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The Anchor Inn, Nayland, Essex

The Anchor Inn

4.3
4.3
1276 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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 33 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 12:00–23:30 Sun 12:00–20:30

  • Phone number

    01206 262313

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Area

    Colchester

  • Parking Details

    Parking is available in our overflow car park just across the road to our main entrance.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wine

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What 1,276 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Essex

    Outdoor Eating

  • Essex

    Scenic View

  • Essex

    British

  • Essex

    Most Booked

  • Colchester

    Best Overall

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    Best Food

  • Colchester

    Best Service

  • Colchester

    Fit for Foodies

  • Colchester

    Group Bookings

  • Colchester

    Healthy

  • Colchester

    Lunch

  • Colchester

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  • Colchester

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  1. G

    Graham

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Top quality food and a reasonable price, a varied menu to cover all tastes and very good service to accompany.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Salads were overpoweringly salty. Rather expensive.
  3. LC

    LauraC

    Essex

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The manager was extremely rude to my friend who had made a reasonable complaint due to the food. The roast was disappointing for the amount you pay for it (very little on the platter). The meat was very fatty and overall it wasn’t a pleasant experience.
  4. JW

    JenniferW

    Essex

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Unfortunately we didn’t enjoy it as much as expected. The Anchor Inn was recommended to us but we were disappointed. The starters and desserts were ok but the main meals were not up to our expectations. The child’s cheeseburger was rock hard and pretty inedible. This was sent back and we received another one. The beef roast dinner wasn’t great as after the fat had been cut away there was hardly any beef left to eat. Unfortunately we just didn’t enjoy it. All this for £104 so we were not overly impressed. The service was brilliant it was just the food.
  5. NL

    NadineL

    Essex

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Have been going to the Anchor during the summer months for years, perfect spot to jump off of the kayak and grab a bite to eat. Was disappointed no pizza on the menu as that was a guaranteed good dish. After we ordered we were informed that they had run out of mussels, Not an issue. Three of us ordered crab linguine instead - was disappointing to say the least, hardly any crab in the toddler size portion, which was barely warm and lacked taste. We did raise this but was just offered the dessert menu.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Poor choice from reduced menu. Prices have risen which would be fine if the food was as good. Curry was quite watery and disappointing. Nice setting and atmosphere but the reduced menu is letting it down
  7. JC

    JaneC

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Lovely location, friendly pleasant staff, quiet evening meal, food very well cooked and flavoured but the quantity of crab in the crab linguine and the variety and quantity of fish in the fish stew was disappointing. Excellent range of beers and drinks.
  8. SL

    SimonL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Lovely setting, great food, rapid service. We'll be back!
  9. M

    Mumajb

    Norfolk

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunny lunch time . In a quiet part of Essex by the river . Food was lovely. Great presentation and excellent flavour . Charming servers and plenty of shade with good parking .
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    I was looking forward to eating in the orangey but the has been taken down to leave outside tables. Though not a direct issue you could be sitting right next to smokers as there is no distinction for smokers and non smokers. The food was good but my burger and chips came with a small bowl of chips which was too small for the price paid. The menu is also a lot smaller in size and no pizza which I am sure they did before. Also sitting outside you do have to put up with the flies
  11. b

    brians

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The menu was very limited. Would expect to see a choice of roast on a Sunday just like the website says, but only chicken (sold out). The website also mentions Fish & Chips, also not on the menu. The menu offered very little choice compared to that on the website. The table wobbled and the staff were aware and said they would sort it out, but nothing was done. Apart from the drinks being a bit slow (we sat right next to the bar!), the service was good and the staff were friendly. The steak was a bit overpriced.
  12. PM

    PaulM

    Essex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Food was average, however it was quite overpriced given the quality of the food
  13. AH

    AmieH

    Essex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Thought that is was quiet expensive for a mediocre roast dinner. Unfortunately they had sold out of one of the specials and all of the extra sides, making the already limited Sunday menu even more limited. Think I would prefer the mid-week menu.
  14. AP

    AnnaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a fantastic lunch here for Father’s Day. The roast was delicious and a great portion too. The desserts were perfect/ beautifully presented and not too sweet. The attention to detail was spot on and our waitress couldn’t have been nicer. My Dad had a wonderful time and really enjoyed his meal, so I’m really happy it all worked out well. Will definitely be back again!
  15. f

    foodgloriousfood

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The Anchor had a nice vibe outside and a good sunday lunch menu and kids menu. Unfortunately we waited quite a while for our meals to arrive (it was Fathers day so we did expect it to be busy) and when the food did arrive it was overdone. The veg was soggie and roast potatoes a little too crisp and the kids burgers were really overdone and tough, the kids could only eat half of it and then gave up. We did mention this to our waiter who apologised but didn't offer any compensation. Overall it was a nice lunch out but just a little disappointing on the food.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food! Staff went above and beyond, a real hidden gem!
  17. C

