The Anthologist

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£25 and under
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British
Located right in the heart of the City, The Anthologist is the ideal backdrop for all your drink and food needs, from breakfast meetings to client updates over lunch, after work drinks or dinner with friends.

Sample new wines or vintages from across the globe, a unique range of innovative cocktails and relaxed all-day dining fare.
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3.8
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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for lunch and it was good food, served quickly and at a reasonable price.

The Anthologist
Responded on January 7, 2020

Dear Customer, I would like to say thank you for your wonderful review. I am glad you enjoyed our product & the service which is so important to us. We would be delighted to see you again at The Anthologist, so please feel free to drop a line on our sales team on info@theanthologistbar.co.uk to book our next visit. Kind Regards, 
Ana Neves – Assistant General Manager

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CD
Surrey
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Resturant was too busy. Acoustics are very poor so very difficult to hold a conversation without shouting. Food good, although one of our meals was missed, staff helpful but stretched.

The Anthologist
Responded on December 16, 2019

Dear Chris, Thank you for the great review. Sorry to hear that the venue was a bit to loud to you be able to talk to your guests. We would be delighted to see you again at The Anthologist, so please feel free to drop a line on our sales team on info@theanthologistbar.co.uk to book our next visit. Kind Regards, 
Ana Neves – Assistant General Manager

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A
London
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a very busy Tuesday evening however food arrived quite fast. We have been served by Sadie who was simply amazing! Great attitude, very friendly and helpful.

The Anthologist
Responded on December 5, 2019

Dear customer, Thank you for the great feedback. I am delighted to hear you had a great time with us on your last visit and our staff delivered a great great service. Please feel free to drop a line to our sales team on info@theanthologistbar.co.uk.. Kind Regards, 
 Ana Neves – Assistant General Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

The speakers are too loud, could barely make conversation. Please turn down the music, it’s not a disco!

The Anthologist
Responded on December 5, 2019

Dear customer, Thank you for the honest feedback. I am sorry to hear the volume in the venue was too laud during your last visit, and was not suitable for you. I hope you will give us a second change and visit us again in the future. Please feel free to drop a line to our sales team on info@theanthologistbar.co.uk.. Kind Regards, 
 Ana Neves – Assistant General Manager

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Nice vibe, nice food, poor service. Slow disinterested service - waiting 25 minutes for a drink when you arrive is pretty unacceptable

The Anthologist
Responded on November 25, 2019

Dear Customer, I am so sorry to hear your experience with us did not go as it should. From the moment you walk into The Anthologist it is our responsibility to give you the best possible experience and deliver what we promised, especially we take care about our food and we take very serious any feedback about it. I apologies about what happened with your drinks, the issue will be addressed with the team. Kind Regards, Ana Neves

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a great venue for after works and drinks and Quick bite

The Anthologist
Responded on November 19, 2019

Dear Customer, I would like to say thank you for your wonderful review. I am glad you enjoyed our product & the service which is so important to us. We would be delighted to see you again at The Anthologist, so please feel free to drop a line on our sales team on info@theanthologistbar.co.uk to book our next visit. Kind Regards, 
Ana Neves – Assistant General Manager

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Booked a table but when I turned up they had not allocated me a table. After 10 minutes of complaining we finally were given an OK table. Service slow but friendly. Food nice.

MM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Had walked by this restaurant a few times and it seemed lovely so decided to pop by for a late dinner one evening. Made a reservation on my way to the restaurant for 9:00pm, arrived just before only to be told they had closed the kitchen (early) at 8:45. Stayed for a glass of rose anyway--just wasn't good quality rose and the bartenders weren't all that interested in serving. Ambiance otherwise was good, but disappointing the online reservation option was still available and they decided to close the kitchen early.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this restaurant, amazing food and served very quickly.
Waiter did forget our drinks but overall great meal and will be back here again!

A
London
34 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, well presented and incredibly friendly staff. I had two business guests visiting and they loved it. It's louder than usual business meal venues, but more interesting!

