottle of malt vinegar for the top.
The décor exudes an old world charm with wooden booths and distressed bricks walls. There are seats upstairs and coming soon a down stairs space for private dining.
My British friend raves about their chip butty, and now we can recommend you try Hope and Anchor too.