The Hope & Anchor is arguably Brisbane's most atmospheric bar, especially by night when its golden lights beckon passers-by through the historic sash windows, outside tables flicker invitingly with candlelight and inside the beautiful exposed sandstock walls ooze ambience.
Taking inspiration from traditional English pubs, which are local community hubs for anyone, The Hope & Anchor brings that vibe to Paddington, as the place to drop in for a quick 'pint', meet up with friends or enjoy some tasty pub food or even a meal.
Punters can take a seat in the attached courtyard, outside, at the bar or upstairs in wood-panelled leather booths and partake in a tap, bottled or tinnie beer, glass of wine (including house wine), cocktail, spirits and some delicious bar snacks or a light gastropub style meal.
Décor is in keeping with the character English pub feel, with the odd bit of taxidermy on the wall, old sea-faring and black and white photos, flying ducks and collectibles.
Beer at The Hope & Anchor includes 4 craft beers on tap and Bottles and Tins, in true maritime fashion, come from a microbrewery in just about every port: Young Henrys, Green Beacon (Brisbane), Balter XPA (Mick Fanning's Currumbin microbrewery), Cascade (Hobart), Little Creatures (Fremantle, WA), Pirate Life IPA (SA) and 4 Pines (Sydney).
Wine drinkers will find plenty to like, starting with glasses of House Red, White, Rose & Sparkling and taking in a range of some 20 wines, with a decent selection available by the glass or bottle.
There's also a list of Classic Cocktails, including Caprioska, Espresso Martini, Margarita, Mojito, Daiquiri, Old-Fashioned and Negroni. Four specially created house cocktails.
When it comes to eats, what Hope & Anchor offers is simple yet first class. Bar Nibbles include British Classics like Potato Chips along with House-Spiced Nuts, while the English theme continues with staples including a Fish Finger Sandwich (with house-made jalapeno mayo) and a selection of delicious burgers.
Snacks and Small Bites include deliciousness like Beetroot & Goats Cheese Arancini, Crisp Pork Belly bites and Gin Cured Salmon along with a touch of retro – Farmhouse Board with a selection of house made treats like Pork & Rabbit Terrine, Pate and Cheeses.
Those after a meal can avail themselves with something from the ‘Bigs” section of the menu with dishes such as Chicken Supreme with Black Garlic and seasonal vegetables, 250g Ribeye or the highly recommended Pork Loin Wellington with black pudding, white onion puree & cabbage, with Sides including Cauliflower Gratin or Shoe String Fries.
And to finish there’s two desserts to choose from – Adult’s only Doughnuts or Burnt Honey Yoghurt Semifreddo w/ Macadamia, Charred Peach Puree and Spiced Crumb.