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Oct 4, 2006 11:11 AM

Special lunch in Southwark

I dear friend is leaving the office and I want to take him to lunch. So far am not feeling all that inspired in terms of location. The office is not far from Southwark tube station and wherever we go needs to be local as we will have to get back to work. So far the most likely option is my fall back of 'the anchor and hope' as the 'oxo tower' is a touch pricy and I've heard nothing but mediocre reviews lately.

Any suggestions?

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  1. Our offices are round there... you could try: EV for Anatolian food - pretty tasty and not desperately expensive; it's under the arches, round the back of Southwark station - there's also a Thai Silk next door, a bit fomulaic but the food is OK; Mar e Terra for pretty decent tapas, in Gambia St; Baltic on Blackfriars Road for, well, Baltic food... Don't do the Laughing Gravy on Blackfriars Road and Livebait is of course a pale imitation of what it used to be. But Anchor and Hope is still your best bet for really decent food if you can bear the wait... or if it's a nice day, get a take away from Konditor and Cook and wander up to the river!

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    1. re: SpikeyD

      That was pretty much my thoughts, I don't think that EV is special enough (whereas A&H is in my experience really good), never been to Mar e Terra though I think about it on the train twice a day! What's it like?

    2. When it first opened a couple of years ago I thought it was a really good place - well cooked tapas, out of the ordinary and not overpriced. It's become a bit complacent since then - tapas menu is less extensive, prices a bit higher (well, you know how London works...) but, it's a nice room, friendly Spanish staff - and still a very good wine list. Worth a punt, I'd say. I still like the other and original tapas place on the Cut - can't remember what it's called, although the food isn't as well executed as Mar e Terra. Let us know what you think if you go there...

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      1. re: SpikeyD

        Went to the anchor and hope, as usual superb food, it was actually fairly empty, as in we were seated straight away. Service was slower than normal but the food was great and it turned out that my friend had never eaten there as every time he'd tried they had been really busy so that was nice too!

        Am bound to try mar y terra with some of the others in the office and will let you know!