The Anchor Inn


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The Anchor Inn, Nayland is a lovely country bar, restaurant and smokehouse serving a classic British, seasonal pub menu. At The Anchor Inn you will find pretty, rural waterside views, with plenty of outdoor seating and private riverside pod seating in addition to the main restaurant. The restaurant is contemporary and inviting with a large conservatory-style seating area, as well as a traditional bar.

The classic British menu is seasonal and changing, however an example of the dishes you might find include starters such as tempura calamari served with smoked garlic mayo, and asparagus risotto served with radish and pea shoots. Main courses sound equally as tempting with favourites such as beer battered fish and chips, pan fried sea bass, and buttermilk fried chicken. You will also find dishes from the smokehouse, including The Anchor smokehouse burger, which is served with bacon, pulled pork and smoked cheddar.

There is also a large selection of homemade pizza, plus sharing platters and a good children’s menu. The Anchor Inn also has a separate vegan menu.

When it comes to desserts you will find lots of choice, perhaps you will go for the Biscoff cheesecake served with vanilla ice cream, or stick with a classic such as sticky toffee pudding.

The Sunday lunch menu covers many dishes from the main menu however offers in addition, The Anchor Inn roast, choose between beef, chicken or pork, served with all the trimmings including cauliflower cheese, seasonal vegetables and gravy.

There is a large wine list, plus a good selection of beers, spirits and soft drinks. There is also a cocktail menu.

If you’re looking to dine in one of The Anchor Inn private riverside pods they are available all year-round, offering either drinks and nibbles or the full restaurant menu – it’s your choice.


Are there any vegan options on the menu?

Yes there is a separate vegan menu.

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How many people fit in the private dining pods?

You can comfortably fit up to 8 people in the private dining pods.

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Court Street, Nayland, Essex, CO6 4JL

01206262313 01206262313



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30 August 2021  
Food & Drink 0.5
Service 0.5
Atmosphere 1
Value 1
Shocking Birthday Meal

I had booked the Anchor at Nayland for my mother's birthday, based on previous positive dining experiences had. However, the experience had for the birthday meal was appalling. Left to wait outside in the cool evening for 10 minutes, I ventured in to find someone to check us in. Not a great start! Once seated, at a very sticky table, we were given menus to peruse. 9nce we had decided our meals, we were then told that there was minimal options on the menu as the day had been busy. We were pretty much left with fish or burger options.
The starter was pleasant, and I'd hoped the earlier experience of being left to wait on arrival has been quashed. Sadly not the case.
Our waitress proceeded to offer us the dessert menu after our starter. Puzzled, we advised the waitress we normally have a main before dessert.
Whilst waiting for the mains, we were then told that our orders of burger would not be as depicted in the menu, as the pulled pork was not available due to an accident in the kitchen.
The burgers arrived....on one order wrong.
We were offered sides as an extra to make up for the pulled pork incident, however this is not what we wanted.
The burgers were dry, tastless, clearly the last hot plate options before the pub was due to close.
Waiting staff hovered, as clearly wanted to close up, making us feel rushed.
The majority of us didn't eat the full meal due to poor quality and taste, so much so, staying for a dessert was out of the question.
I addressee the issues with the young gentleman at the bar, expressing that if I wanted burger and chips, I'd have taken my mother and family for a meal at McDonald's. To compensate, a mere £10 reduced from the bill, which for a meal of 5 starters and burger and chips came to £110!
Management need to consider their menu, Management of how to meet bookings and how to deliver customer service.
Will not be coming here again...and would advise many others not to for a special occasion.

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