B
London
71 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Ambience great - service great - food very disappointing. Ranged from doughy bread with fake baba ganoush, through over cooked steak with days old kohlrabi salad to the disgusting rancid and soggy lemon tart. Would never eat here again on a Monday night. I think they serve up last week’s leftovers.

r
London
22 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service (although had to wait for the bill for a bit). Food excellent although the steak was smaller than I expected.

f
London
33 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very enjoyable meal with due consideration for my food issues. Comfortable seating and good location!

The Anthologist
Responded on January 7, 2020

Dear Customer, I would like to say thank you for your wonderful review. I am glad you enjoyed our product & the service which is so important to us. We would be delighted to see you again at The Anthologist, so please feel free to drop a line to our sales team on info@theanthologistbar.co.uk.. Kind Regards, 
 Ana Neves – Assistant General Manager

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ST
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly service, nice ambience. Not too sure about the flowers outside the windows but I admit I’m not a designer!

G
London
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great food and very friendly and helpful waitress. Nice selection of wines and a good menu for healthy lunch menu choices.

L
London
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Decent food for a social business lunch, a good vibe in the restaurant meant lots of background noise but didn't really matter for the purpose. Good food and service. Would definitely go back. The white wine was perfect temperature!

C
London
25 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice large restaurant/ bar with really friendly waiting staff. The bar area is too noisy to have a conversation but we were placed at a table at the other end of the restaurant so it was fine.
After pre dinner drinks, we both had the smoked aubergine flat bread to start , then I had a lovely grain salad for main and chose to have an extra of chicken. Salad was really nice but the chicken was very over cooked and difficult to chew. I had to leave it in the end and we weren’t charged for that. My husband had the beetroot burger which he assured me was delicious.
We chose a Romanian Pinot Noir to drink as I was curious to try it and it was very good. All came in under £100 which I considered good value in Central London.

The Anthologist
Responded on July 8, 2019

Cate, thank you for your review :) thank you for your feedback - the chef is aware of it. Please let us know when you'll be visiting again as I would like to look after you personally. Have a fabulous day, Jen Assistant General Manager

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OT
London
22 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good atmosphere and varied menu. Service was very attentive and friendly, as well as flexible to what we wanted to eat when.

DW
London
16 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I have visited before but this really was the worst time. The food was inedible, clearly reheated meat that tasted of fridge and had to be sent back. What replaced it was no better. The chips were cold and the service so slow and inattentive. I will not be returning.

The Anthologist
Responded on June 21, 2019

DinnerWinner, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm sorry you didn't like any of our food, chips or replacement. Head chef has been informed. Could you please email me personally as I would like to investigate your experience and come back to you as soon as possible. Have a lovely day Regards, Jen Jennifer.welz@drake-morgan.co.uk

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V
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Nice lunch with the exception of a poorly-recommended cocktail - although the staff happily accommodated and removed it from the bill.

MD
London
42 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly service. Tasty food.

F
London
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, service ok but a bit slow, not sure why service charge has to be added on automatically, surely that should be my choice? Best part of the visit was the venue - it’s beautiful with a great atmosphere.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Waitress let us know the kitchen was very busy as soon as we got seated which was helpful. The food arrived within a reasonable time. The fish curry wasnt the greatest but overall the experience was good

MC
Brighton
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a really good experience, really friendly, welcoming efficient staff, only downside for a dedicated gin drinker was the dreadful tonic.

The Anthologist
Responded on April 8, 2019

Hi MCRBB Thank you very much for taking your time and leave feedback. We really appreciate it. We are very proud of our staff and glad to hear that they were up to our standards. Are you interested in keeping in touch with us regarding our upcoming event at The Anthologist? Please pop me an email on cecilia.molnar@drake-morgan.co.uk and I would love to keep you in the loop. Cecilia Molnar – Reservations Manager +44 (0) 207 726 8711 The Anthologist, 58 Gresham Street, Bank, EC2V 7BB

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S
London
43 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I love how they’ve designed the Anthologist, really adding to the atmosphere since I was last there. Excellent service and the biggest smile you’ll ever get from the lady who greets you - great way to start the day.

