The Anchor in Aspley Guise is part of a family of classic British pubs including The Knife & Cleaver, Houghton Conquest and The Three Locks, Stock Hammond. Each of our pubs boasts it’s own identity with informal dining in a relaxed environment reflecting the best in British design.
We change our menus with the seasons, 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, vegans as well as offering gluten free options.
Whatever your tipple, there’s always something to wet your whistle. On our bar you’ll find a selection of the best quality real ales from the Charles Wells Brewery and a small but carefully chosen wine list. For those individuals partial to a taste of the juniper berry, our extensive range of gins provides plenty of choice. We like to keep our cocktails in keeping with the seasons, changing them frequently giving our guests new and exciting flavours to try. A range of artisanal spirits and liquors means there’s something for the most discerning of tastes.
The Anchor in 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.