The Anchor Inn

The Anchor Inn

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Hours
Sun
12:00 - 22:00
Mon
12:00 - 22:00
Tue
12:00 - 22:00
Wed
12:00 - 22:00
Thu
12:00 - 22:00
Fri
12:00 - 22:00
Sat
12:00 - 22:00
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Value
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.3 of 5 bubbles
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About
We serve the finest Palmer's Ales and fantastic food with ingredients sourced from the best local producers. Our cliff top terrace comfortably seats 100 and the views are arguably some of the best in the country, if not the world! During the summer months we serve a great selection of fresh fish & shellfish caught from West Bay and Weymouth, and lobsters straight from our beach!In winter, the emphasis changes to hearty stews, slow cooked meats and watching the storm waves crash in with the comfort of our roaring wood burner. So whether you're after a light bite, a full on lunch or dinner, or just a pint or two, then The Anchor Inn at Seatown is the place for you!!
PRICE RANGE
£6.00 – £25.00
CUISINES
Seafood, British
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Waterfront, Dog Friendly

Reviews

4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles2,297 reviews
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The Anchor Inn, nestled in a scenic location, captivates many diners with its serene views and traditional English pub ambiance, fostering a cozy and inviting atmosphere. While the staff's friendliness and professionalism are often commended, some guests have faced occasional service hiccups. Patrons are enamored with the superb meals crafted from fresh, local ingredients, despite noting that prices are on the higher side with varying portion sizes. It's advisable to book in advance to avoid the wait, as the restaurant's limited seating is in demand.
Food
Delicious
Atmosphere
Cozy
Location
Scenic
Service
Varied
Value
Pricey
Wait time
Busy

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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles2,297 reviews
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Sally Stride
Gloucester10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
This was our first visit to Seatown and really enjoyed our walk over the coastal path and alone the beach. We hadn't planned on staying there for lunch but on chatting to a couple on the beach they highly recommend The Anchor Inn which overlooks the beach. My Husband and I travel quite a bit and have noticed that establishments that have the benefit of an incredible location tend to fail to deliver much more ... that could not be further from the truth at The Anchor Inn at Seatown. Extremely welcoming to both people and dogs. Not massive menu (which personally I like, tends to suggest fresh cooking) but definitely something for everyone. Plus a 'Specials' selection. We both opted for the Plaice which was cooked perfectly and served on something "Yummy" ... as my husband just replied when I asked him if he could remember ... LOL To finish I had a most delicious Treacle Tart and my husband had a Vegan ice cream which was also "Yummy" Husband very happy that I persuaded him to go and not presume that because of their beautiful location they wouldn't even try. Highly recommended!
Written 8 January 2020
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malkie50
Newcastle upon Tyne38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 family
After a successful morning fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast, on Seatown beach (we found several ammonites and belemnites), we went for lunch at the Anchor Inn. The setting is fantastic. A much quieter beach than Charmouth or Lyme Regis, it has an all day car park with lots of spaces (Saturday in September) for £5. The pub itself is right on the beach, with commanding views of the headlands and looks out over the beach onto the English Channel. It is a lovely old pub with a fantastic terrace/patio, perfectly set up for alfresco dining. The service was friendly and relaxed. They were attentive without being suffocating. They had good local knowledge they were happy to share about where to find fossils, pick up supplies and what to see. They were also helpful with their menu. The lunch menu was simple, but broad enough for there to be something for everyone. Everything was beautifully prepared, using fantastic ingredients. The fish and chips came with home made tarter sauce and delicious mushy peas (not something I normally like). the batter was delicate, golden, light, not greasy/oily in the slightest. The fish was fresh that day, and obviously had been an impressive fish, cooked to perfection. The pork pie, ham, cheese, bread and pickle was by far the tastiest pork pie I have ever tasted. The cheese was a local cheese, which I liked, but was not amazed by. The pork pie was very special. Fantastic pork, not covered in horrible jelly, with a lovely pastry, it was by far the star of the show. The portions were generous, the cost was very reasonable considering the location and quality of the produce. This was the best find we had in Dorset. I would absolutely go here next time I visit the Jurassic Coast. We did Charmouth and Durdle Door in the afternoon, which were lovely, but Seatown was the star.
