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The Anchor Inn, Bridport, Dorset

The Anchor Inn

4.7
4.7
600 Reviews
£25 and under
British
You'll find us nestled snugly right on Seatown Beach, hidden along one of the many coves that litter Dorset's famous Jurassic coastline. Once a smugglers haunt, the pub now serves a seasonal menu with a focus on seafood and fresh local produce.

Complete with wood fires and Palmers award winning ales, the pub is the perfect location to refuel after a day on the coastal path or for a special evening meal with friends or family.


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2 people

19:00


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, Fish, Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Bar Daily 12:00–22:00 Lunch Daily 12:00–16:00 Dinner Daily 16:00–20:00
  • Phone number
    01297 489215
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Borja Berganza
  • Area
    Bridport
  • Cross Street
    Turn off the A35 and follow Duck Street down to the beach.
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Public Transit
    Road from A35 (0.75 miles)<br />Turn South into Duck Street at the church in Chideock (when coming along the A35), and follow the signs to the sea which is approximately three quarters of a mile. We are in the "sea town of Chideock". You'll find us right by the beach.
  • Additional
    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 600 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dorset

    Best Overall

  • Dorset

    Best Food

  • Dorset

    Best Service

  • Dorset

    Best Ambience

  • Dorset

    Child-friendly

  • Dorset

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Dorset

    Healthy

  • Dorset

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Dorset

    Great for scenic views

  • Dorset

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Dorset

    Lively

  • Dorset

    Most Booked

600 Reviews
  1. BeverleyD

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent customer service skills. Varied menu but needs a bit more veggie choice.

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  2. fionak

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent lunch- muddy dogs and walkers welcome. Great service .

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  3. Fabio

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic fresh food. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the kids meal was especially good value and high quality.

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  4. JojoS

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our second stay at the stunning Anchor Inn, and once again we dined at the pub all three nights. What a treat!! You immediately feel like a friend, a member of the family. Warm service envelops you. And then there is the food! Every morsel DELICIOUS! High quality ingredients treated with the respect they deserve. Everything perfect! Couldn’t recommend more!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing location and food. Book early watch the sunset

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  6. FamW

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely spot for lunch after a coastal stomp - Highly recommend

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  7. Drew

    Dorset

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Again, a lovely experience. Super-friendly staff, great food, beautiful location....and having our wine paid for by the lovely folks on the next table made the day!

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  8. NickS

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The fish boulllanaise was a tad disappointing as so much tomato sauce. Dressed crab starter outstanding. Disappointed by lack of any craft type ipa.

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  9. ShirleyF

    Dorset

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ordered the crab brioche. The brioche was processed - I had been expecting a home baked roll. The serving of crab was ungenerous. The side salad was visibly fresh but had unfortunately been covered in a very synthetic tasting dressing - I was expecting a good quality homemade french dressing - so I had to give up on it The chips were good. When I arrived I queued behind an elderly couple who were told there were no free tables and they would have to eat outside. I was kicking myself I didn't give them my table and just had chips outside as my.friend couldn't make it. Having said that, the lady on the next table to me had the fish stew and really enjoyed it so if I come back I might order that instead.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely pub, great service and superb food. We shall look forward to returning.

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  11. KarenB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, warming fire and delicious food. We will be back

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  12. StephenF

    Bath

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    A super evening, but it was a bit cold. A nearby dog was a tad smelly, but we enjoyed our evening.

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  13. PeterS

    Kent

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice meal to celebrate my wife's birthday, and really good service from the friendly staff. Eaten here a few times and it is the best pub food in the area by a distance.

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  14. CathyM

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A great setting even on a blustery February day , excellent food and friendly, attentive service ,very dog friendly, will definitely be going back .

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  15. HelenG

    Gloucestershire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely Sunday lunch at The Anchor. Roast pork belly that melted in the mouth and roast beef that was perfectly cooked. Veg were beautifully cooked with some great flavours (cinnamon carrots), plus a huge Yorkie and great roast potatoes. A scrumptious brownie for pud too. Lovely staff. Gold stars all round.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent all round thank you all for an excellent evening

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic fresh and local food beautifully prepared and great service. Fabulous beer too. What’s not to love?

