the anchor inn

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Sunday Lunch
Dating back to the 15th Century, The Anchor Inn is a family-friendly pub in the village of Hartfield, East Sussex – best known as the home of author AA Milne.

For the hungry, our chef combines fine local foods with traditional pub fare, served alongside regional cask ales, spirits and carefully selected wines.

As well as the spacious dining area we have a vibrant front bar and a more cosy back bar alongside the restaurant and function room, which features an inglenook fireplace.

We have guest rooms available for those who want a comfortable and welcoming base for exploring our beautiful countryside.

Whether you’re joining us for a pint, a quiet meal or a family celebration, you’ll always find a warm welcome at The Anchor.
What 20 People Are Saying
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JH
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous Sunday lunch for the whole family with age range from 5 to 81. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and the food was delicious!

KG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic pub, friendly and efficient staff, excellent food. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

IP
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Much improved, feel that it now is trying to serve interesting dishes. A bit on the expensive end of the spectrum.

CM
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very friendly staff and freshly cooked delicious food. Great selection on the menu

B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Made very welcome (as was the dog!) and the food was good and plentiful (one of us took half her dish home as it was delicious).

LP
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely great for Sunday lunch, good walks nearby, easy parking, outside gardens and dog friendly.

L
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch with a friend. The service was great and we felt like valued customers. Lovely food. I’d recommend the Anchor

PT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Quiet pub, but not much atmosphere. Food was okay but not very inspiring, wasn’t asked if we wanted any other course and had to ask for tea and coffee. Cup of tea had the tea bag left in the cup!

C
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We where in the new dinning room would rather have sat in bar area the food and service was good and will be going back

MS
Bath
4 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a lovely meal in this charming old pub, which has been very tastefully renovated. The service was friendly and efficient and the food delicious. We also stayed in the pub and our room was gorgeous.

K
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a lovely meal in the restaurant part of the pub and were very well looked after. Manager Jonti is very personable and it is nice to see this lovely old pub back on the map.

MP
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A splendid lunch in a very nice traditional pub. Friendly staff roaring log fire.
Thoroughly enjoyed by our party two of whom were from Australia.

CC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good, staff were very friendly and helpful. All in all a great day in a great place !

h
London
14 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely pub, very friendly and accommodating.
Sunday roast was delicious, generous and served swiftly.
Recommended

PM
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Yes definitely!! A very lovely meal was enjoyed by all of us for a family lunch last Sunday. All good!

TH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely local pub with great beer & delicious food in generous portions. Perfect stop on a day-long cycle ride.

AH
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Just so disappointing. The main courses were very late being served due to staff miscommunication and two out of three meals were cold when they arrived. They were returned to the kitchen and to be fair the waitress apologised and refunded them but it ruined our day out with a friend who ended up not eating a main course and we didn't stay for desserts or coffee. We have since heard that another neighbour also complained about the roast too. Unfortunately this was the second unsatisfactory meal we have had there in 6 months, both times although the veg were nice, the roast beef was fatty, the Yorkshire Pudding cold and solid and the second meal inedible - the first time it was a fish curry that tasted very strange. We were particularly disappointed to have this experience a second time as it's a great local pub under relatively new ownership. The fish pie on this occasion was good and was served piping hot but to have to wait an hour for it and in the meantime for the burger and chips and the roast to be left to go cold is inexcusable. Great venue and place for a beer and snack near Ashdown Forest but we were not even offered a voucher for a meal to try again despite explaining that it was our second poor meal there. We live locally and rumours were that the pub had a new chef but if they are getting a new one, or a new sous chef or even just extra help in the kitchen that would without doubt improve the current situation then I hope it is advertised widely as we would like to support local but not with the quality of meals and service received on the last two occasions we came in and in fact to be honest for the battered fish snacks we ate in the garden in the summer twice either. The pub is lovely but there are enough good local food options to not bother going back until necessary changes are made. Disappointing.

PW
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great attention from the bar staff and restaurant staff. Food was really lovely. Tasty, well presented and good portions. Had a few conversations with the owner who was friendly, polite and good fun!

FH
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An excellent meal readily tweaked to suit our palates and preferences. Relaxed but alert service. Beautifully maintained oak beams and roaring fire, spotlessly clean.

PN
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Shame about the very slow service as the food was good