Torrential downpours and traffic jams on the M25, sound like any other hump day right? But Wednesday 5th December 2018 ended up being an incredible evening for my parents and I.
Just when you think you have seen every pub going, The Blue Anchor goes and proves you wrong. From the moment we walked in, we were greeted by a gorgeous voice singing a mixture of Christmas classics and some numbers by Elvis to name just a few, which we later discovered belonged to the charming Wayne Woodward from the 2016 programme Britain’s Got Talent.
After taking in the gorgeous warm tones of the interior and sinking into a cosy airchair, we spotted the gin bar. Despite drinking gin on numerous occasions, I have never had the opportunity to make one like the pros do – well that was about to change!
However, after spilling half of the bottle down my arm, I think it’s safe to say that I will be sticking to my day job, but it was great fun and added to the excitement for the evening ahead.
Next we sat and enjoyed an array of canapes between us, which included mini lobster and prawn fishcakes, chicken skewers with pesto and pulled pork.
Once we had finished our canapés, we decide to make our way round to the contemporary restaurant where the lovely Jade took care of us for the evening.
Whilst Dad decided to have a pub classic prawn cocktail with a twist, Mum had mushroom and I opted for the Panko-breaded brie which was packed full of gooey goodness.
When it was time for the main courses, I went for the Wagyu burger with smoked Irish cheddar, crispy onions, tomato relish, sweet potato fries and alioli, which was cooked perfectly right the way through.
Mum had a delicious pancetta carbonara with white wine and peas, topped with rocket and shaved Gran Moravia cheese (I had one mouthful and instantly felt jealous).
After raving to Dad about my incredible steak at another pub, which is part of the same chain, I managed to convince him to try the 9 ounce rib-eye steak with twice-cooked chunky chips, crispy onions, tomato relish, sweet potato fries and alioli.
Judging by his clear plate afterwards, he obviously wasn’t disappointed and when I asked how his main was – “excellent!” was his response.
Despite being full of delicious food, none of us could turn down the opportunity to try something sweet from the dessert menu, after all there is always room for dessert!
Pineapple tart tatin topped with mango and coconut milk sorbet and the famous melting chocolate peanut bomb were ordered by me and Mum.
Dad opted for his favourite drink – a Latte coffee (with an anchor on, naturally) which was served with a cute little macaroon.
The whole evening was splendid and a great way to catch up with my parents during the Christmas rush.
Find The Blue Anchor here
If you fancy giving The Blue Anchor a visit, then their Valentine’s menu offers three courses from £27.95 per person between the 13th and 16th February 2019.
With 20% off selected sparkling wines and Champagne you can afford to treat your loved one without breaking the bank.
Moreover, if you have already started your healthy plan for the New Year, then why not give their tasty vegan menu a try? The menu includes spiced coconut curry, plant-based burgers, wholefood salad and much more.
Have you visited The Blue Anchor yet? What do you think of their latest refurb? I would love to know in the comments below.
Happy Valentine’s Day
Disclaimer: I was offered a three course meal and drinks with no obligation to share a review. As always all words and opinions remain my own. A huge thank you to all of The Blue Anchor team for another incredible night in Surrey.