Hope and Anchor
Restaurateur Jamie Webb’s portfolio already included Ginger’s and Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, both on Caxton Street. When he opened the Hope and Anchor in 2016, it was one of the year’s most anticipated venues.
The heritage-listed cottageis set out in the style of a coastal English pub – something you might find in Cornwall or Devon. There’s plenty of space for punters to pull up a chair and while away a few hours. The low lights and rich wood interior of the main bar dials up the intimacy, perfect for a quiet session overseen by a small collection of taxidermy and vintage photography. A large downstairs courtyard and a second level of booths complement the central bar. Wooden tables line the footpath outside.
On tap, there’s a strong Australian line-up of beers, including the Gold Coast’s Balter and Sydney’s Young Henrys. Wine comes by the glass or bottle and is offered across pink, white, red and bubbles. Top-shelf spirits and a small cocktail menu give the bar menu some depth.
Food is a collection of simple bar snacks, sandwiches (the chip butty goes well with an ale) and more substantial plates. A classic steak or half-baby chicken with truffle-sausage gravy and Dutch cream-potato mash makes for a more substantial meal, but it’s the small plates that make the most sense, shared between a table and over a few rounds of drinks. There’s mussels steamed in white wine, but The Devil’s Horseback, a blue cheese-stuffed date wrapped in bacon, is also a must.