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The Anchor Inn
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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

We stopped on a glorious day in Nov walking with our dog. We were able to sit in the cliff top garden so was a stunning backdrop for lunch. Shared a crab baguette and chips simple but very nice. Viewing the menu it's quite up market and from previous reviews see the pub has chosen this type of service rather than a typical pub.
Had a couple of pints of beer from Palmers Brewery in Bridport which are recommended.

Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank David G
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Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

We went in for lunch, & seated quickly. We ordered 2 baguettes, a tea and a soft drink. Firstly I was given Earl Grey tea instead of breakfast tea as ordered, then the ham baguette was doughy with very thinly cut ham. The onion chutney in the cheese & chutney baguette tasted like medicine. There was one middle aged woman who seemed to be waiting on all the tables, as well as trying to greet new customers coming through the door. The 2 younger girls spent their time hanging over or around the bar chatting with a younger chap behind the bar while twirling a cloth around. I went to pay. The man behind the bar was already serving someone, so I waited. All the time the younger chap could if taken my money, or apologised for the wait. Average food, staff not engaging with customers - apart from one. We won't visit again or recommend it I'm afraid.

Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank jackie c
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

First time back since the pub underwent its refurb. Tried to get lunch on Tuesday with a visiting friend who is also no stranger to international fine dining, and I'm a veggie. We were looking for something uncomplicated but tasty. It was 1230, we'd just walked the dog and had a 14 year old young man with us. We were all hoping for a 'lite-bite' pub meal but sadly, in our view, The Anchor no longer aims to accommodate this sort of custom. The menu was a gourmet, 'superfood' and ' 'fine dining' menu, including ox cheek, guinea fowl, rabbit and black pudding scotch eggs for example. Other than selecting a double portion of the 'up to 10 years' child's menu, we failed to identify anything unpretentious and easily digestible we could consume outside in the fresh air, apart from 'rustic baguettes served with horseradish coleslaw' and even these had limited choice of fillings and focussed on unusual combinations like creamed goats cheese and spinach, roasted vegetables etc... When nothing offered made our mouths water we settled for a quick drink and then headed off to The George in the village (where the staff appeared much happier and welcoming and the menu also offered high quality foods but with the variety of choice and sophistication which catered for all tastes and preferences). Consequently, although the natural coastal views are as stunning as ever, we were most disappointed with the Anchor - somewhere I have been visiting on occasion for nearly 50 years.. but one presumably aiming today at satisfying tastes for expensive French gourmet lunches rather than seeking the all-year-round custom of locals who simply want to grab lunch after blowing away the cobwebs.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

We visited this pub twice whilst staying in the area. The first night we ordered food towards the end of service which was a mixed bag regarding portion sizes and quality - I ordered a mediocre mackerel which came with minimal vegetables for £17. However a ploughmans was cheaper and came fully loaded with multiple slices of ham, eggs and pork pie + salad for less than the mackerel!

On our second visit the place was very busy but the staff appeared ambivalent to our custom. Not really engaging with other customers who walked in and walked out at one stage. This was disappointing as the venue really has a great setting. Worth checking out if you are staying nearby, but very pricey and unpredictable food!

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

On our walk on the Coast Path we stayed at The Anchor Inn. As this is the only B&B down at the sea and on the Coast Path we had not much choice. But we were fully satisfied. We never slept so close to the sea. I wounderful stay. The room was newly renovated and very spacious and so was the bathroom with a big walk in shower. Everything was very clean.
The evening meal and the breakfast were very delicious. We enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Christian S
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