The Anchor, Hullbridge

Louise writes:

It was my 40th  birthday at the end of October so we decided to go for a family lunch out. The kids were off on half-term and my husband had the day off: perfect! I’d never been to The Anchor in Hullbridge but had heard good things about it, especially about what a great location it is, and as they have just overhauled their kids’ menu, it seemed the perfect spot!

When we got there, I could see immediately that people were not wrong about the location: it sits right on the edge of the River Crouch, overlooking the water. A calm, yet busy bit of water, we were lucky enough to get a table by the window so could watch everything that was going on while eating. We saw people out walking, sailing, changes in weather, and even the famous Anchor cat! Lovely!

The service was wonderful – leisurely (so maybe not ideal if you want a quick lunch as it’s definitely more a spot for relaxing and taking your time), polite and friendly. Plus we got complementary glasses of a very nice Prosecco, always a winner in my book (especially as my husband was driving so I had to drink his too!).

The menu looked fantastic, a lovely range of classic pub dishes but with a real flair. There was lots that caught my eye but in the end we decided to order from the special seafood menu they had on that day. I had the crab and scallion blini for starter, and a king prawn linguine, and my husband went for potted crayfish followed by sea bream. All the food was lovely  but the potted crab was especially nice, I was quite envious of his choice, despite enjoying mine too!

The kids were all very unoriginal and opted for burgers all round, which they enjoyed, though I would say it was a little on the small side for my 11 year old. Saying that, he is at that awkward stage where kids’ meals are often too small yet adult meals too large, so this isn’t a criticism, more an observation!

Dessert was delicious – apple crumble for Kester and cheesecake for me, then the kids all went for chocolate brownies, which they couldn’t finish (though they gave it their best shot!).

All in all, we had a wonderful meal: the pub is really lovely, the food great and the location wonderful, plus it’s very child-friendly – you couldn’t ask for much more! We had a nice walk by the river afterwards too, and Iris got to cuddle the cat: everyone left very happy!

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