Hop and Anchor can be found in the former home of one of Aberdeen’s favourite foodie spots, Musa on Exchange Street in the merchant Quarter of the city.
An old Banana warehouse Musa was one of our much-loved places for great food, music and art so our first visit to Hop and Anchor had a lot to live up to. For Aberdeen Restaurant Week the dinner menu was billed as a “Save The Planet One Burger at a Time” offering. The totally Vegan menu offers three courses and a beer flight for £20 per person.
Now as a butcher’s daughter it’s fair to say I love a good steak so I was slightly sceptical that a ‘Beyond Meat Burger’ would really live up to the real thing, but I’ll happily try anything once . First to arrive was the beer flights, a trio of three delicious beers (which I’ve forgotten the names of) but I loved the fact that one was flavoured with Banana, a nice nod to the history of the building!
The dinner menu for ARW is not huge so, as we were a group of four this meant we could choose everything! Highlights were the Cauliflower wings , which come with a choice of dipping sauce and believe me the Buffalo Hot Sauce is very HOT so not one for the faint hearted. The Beyond Meat Burger which is served on a Beetroot Bun with vegan Gouda, relish, pickles and triple cooked chips did not disappoint. It actually tasted like meat, not sure what its made of but it’s a true winner for meat loving vegans! Dessert came in the guise of Chocolate Brownie with Strawberry & Yuzu ice Cream and was a sweet end to a lovely meal.
We all enjoyed our evening at Hop & Anchor, it’s got a great atmosphere, the service was excellent and the vegan meal went down a treat. Hop and Anchor is a very friendly place , so much so they also welcome dogs. Our table of 4 and two dogs were seated downstairs and the dogs made a host of new friends. We will definitely return.
Hop and Anchor are also offering a £10 lunch menu as part of Aberdeen Restaurant Week so if you’ve never been now’s a great time to hop down and try the place out.