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Crown and Anchor, Euston

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user reviews of The Crown and Anchor, Euston

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It was fairly busy in here on a Wednesday lunchtime visit. Most people seemed to be in for the food. Sharp's Doom Bar is the regular beer. Guests were Rudgate Hop For Heroes, Five Points Citrus Pale & Pheasantry Blue Steel. There were also a number of craft beer options, including bottles and cans in the fridges. Ok for a swift one.
blue_scrumpy - 6 Dec 2019 20:33
Visited on Saturday lunch after the Euston Tap and before catching the train to Watford.
Several real ales on, i had the honey and ginger which was excellent. Would recommend
Iceni_Explorer - 7 Dec 2015 02:27
Popped in cause i had to tell someone about the experience in the Drummond villa over the road. Check out TripAdvisor before entering there curry lovers.

Nice beer and attentive staff. Would come again.
Mappiman - 26 Nov 2014 23:05
Called in last Thursday lunch and its a restaurant setting all tables booked for lunch and full, had a decent lager although there were a number of pumps on. As with most London pubs all bar staff were East European, but at least the two girls were stunning and friendly.

Rated a 5 because its not really a pub.
CKRISG - 10 Nov 2014 22:57
Had a very nice pint of Citra today, and enjoyed ox cheeks pie. There were five hand pulls on offer. Service was very good. Will go again.
nonecker - 13 Apr 2014 19:48
Well I was surprised, I've been going here a few that times. Tonight I was refused a 2nd drink by somebody I've never seen before & refused an explanation. I have no idea why. I had found the staff to be friendly on previous visits and cannot understand this attitude, maybe he was in a bad mood. Not good business.
I would have rated it higher, but this is unacceptable.
BJohnD - 16 Jan 2014 23:58
Hadn't been to this place before as it's easy to step out of Euston station and get to a good pub. Popped in last night for a pint. 4 ales on from Stonehenge, a Channel Islands brewery, the craft section of Brains and the ubiquitous Doombar. Friendly staff and was busy with customers spilling out enjoying the last sunshine. Worth visiting again before a Drummond St curry.
DuchyBoy - 5 Sep 2013 09:16
Visited last Friday lunch time when waiting for a train for the north. Very handy being just round the corner from Euston station. A good size and very clean with plenty of seating at high and low tables. Cask beers but ruined by national corporate Doon Bar and some Yanky drivel. I had the Hop Timus at 4.1 and £3.78 a pint. A light bitter and a bit tangy but went down well and also tried the urban Dusk at 4.5, which was not so much to my liking but it was the middle of the day. As a late ale it may work well. The food was not plain English but fine for an eat, but must say the cheese board sounded great. A female friendly and aiming for the office types but still worth visiting. I'm sure more locals and those aiming for the train home pop in later. must say the satff were great even had a taster.
WeazelTimes - 15 May 2013 11:19
I visited this pub in the early evening whilst waiting to meet someone nearby. I had already traipsed around the slightly depressing environs of Hampstead Road and very nearly walked past as the pub looked closed.

However, I could just see some shadows inside so tried the door and, yes, they were open. A good choice of beer and a good menu - although the prices seemed high even for London. My pint of Doom Bar was in good condition and I spent the time pleasantly enough.

When I left the outside lights had been switched on and the place looked much more inviting - but the dim and trendy lighting inside does the place no favours as it really does look closed - even from only 50 yards away.
RichardEnglish - 14 Feb 2012 12:23
I'm still surprised by the lack of reviews this place gets. It was much more busy than my previous visit nearly 2 years ago. So maybe it is becoming more well known. Situated not far from the Euston Tap and the Bree Louise, it's certainly worth a try if you're in the area. The beer range has also improved since my first visit. Purity Ubum Acorn Sorachi Ace IPA, Oakleaf IPA, Itchen Valley Godfathers & Sharps Doom Bar were all on. Alas, the Addlestones and Old Rosie ciders were no longer present. Aspalls is the next best offering.
blue_scrumpy - 27 Nov 2011 13:03
It's May 10th 2011 so time for another review i think. I'm sat in the pub now enjoying a pint of Trade Winds (£3.50). They didn't mind giving me a taster, though it was a tiny shot. There are five ales to choose from, no great surprises for the area, but better than most places. Also plenty of European lagers so plenty for everyone.

I'm here in the middle of the afternoon so can't really comment on the ambience as there are only a few people here.
The music is quirky and the decor feels like it is trying also.
Food menu is trendy pub fare but all sounds pretty good and reasonably priced for the area.

