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i used to be a regular at the pub, going back a few years now. Always friendly and the regulars were a real mix. Really sorry to hear it has closed down. Enjoyed many a drunken evening there.
girly28 - 17 Oct 2008 17:05
farewell to what was the best pub in richmond
mozzzzzz - 8 Sep 2006 19:05
Although I hate to see proper pubs being closed down I for one am glad to see this one go!! Perhaps the the landlord of 10 years ago remembers punching a woman in the face for no reason, what a charmer eh?!?!?!
Goodbye pub & bad memories!
anonymous - 29 Jun 2006 18:03
All I can say is it was a friendly,clean and tidy pub with good beer and friendly staff and I used the pub perhaps too often for the good of my bank balance and liver without so much of a hint of trouble.May have gone down a bit after Matt and Theresa left but seems there are too many stuck up piano and pitcher types in Richmond to appreciate a real pub.
anonymous - 3 Jun 2006 21:56
Have to agree , not one of my favourites in Richmond , but a hell of a shame to lose another one of Richmonds REAL pubs . Used to pop in here pre rugby , when Mollys got too hectic , and always got a fine pint of Guiness . Another one bites the dust.......
squatter - 9 May 2006 14:15
CLOSED - landlords have put the rent up and Kieran ( aka Al Murray ) has now called it a day. Unlikely to ever reopen again as a pub, I'm afraid. This pub has had mixed reviews, but I never had any problem with any of the punters or the beer. I just loved the old style interior and the etched glass - hope it can be preserved. The frontage of the building is apparently listed and cant be touched. Yes, the pub was getting a bit run down, but it was a proper pub, not one of these awful high street Mc Pub places that all look and feel the same. You got served by proper local people, not awful Eastern Europeans or temporary staff. The Blue Anchor had apparently been a pub since 1781 - there was a framed mirror in the pub indicating this. It was a most "un - Richmond" like pub. Quite nostalgic - a bit of a time warp feel to it. I think that's why I quite liked it. I for one am sorry to see it go

BLUE ANCHOR - R.I.P. ( 1781 - 2006 )
JohnBonser - 9 May 2006 13:52
There are reasons why this pub is quiet but there are times when a quiet pub is what you want. Beer choice is very limited but what they do have is OK.
Matthew_of_Ham - 15 Dec 2005 20:08
A really odd place - terrible atmosphere, and really dirty. Not some place I'd recommend.
nollag - 14 Dec 2005 00:08
Makes a change for Richmond....just a quiet pub where you can read a paper or play pool with decent beer. Not sure about the unwelcoming feeling, I was made to feel more than welcome by a regular by the name of Mark Oldfield. I suggest you give it a try and look out for Mark who seemed more than happy to welcome new customers and chat all evening!!!!
anonymous - 1 Sep 2005 19:31
I've always found this pub pretty friendly, and got on fine with everyone there. Also had no trouble getting in the pool table; had to thrash a few locals first mind you. I can understand why people find it a little frosty; the bar flies seem to prefer each others company - but so what? The beer's fine, the staff are friendly, and the chairs, though springy, are comfy enough. Anything this close to Richmond that hasn't turned into a wine bar is worth keeping in my book.

The landlord really does look like Al Murray as well.
DaveMere - 8 Aug 2005 18:33
Yes it does seem to be a run down local pub for local people. The locals also seem very concerned that no outsiders should be allowed to play pool by stacking up their entire giros in change on the table. The land lord is the spitting image of Al Murray, but not as funny.
nickynickynicknick - 10 May 2005 18:07
Strange pub for Richmond, this boozer would be much more at home in a more run-down part of town. Seemed harmless enough, but I won't be rushing back.
mike2004 - 29 Mar 2005 12:27
If anyone has been in the White Horse in Sunbury, this is basically the same pub transported to Richmond, but a lot busier and with more mental customers.
A real un-richmond like Richmond pub, the decor is as far away from Pitcher and Piano-ville than you could get. There was also live music, from a man on acoustic guitar playing barely recognisable and neverending versions of Eagles tunes.
I usually eat and drink this type of pub, but I do agree with some of the earlier comments about the unwelcoming vibe.
TheGP - 18 Mar 2005 09:11
lovely traditional pub, but could be more welcoming and friendly. Perhaps that is why it never seems busy. Real Ale is not a big seller here and you might want to play safe and stick to the Guinness
John - 13 Oct 2004 16:17
Sometimes can be packed out with many minors and rudie's, a friend claimed her drink was spiked there so....nice place
Janey - 12 Feb 2004 11:31

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