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The Anchorage, Poole, Dorset

The Anchorage

4.0
4
470 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Located in Canford Cliffs, Poole, just a short distance from the seafront, The Anchorage boasts a beautiful bar and dining area, a private dining room, terrace seating and six boutique hotel rooms. The menu offers expertly prepared gastro-pub style food, made using quality-sourced ingredients including steaks from renowned Scottish butcher John Gilmour and Colchester Rock oysters. Plus a fully stocked bar including a carefully curated wine list and 2 for £12 cocktails every day.

Whether you’re a tourist visiting the stunning area, or a local wanting to try something new, The Anchorage, has something for everyone

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2 people

19:00


Booked 8 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 07:30–21:30 Fri, Sat 07:30–22:30 Sun 07:30–21:00
  • Phone number
    01202 609000
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual

What 470 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dorset

    Good for business meals

  • Dorset

    Good for business meals

  • Dorset

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Dorset

    Most Booked

470 Reviews
  1. Lori

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. The menu had a good selection of choice. Very nice ambiance.

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  2. Richard

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was poor. The service was good but I still won't go back until the quality is increased

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  3. ErnestB

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Had a very pleasant evening my companion had the bass but felt there were areas not cooked and were pink which spoiled things slughtly

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  4. GrahamG

    Dorset

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a very pleasant afternoon at the Anchorage the food was delicious it was very relaxing with great service.

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  5. AlanD

    Dorset

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Several items on the Menu were not available mainly fish, only Sea Bass. My Wife went for Lamb Cutlet. The plate was full of tomatoes one disguised like an apple which was toasted. We were both disappointed with both meals (I had Sea Bass), especially as it was for my Birthday.

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  6. SteveT

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Attentive/friendly/efficient service, good menu and the prawn linguini was superb!

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  7. TriW

    Bath

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal as usual, and considering the poor waitress was on her own, we had fantastic service as per. Thank you , will see you again soon.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food but felt service was slow with long periods of time when we felt ignored. Everything took a long time to arrive.
    The AnchorageResponded on 16 February 2024
    Hi There, Thanks for leaving us a review. We do appreciate that there might have been some delays on such an busy day and we apologise for the inconvenience of course. We will double our efforts to increase the pace in the future.

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  9. GeoffG

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit since the demise of Loch Fyne. Went for a business lunch and was not disappointed, service was excellent, food was excellent and reasonably priced and the sense of calm around the place suited allowed us to have a great chat. I highly recommend it, I will go back regularly.
    The AnchorageResponded on 16 February 2024
    Hi Geoff, What a wonderful review, thank you so much!

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  10. barry

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The music was muted, which was good, and allowed conversation. Food good, except the chorizo with the sea bream (in our opinion an unnecessary addition) was very salty, and tough. Otherwise all fine, and the staff friendly.
    The AnchorageResponded on 16 February 2024
    Hi Barry, Thanks for the kind words, we're sorry that you found your dish too salty, the chorizo and sea bass combo is all time classic and has been very popular. It is surprising as it usually always pleases, we're disappointed to have missed the mark this time.

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  11. JoeP

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Roast beef was spot on. Well worth the price and the rioja to match was perfect
    The AnchorageResponded on 16 February 2024
    Hi Joe, Thank you so much for your lovely review. We can't wait for your next visit!

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  12. Fiona

    Dorset

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was not great for me . Cheese starter was tasteless. Roast dinner pork chop was horrible. Seabass was lovely. Sweet was lovely. The menu was disappointing. Will probably not return any time soon .
    The AnchorageResponded on 16 February 2024
    Hi Fiona, Thank you for your honest feedback. We are disappointed to hear that you did not have the best experience with us and will relay your feedback to our team. We would love to have the opportunity to turn this around if you would like to come back to see us. If you do, please ask for our management team to take a look at this reply and we will take good care of you.

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  13. EddyR

    Oxford

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Overall the food was very poor and over priced. The cauliflower curry wasn't a curry which was disappointing and it felt like the meal had been microwaved rather than having been made from fresh. In addition the desert, mango cheese cake felt like it was not fresh and was an ultra processed cheap food service cheese cake. The service was good, however the food was so poor that i wouldn't recommend going to this restaurant especially at the prices they charge.
    The AnchorageResponded on 16 February 2024
    Hi Eddy, Thank you for your honest feedback. It is disappointing and also surprising to hear that you had such a bad experience with us. I can assure you that the food is cooked on site and certainly not microwaved. As for the desserts, they are made freshly from scratch every couple days or so. If you would like to come back, I would personally ensure that I could show you around in order to demonstrate this to you. We do of course apologise for the experience you received and would like the opportunity to turn this around for you.

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  14. Kate

    Dorset

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my Mum out for her 77th birthday, she’s very fussy where she eats, so it was a gamble eating here but she loved it. The staff were incredible from the minute we arrived to the time we left, the food was fabulous and well worth the money. I will most definitely be booking again, Thenk you to the team for everything, you made my Mum’s birthday so special.
    The AnchorageResponded on 16 February 2024
    Hi Kate, This is so lovely to hear, we are so glad that you all had a good time and feel very honoured that you had chosen us for such a wonderful occasion. See you again soon!

