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The Anchor Inn, Bridport, Dorset

The Anchor Inn

4.6
4.6
230 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; our Basque head chef Borja Berganza often adds a Spanish twist to the dishes flavours.

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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Fish, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Bar Wed–Sun 12:00–22:00 Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00–16:00 Dinner Wed–Sun 17:00–20:00

  • 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

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 230 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dorset

    Best Service

  • Dorset

    Best Ambience

  • Dorset

    Best Value

  • Dorset

    Healthy

  • Dorset

    Lunch

  • Dorset

    Outdoor Eating

  • Dorset

    Romance

  • Dorset

    Scenic View

  • Dorset

    Most Booked

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  1. AP

    AnnieP

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and service. Sea bream was delicious would recommend

  2. F

    Fattie

    London

    51 reviews

    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Really great spot & atmosphere. Great service & drinks. Majority of 6 of us had fish & chips which looked great but wasn’t very hot. Meals just ok but would revisit as enjoyed overall experience

  3. JW

    JaneW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really warm welcome, attentive and knowledgeable staff, mussel starter was excellent (really nice not to have a cream based sauce). Would definitely recommend!

  4. CB

    CBnomics

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a really excellent meal, probably the best fish I've had in the UK.

  5. TM

    TomM

    Essex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Limited menu, however very nice. Only one vegan dish to be had. Overall well pleased.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were 15mins late arriving but our table was still there all the staff were friendly and efficient, despite it being fairly busy, the food was quick to arrive, completely delicious and excellent value for money for what we had (I had a fabulous lobster Thermidor which I’ve never had before!) a lovely bustling stop tucked away just below the golden cap on the coastal path. Also v dog friendly.

  7. RG

    RoyG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    No portion chips which were ordered with starter, not the right flavour ce cream served with a desert, error made on the menu. Service was very good & fairly quick despite being busy.

  8. RO

    ROBERTM

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As usual excellent food , friendly staff and nice ambiance

  9. JW

    JuliaW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A lovely place to meet up with family and friends. Stunning location, and a lovely cosy pub when the weather is not so good. The choice of menu was varied, and we all thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The staff were all very helpful and friendly.

  10. KM

    KirstyM

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tasty fresh food with an incredible view. The pistachio and raspberry desert was amazing. Great vegan options too!!

  11. OR

    OldRum

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great service and a perfect setting. A pwrfect end to a glorious walk on the cliffs.

  12. AW

    AnnaW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    Stale bread with the ploughmans, and the cheesy chips just had grated cheese on top and not popping it under a grill seems a shame

  13. s

    sarahf

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2

    This pub is such a great location but regrettably the food was disappointing - certainly not good value for money.

  14. e

    emmas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Recommended to the Anchor by a colleague, sadly disappointed. Both starter and main course arrived amazingly quick, within 5 minutes of ordering, which made us wonder how freshly they had been made. My trout salad looked as if it had been left in the fridge for some time. My partners peri peri chicken was dry and needed some sort of sauce. Lovely location, but expensive for the quality of the food.

  15. C

    Claire

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Lovely setting right next to the beach. The food was very tasty and nicely presented. Service was excellent, friendly staff quick and efficient.

  16. CW

    CarrieW

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dined at the Anchor inn in April. Managed to even sit outside, very lucky with the weather (except the mist!). I had the short rib which was just amazing. Bit on the pricey side but overall would definitely recommend.

  17. SH

    SussexHunter

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great service, lovely pub. Mains were impeccable, absolutely delicious; we both had the sea bream. Fantastic chips. We shared a pudding, the pistachio Bakewell tart, which wasn’t as good. But, overall, a really enjoyable lunch. Moretti on draft is always a plus 👍🏻

  18. C

    Crash

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, ambiance and service as usual. Dog friendly too.

