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The outside furniture still hasn't been unbolted, (perhaps that proved too difficult,) but it has now been cordoned off while signs state that it's not to be used under any circumstances.
Trev - 23 May 2020 15:33
Though closed (coronavirus), this pub's external furniture has been used by members of the public.

Many people bring their own booze - and sit down at the bolted down tables and chairs, outside the pub.

Loud merriment etc. has been frequently noted - and the pub management plan to soon unbolt the furniture.
tradervic - 16 May 2020 13:54
Nice little riverside drinking place, especially nice in the Summer. Not cheap but for some reason I still enjoy it here.
MOLESEYMIKES - 28 Mar 2013 23:28
Beer & service ok but I didn't like the braying hoards who seemed to want everyone to hear their lack of wit. Nice location.
Psi - 15 Aug 2012 13:32
Service- terrible !!!!!!! Ignored by the waitresses to busy chatting amongst each other , looks like they need someone to lead them,
Food was lovely really enjoyed it, but the wine list was seriously over priced so it made the evening seem very expensive,
I would never go again just on the service really, it really was bad :-(

Slb8230 - 20 May 2012 12:27
This is so much better than the pretentious Swan next door. Both have expensive food, but at least in the Anglers it's worth it. The cask beers are a lot more interesting too - and always changing. Oh, and the staff are friendly. The only thing that needs fixing is the leaky roof in the gents' toilet.
Trev - 1 Oct 2011 21:03
£13.50 is not a reasonable price for 8 pieces of salami and 6 pieces of cured ham...very disappointing hugely over priced lunch, bring down the prices or provide value for money!!
Weybridgelocal - 25 Mar 2011 19:35
Nice location, shame about the food. Not bad but ridiculously overpriced, even by London gastropub standards. Definitely not going back.
oxbridge - 11 Jan 2011 16:25
A large columned pub situated on the Thames tow path, resembling an old colonial hotel bar. The food, drinks and service are obviously considered and clearly important. A very fine example of a modern gastropub.
corneleus - 7 Jan 2011 23:38
Went for a walk along the river today and came across The Anglers . What a great place. Had a delicious hot chocolate & walnut cake whilst taking in the great views. Staff were very welcoming. As the menu looked so nice I ended up booking a table for lunch next week.
Jodie253 - 4 Nov 2010 16:28
What a soul-less place-bland menu and food, vacuous staff and beer at an astonishing £3.50 a pint.
We will not return
huntforbeer - 2 Aug 2010 12:09
We re-discovered the Anglers in December last year, used to use it years ago but it went down hill so we stop going. Since December we have been back a number of times. The food is fantastic, top notch. The atmosphere is great, really good mix of people, they have a good selection of beers and normally 2-3 ales. Dont expect 'fast food' service on a sunny day, the place is generally prepared to wait a little, it will be worth it. They also have a really nice upstairs area looking out over the river which can be used for parties. With respect to the previous comment on football shirts I think their policy is 'no football shirts' no matter what country/team it is, along with no vests, and no topless drinkers.
britishtakeaway - 15 Oct 2009 10:19
My partner walked into the anglers and asked for a pint, the bar tender behind the bar refused to serve him because he was wearing his england shirt and said it was policy not to serve any one wearing an england shirt, but if he was wearing a spanish or portugese shirt then they would be able to serve him. I think this is wrong as this is england not spain or portugal and we should be able to wear our countries shirt with pride!
bubba20090315 - 28 Jun 2009 23:36
service for food not that fast but was nice. Can we revert back to serving food on plates rather than boards though, that is just silly.

It's a nice pub though, great location, I would come back.
TheGP - 22 Dec 2008 09:05
Fantastic food, fantastic staff, fantastic service. The location is perfect and the atmosphere is delightful. I was served within minutes (by a very attractive waiter!) and really enjoyed my lunch at the anglers. Would highly recommend to other people. Great value for money too!
monkey123 - 4 Sep 2008 16:59
Grand pub with unbeatable location on the Thames.
Greshon - 29 Aug 2008 14:31
like so many pubs along the river took to long to be served and was not even busy.
proper_pub_people - 20 May 2008 23:12
Went to the Anglers with a bunch of friends and was basically ignored by the staff for about five minutes! Finally got some drinks and some comfy seats by the fireplace, we even managed to get hold of some menus and I ordered the french onion soup. Big mistake! It was like watered-down bitter with some onion tossed in. Had to steal chips from my friends as no one came to ask how the food was.