Written 21 September 2021
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Birderman Kish
17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 none
I have been going to the Anchor for the best part of 40+ years and seen it go through many changes. The current food offerings are very good quality but can be somewhat pretentious for seaside pub. Generally the food is good quality and the menus are geared towards foodies rather than someone looking for a quick pub lunch or dinner. I have tried many of the different dishes on offer and feel that whilst generally they are good quality and reasonable portion sizes there is room for improvement. Typically from the current menu the ploughman's is not really what I would call a typical ploughman's but more a deconstructed cheese and ham sandwich with a pork pie on the side. The bread was machine cut thin sliced and not nice huge doorstep of hand cut crusty bread as would be expected. Additional bread was available to order but at £2.50 for two thin slices not worth the expense. The Belly pork was well cooked and tasty but the Crackling although it looked good was too tough too eat and overall the dish lacked a quality sauce/gravy to add some moistness to the dry cooked pork. My favourite dish of the week was the Stone Bass but I think like most of the dishes at the anchor lacked some form of potato on the side. The beer Palmers IPA is probably one of the best pints available in the UK. The staff were pleasant and helpful albeit not able to be as sociable as they would normally be given the current situation due to Covid restrictions.
Written 22 May 2021
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J.Courtney74
Hampshire16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 couples
I visited here with a few friends last month. We had been looking forward to our visit after seeing pictures of the pub local to our campsite. On arrival we were greeted nicely and headed to our table with a beautiful view. Unfortunately, it went down hill from here. The food was overly priced for what it was - we ordered 2 burgers, the seafood paella and the linguine. The pasta was ok, what you’d expect for a tomato pasta, but the seafood paella was dry and bland and the burger tasteless and chewy. When we asked for BBQ sauce to go on top to give it some flavour we were told they didn’t have any due to COVID which we couldn’t quiet understand the reasoning. Despite this we ate our food and focused on enjoying the view. I’m sure you can understand our disappointment when at 8:30pm on the Saturday evening we were told by our waitress, who we’d had to ask for more drinks several times, that the pub was calling last orders! Having checked their website and seeing them advertise their opening until 10pm we were confused and disappointed when we were asked to leave before 9pm, especially after spending over £100 in their establishment. We over heard a few waitresses discussing going out that evening and couldn’t help but feel we were being pushed out of the pub in order for them to finish up early. Overall, nice view but disappointed in the food and service.
Written 15 August 2020
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Patsyanna
10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 friends
I visited The Anchor in Sea-town last week for dinner. The social distancing was very well organised I have to say. We ordered 2 burgers, which normally are quite delicious, but the burger was dry and burnt, there was a scraping of sauce and a very non descriptive bun, Chips were ok but there was no garnish on the plate, very unappetising and disappointing. This meal was not cheap, £15 for the burger so would expect a little more care and imagination . I think if they concentrated on the food more than the social distancing regime it would entice me to go again. The waitress was very sultry and seemed uninterested, no refreshing of wine or clearing of tables. Disappointing for such a beautiful building in beautiful location.