Would try it in the evening if i was in the area.
stopthenames - 10 May 2011 16:28
nice pub for a Saturday/Sunday afternoon drink, bout 1ish the sun on the right side to sit outside. Way to busy on a weekday evening, full of snotty looking banking and media types. Still ok if you dont mind standing. Foods good, although a little expensive (sometimes)
Selly - 3 Apr 2011 23:43
Was there again on Friday, nice pints of Doombar, good place to stand outside. Service seemd a bit random but one barman seemed to care about his customers so that's a plus!
zabadak - 24 May 2010 12:41
Dropped into here after the Bree Louise, it seemed promising with the offer of real beer (and cask marque creditation!) despite the decor - but Black Sheep Best was not yet ready and they'd just ran out of Doom Bar for the person ahead of me at the bar. We left.
jrguk - 29 Apr 2010 17:17
As previous users have commented, they're trying a bit hard with the decor and it's not really to my taste, but the bar staff were friendly, they had a good range of ales/ciders and the prices were reasonable for central London.
aaroncp - 24 Apr 2010 01:02
Went in here for the first time today. Lunchtime, so couldn't really vouch for the ambience, although it was more populated than The Nelson is at this time.

COMPLETELY new decor since the pix on this page! Now very dark and slightly dingy. Black is the new beige! Also, trying to be trendy, which is always a turn-off for me. Some "happening" pictures in some of the windows, one of which refers to "Hoxton", so you know it's going to be poor! Also, a mosaic of same on the toilet doors. What is goin ON?!?!?!

"Guest" beers included Black Sheep - noticed that this has been on tap for some time so no longer really qualifies as "guest". VERY nice though!

Has a reasonable number of tables, most of which were taken or reserved - obviously a foodie pub so depressing to read a food-based review here which doesn't exactly entice me to eat in this pub!

Overall, good beer, poncey and trying-too-hard decor, good service... 6/10.
zabadak - 23 Apr 2010 18:22
I was reasonably impressed by this pub. In fact, I didn't know it existed until today. Yes it's a bit dingy inside and there's only 2 real ales - London Pride and Black Sheep Best Bitter. But the bar staff are friendly and the atmosphere is fairly pleasant. Weston's Old Rosie is normally served but was off today. However, Addlestones and Aspalls cider were available. Certainly one of the best two I visited today.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Jan 2010 23:09
Agree with hexenductionhour's "... I got a better vibe than in the Bree Louise." Always have the sense at the BL that the beer is a bit flat and sort of tepid, despite its plaudits from CAMRA. Also the BL table tops seemed habitually sticky...

This place in contrast tends more towards bar ambience than conventional pub. Overall positive on weekend visits in the last month or two. Friendly and efficient bar service, one or two nice independent beers including Black Sheep, lager includes the strawberry fizzy pop Fruhli. Bar snack type thing OK.
Piped background music but thankfully unobtrusive as is the overall conversation level unlike the pubs in Camden including even the more august like the Spread Eagle where atmosphere is destroyed as tweenies vie with each other to scream the loudest.

Quite discreet and worth going if in the area.

_grobag_ - 1 Jan 2010 13:54
I thought it a little dark and depressing in here and the service left a lot to be desired. The Black Sheep was nice, but there was a strange smell wafting about so I cut my visit short.

I donít think that Iíll be returning here.
Strongers - 22 Jan 2009 15:16
Pub very nice, beer choice very good. Food - completely absymal; always. It's straight off the back of the frozen lorry, and exactly the same menu as any other Mitchell and Butler pub (see the Albany at Gt Portland St among many) where the food is equally dire. Still, it's about the only place on Drummond Street you'll find meat* being served, and at least the burgers aren't green like at the Rocket.

(*factory floor scrapings...)
cardamom - 23 Sep 2008 23:18
Had a nice pint of Sierra Nevada in here last night. Cute barmaids. Lots of people eating food, which I suspect is the main focus here. Not a place I'd lounge around in, but I got a better vibe than in the Bree Louise.
hexenductionhour - 31 Aug 2008 10:56
Ate here for the first time this evening and it was a huge disappointment. I was served haddock and chips and the haddock was tasteless. The bar staff are inexperience and are too timid to carry feedback to the chef, and the chef is clearly uninterested in the quality of his own food. The fish must have been frozen, otherwise it was quite an achievement to remove all the flavour.

One to avoid, I'm afraid.
food4thought - 5 Aug 2008 21:21
Unfortunately this pub is now suffering from its popularity in that some of the staff are getting arrogant. One member of staff interrupted taking a food order to serve others without an apology - won't be back.
jonnyboy122 - 9 May 2008 20:47
I was on a wander looking for a pub and the canopies hanging outside made me initially think this was or had become a bar or restaurant. Spying draught ales through the window I went in.

Glad I did, London Pride (in a pint mug) was better than I'd ever had it. Black Sheep and Young's Bitter also on draught.

