|Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover
There's a lot more to the Crown and Anchor than its listed exterior
"It doesn't look much from the outside does it?" It was more of a statement than a question from Crown and Anchor's manager Roger.
I disagreed. "It looks like a pub to me, it's only when you come inside it looks different from your run of the mill pub," I said.
I remember the Crown and Anchor in it's former days rather fondly - yes really! - as 'an old man's pub' that served great artery clogging plates of pie and chips we washed down with pints (just a half for me though I was the lightweight in the group).
It then became Shackology, a venue so oddly eclectic no one could quite decipher what it was, where it was going or indeed very much at all about it.
"It's a proper pub that does food" says Roger who is adamant that it is not anything else other than a pub that does what a pub should do and does it well.
Although the makeover left more than a nod to the former Shack style, it was toned down significantly leaving an interior that’s relaxing and an exterior that advertises precisely what the Crown and Anchor is - a pub.
Finding it fruitless to argue about the pub's listed exterior we moved on. "You get what you expect only better," says Roger. "You get a friendly landlord [Roger] who knows his customers, you get homemade food cooked on wood burning stove - none of your fancy schmancy food with fancy prices - and no TV screens."
It's Roger's fearlessness to against the grain that I like about him - it was the Crown and Anchor who ran football free zones during the world cup - and his refreshing attitude to Chiswick's children / dogs debate which is quite simply "not seen, not heard, not a problem."
Roger's 'Rhythm of the Week' offers something for everyone:
"Monday Night is £5 for our gorgeous home made burger. Tuesdays is the quiz. Along with the limerick competition. Where will the young man come from this week? We had a young man from Namibia recently and everybody caught something similar that rhymed with the man from Namibia…… Wednesday we are doing a fabulous fish and chip meal deal two for a tenner (ask nicely you can get one for a fiver.) This is of course with our twice fried hand cut chips and whisked to order beer batter."
Ok so maybe they do go quite a way to offering something for everyone but somehow they make it work. Their menu is what you'd expect from a pub menu with one or two treats snuck in - I particularly like the pork crackling with hot apple sauce well worth a try.
For the full menu and more information about what's on when at Crown and Anchor go along and see for yourself or take a look at http://www.crownandanchorchiswick.com.
December 30, 2010