Written 17 August 2020
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Sae
Milton Keynes3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 family
So we visited with family and had a little wait for an outside table - all good as it’s Covid and Tuesday was a sunny day. We were called forward and asked to follow the corridors to the stairs. As we went a young Male waiter with a tray full of drinks asked us if he could go ahead of us. We all stepped to one side and allow the chap through. After doing so another waitress came around the corner and ohhh my, she was not a happy camper. She told us ‘excuse me, your not supposed to be lingering’ 😂. She was fuming and I was definitely wearing deodorant that day, no linger here hun. We apologised and moved ourselves along the one way system. We then sat down, it took around 15 minutes to get served a drink. When the waitress delivered our drinks she split half the them on the tray, again not a big deal but all adds up when the attitude sucks. The waitress looked like she had a bad day, can someone make sure she’s ok? We ordered food which was lovely, little pricey but worth it for the view of the sea etc. After eating our food we wanted to get a drink - we couldn’t get anyone’s attention, we tried but noooooope. To the point that I think they were just purposely ignoring everyone and sitting on their phones at the outside bar having a gossip. We would of stayed there all afternoon drinking and eating in the sun and most importantly spend money... but we couldn’t be bothered and nor could the staff. The staff where wearing all sorts, two of which had there mid drifts out, I have no problem with belly tops, but Not when someone is serving food, I don’t need your bellybutton fluff in my paella. If you want to make more money, serve drinks when there sitting /// finished the cup that’s in front of them. Serve them with a smile and the jobs a gooden. Someone get the wait staff a hug and a group yoga session, release some of the tension. Hope you all feel better soon.
Written 9 September 2020
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Visitor
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 couples
We visited for dinner and table and service good , lovely views . However , I ordered the vegetable linguine in rich tomato sauce and the sauce was far from rich or tasty! Absolutely tasteless . The pasta and veg ok and as it was warm and I was hungry I ate half . Only other option for me as a vegetarian was a vegetarian burger which I really didn’t fancy that evening therefore I didn’t bother making a big deal about it as I know that menu is limited and front of house staff working hard . Very disappointing food but beautiful view .
Written 22 September 2020
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Helen Aston-Amos
London4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 none
This is one of local pub/restaurant. It was the first time that we have eaten out since COVID . We have eaten here many times and the food has always been good . The staff on this occasion were fantastic, very clued up on hygiene and following all Gov instructions.. However the food was terrible , we ordered Two Fish and Chips and paella . The F&C were very over done dark brown in colour , extremely dry . In my opinion the F&C had been previously cooked and then on order it had been put back in the fryer . Served with a large dollop of pea purée (ice cream scoop ) which was cold . Paella looked dry and old . Plastic glasses , with expensive wine . Not worth it . We didn’t complain as it was a treat for my daughters A level achievement . I felt it would ruin the celebrations. I then called the next day to speak to a women who was the Manager . Very unhelpful, didn’t offer a coupon or a meal for another time . Was very rude unhelpful and I told her that it wasn’t acceptable , she then put the phone down on me . What a shame as the pub is beautiful and we have always had a lovely time .
Written 21 August 2020
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Julie N
10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 family
Question outside for an hour to get in, which was our choice as beautiful location. Once served we had to ask again for our water to come to the table, no problems these things happen. But then waiting for 45 minutes for 3 meals to come out, one order was wrong as we asked for cheesey chips and they came out with plain, we then had to wait another 10 minutes (after chasing them) for the other burger to arrive. They chucked on some extra over-cooked chips for the mistake. Whilst tucking into my fish, I noticed the inside was pink, queried with the waiter who said the kitchen would replace with the same dish as it wasn’t supposed to be pink. At this point I asked for a refund on my fish and the burger, which they did no problems at all. The food is very over-priced, the staff were lovely but they really could do with implementing a booking system to manage busy periods better. Really disappointed but on the flip-side had an amazing meal at the Three Horseshoes in Burton Bradstock last night, which made up for it :)
Written 6 August 2021
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DAVID G
14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 none
Been here many times and have always really enjoyed it. However, today’s visit was very disappointing. Firstly despite it not not being very busy the service was very slow. Eventually when we were served, our food turned up before our drinks. Putting numbers on the tables would help the staff in identifying the patrons rather than wandering round helplessly trying to find out who ordered the “burger and chips”. The menu seems to be more limited. We had the crab brioche which at £15 seemed expensive for what it was (basically a soft hotdog roll with crabmeat and a few chips) and their was a distinct lack of ham and cheese on our other baguette. A request for some mayonnaise was ignored and the final sticking point was being charged £4.20 for a pint of lime cordial and soda water! When I questioned this we were told we should expect to pay a premium because the pub is so popular. Add to this the £5 parking charge (which used to be refunded if you ate in the pub which made sense) I for one won’t be rushing back to this “popular” pub in.a hurry. I appreciate the service industry have had an incredibly difficult time and we want to support them but please don’t take the paying public’s support for granted. We still expect a certain level of service and value.
