The Anchor Aspley Guise is part of a family of classic British pubs along with the Golden Ball in Maidenhead, 185 Watling St. in Towcester and Mill Street Pub & Kitchen in Oakham; each building with its own identity. Dining is informal, in a relaxed environment reflecting the best in British design with a warm friendly welcome.
Our chefs create new menus bi-monthly, so you will always find something new and exciting to tempt your taste buds. A selection of home-made ice creams and sorbets, as well as freshly baked breads straight from the oven. Look out for the cheese trolley with a great selection of the best cheeses in Britain; accompanied by a glass of fine port, there can be no better way to end a perfect meal. At lunch time we serve a selection of sandwiches and baps. We love Sundays and we are celebrating all its traditions. We have lots of traditional favourites on offer such as; scotch eggs, roast with Yorkshire puddings and all the trimmings, hot crumble with custard. All what we believe to be true great British dishes, catering for vegetarians as well as offering gluten free options.
There is nothing more British than supping a pint of fine ale in a cosy pub. Whatever your tipple, there’s always something to whet your whistle. So, propping up each HEROIC bar you’ll find a selection of the best quality real ales such as Bombardier and Eagle IPA from Charles Wells Brewery and a small but carefully chosen wine list from Matthew Clark and Milton Sandford’s Chalk Mine Cellars in Berkshire. For those individuals partial to a taste of the juniper berry, our extensive range of gins is perfect in a cocktail or just with tonic and ice. Just like our food, we prefer to match our cocktails to the seasons, changing them frequently to keep everyone on their toes. An extensive range of spirits and liqueurs means there’s something for everyone.
The Anchor Aspley Guise was originally two separate sites. The first site was a freehold cottage first mentioned in 1649 in the ownership of the Hardinge family. It later passed to the Byworths and then to Fenn Cole in 1788. Richard Waterman purchased it from John Cole, son of Fenn Cole, in 1824, devising it to his daughter Sarah Woodin in his will and she in turn giving it to her son Richard Waterman Woodin. It was this cottage which eventually became the Anchor and was purchased by Charles Wells at auction in 1881.
The name of Aspley Guise is believed to be derived from Aspen-Leigh meaning clearing in the aspen (alder) woods and from the de Guise family who owned much of the land during Tudor times and are best known through Mary de Guise, mother of Mary Queen of Scots. Aspley Guise has its origins in 1086, listed in the Domesday. During the Second World War it was home to several ‘Top Secret’ facilities – mostly connected with the code-breaking operations at Bletchley Park and ‘black-propaganda’ broadcasting to occupied Europe from Woburn Abbey. Rumours abound about regular visits by Churchill and General de Gaulle and even that Rudolph Hess was initially interrogated here.