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  15. EleriJ

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was all delicious and the service is always excellent.
    The AnchorageResponded on 16 February 2024
    Hi EleriJ. Thank you for taking the time to let us know how we did.

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  16. SimonS

    London

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I had high hopes for this visit. The service was good and the atmosphere was pleasant enough with one other table being used, but unfortunately, the food left much to be desired. We had dined here in October of last year and noticed a significant improvement in the food since its opening. However, our recent experience was far from satisfying. The Salmon tartare lacked any discernible flavour, and the Melba toast was so hard that I feared for my dental health. The Honey butter squid was swimming in oil and almost inedible. When we brought our disappointment to the attention of our waiter, we received a nervous smile and polite shrug of the shoulders. The Cuttlefish spaghetti nero was decent until we reached the last third, which was again drenched in oily sauce. The Sancerre we ordered was a redeeming factor, as its acidity helped cut through the greasiness of the food. It's a pity, as this restaurant is conveniently located, but it seems that even the locals have stopped frequenting it, as it was noticeably quiet for an early Thursday evening.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Service was slow and the couple in the booth next to us were joined by 3 other loud people who were just drinking not dining

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  18. luis

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience food was Excellent 👍 Will be returning for sure 👌

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  19. Cathy

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I booked this stay as a treat for my husband's birthday, it exceeded all expectations, it's a really lovely place, great decoration, very comfortable. The barman brought my hubby a drink for his birthday, a really thoughtful touch, great customer service. Rooms lovely, brilliant shower, lots of extras in the room, bed very comphy.

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  20. JohnS

    Berkshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    I’m sorry I was expecting the food to be as good if not better than when it was Lock Fine but I was very disappointed and the service from just two staff was unbelievable.

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  21. WinnieTheLab

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Quality Gastro-Pub food and atmosphere. First visit and will definitely return.

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  22. FionaB

    Dorset

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Waited to order for ages. Food arrived. Burger overcooked and dry. Risotto greasy. Fish and chips ok. Not good value for money and sadly we won’t be going back.

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  23. HilaryR

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall good but the presentation wasn’t brilliant would have been better served on a ordinary plate rather than a bowl . H

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  24. rebeccaa

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Went on a Sunday evening at 7.45pm. Only 4 other people in restaurant. They had run out of 4 items on the menu. My husband had roast chicken which was basically 3 chicken drumsticks!!! My clam spaghetti nero wasn't nero ( black) at all!! I asked 4 times for ice. Would not go again!

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  25. Will

    Berkshire

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food and Freya was an outstanding server.

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  26. PaulR

    Dorset

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The menu looked excellent…the execution however, not so good. Of the six menu items ordered I’d say 3 were good and 3 very average. Our server had such a large collection of jangling keys attached to his belt he was more like a jailer than a server. And finally, if you are going to charge an automatic 12.5% to the bill for service, etc you had better be sure everything is absolutely spot on…it wasn’t!

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  27. JoannaW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service - we will definitely be back!

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  28. Lionel

    Essex

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice meal but not enough staff to cover all the tables. There was a longer than normal wait for orders to be taken and food to be served. Food was very good and drinks great. Server was good but was covering a lot of tables.

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  29. MelanieR

    Dorset

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We waited 30 mins for a drink over and hour for our main course the Thai curry was awful the sticky toffee pudding was Luke warm we will never go back

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  30. PeterH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience has gone from 4 to 9 out of 10 Mark, long serving, looked after us brilliantly Our friends were equally impressed with everything We will be back very soon Peter H

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  31. bill

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was very good and our friends enjoyed it very much.

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  32. josie

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    easy online table booking. food was excellent. we just had nibbles to start and a main course. The house white wine was also excellent. service was sporadic but staff pleasant enough. we were hurried to leave our table at the end of our meal even though it was only 9.15pm and restaurant closes at 11. we were the only ones left but felt that they couldnt wait to close

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  33. juliel

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent, very good customer service from all staff we met

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  34. BryanT

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sunday lunch with my family was most enjoyable with go od food and drinks. As there were six of us selections were diverse but everybody said they were satisfied

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  35. RosieM

    Amsterdam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing service given on our visit, our server was truly fantastic at his job and made sure to go above and beyond, especially with my little niece. I believe his name was Mark! Food was absolutely delicious as well.

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  36. JulieJ

    Dorset

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have had some lovely evenings at the Anchorage but this one was 50% off mains which was an amazing deal!l

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great value January offer 50% off mains. We celebrated a Birthday and it was a positive experience could not fault it at all. Well done

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  38. clairem

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Myself and my family had an outstanding dining experience last night, food was incredible and thanks to Julian for his superb service - we would highly recommend.

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  39. KatherineH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely meal out at The Anchorage and the service was excellent. Mark made us feel very welcomed and made good recommendations as to wine and dessert options. Would definitely visit again.

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  40. NickyE

    Dorset

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    I would say this was probably the worst meal out we have eaten in a very long time! The food was absolutely dreadful which was such a shame as the menu to read looked lovely! The service was good and the venue was nice but the food really did let it down. Definitely couldn’t recommend this place.

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The Anchorage is rated 4 stars by 470 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for The Anchorage

47 Haven Rd, Poole, Dorset BH13 7LH

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Poole
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 07:30–21:30 Fri, Sat 07:30–22:30 Sun 07:30–21:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
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