Very enjoyable lunch today at famed gastropub the Anchor and Hope, on The Cut, within a few long strides of Waterloo Station.
It was my first time here, and I came away impressed. It’s everything a gastropub should be, with a rustic interior, a no reservations policy, and honest, well-prepared, interesting food at sensible prices.
I started with a terrine that was almost perfect (pictured), and followed it up with a robust shank of venison on some celeriac mash. It was perfectly cooked – tender, melting chunks of meat.
To drink? A brilliantly delicious, spicy, peppery, savoury Languedoc red – Mas des Chimeres Cuvee Marie et Joseph 2008, a vin de pays du Coteaux du Salagon. There’s fruit here (this is a varietal carignan), but it’s not an overly fruity wine, and the spicy bite makes it a hugely drinkable food companion. Guilhem Darde makes a range of wines (see the Mas des Chimeres website) and on the basis of this bottle, I think I have to check them out.