|Back To The Beginning
Crown and Anchor makes a refreshing return to being a High Street pub
So many places attempt comprehensive catering - coffee in the mornings, gastronomic treats for lunch, cocktails in the evening etc etc but I’m yet to find somewhere that manages this; it’s impossible to be everything to everyone.
Which is why the Crown and Anchor’s decision to go back to its origins is so refreshing. That’s not to say that they’ve re-laid the old carpets and brought back the snooker table but the new management does appear to have got the balance between a pub for drinking and a pleasant place to dine just right.
Although the recent makeover left more than a nod to the former Shack style, it’s been toned down significantly leaving an interior that’s both tasteful and relaxing and an exterior that advertises precisely what it is – a pub.
For those with an interest in the history of the public house*, the wide proliferation of such establishments on our high streets can be, in part, traced back to the introduction of Gin to England by the Dutch in 1688.
The drinking of Gin soon became a widespread phenomenon, referred to as 'the gin craze'. The drinking of gin which was as much as two times stronger than the gin we now drink, was so popular amongst poorer peoples that for a meagre sum a rag soaked in gin could be bought to suck on by a patron who couldn't afford a whole glass of gin!
Ale and Beer producers counteracted the popularity of gin by aggressively marketing ale, and producing more ale houses. Drinking reached epidemic proportions, and the strength of gin led to poor physical and mental health and an increase in crime and disorderly behaviour. So there you have it – not just housewives’ ruin!
As well as a wide range of beer and a very decent gin and tonic, The Crown and Anchor has a variety of food and social offerings including:
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May 11, 2009