Wish I could say the disappointment ended there, but a quick trip to the loo soon had me rooting for going elsewhere.
micheal - 13 Apr 2008 03:26
popped in the other night with my mates had to wait ages to be serverd and when we did get are dinks the bar man looked stressed and was tutting his head and shaking it to. Wasn't even that buzy all in all wasn't great there was nothing specail at all about this place also we were told they stopped serving food in 5 minutes then when i was waitng at the bar (yes i was waiting again!!) some one ordered food after time yet WE COULD NOT!!!
star1 - 28 Jan 2008 18:10
Had a simply splendid Sunday roast here today! Yummee! We luckily got a table on the ground floor straight away, as some folk vacated, and only had to wait 40mins for the meal. That's good, we had time to savour our drinks and idly chat! The place was buzzing, not a spare seat in sight, upstairs was crammed full too!! And the chef was working full throttle all day..!! Well done to the chef! Mrs TJ's beef was gorgeous, (and so was Mrs TJ by the way..!) And my roast pork was beautifully prepared, and stacked high with a rather large Yorkshire pud! Fantastic! I love their selection of lagers on tap:- Kroenenbourg; Hoegaarden; Paulaner; Staropramen; Fosters... I didn't see the ales, but there was one called 'Red Breast'(Jennings?)..apparently. Staff were numerous and attentive, which is good, for us the penny-pinching-paying-public! Well done all at the Anglers! Had a great walk after, along the river in the sunshine, wiv me best girl by me side..!! Can't w8 4 r next trip 2 drop anchor at the ol' Anglers. Luvvit! 9/10 TJ
TeeJay - 27 Jan 2008 23:39
Popped into the 'Anglers' last night, what a nice pub! A good selection of beers & lagers, including Paulaner (Munich light beer, 4.9%), and Hoegaarden (Belgium, 'white' or wheat beer, 5.0%).
Nicely furnished, with comfy leather 'tub' chairs and sofa by the open log fire (excellent on those cold evenings), and taller 'bar' chairs & tables. Look up and there's an unusual feature, an oval 'cut-out' in the ceiling revealing glass chandelier and upstairs glass-walled balcony...interesting! The upstairs floor is also quite well done, with good view out across the river Thames. Bar staff were attentive and helpful. I expect this bar is well-loved by the locals, and heaving in the sunny weather! I must check it out then! Adequate parking outside, on the rivers edge, and nearby street parking. I'll give it 8/10, with potential for increased rating! TJ
TeeJay - 2 Jan 2008 10:51
This is a truly wonderful pub with a beautiful panoramic view of the thames from the upstairs dining room. Outdoor seating for the summer and roaring log fires on both floors for the winter. The Sunday lunch is the best for miles around, good hearty fresh British food!.
anonymous - 19 Nov 2007 14:09
Once again a refurb from people who think this place will run itself, it's aiming for a market it simply won't get with such crap sevice.
sllimr - 18 Nov 2007 10:23
Superb Gastro Pub, wonderful chef, great food, friendly helpful staff and a wide choice of fine wine. Part of the Piano and Pitcher group, I believe, and all are working hard to create a unique 'local' pub/wine bar in the area offering more than just Real Ale and Pub Grub. Well worth a visit. Go now before the secret gets out!!!!