Mostly people eating in the nicely lit atmosphere.
Killian42 - 8 Mar 2008 15:09
Good pub on a street that is mostly known for its Indian restaurants. Black Sheep in handle jugs! Friendly enough place.
beeronaut - 20 Feb 2008 22:42
Visited for lunch after the recent refurbishment. Good pub menu - we had excellent burgers & club sandwiches served with the best chunky chips. The service was very good despite being busy. Beer selection was Black Sheep, Youngs ordinary and London Pride, served in dimple mugs, and an ample selection of lagers. Looks like they've got rid of the TV screens. Last summer a large proportion of the windows opened right back extending the pub to the tables on the pavement - hopefully this will continue in 2008.
sussexred - 19 Feb 2008 15:29
If you like M&B's unbranded pubs (which I do), you'll like this place. Beer selection is the same as noted by GuideDogSaint, and typical for M&B. Decent options for food to pick at as a group as well. This place is miles better than The Bree Louise around the corner, which has the atmosphere of a black hole.
topdog_andy - 22 Jan 2008 09:26
What a great pub ... recently had a complete makeover, this is by far the best joint around Euston. Friendly staff, great beers for ale lovers and trendy foreign beer drinkers, and a great range of snacks and food, including fish finger sandwiches! I could happily spend all my day in this place. Can be busy in the evenings, as all great pubs are, but well worth a visit.
reyn3295 - 19 Dec 2007 01:12
Visited here on 4 October. I believe it has been refitted since I was last here. Looks like they have followed the example of the Albany in Great Portland Street as far as te beer goes. Black Sheep Better and GK IPA on draught together with one of the Weston's ciders. Some foreign beers including Star, Erdinger, Budvar Dark and Apple Bocq. They seemed to have a problem with full measures and worrying when an admittedly inexperienced barman tried to put ice cubes in my Chimay Red. Not bad, could do a lot worse.
GuideDogSaint - 7 Oct 2007 21:01
Probably not fair to say too much as my one & only visit was 3 o'clock Tuesday (pm.) Nicely air conditioned, strongbow wasn't as cold as it could be. Empty as it was it looked soulless, but judging by the other reviews that could be a time of day thing.

SW6 - 26 Jul 2006 09:50
Yeah - I like it. Always busy, seating outside - Staropramen on tap. TV screens and, most importantly, brimming with totty when I was there. Alas, instead of the various lovely specimens on show we were forced to share our bench with a hairy faced Little Mo lookalike. Typical
TeamSambo - 12 Apr 2006 13:13
nicely tucked away. An oasis in a field of mayhem.
oldelondonmerchant - 12 Feb 2006 21:11
nice ale not too expensive, really enjoyed the smoking balcony!
mmmpktge - 5 Oct 2005 12:05
Reasonable prices, big plates of food. Staff are okay, customers mainly office bods, probably from the ad agency round the corner. Quitens down about 8 if it's helpful. Good place to have a post-work natter, as I have done on many an occasion.
spencer - 9 Jun 2005 14:03
Decent meet up/post drink type of place for the curry houses. Dead, but pleasant enough on a saturday too. Beer cheap, food appetising and good value, no bouncers or loud music , very pretty and friendly bar staff, mainly office workers and no drunks, gypo`s or chavs etc - so gets the thumbs up ere.
darloexile - 22 Apr 2005 09:41
Way too full of office types, and an area even had a reserved sign on all the tables for a group of them, which is something that plainly should be outlawed in a pub.

I'm guessing it's one of those Barracuda pubs, as it has those generic menus and the same posters advertising 2-for-1 bottled shite and cheap Fosters nonsense. As a result, it's pretty bland and don't expect any surprises.

But on the other hand, the ales are decent and the prices are good, and it's excellent meeting place for all the cracking Drummond St curry houses.
travis - 4 Apr 2005 01:55
i worked in this pub last Augoust..in the kitchen..i found a really good staff and most of all a wanderful manager!the pub is clean,good food and drink,charming and relaxing atmosphere.well worth a visit
ant - 11 Dec 2003 10:36
great show! landlord a gent, rest of the staff very pleasant, warm and welcoming pub. Just the ticket! HOORAH!
mjr - 12 Nov 2003 11:59
Clean pub, beer fine, I thought the bar staff were very serious (no smiles), and bordering on the rude. It was busy, full of office workers (it was 6:30pm). TOverall not bad but like I say the bar staff need some customer relations training.
Bill - 22 Aug 2003 14:31
A nice bright pub with decent air conditioning makes it an ideal retreat when there's trouble on the trains at Euston. Large open frontage and outside seating in the Summer. Efficient and friendly service.
Millay - 9 Aug 2003 09:50
This pub is brilliant. It offers everything you could ever want. Good Beer, Food excellent service and fantastic atmostphere. Well worth a visit.
All at Media.com - 8 Jul 2003 17:24
Great Pub!

Central London and no drunks, bouncers or other unsavoury characters.

Great in the summer as Drummond Street really comes alive
Cb - 14 Feb 2003 20:08
Lived right next door to this great pub...loved the staff and atmosphere. A home away from home.
Michelle - 14 Feb 2003 20:08
I worked in this pub last year, one of the rooms above(blue and orange) was my own work. Had a lovely time, and found it to be clean, charming and vibrant. Well worth a visit.
Rachel - 4 Nov 2002 06:00

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