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Blue Anchor

Picture Source:  Stephen Harris


The Blue Anchor was situated at 53 Steyne Road. This pub was present by 1855 and is now closed, becoming the Blue Star Hotel.  Although this has a bar and Chinese restaurant that is open to non-residents, it is no longer really a pub.
I grew up in Acton and recall the Blue Anchor as being my Dad's favourite destination for a "swift half". In practice it was rarely swift and nor I suspect, ever just a half, but this was my Dad's pretext for going out for a drink without my Mum but occasionally, with my big brother. I remember the Blue Anchor as a traditional urban pub serving mainly ale to a predominantly male clientele - the kind of informal place that a man could drop into for an unfussy pint and some masculine company - the perfect refuge from a household which included four females? Family pub trips were made to the Goldsmiths Arms in Acton Lane; with carpets and a beer garden it had a more genteel suburban 'G&T' vibe. I note that "the Goldsmiths" (as my Dad called it) is still open for business. But I'm not bitter.
Judy Webb (September 2017)

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