The Blue Anchor

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The Blue Anchor is a super spot to ‘moor up’ for a few hours - with locally sourced ingredients and freshly cooked food, delicious drinks and friendly service on offer.

With the pub close to Ashdown Forest and set within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it’s the perfect place for walkers to find respite and refreshment - and it’s a dining destination in its own right too, thanks to our homemade food.
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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was quite good although a little expensive. Service wasn't very good although some staff were good and others not so good. They didn't seem to have any system of who was doing what. There were some large group tables which were quite noisy and the other tables were positioned really close to them. We had to ask to be moved as did another group of 4.

CC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Had a nice meal with friends - service was good- staff very welcoming - food was good but the selection could have perhaps been a bit wider

EM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Perfectly acceptable though one beer was off, but this due to an earlier wedding party.

CF
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Fantastic food, service was very slow considering we were the only occupied table on a Tuesday lunchtime. Friendly staff, good value for money.

CB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely relaxed meal for our daughter's 18th thanks

H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went on a Saturday lunch time, 6 adults 2 children (3 and 6).

Food was good, though menu was limited, I think due to them having an 'End of Sumer' BBQ party that afternoon. This meant my wife was disappointed with the choice available to her as a fairly fussy eater. She did find something off of the BBQ menu though which she enjoyed whilst everyone else ate from the main menu. Strongly recommend the Sausage and Mash and Mushroom Risotto was also enjoyed a lot.

Only main gripe other than the open door and chilly temperature was that the Childrens Menu was SOOO expensive. £7.95 for a burger (which looked like they'd simply cut an adults burger and bun a bit smaller given the rough edges) and chips. No drink or dessert included which you come to expect these days. In fact it was cheaper to get a burger and chips from the BBQ than order from the Kids menu which was a bit of a joke really.

Overall though everyone enjoyed the food, service was good, prices (bar the kids menu) were on par and I would go again if in that neck of the woods.

AT
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time since new owners and went for Sunday lunch. Staff were really friendly and efficient. My only Critisim would be that the portion of beef was very skimpy, only 2 thin slices and half of that was fat so not great for the price. Everything else was perfect and would recommend the sticky toffee pudding which was delicious. Xxx

LP
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, generous portions, wide variety. Friendly, attentive staff. Great garden for children to play in and adults to relax too.

BM
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our first visit to the Blue Anchor having seen good reports following the new Manager taking over last year. We were not disappointed and very much enjoyed our meals which were presented well and appeared to use fresh veg etc. Service was bright, prompt and friendly, and appreciative. We will return to try other dishes on the menu especially as we live just a short walk away.

CG
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely lunch with the added bonus of live music from Still Waters

H
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We went the Blue Anchor for a birthday celebration and overall had a good time. The service was not particularly speedy but the staff worked hard to be attentive. The food was great and showed good presentation. The only bit of the day which was a disappointment was the noise levels from the larger groups particularly as we sat and watched a beautiful orchid being damaged when a blind d was lowered onto the flowerheads which were then stuffed back into the pot. Very much a family pub not so good for quiet dining to hear own conversation.

TC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

More than 1 hr from starters to main course. Dining area alongside main road. Appeared to be a dispute in the kitchen but no help except repeated apologies from waitress. Will not return.

KE
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Lovely meal in a pleasant atmosphere , only issue was the slow service due in part to our delay in deciding on food and the restaurant being pretty busy .

JB
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, friendly helpful staff. Good value for money

CM
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Unfortunately we had to send the fish back as it was not cooked. The staff were very apologetic and quickly dealt with the problem. The service was very good.

a
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very polite warm welcome - We arrived early to enjoy some drinks in the garden - Very nicely set our, lots of space, comfortable tables and chairs - Lovely setting for children as well - nice and secure.

Then we took our table seat and this was very nicely laid our - Very clean and nice area to sit in - Service was very attentive, swift and prompt. Nothing was too much or too difficult - We were made to feel very welcome.

Food was perfect, everything tasty - Warm and nicely presented. Everything came out swiftly and any changes were noted and everything was perfect. Nice wait between the 3 courses. Puddings were especially delicious. - We left very satisfied and full.

We will definitely be returning again!

Many thanks

TR
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and setting. Lovely food, huge children's portions. Would definitely go back.

PP
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Arriving and seeing the scaffolding we had doubts but on entry, we were very happy. Nice food, very good service and tables nicely spaced which meant it was not noisey.

NW
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Meal out for 7 on a Saturday. The food was great and really nice service. Well worth trying again if people haven’t been there for a while.

K
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really lovely food beautifully cooked. My only criticism was that my dish was meant to come with dauphinois potatoes but they didn't have them available. They did, however, offer several other choices and the crushed new potatoes with truffles, and chips we eventually chose were delicious.

CW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

good food, friendly staff and a really good place to eat in Crowborough, highly recommended

NB
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food cooked from scratch. No microwave cooking. Service is a little slower than some but you don’t get this quality and presentation in a flash.

CS
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Ordered fish and chips.when it came out eventually he chips were half wedges and half skins still on and also had few black bits in

KT
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent Sunday lunch, we had to wait approximately an hour for our main course but as we were not in a hurray this was a not a problem and the food was all freshly cooked.

JS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly welcoming staff. Fantastic home cooked food freshly cooked.

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and very friendly staff! 5 star

N
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice place. Good food, but beware if you have a fussy eater in your party! We all managed to eat a starter and a main-very good quality food. Dessert menu was disappointing. Out of chocolate ice cream! Would have liked to see some old favourites. A little arty, but very enjoyable. Will go again.

AF
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant surroundings. Waitress was very polite and chatty and presented well. Food was of very high quality. Generally a very positive lunchtime dining experience.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great choice on menu. Lovely fresh food. Good choice of gins!

SA
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Decor could be improved but food was very good and well presented

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely meal. Friendly staff and really good food.

OT
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, great service, the staff were very attentive.
Highly recommendable.
We will definitely be back soon.

JC
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Mother’s Day

SL
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Will definitely return. Customer service was good and food was lovely.

s
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, all four of us loved the choices we had made. The scotch egg as a starter was perfectly cooked, the pork three ways as a main was perfect and the venison was very tender and tasty

TA
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality food and service, we will be going back again and recommending to friends and family.

KT
East Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I have eaten here a few times and the food is always good, if they get the order right which this time they didn’t. There was literally 12 other people dining so they weren’t rushed off their feet but they gave us someone else’s food. We didn’t complain as the burger was right and we just picked out the bits we didn’t want. At the end of the evening when they started to turn the lights off in the restaurant, we were made to feel uncomfortable and it was only 10.30pm. Menu is too fussy for my liking at the end of the day they are a pub in Crowborough.

JR
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is really good, some great flavour combinations with the Pork Three Ways being my favourite so far. The wine was good and service attentive. Both times we’ve been recently we’ve had to take some away with us as the portion sizes are quite large (if you’re having three courses)

PH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food excellent and staff lovely and welcoming. Will be going back, really turned this pub around!

ML
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and a very welcoming atmosphere. A massive improvement on the previous 2 incarnations! Highly recommended.

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