PinotageMax - 26 Sep 2007 16:15
just visited after the referb, what a waste of time, its still a dirty dump
anonymous - 31 Aug 2007 16:16
Have to agree with majority of reviewers here, this pub continues to be a shocker and if it were not for the fact it was right on the river it would be very quiet indeed. People seem to think it is the place to be but the beer is not much good and the prices are like it is in Central London and the service is poor. The cleanliness of the tables is again something we noticed. One to avoid.
vandal31 - 29 Aug 2007 14:39
I disagree, this has been turned into a great spot now, the food has been great recently (eaten here twice with partner and once with friends), i even watched the chefs carry in a whole swordfish today, which appeared on the special board soon after! Good cocktails too (thanks bradtarga!)
lee749911 - 14 Aug 2007 18:44
Strewth! Had planned to eat here, but after sitting down and checking out the dirt on the tables and general mankyness of the place, we only stayed for a quick drink. I wasn't impressed with the colourful language coming from a certain ex-Weir barman either. Very unprofessional.
mistral1969 - 3 Jul 2007 13:14
have just returned from a meal here. It has to be the worst pub food and service I have ever had. Inedible! I'm going to have a bowl of Shredded Wheat as a treat.
anonymous - 24 Jun 2007 00:56
Didn't realise it was a Pitcher & Piano group before, only noticed when I was doing a bit of Google trawling. Seems better than previous efforts, but food is only just above average really, I was hoping something along the lines of The Minnow in Weybridge or The Albany in Thames Ditton. Mind you, they do some pretty damn good cocktails now though!
bradtarga34 - 8 Jun 2007 15:10
Well it was a great quiz until they got rid of the guy doing it!!!

anonymous - 4 Jun 2007 08:48
bradtarga - The Anglers has been a Pitcher and Piano for quite a while now!

This is a good summer pub, especially with the location, and has a great quiz on a Thursday. After the refurb it's also apparently going to be over 21's only which I think will be a real benefit.
anonymous - 17 May 2007 10:54
This is currently closed for refurbishment, yet again, but looks as though it is going to be relaunched as a 'Pitcher & Piano'. Hopefully this should up the ante somewhat and get this pub up to a level it deserves to be at given it's fantastic location!
bradtarga34 - 16 May 2007 15:53
Oh god this place really sucks now!

I understand the old manager left at Christmas and has this place gone to the dogs since!

It used to be clean friendly and good service (not to mention great food) now its dirty and the service is shocking

Countrygirl - 1 May 2007 16:06
I moved to Walton in 2006 and my first experience of the Anglers on a lovely sunny day drinking a pint looking over house particulars whilst sitting buy the river and thinking to myself what a great local it would be. How wrong first impressions can be!

By rights the Anglers should be the best pub in Walton by a country mile, it’s a lovely old building right on a beautiful stretch of the Thames and only a short walk from the bustle of the High Street. Unfortunately, once you look closely, you realise how much of a shambles it really is. Firstly it’s dirty to the point it actually smells downstairs (possibly as a result of the rancid gents toilet upstairs) and you can consider it a good day if you get a clean glass. I drank there this week with my wife and friends and the service was truly appalling and to add insult to injury most of the larger was off! The staff seem to be more interested in looking pretty (that’s just the boys) than serving you and do an excellent impression of someone who has spent the afternoon smoking something they shouldn’t as they seem to be in a world of their own most of the time.

If I was to pick a positive point, the Anglers does have a relaxed friendly atmosphere and families are clearly welcome. Unfortunately they are probably too welcome, as there were children running round the bar by the look of many of the drinkers; they were probably celebrating having just received their national insurance cards!

In general I have to echo the points of “gtelforth” (except the point about Weatherspoons!) and can only think that the positive comments here are from employees and people who like the pub because they can drink there with-out ID. If I were to sum up the Anglers, it has the feel of a pub the owners have lost interest in and that’s running out of money. The lovely open fires remain unlit in winter and it’s now dirty, tired and will soon start to look tatty. It’s such a shame, this pub has the potential to be the best and busiest not just Walton, but in the local area but it disappoints over and over again. If it wasn’t by the river it would have probably had to close a long time ago. Please, sort it out!

Waillo - 4 Apr 2007 14:11
This pub consistently annoys the hell out of me. The position is fantastic and this pub should be the best pub in Walton...but it is not.
It is tired, dirty, the staff are forgetful, unhelpful and are more interested in their looks than good quality service.
food wise; i have twice eaten their the first time the chicken took 3/4 of an hour to arrive and was burnt. The second time the 3 out of 4 dishes were cold.
I hope this message improves this venue as it could and should be a gold mine

anonymous - 4 Apr 2007 12:05
love this place,friendly people,good staff,great food and very good value if anyone thinks this is expensve then they need to get out more!
everytime I bring someone new here they love it as much me.
jubilee - 17 Jan 2007 16:00
Both Steaders and gtelforth are right. The bar staff are incredibly attractive in this pub. However, as usual, what comes with fit girls, is completely rubbish service. Give me an ugly fat barman any day cos I'm here for the beer, not to perv over women I can't get.