    Claire

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Food was nice and fresh . Service was slow but was told this was due to being freshly made which was fine. It was hard to tell who worked there as there are no staff in uniform. The only down side was the customer service which was really poor. Staff had poor interaction skills when asked a question and limited knowledge on menu when asked about dishes. Staff appeared un approachable and very stern faced through out. Front of house was however more helpful.
  18. EH

    ElaineHH

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent setting, fantastic roast dinner and the best espresso martini I have had in a long time!
  19. NB

    NickB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pub. We had a little private room which was perfect for 4 adults and 6 kids. Food was great and the staff were brilliant.
  20. SB

    SamB

    Essex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service! Lovely atmosphere. Delicious food! Thank you!
  21. J

    Joanne

    Essex

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    A little disappointed, the food was average & it is expensive compared to other similar places.
  22. M

    Maria

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    They do make an excellent vegan burger and cheesecake. And the setting by the river cannot get any more beautiful! We had to wait a long time between courses, but hopefully next time the full experience will be be worth five stars.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Lovely food, service was slow and the bar were out of many drinks
  24. EG

    ElizabethG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful Sunday lunch sat by the river in the sunshine. Food and service excellent.
  25. MD

    MarkD

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Difficult review! We were sent to the upstairs room, which was so uncomfortabley noisy we had to ask to be moved. Staff were great and found us another seat, albeit outside under a heater. We had a starter then staff offered us an inside downstairs table, so we moved again. Great and considerate service. Food was less good than my previous visit here. Menu a bit less adventurous and cooking not as adroitly executed. So I have had one really excellent visit here and one average one. I'll certainly come again and hope this visit was just a blip.
  26. BC

    BhaktiC

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely restaurant serving quality and tasty food. Staff were very attentive and friendly. Must go restaurant when in the area!
  27. H

    Harry

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been here twice now and on both occasions the food was amazing. Very friendly staff and nice atmosphere. Cannot recommend this place enough
  28. B

    Barry

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food and service was great. The team and staff was helpful and friendly.
  29. KS

    KbrS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Pricey for what it was. Far better value pub restaurants in the area
  30. EW

    EmilyW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Service was pretty good, my friend and I both had a pornstar which wasn’t as good as normal. Apart from that everything was good as it always is.
  31. MW

    MarkW

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant in a sleepy Suffolk county ! Allways great food and service 👌
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fabulous lunch with Best friends to celebrate our Anniversary! Staff, service and food was excellent, we love it here!
  33. KG

    KateG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Lovely location although diners are kettled in to one area so we weren’t allowed to sit near the river which was why we’d chosen to eat here. Shared a baked Camembert between four which was good but very disappointed by chicken curry, which was more like nuggets in a very bland sauce. Fish and chips were ok although chips were big stodgy wedges. Didn’t bother with desserts. No way matched previous reviews.
  34. DC

    DeniseC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    Quality of food very disappointing and expensive to charge £17 for a vegan burger. Vegan choice very poor do not understand why chef/cooks find it so difficult to make vegan food.
  35. GS

    GeorgieSam

    Essex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Service and restaurant location exceptional, but dining room was uncomfortable, food quite lacking and not good value sadly.
  36. EB

    EnyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time for meal at The Anchor and an excellent place to dine. We were met at the door, taken to our table and drinks ordered. Dinner was perfect and staff all very happy and polite,. Would definitely recommend you give it a try you won’t be disappointed.
  37. D

    Disappointed

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    After viewing the Sunday menu on the website was looking forward to the Sea Bass option offered, however on arrival it was not on the paper menu. Also could not have the starter or dessert (ran out of vanilla ice cream). Was a bit of a struggle getting up the stairs, not aware there was an upstairs. the serving staff were excellent.
  38. KB

    KelliB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Don’t waste your time with this place,got my order wrong quickly took it away then brought it straight back out minus the tomatoe,clearly asked the girl for no tomato,excuse was human error
  39. D

    Dunc

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful location helped by the weather of course. The staff were fantastic and looked after us very well. We'll definitely be back soon!
  40. MB

    MikeB

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent Sunday Lunch. Despite being insanely busy, the service and food was excellent and quick. We arrived after a long walk slightly early, so were asked to wait at a separate area. The waitress arrived almost immediately to take our drinks order and returned shortly. When our table time arrived we were shown straight to the table and service was just as quick. The food was excellent and plentiful. The numbers and quality of staff made the service outstanding the experience excellent. Will be back

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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The Anchor Inn is rated 4.3 stars by 1276 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 33 times today
Google Map for The Anchor Inn

Court Street Nayland, Essex CO6 4JL

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    Colchester

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 12:00–23:30 Sun 12:00–20:30

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Parking is available in our overflow car park just across the road to our main entrance.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wine

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