One star - A pub interior of special national historic interest
Listed Status: II20 Horselydown Lane
Tel: (020) 7403 4637
Real Ale: Yes
Lunchtime Meals: Yes
Evening Meals: Yes
Nearby Station: London Bridge
Station Distance: 700m
Public Transport: Near Railway Station (London Bridge) and Bus Stop
View on: Whatpub
The Anchor Tap has two bars at the front with old fittings, as well as three other rooms on the ground floor brought into pub use.
Built early to mid 19th century as the tap to the former Courage Horsleydown brewery, and refurbished in the late 19th century. The double door entrance leads into the public bar on the left which has a terrazzo floor, a late 19th century panelled bar counter with decorative brackets but the mirrored bar back fitting is (mostly) modern. To the right is a late 19th century fireplace with red tiled surround, and on the wall is a dado of old matchboard panelling. The bar on the right is now accessed from the public bar through a low doorway near the fireplace but staff say originally it was accessed from its own door from the street. It has a late 19th century panelled bar counter with decorative brackets in front of which is a linoleum trough area with a brass edging, but the mirrored bar back fitting is wholly modern. There's old dado match-board panelling on the walls.
A corridor runs down the left of the public bar, on the left of which are doorways leading firstly to the games room and then the lounge, both of which were probably brought into public use in relatively modern times. The games room has a dado of old match-board panelling on the exterior wall sides, but the lounge has no old fittings. Behind the public bar servery is another small room, containing a massive stone fireplace original to the building, that looks to have been in pub use for many years as it has what looks like a small (now disused) serving hatch to the public bar servery. There's a dining room upstairs with modern bar fittings, but also a mid 19th century marble fireplace.
Built early to mid 19th century (source: Historic England – the pub claims 1761) and refurbished in the late 19th century. It was built as the Tap to the Anchor Brewery, the former Courage Horsleydown brewery, but was sold to Samuel Smiths in the early 1990s. At the front there are two small bars with genuine old fittings, at the rear a room that looks to be in pub use for many years with what looks like a hatch for service. A corridor runs down the left hand side of the servery off which are doorways leading firstly to the games room and the lounge which might well have been brought into public use in modern times. Also, there are rooms upstairs now in public use. The double door entrance leads into the public bar which has a terrazzo floor, a late 19th century panelled bar counter with decorative brackets but the mirrored bar back fitting is (mostly) modern – the top section is described in the listed description as having a ‘moulded cornice, pilasters and mirrors’. To the right is a late 19th century fireplace with red tiled surround. There is a dado of old matchboard panelling and the chimney breast projects into the side bar. There is a passage to the rear room with two rooms off to the left that have seen changes but it is not clear they were originally pubs rooms. The side bar is now accessed through a low doorway near the fireplace but staff say originally it was accessed from a door on the front right and the changes were over 35 years ago i.e. prior to Samuel Smiths ownership. It has a late 19th century panelled bar counter with decorative brackets in front of which is a linoleum trough area with a brass edging, but the mirrored bar back fitting is wholly modern. This long thin room contains old dado match-board panelling but the wall bench seating at the front and rear right looks post war (which would tie in with a change to the front of the building) and there is a small cast iron fireplace at the rear possibly added by Samuel Smiths? The listed description (2004) states there was a late 19th century fireplace with red tiled surround?
The small room at the rear right has a doorway off the passage and new lino tiled floor. There is a massive stone fireplace original to the building and to the left of it is a genuine looking old hatch to the back of the servery but no longer in use as covered by a solid window. The dado of match-board panelling looks old but it is difficult to date the wall benches at the rear.
The small room on the front left of the building is now called the games room and has blocked up corner doors as it is now accessed via a doorway from the main bar. It has a dado of old match-board panelling on the exterior wall sides, modern lino tiled floor and a large Bass mirror but no sign of a fireplace. There is a disused door at the rear of the room as well as a new door from the main bar – the wall it is in appears a stud insertion. Beyond a short passage from a door on the Horsleydown Lane side there is another small room called the lounge accessed via a doorway with no old fittings – the wall on the right of the entrance appears a stud insertion.
Upstairs is what is called the dining room and consists of three small areas with modern bar fittings and two fireplaces, one being a mid C19 marble one. Access to this upper room from the right-hand side of the pub is via an unusual early C19 winder staircase with stick balusters. It goes down to a small hall at the rear of the pub with doors to the small rear room and side bar.