I think I need to stick up for the quizmaster here as well. The guy is awesome, and runs a great quiz. Those who don't like it, are the ones that can't do it.
thomascruisemapotherIV - 27 Jul 2006 13:34
Lovely location, especially on a warm summer evening. It is terribly expensive though, so those not on a 6 figure salary are not going to be able to afford to get inebriated. My advice would be go there on your birthday when everyone else is getting the drinks in! Food average, service slow, but that is all common place these days.
please_now_talk_to_me - 11 Jul 2006 19:27
The Anglers (my local):
I'm so utterly blessed to have such a great pub as my local. I think that the member, gtelforth, must be the kind of person that enjoys the company of the locals at the Weatherspoons, which does not say much for his taste in pubs.... Let me see... weatherspoons - No music, full of wierdo's, bar fight guaranteed, no class, 20 tons of gum on the floor and plenty of 14 year olds trying to get old before their time... You must be a barrel of laughs on a night out! Although I suspect that you don't get out much :-)

The Anglers has a fantastic employment rule for bar staff - fit chics only! The bevvies are great, riverside garden, nice location, LCD TV upstairs, upstairs is a restaurant/non smoking, nicely decorated and friendly atmosphere. Quiz nights and live music, quiz nights is an area that could do with some improvement (i.e. new quiz master!) and that's the only fault I coud say against this pub.
steaders - 7 Jul 2006 19:28
Good quiz on a thursday night although the competitions not up to the same standard as the quizmasters other pub, the swan. so winning might not be so much of a challenge here.

good beer as well.
davidthehoffhasseltheho - 9 Jun 2006 15:48
I don't know what other people are talking about when they slate this pub. In my opinion, The Angler is by far the best pub in Walton. I just couldn't find a fault with the place, and the location just by the river is fantastic. The decor is second to known, and there is plenty of choice drinkwise. Service was standard, however, it was clean, and I would have been more than happy to eat the delicious looking food that was being prepared. If you like your pubs dirty, smelly and smokey, don't come here, if you're a normal person, this is the place for you. Prices are high, but I'm more than happy to pay out to drink in a clean, friendly, lively, and attractive setting.
DAFCpubreviewer - 7 Apr 2006 15:31
I personaly fo not know where gtelforth is coming from. His advice to go to the Wetherspoons is seriuosly odd. I would prefer the Anglers any day. I go there at least twice a week, and I have never encountered the problems he claims are normal.

It is a good pub (not a great pub) in a very good location. Sometimes it is a bit poor with regards to the real ale (they do not always have one available), but that is my only complaint.

Mikepcshaw - 7 Mar 2006 11:57
I have the misfortune of living close to this "pub", and given it's location, my circle of friends often end up in here during a mini pub crawl around the local area, and I can certainly say that the Anglers is most definitely the LOW POINT of the evening! We often have a chuckle amongst ourselves to the terrible service by the staff and the dirty surroundings. Even more so that we continually return back to the establishment (simply for it's prime location on the river).

On fist impression, you might be forgiven for stating that what I am telling you is false – however, spend a few moments taking a closer look around and you’ll soon realise the truth! Take one step further and try and actually get served. I have been at the bar on many occasions with not another soul attempt to be served and there isn’t a sign of any barman.

When one does turn up, you’ll have the trademark effort of running through your order, and then the staff member frantically looking for a clean glass – it seems this place continually has a problem with their dishwasher and I have on so many occasions had to deliver the White wine drinks to the females in our group in PINT GLASSES, simply because they are either out of wine glasses or just haven’t washed them.

If you do manage to get the correct drink, served in the correct glass, then pay close attention – on many occasions, I have returned to the crowd to deliver the drinks and true to Anglers trademark, one glass will be ridden with dirt or some other slime that could easily be MRSA!

