The Blue Anchor

4.5
199 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 199 people are saying
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DanyelleS
East Sussex
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was lovely although half the table ordered from the shack and the other half the main kitchen this meant they came out at different times. (We didn’t realise this before hand) so found that half the table were eating while the others waited. The seating was lovely under a large marque and they provided blankets and hot water bottle for if cold when outside. I would recommend eating here just be aware of the two different menus.

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MadamClock
London
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice to have a covered seating area before rules are relaxed again. The service was great and the food was fabulous. We all had something different but the meats just melted in your mouth - Steak / Lamb Rump / Short Rib, then we had dessert which was just as good. Great pub, food and location. Looking forward to our next visit

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Although a limited menu the food was excellent
Service was a little slow
I would certainly recommend it and will be going back again

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Bexie
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We always enjoy visiting, the staff are very welcoming and friendly. It was lovely sitting out in the marque. It was very cosy. My friends had burgers which looked awesome and were very generous in their portions. I am a vegetarian so had the spring risotto which was really great and tasted lovely and fresh however I would have liked a bit more of it especially seeing my friends portions. It also would have been great to have had a drinks menu on the table with prices as we got a bit of a shock when the bill came. But overall we had a lovely time celebrating my husbands birthday and catching up with friends

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is lovely couldn’t find anything negative to write!

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Chitt56
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Big garden and covered area too, great BBQ and Pizza shack. This pub is going from strength to strength and the food was excellent! Well done to Amy and her team - great service and a most enjoyable lunch out.

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concait123
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great early evening drinks and bar snacks - Amy and crew somehow managed to make a freezing cold evening with lashing rain fun

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SteveH
East Sussex
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food2service3ambience4

Sorry but the food was not to your usual standards. 3 out of the 4 of us had burgers. One was very over cooked. One had no cheese and mine was slightly over cooked and we did wait a while before they came.

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RoseM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food. Definitely returning
Great garden

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Maureenj
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were made very welcome,the food was very good,all the staff were excellent,lots of attention paid to our puppy who was given a carrot and treats. In these circumstances it was a pleasant way to spend our Golden Wedding Anniversary .

The Blue Anchor
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your kind review. We love a puppy coming in to see us! Hope to see you soon and Happy Anniversary too!

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GFS77
London
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accomodating and friendly staff. Excellent wood fired pizza. Will definitely return.

The Blue Anchor
Responded on May 1, 2021

Dear GFS677 Thank you so much for your lovely review. Kind Regards Amy & The Blue Anchor Team

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PaulH
London
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had a great chicken burger. Sat outside but food was lovely and hot. Great burger, big bit of chicken. Chips were hot and crispy too. Big marquee set up for COVID times. Good, attentive service.

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MarkD
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and fun experience at this pub, would alway recommend.

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DaniC
London
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Lovely sunny garden and food was good.
Had to query the bill, as hugely over charged with our drinks - £30 over!

Was told this was the correct price until they said they would double check.

All changed to correct price, but a shame it happened as we did worry , not everyone would check either.

The Blue Anchor
Responded on May 1, 2021

Dear DaniC Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! Apologies again over the confusion with the bill. We have taken on new staff members since reopening and are in the process of training them on how to use the till system - so we anticipate a few mistakes will be made! Going forward we are asking customers to double check their bills when they are taken over to the table for this reason. Hope to see you all again soon so we can make it up to you! Amy and The Blue Anchor Team

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Kazlet
London
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good. All of the people in my group enjoyed their meal. The service was good and the waiting staff were friendly. Will go back and will recommend.

The Blue Anchor
Responded on May 1, 2021

Hi Kazlet, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! Glad to hear everyone enjoyed their meals, look forward to seeing you all again soon! Amy and The Blue Anchor Team

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StephanieF
Kent
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service! It was lovely and sunny in the garden so we had a lovely lunch.

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LornaW
London
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good weather and good service made for a pleasant lunch. However the menu was pretty limited, and food didn't seem to match menu description. i. e avocado puree missing from smoked salmon and avocado salad. Dealing with new rules very well. Well done.