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  18. SueH

    Bath

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good quality, excellently presented food, comfortable surroundings, polite hard working staff.

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  19. Abbyw

    Devon

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great as always, warm, nice food, great ambience. Good staff.

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  20. MaryG

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous place. The staff team are incredible ….kind, attentive, helpful….everything you could ask for. Food was lovely, great beer and, of course, stunning environment. Always love visiting this pub.

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  21. Dee2

    Surrey

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely pub and very friendly . You do need to book if you want to be inside .

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Sunday lunch we’ve had in years. Perfect from start to finish. Great team.

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  23. CynthiaT

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly welcome, lovely, genuine pub, great food, good music - we’ll be regulars. But book!

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  24. SallyM

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Food & service was good, but very little atmosphere as they only allow diners in and you have to be seated. Place was empty when we left at 9pm, we felt encouraged to leave. Unfortunately not really a ‘pub’ anymore.

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  25. AdrianE

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love spot, great relaxing home feel. Impeccable service. Attentive waitress who altered meals to suit our party. The foods was very very good. Nothing was rushed and felt very welcome. 5 stars.

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  26. Cath

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice lunch out. Great location. Food was good especially the veggie option and fish of the day.

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  27. sallyb

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff. Lovely food. Fabulous views. Excellent coffee

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  28. Phil

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb location, good food and beer, friendly and efficient staff

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  29. DavidH

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Booking was easy, and after arrival the whole experience was calm, friendly and efficient. Really good all round.

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  30. AudreyT

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My “brioche” crab roll was in fact a cheap hot dog roll with little crab filling. I must say £15 was a bit steep.

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  31. IslaM

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and vibe! Friendly staff and lovely cosy setting

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  32. HilaryS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely old pub, perfect for a cosy meal on a cold winter's night. Food delicious, service very good, highly recommend.

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  33. Bazza

    Herefordshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cosy window seat. Great service and brilliant fish pie and desert. Can’t beat Palmers IPA! Very welcoming to our dog too. Highly recommended.

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  34. TandL

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful as always, the sharing fish pie was sublime

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  35. Classysoaps

    Buckinghamshire

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly welcome Lovely ambience Food fresh and taste. The plowman s was amazing. Looking forward to going back soon Xxxx

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  36. ChrisN

    Dorset

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent location and great staff. Really welcoming cosy rooms. It was a cold and windy night - absolutely wonderful - stormy outside and relaxed and warm inside. We were the ONLY bookings who turned up but the staff were great - didn't try to rush us out, happy to chat or not. Stays as our top pub in the area - best for abience, for location, and one of the best for food.

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  37. kevink

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Make sure you book before. Burgers and Palmers ginger ale are my new superfood

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  38. MaggieH

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time we have been, but we were not disappointed, lovely food, the Sticky Toffee Pudding was the best we have ever had! Very friendly service!

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  39. ClaireM

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely little Seaside pub with gorgeous food. Lots of Seafood to choose from and a great selection of starters and puddings. Staff very friendly . Will come again

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  40. ImogenB

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly and delicious food...lovely evening. Thank you!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Anchor Inn is rated 4.7 stars by 600 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for The Anchor Inn

Seatown, Bridport, Dorset DT6 6JU

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Turn off the A35 and follow Duck Street down to the beach.
  • Area
    Bridport
  • Hours of Operation
    Bar Daily 12:00–22:00 Lunch Daily 12:00–16:00 Dinner Daily 16:00–20:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, Fish, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Public Transit
    Road from A35 (0.75 miles)Turn South into Duck Street at the church in Chideock (when coming along the A35), and follow the signs to the sea which is approximately three quarters of a mile. We are in the "sea town of Chideock". You'll find us right by the beach.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Borja Berganza
  • Additional
    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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