At this point, please don’t lean on the bar to relax yourself whilst you wait for you drinks! If you do, you will suffer the misfortune of having your sleeves sticking to the wooden face with multiple layers of dried alcohol. It seems tradition for the staff here not to clean the bar from the week’s worth of spillage it has encountered!

All of this leads me to be horrified by the thought of what could POSSIBLY be within their food kitchen!!! It takes a brave man to order food from the Anglers!

The next thing you will notice if you have the displeasure of sitting near the front door is that they employ a galoot of a bar manager to patrol the establishment. Every 2 minutes he will feel the need to open the door to walk outside for a breath of fresh air (maybe he is intoxicated by the smell of the kitchen – or perhaps the boredom of “working” within such a desolate environment). This will then lead to a routine draft pertaining through the front half of the pub as everyone begins to order coffees, teas or hot chocolates in order to heat themselves up. This will continue throughout the night as the “bar manager / doorman / gorilla” will persist to strut round the pub, blind from the fact that he is surrounded by empty tables full with empty glasses and full ashtrays that haven’t been cleared for a good half hour!

All in all, I have travelled the world and been to some pretty rough, down and out places – and I really haven’t got a problem with it, but when you’re paying the extortionate prices that the Anglers charge, you EXPECT to get good service and a clean environment, and under the existing management, this just isn’t going to happen.

Do yourself a favour and head down to the local Weatherspoons where you’re going to be served a good value pint in a clean environment!
gtelforth - 26 Feb 2006 11:47
once was a good 'pub'
now winebar-ified with micro meals and lots of 'posh' largers,

bitter closer to vinegar than ale

dont bother if you are older than 15

otherwise you will probably have a good time
thefisherman - 7 Feb 2006 00:43
I have eaten in the Anglers a number of times since the new manager has taken over.

Generally I think the standards of ervice have really improved and the food is great

It gets a bit busy at the weenends with everyone drinking coffee and hot chocolate (which BTW is really yummy) but to be honest I prefer a glass of decent wine- which is good because the wine list is much improved.

As for the food, the butternut squash curry is out of this world, and the burger is fab too.

New quiz night on Thursdays seems really fun and isn't to intrusive

All in all definately on the up and recommended.

dizzygirl - 3 Feb 2006 13:49
this pub recently been refurbished and was great for the first two weeks whilst the area managers were watching. now it's gone back to the same poor standard of food and expensive drink
anonymous - 31 Jan 2006 00:16
I visited last Tuesday lunchtime. It's become more of a wine bar that a basic pub. I asked for a packet of cheese & onion crisps and the dozy South African barman drifted off for a minute and came back and said there weren't any, without offering any alternatives. I then asked for pork scratchings and he said he'd never heard of them. So don't expect a normal pub.

That's the down side. The up side is that it has a fantastic location overlooking the river. It's newly-refurbished and clean. And apart from the first dozy bloke, I encountered better service than in any previous pub/bar/restaurant.

They had two or three blokes drifting around in aprons on the customer side of the bar, taking orders for food and for drink. One of them was very attentive, polite and pleasant.

Granted, the food did take a long time to arrive on a weekday that wasn't really busy - perhaps 20 minutes. But when it came it was very good indeed. It was only a burger (although they called it a steak sandwich), and I have never had a good burger anywhere - I hate them. But this was tender and tasty and came in fresh ciabatta with a creamy dressing. And thin chips that weren't the sort of pathetic reconstituted shoelaces you get at Macdonalds or most pubs and restaurants. At £6 it was a fairly pricey but extremely nice burger - I'll try it aain next time I go.

The beer I had was Youngs - actually not as good as I am used to. It was frothy, like those horrid beers such as Mcaffreys, and so I'd mark them down for that.

But otherwise, a surprisingly good experience.
EldridgePope - 5 Aug 2005 14:22
Great place to go if you and your partner don't want to eat together but sit gazing into one anothers eyes while the other eats, and then when they have finished they bring your food. Ordered the aberdeen angus rump (£13.50 rip off!!), thought it was a new design of shoes, they were bringing out it was that tough!! Needs this place sorting out a lick of paint does not make up for crap service or crap food.
anonymous - 1 Aug 2005 15:40
They had youngs, pedigree and summer lightning if my memory is correct.
rcm - 1 Aug 2005 15:35
What about the beers? Do they still do real ales?
graley - 1 Aug 2005 14:03
I wandered in the day after it opened from a 2 month refurb and it looks superb.