The Blue Anchor
Responded on May 1, 2021

Hi LornaW, Thank you for taking the time to leave us some feedback! Glad to hear you had a pleasant lunch, apologies for the confusion with the food. Upon reopening we started with a new smaller menu to get things up and running again, which we have now expanded, and have been getting back into the swing of things with the new dishes. Look forward to seeing you again soon, now we are up and running properly! Amy and The Blue Anchor Team

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MarkW
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I was looking forward to my first 'Pint of Draught Biitter' for almost a year.
Disappointed to discover they could only serve bottled beers. (The choice was Budweiser or Peroni!)
Hopefully, they will be back to their former glory soon.

The Blue Anchor
Responded on May 1, 2021

Hi MarkW, Apologies about the lack of draft beer - we ordered more than are usual amount of in preparation of reopening, but are happy to report that we were even busier than we anticipated! We hope to see you again soon, and assure you we will be pouring your next pint with us out of the tap rather than a bottle! Amy and The Blue Anchor Team

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MargaretM
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amy and her team have been so resourceful over the last year. They now have great eating area complete with cushions and blankets and the food is of an excellent standard.

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DavidR
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lunch with friends on a Sunday just after the Covid lockdown. Great food, well organised social distancing, plenty of space in the garden, happy staff. 👍 Pizza breads to start, Blue Anchor burger to follow. Brilliant!

The Blue Anchor
Responded on May 1, 2021

Hi DavidR, Thank you for your feedback - lovely to see you all again, and glad to hear you all enjoyed your food! If you liked the Blue Anchor Burger, make sure to try our new Moroccan Spiced Romney Marsh Lamb Burger next time you are in! Amy and The Blue Anchor Team

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Foyster
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was was briiant the service the food we had hot water bittles and blankets when it got cold. My only critism is that when we got there they were out of pizzas and all but one beer on tap. As we booked, prior notification would have been nice. However, as i said above, its was all good and i would highly recommend it. Absoultely lovely.

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LizT
Kent
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Decent pub food, nice pizzas, good atmosphere, great garden for kids. Even more than the play equipment our daughter loved climbing the trees and the big tree stumps.

The Blue Anchor
Responded on May 1, 2021

Hi LizT, Thank you for taking time to leave us a review! Glad that you and the kids enjoyed your time with us. Look forward to seeing you all again soon! Amy and The Blue Anchor Team

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GarethH
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in the pub for months - everything I hoped for and more!

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Anita
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food and well adapted for covid. Will return.

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SteveH
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering the circumstances with restrictions overall we enjoyed the evening. The staff were friendly and very helpful.

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DeanP
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back in the pub. Great food and service. Outside area is lovely and they had hot water bottles and blankets to help when it got cold. Very covid safe.

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Cocktail
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Amazing tasty food!! First day of opening and it was super!

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herbaljet
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fish and chips I've eaten for years. Well done to the chef! Very friendly service and all efforts made to make lunch enjoyable in spite if the inhospitable weather.

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Toffer
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time in a long time at the Blue Anchor and a good choice it turned out to be.
Despite the Tier 2 restrictions we had a very pleasant evening. The food was well prepared, of exceptional quality and good value. Service was attentive and welcoming.
Thoroughly recommended.

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DerekL
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as ever. Highly recommend venison bourguignon.

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sandrag
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice food and good service.Worth every penny.Will visit again

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EveS
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside marquee was fantastic. Not too cold and it was decorated so nicely with Christmas trees and decorations. Tables were positioned far apart and had comfy cushions and blankets. The service was outstanding. We had a great evening.

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DianaB
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, as always! Had Jerusalem Artichoke Soup again, surprise surprise, but it really is SO yummy! Xx

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Happycustomersthankyou
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out for a meal and drinks on Thursday, the pub was lovely, nice Christmas atmosphere, my mum was cold as was in a short sleeve top and lovely lady behind the bar moved us to a table by the fire and came back with a rug, food was delicious and drinks where reasonably priced, thank you for a lovely evening!

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JudyA
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Amy and her staff are great. Felt very safe

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Pookie
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a lovely lunch.Great service.The room was a bit on the cool side.

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DavidR
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Sunday lunch

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MaureenB
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great evening. Felt safe with all precautions. Good good but might have appreciated wider menu and salad garnish with scotch eggs and burger. Thanks

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DianaB
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely gorgeous meal. Had delicious Jerusalem artichoke soup and hake with lentil daal for main. Superb flavours. Love the nasturtiums! X

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TracyG
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly staff, service was very good, my meal was delicious.

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The Blue Anchor is rated 4.5 stars by 199 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.