The Anthologist
Responded on April 8, 2019

Hi Stuart Thank you! Always nice to read a lovely comment, makes us smile. We are very proud of our girls and I'm glad you liked the decor as well. It worth the change to refresh the site a bit. Would you like to stay in touch with us regarding the exciting events coming up at The Anthologist please pop me an email on cecilia.molnar@drake-morgan.co.uk. Cecilia Molnar – Reservations Manager +44 (0) 207 726 8711 The Anthologist, 58 Gresham Street, Bank, EC2V 7BB

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TB
Brighton
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were a small group at the restaurant the first of the spring menu. The food was great - there was even some food envy around the table. I would say the only thing that was off was the service was a little slow. There were not that many people in the restaurant and so I would have expected it to be a little better. However it was not bad enough that I would not go back. The servers when they did come over were friendly and fun.

The Anthologist
Responded on April 8, 2019

Hi TinaB Thank you very much for taking the time to rate us. We really appreciate it. I'm pleased to hear you were happy with our service. Apologies for the small waiting time. I would love to keep you in the loop, we have a lot of exciting events coming up at The Anthologist. Please pop me an email on cecilia.molnar@drake-morgan.co.uk if you are interested. Cecilia Molnar – Reservations Manager +44 (0) 207 726 8711 The Anthologist, 58 Gresham Street, Bank, EC2V 7BB

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Very poor salad. Just a few chicory leaves, lots of feta and the added halloumi (for which I paid extra) was breaded and fried. So hard and tasteless. There was no other salad in the salad I think I saw a pumpkin seed but can’t be sure. I expected a lot better

L
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

disappointed that the Grilled salmon has been removed from the menu. One diner had to wait a while after the rest of us had received our food, we had to ask for it. The service charge was added to the bill so we didn't feel the need to leave a tip but the waitress took it upon herself not to return with the change.

F
London
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Service was really bad. Waiter was very rude and a real shame as the food was nice

M
London
28 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good for business meeting, you can actually talk and be heard if seat on a separate table. Also good for groups - larger tables are available.
Neutral decor inside, tasty food. Good value.

Recommended

P
London
80 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A business lunch stalwart - focussed service and good sized portions make for a good event.

SO
London
28 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great venue in a handy location for Business Meals. Service was friendly and tolerant (I was early and waited for about an hour for my guest - who was on time for the booking!) and they were suitably attentive and non-intrusive.

DJ
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good location, tasty food, reasonably priced. Catered well for children. Service good but one grumpy waitress. Good value and will go back.

RP
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Waited 20 minutes at the table to be acknowledged by staff, despite being shown to table. Long wait for drinks.

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Really nice food, nice drinks! lively atmosphere etc... only downside is, despite booking a table, three separate people came to us on three separate occasions asking if we needed anything else after our meal. In the space of 5 mins. In fact, one person tried to take my plate while i was still eating! They obviously wanted to rush us out.. but was quite rude and disappointing considering we had reservations and ordered a decent amount :(

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The food was greasy but to be fair we had ordered fried starters. Since it was a Friday dinner the service was tardy. But the location was great as it was very convenient for a office dinner party .

JJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Went for lunch. Service was very good (prompt and friendly) but food was nothing to write home about. I had the burger & bun was stale and tasteless and my friend had crab linguine which had trace scatterings of crab but heaps of (uncharred) corn. Fine for a quick catch-up but looking back, I wouldn't recommend the food for anything special.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Great service!

The Anthologist
Responded on January 9, 2019

Thank you for your 5* review, we hope to see you again soon at The Anthologist :)

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ST
London
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The service wasn't great, no ice bucket for wine, took a long time, food average

The Anthologist
Responded on January 8, 2019

Thank you for your feedback regarding your experience. This is not the level of experience that we expect. I would like the chance to make it up to you. Please could you contact me directly on abi.pritchard@drake-morgan.co.uk at your convenience. Many thanks The Anthologist Team x

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NO
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Nice venue in a central location. Good for breakfast but service was slow and not very attentive. Took an age to get the bill and then to be able to pay which frustrating.

The Anthologist
Responded on January 8, 2019

Thank you for your feedback regarding your experience. This is not the level of experience that we expect. I would like the chance to make it up to you. Please could you contact me directly on abi.pritchard@drake-morgan.co.uk at your convenience. Many thanks The Anthologist Team x

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