Written 24 April 2021
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Nikki
Southampton13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 none
Staying in the area locally so a one off visit. We were seated quickly (before evening rush) by a friendly member of staff. However we did't get offered a table, it was simply an outdoor 'breakfast bar' like table with two very uncomfortable wooden stools. We ordered a round of drinks before our food order was taken, but after 2 sips of one of the drink we noticed there was lipstick marks on the glass. This was changed without a fuss, but all things considered (especially in covid times) you would expect much better attention to detail. The food was okay. Portion size was generous, the fish and chips was nice however, the burger was inedible without cutlery due to a soggy bottom bum. We feel it was overpriced. No staff came over to us at all during the meal to check if our meal was okay. Lack of staff to be seen all-round. When the plates were taken away, we ordered another drink, which failed to arrive. We also couldn't help but notice the rotten wood seems in the bench we were placed at. Woodlice were moving in and out of the cracks, very unappetising, thankfully we'd noticed this after we'd eaten! There was a queue forming towards the end of our meal and a different server simply brought over our bill (without us even asking for it, still not receiving the 2nd drinks order) which made us feel like we were being rushed out. Clearly they wanted our space. We certainly wouldn't look to return in the future as we know despite the view your money can get you so much more.
Written 24 April 2021
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S17London
London175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 none
We'd just walked up Golden Cap and back - and so getting a table at The Anchor was most welcome relief! Distancing was being managed really carefully with a clear one way route in place. We sat at the outdoor tables with a great view and lots of fresh air (it was kinda blustery!). Enjoyed great food and really good service from the lovely people working here. My partner demolished a huge portion of fish and chips while my chips ans side salad were genuinely delicious (not often you say that about a bowl of sidesalad!). Local cider was tasty. This pub has a great location right by Seatown beach. Plenty of parking available nearby and some great walks up onto the cliffs either side or inland if you want to avoid that climb! Parking was £5 a day or £3 is you arrived in afternoon...
Written 4 October 2020
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tim H
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 couples
Much as I have enjoyed this bar in the past with its superb location it has now idea how to operate "table service" in this post covid world and has just served simply the worst fish and chips I've ever had ( even gave them two chances to get it right. Very,very poor. Can't even forgive them and say that at least it was cheap.
Written 7 July 2020
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DuncAli
Salisbury24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 couples
We have been visiting the Anchor Pub at Seatown for many years now. It is set in a beautiful location just off the beach with views to the east of Thornicombe Beacon and To the west, Golden Cap the highest spot on the south coast. The pub is internally, a very traditional beamed building used by fishermen in the old days. Space inside is limited but there is lots of room on outdoor seating. The food is very nice with a good choice of traditional fare, whether you want a lighter lunch or a main meal. The real ale selection is a choice of three, from the local Palmer's brewery at Bridport. Service is polite and swift and mainly by youngsters. It is an ideal halfway house for walkers coming from the east, West Bay (Bridport) or Lyme Regis / Charmouth from the west and is only one mile to Golden Cap.
Written 9 November 2020
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ottodelahoya
Corfe Mullen61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 couples
This was Our 2nd stay at The Anchor. The pub is very welcoming with a roaring fire, perfect for a winters evening. Enjoyed a nice meal in the restaurant really reasonably priced. Our room was lovely and clean with nice bedding and coffee making facilities. Breakfast was lovely, so much choice, I had eggs benedict and my wife had smoked salmon with scrambled eggs. Overall a great place and managed really well by the acting manager Doug. Will be back, thank you.
Written 28 January 2020
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