Gone is the ghastly orange interior/exterior replaced with great new leather seating and much more than a lick of paint.

It appears to have gone towards a more food oriented approach, and from my sampling of the bangers and mash it is top notch.

Drinks are a bit pricey, but it offers a good variety of contiental lagers I have yet to see in the UK: Staropramen, and Paulaner on tap.

The staff were obviously new, but they showed good enthusiasm towards me.

My visits will be a bit more regular from now on.
rcm - 1 Aug 2005 12:05
Erm...the ONLY place where you have to wait ages to be served then once you are served it takes another length of time to actually get the drink in your hand. The funny bit is, it is actually getting worse ever year! As for using a spoon to pour a Guinness says it all.
However, i still seem to find my way back there again!!
ArtherG - 7 Apr 2005 16:02
not a bad pub for food service etc. even when very busy you can get food or beer in an acceptable time.
late friday or saturday nights can be a bit young & rough
crown wise but no trouble in my experience.
well worth a try
stevie2005 - 25 Mar 2005 21:48
It has changed hands in the last couple of weeks, they have a temporary manager in charge at the momemt. They do a good Quiz on a Wednesday.
Womble - 2 Mar 2005 22:20
Horrible! Full of louts and teenagers.
j_watts - 15 Feb 2005 15:37
Went in there the other day ordered three rounds the price changed every time i ordered. BEWARE
anonymous - 23 Dec 2004 21:16
Yes, a good place in a lovely location. Great to stop off and have a quick one when cycling past. Good laid back clientele too. Try it.
Lawrence - 20 Aug 2004 22:47
Great on a Sunny Day, Good guest beers and lagers, very good food and fun location.
John M. - 19 Aug 2004 10:46
Lovely and beautiful setting – expensive wine and soft drinks food average and also expensive
Beth - 8 Jul 2004 08:17
Nice pub to sit by the river if people would stop feeding the ducks i would probaly go there more as they are quite annoying running around when you are trying to have a nice drink!
Jon - 26 May 2004 19:27
Good for sitting out and enjoying the sun and the river. Average food, but a nice range of beers.
Alex - 6 May 2004 13:48
Had a great chicken and ham pie a while ago..........went back for more and was really dissapointed !
New Chef perhaps ?
Peter - 14 Apr 2004 13:02
Agree with below - friendly helpful staff and food is served very quickly and efficiently even when very busy. Great spot when the sun is shining, but inside is not bad either.
anonymous - 31 Mar 2004 14:14
Great food and friendly staff, non smoking eating area up stair.
Kim - 22 Mar 2004 11:18
excellent food,great Young's and guest beers - we use it regularly winter and summer and have always had a good time.
dave pollock - 7 Mar 2004 19:47
good atmosphere, no trouble now it's changed back from the slug and lettuce (6 yrs ago) food not bad, good summer pub
R Binns - 3 Mar 2004 06:57
This should be a really great pub, but doesn't live upto expectations. Right on the river, in an affluent area but it just doesn't have the x factor. OK for summer drinks but outside seating is limited. Has a reputation for being a bit rough but I've never seen any trouble.
anonymous - 6 Jan 2004 11:34
fantastic atmosphere, clean pub, great selection of wines and quality food and nice staff. definatley a summer pub!!
charles - 23 Jul 2003 20:30
Its OK but the Swan next door wins hands down.
anonymous - 22 Apr 2003 11:24
Great selection of draught beers (including Hoegaarden and a blonde Belgian beer i can't remember the name of). Good location on the river. Only gripe was that the place looked dirty - maybe their hoover had broken?
Angus - 21 Apr 2003 13:22
My local pub - right on the river front - food is good. Really fantastic in the Summer when you can sit outside by the river. Beer is OK, there is normally a guest cask ale.
Mike - 18 Mar 2003 13:59

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