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Anchor & Hope, London

36 The Cut
Waterloo, SE1
Tube: Waterloo or Southwark
Tel: 44 207 928 9898's insider take:

Don't walk, run to this throbbing, no-reservations gastropub by the Old Vic theater on the South Bank. Late arrivals—e.g., later than 9:30 p.m.—have found that most of the food has been wolfed down, except for, say, spaghetti with dandelion or deep-fried pig's head. This fine example of an updated pub serves untampered-with, back-to-basics food from a team that cut its teeth at St. John restaurant. Expect uncompromising dishes like duck hearts on toast and "rabbit, bacon, and mustard" (chunks of bacon with rabbit leg and mustard sauce) on the short and continually evolving menu. The list offers a dozen reasonably priced wines by the glass.

Closed Sundays.

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