  19. PT

    PeterT

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff were friendly and efficient. We were there for lunch. We were served promptly for drinks and a menu, and orders taken promptly. The food arrived in a very reasonable amount of time with all the cutlery etc. The tables were clean and tidy. I chose the grilled sea bass which was delicious and my husband raved about the short rib. We shared our puddings - profiteroles - amazing - and caramel icecream - again delicious by Baboo I think. The whole experience was a really happy feel good factor after a wonderful walk up to Golden Cap from Seatown. We will be returning. The webpage is quite clear whether you need to book a table or if it is first come first serve, depending on the season, and if you are sitting inside or out.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4

    Been to the Anchor many times. Each time recently less good than the last. The menus used to be great; now just bog standard pub stuff, badly executed (overcooked, boring). Won’t be back again, which is sad as this used to be my favourite place. Nice staff though.

  21. SP

    SarahP

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Stunning location, excellent food and super friendly and attentive service, thank you!

  22. KC

    KateC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food as always and lovely staff. We never visit Seatown without eating at The Anchor,

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very good food and superb location

  24. MH

    MarkH

    Bath

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Always love the Anchor, although a couple of mains off the menu and only 3 pudding choices. Food was great though.

  25. H

    Hardtoimpress

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Fantastic views, lovely food (the short ribs and salted caramel profiteroles were delicious!) and friendly prompt service. Do go if you’re in the area, you’ll love it.

  26. P

    Plusfour

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Very popular busy pub always needs booking but great service for booking and at table. Excellent inside seating and decor, very cosy in winter and summer alike. Good value and super food, promptly served, and the IPA beer although served a little too cold for me was nonetheless a good example of the locally brewed Palmers.

  27. TB

    TimB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4

    The position of the inn is breathtaking, overlooking the sea and the Jurassic coast. Landlord very friendly. However food a bit hit and miss. My mussels came in a hot smoky sauce - it rather overwhelmed the delicate flavour of the mussels and there was no explanation that the sauce was hot on the menu. My husband's sea bass was good but he got a bit overwhelmed with the sheer quantity of accompanying cherry tomatoes.

  28. LG

    LottieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Super place. Beautiful views, friendly staff and lovely food.

  29. FO

    FionaO

    Berkshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A warm and welcoming pub, the staff were attentive and the service excellent. The food and atmosphere was great. Will be back.

  30. BT

    BarbaraT

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2

    We were seated at a tiny table in the corner by the window that was barely big enough for drinks let alone food. When our meals arrived, the table was not large enough to accommodate both dinner plates. One of the plates was hanging well over the edge of the table. Even when we removed the candle and our drinks, there still wasn’t enough room for the plates, and my husband’s glass of water got knocked onto the floor and broke. While the waiter was sweeping up the glass our meals were going cold so we moved to another table which had no view but at least was large enough for both of our plates. It was not a great start and basically spoilt the evening for us. I didn’t enjoy the fish and chips I’d ordered as the batter was too thick and I didn’t care for the texture or flavour of the mushy peas. I ended up leaving half of my meal but the waiter happily took our payment in full without asking why. We left within an hour of arriving and will not be returning. Such a shame as we had been really looking forward to an enjoyable evening.

  31. S

    Sally

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Excellent meal, easy booking system, polite cheerful chatty staff, good value

  32. JG

    JaneG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great service, outstanding location. Highly recommended.

  33. A

    Adam

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    A lovely meal in a lovely spot on a lovely day. We sat outside in the sun but I'm sure it's lovely inside too. Main meals were mid to high end imo and the price matched that. The pudding was average.

  34. N

    Neil

    Essex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    My girlfriend and I chose this place because it's dog friendly and had good reviews. We really enjoyed our experience. The staff were welcoming, the location is excellent, and the food was good quality.

  35. EW

    ElaineW

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent staff and service. Our meals were so tasty, definitely recommended.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Buckinghamshire

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Turned up early and we’re able to sit down and eat ahead of our booked time

  37. GH

    GrahamH

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was great and I had one of the best fish stews ever. Staff were excellent all very attentive and friendly. Would definitely return if back in the area again.

  38. JL

    JulieL

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. Very impressed will be back.

  39. MR

    MandyR

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Bar staff very friendly. Service was amazing & the food very good. Lovely to sit outside in the sun.

  40. JW

    JennyW

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Greatcplace to eat, food very good and lovely relaxed atmosphere

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 4.6 stars by 230 OpenTable diners.

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

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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 Wed–Sun 12:00–22:00 Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00–16:00 Dinner Wed–Sun 17:00–20:00

  • 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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