New Aspley Guise pub set to be social hub for local people



Successful pub operator Andrew Coath and Bedfordshire brewer and pub company Charles Wells have reopened the Anchor at Aspley Guise following a transformative £600,000 refurbishment.

The new Anchor, which has space for 96 diners and drinkers, reflects the best in British design blending the traditional with the contemporary to offer a relaxed, home from home environment. Al fresco dining spaces to the front and rear of the pub offer a further tranquil setting for customers to unwind over a meal or drink.

      A warm welcome awaits customers from the Epic Managers team led by Coath, who also runs pubs including 185 Watling Street in Towcester and who previously ran venues in Salford, Woburn and Bedford.

(l-r) head chef Stefano Boi; Epic Managers founder Andrew Coath and general manager Sean McGuirk

Coath says: “We are really excited to have opened the doors to the fantastic new Anchor and are delighted to be working with Charles Wells to have created this eclectic British pub. The Anchor will be the heart of the local community, but also offer an exciting new eating and drinking venue for people in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and beyond.”


Best of British food

Customers can expect menus which showcase the best of British produce and mix the  contemporary and classic, with dishes changing regularly so guests will always find something new and exciting to tempt their tastebuds.

The menu is overseen by chef director Mark Austin whose experience includes the Swan at Salford and the Luton Hoo Hotel, with the Anchor’s kitchen team also led by talented head chef Stefano Boi.


All-day offer

A delicious all-day food menu is available in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, with dishes including the Anchor sharing board, Devon prime beef burger, Woburn pigeon and black pudding salad and chickpea and spring onion burger.

      The Anchor is the ideal spot to start the day, with tasty breakfast dishes including superfood porridge, Belgian waffle, eggs royale, local bacon or sausage baps with smoked ketchup and of course the faithful full English with customers’ choice of eggs.

      Lunch options are just as enticing and include sandwiches of roast chicken and Iberico chorizo, tuna mayo and pickled cucumber and peppered beef pastrami and black olive served with chips, soup or seasonal salad. Starters include dressed Devon crab or garden pea soup, with main courses featuring South coast sea bream fillet, slow-roasted pork belly and fillet and 24oz beef rib steak to share.

      For dinner, starters offer smoked Loch Duart salmon and chicken liver parfait and mains include butternut squash and porcini mushroom risotto, Cornish lamb loin, pan-fried halibut supreme and 10oz Devon prime rump steak. It is definitely worth saving space for dessert with tempting treats including iced vanilla parfait, lemon and raspberry meringue pie, white chocolate panna cotta, Cambridge burnt cream or a selection of fine British cheeses from the Anchor’s cheese trolley partnered with a fine port.

Why wait until the weekend to socialise….

      Exciting weekly food and drink events offer customers plenty of reasons not to wait until the weekend to socialise and include Chicken Tuesdays, offering a quality menu of British free-range chicken dishes and salad bar and a Thursday night cocktail social with a weekly changing theme. The Anchor is also running regular ‘Social Sensations’ events, with each night focusing on the best of British seasonal food, such as the forthcoming game night.


Sundays are special

The Anchor is the home of the family roast with all its fine traditions celebrated, and there is no need for customers to rush out of bed as Sunday lunch is served from 12 noon to 9pm. The pub’s excellent roasts include Devon prime rump of beef, 12 hour Cornish lamb shoulder, pork loin and a

flavour packed sundried tomato and spinach nut roast, all served with roast potatoes, light and fluffy Yorkshire puddings, seasonal vegetables and gravy. Desserts include a comforting crumble with lashings of custard. Every Sunday the pub is also running a ‘Sunday Social’ from 12 noon to 6pm with roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings for those enjoying a drink at the bar.















Perfect place for a pint

Whatever your tipple, there is something to wet your whistle at the Anchor.

There is nothing more British than supping a pint of fine ale in a cosy pub and the Anchor has an excellent selection of quality real ales including Bombardier, Eagle IPA and Young’s Gold from local Charles Wells Brewery. There is also a small but carefully chosen wine list and for those partial to a taste of the juniper berry, there is an extensive range of gins available to enjoy just with tonic and ice or in cocktails. Cocktails change frequently to match the season and current favourites being crafted by the Anchor’s expert bar team include the Pornstar martini, Mo-Gin-To, Aperol Negroni Spritz and Long Island Iced Tea. A creative list of non-alcoholic drinks is also on offer and include the Apple Julip, Strawberry Flower and Ginger Ninja. Mojito lovers are also in for a treat with six different varieties on offer, including the classic.


Ideal place for special occasions

The Anchor also has a 16 seat private dining room, which provides an intimate environment for those special family occasions or business meetings.


Tis the place to be jolly

For those starting to plan their Christmas celebrations with family, friends or colleagues, the Anchor is the ideal place for a festive gathering with a range of exciting Christmas menus and events on offer from the 26th November, including a Merry Delights Christmas buffet for small groups and a Boxing Day and New Year’s Day brunch menu.


Coath adds: “We’re delighted with the final result at the Anchor and are looking forward to bringing local people together in this fantastic new pub that really offers something for everyone.”




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