The Anchor Inn

4.5
592 reviews
£25 and under
British
A traditional country pub with a warm welcome, The Anchor Inn offers a fine selection of cask ales and fresh, home-cooked food. Set in the beautiful village of Nayland, open fires and a cosy atmosphere make the Anchor a wonderful winter bolthole, and the banks of the River Stour provide glorious al fresco dining throughout the summer months.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 592 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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KimW
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely place to eat. Atmosphere was lovely a nice place to sit outside

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KeeA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely meal at the anchor although side requested with the main came out as a starter. Was nice to eat out again and luckily the sun was shining.

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HTWxxx
Essex
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting. Wow what a fantastic experience . Extremely Covid secure ,service and food was excellent . Location is lovely. Would highly recommend a visit .

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HarleyC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat next to the river, was a beautiful day, the service was brilliant, all the dishes and drinks were brought in good time and Gluten Free menu was available upon request. Had a lovely experience at The Anchor Inn!

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DidierP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! So well organised.. well done to everyone!

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NVCH
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great afternoon, the wait for food was a little bit long but that’s fine, the sun was shining.

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Emma
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and staff were very helpful! Will deffo be back

LG
LauraG
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favourite pubs in the area, food is great service good too, love it!

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SarahB
Essex
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a lovely time at the Anchor in the sunshine. Really impressed with set up and well organised. Food was lovely only reason I gave 4 stars and not 5 was the buttermilk chicken burger had something spicy in it and I asked waitress for no avocado and it came in the burger but apart from that had a nice afternoon.

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to the anchor for my partners 21st birthday! The food was delicious! The service was exceptional! Will definitely go again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Faultless. Food was beautiful and the staff really made it special the weather was a little against us for outside but their smiles and can do spirit made it all worth while.

Patio heaters were a God send x

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JoeyB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The staff were all friendly and welcoming. The Covid procedures in place made us feel very comfortable. We felt the service should have been a little faster.

Overall good experience. Would return.

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KarenE
Essex
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, table service was efficient and friendly

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ArchieG
London
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely pub with decent food at a fair price. The service was impeccable too, all the staff were so friendly and helpful, always making sure we had drinks!

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LiamM
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and beautiful location. Excellent service

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RosemaryC
Essex
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff were friendly and safe good service food was excellent went with friends for a birthday and they love it got a pod booked in may

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Alde20
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Contact details for track and trace were taken on arrival. Temperatures taken too.
Lots of outdoor tables well spaced. Most are away from heaters and lighting sources. Not possible to specifically book a heated table. Staff were mostly wearing masks and care was taken to not overhandle items coming to the table. Drinks, cutlery and meals arrived on a tray which we were asked to take from tray and place on table. Menu range is limited - I guess to accommodate social distancing in the kitchen. I thought that the prices were a little on the high side. One way system in the building for toilets was confusing and people were largely ignoring signs. Can't imagine eating outdoors here in the evening. Our climate is just not favourable enough. Lunchtime with a drop of sun was just about comfortable.

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ClaireR
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Food was not nice , lovely pub and staff though was disappointing

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KevinC
Essex
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had lunch on the first day of re-opening after lock down and had a really enjoyable lunch. Very well organised in terms of covid safety and the food and service was very good.
Highly recommended.

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SarahM
Essex
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff are amazing, grounds were spotless! Food was excellent and atmosphere was relaxing and peaceful

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JayneR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent outdoor space set around river. Thoroughly respectful of social distancing. Food tasty and service excellent.

Would suggest a few more heaters if at all possible.

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ChrisH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and service. Lovely being in the marquee made it feel very Christmassy. Cannot wait to go back again soon!

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LUCYB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening here , food was amazing and service was very good too would highly recommend.

JM
JessicaM
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience on Christmas Eve in the orangery - the setting is stunning, food is delicious and service is good. Family friendly without compromise on food and setting. Will be returning without doubt.

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Jimbo
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Front of house service was brilliant, waitress was rude and hovered over us all meal, and when speaking to us felt she was again very rude.

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SerenaB
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It is much nicer eating in the building than in the orangery. We came for a Sunday roast previously and it was great but food on the normal menu was mediocre

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LindaL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family atmosphere on Christmas Eve. Had a lovely lunch, even the heavy rain outside could not dampen the day

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EmmaG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and beautiful decor. Had a lovely relaxing night would definitely visit again .

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Caro
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal and the service was excellent. Can’t fault this restaurant at all especially considering these COVID times!

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MichelleK
Essex
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well organised and accommodating - lovely food and good service - love the new Orangery

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TarrynM
Essex
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Even though they were battling with the Gas for the kitchen, the service was brilliant. We were kept updated constantly and the food was very good.

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RosP
Essex
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Sunday lunch for miles cannot wait to come back with family and friends.

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TerryC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very nice Sunday lunch. Roast beef as it should be somewhat rare. No annoying Muzac that we noticed thankfully.

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NickyP
Essex
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Can thoroughly recommend The Anchor as a place to eat. Helpful staff and delicious food - lovely :)

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Gabbyc
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous evening in the orangery with the family .. the whole atmosphere was lovely and the food was really good ..
The service was attentive and efficient and our waitress was really friendly ..
Couldn’t fault our evening .

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Eatingout
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Very disappointing visit. Our family of 4 were shunted into the Orangery for dinner. While it looks nice and pretty, it’s noisy ( rain pelting down on the glass roof), and floor is raised so you feel movement every time someone walks past.
Complete disregard for covid risk here, with birthday parties spread across a number of adjacent tables and people mixing, and kids running around.
Food is acceptable but portions small and extremely poor value. The turkey roast dinner had virtually no veggies with it - one carrot and that was it. When we asked for the sprouts, we were handed a cup of raw sliced sprouts. Kids meals were very overpriced at £8 each, and didn’t include drink or dessert, and again, portions tiny.
Desserts were poor. One scoop of ice cream was just that, small scoop with not even a wafer with it. Sticky toffee pudding tasted of something completely different, possibly a bit of chocolate.
Overall a pretty poor experience and we won’t waste our time or money returning here.

The Anchor Inn
Responded on 21 December 2020

I was surprised to hear you didn't enjoy the Orangery that we have installed to try and combat the difficult Covid environment, maybe the spirit of this was misunderstood by your group. We DO NOT allow mixed groups and our policy is to not allow any guests to leave their tables whilst dining unless to use the toilet facilities. If you read through our reviews we are praised for the effort and hard work we have put into ensuring the safety of our staff, guests and the local community.

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MichelleI
Essex
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely food, great service too. After our meal we were advised the table was needed but we could continue with our evening with soft drinks at the lounge afterwards. Only negative was that there wasn’t any lighting in their car park. Highly recommend though 👌🏻

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Warren
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We are in the orangery, which was absolutely magical!! It's a shame the food didn't match. I ordered the salmon with noodles £18 or £19. The salmon was a small piece that you would buy from a supermarket for £1.50 and was cooked in tinfoil in the oven and tasted like it. very small amount of noodles - very underwhelming for the price. No garlic mash with the mushroom and blue cheese pie. What, run out of potatoes???? Pear and frangipan tart was dry and tasteless. A real shame as it's a lovely location.

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LR123
Essex
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely!!! Great food and surroundings!!!!!!

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RichardS
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Not keen on the wooden benches. Limited vegetarian or vegan menu options

FAQs

The Anchor Inn is rated 4.5 stars by 592 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.