The Blue Anchor

4.5
171 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 171 people are saying
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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.

DB
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
1 review
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

DB
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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JulesS
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming friendly staff and the food is excellent. An excellent chef
You aren’t rushed and the service is brilliant.
I would highly recommend you visit this pub otherwise you are missing out !

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Elaine
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Sunday roast chicken was delicious and would recommend, although unfortunately by comparison the beef + ale stew with dumplings was very average and wouldn't order this again. Sticky toffee pudding very good.

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GrahamW
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Slightly limited choice on the menu. I was looking for healthier choices. Unfortunately I didn't like the few healthy choices that were available. My husband was dissapointed in his choice of cod and chips which left him with indigestion for the rest of the day. He thinks it was either the batter or the strong flavour of the tartar sauce. The service was quite slow but that may have been down to the extra precautions that are needed for safety. Although the heating was on when we arrived, the radiators cooled down shortly after which was a shame. The staff were friendly.

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NickB
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had lunch on a Wednesday and there was plenty of atmosphere with most tables taken. The food was excellent, freshly cooked and well presented. Service good and efficient. Excellent value for a two course meal with drinks.

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alexemila1990
East Sussex
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely meal and so nice to have a normal feel to a local again!

With all the guidelines followed but a relaxed fun atmosphere perfect to enjoy a sunday roast with friends. Food was delicious and tasty!

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Dormy
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pizza days Fri night, Sat and Sun all day .
Went on Sat and had a gr8 pizza lunch.
As usual, excellent service and friendly staff

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KathleenY
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always pleased with the welcome and the presentation and choice of the meals,which are cooked to a very high standard.

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Julie
London
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a very enjoyable meal on Saturday. Good food and nice setting.

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LynneW
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit and equally as good as the last time. I had the crab starter as I only wanted a light lunch & it was delicious. Added chunky chips, perfectly done ! Social distancing & safety was very well observed.

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AndrewL
Brighton
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal for 2. Friendly and efficient staff.

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EmsL
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very pleasant evening, just popper out as couldn't be bothered to cook!! Not disappointed, we had a chicken burger and the blue anchor burger - both very good. Staff attentive, all covid measures in place and felt very safe here.

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SallyB
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great unusual food and friendly, helpful staff with a real "local" feel

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jilly
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

had a lovely waitress who went out of her way to make us feel welcome

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SammyF
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyable meal, nice atmosphere and helpful staff.

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SaraG
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best pub in the area, hands down for a Sunday roast!!!
Great service and will be returning on a regular basis!!

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LINNIE
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Distinctly average food. Great waitress though, very helpful and friendly.

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TimJ
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

very enjoyable meal with excellent service. will go again.

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JulesS
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, staff and ambience - highly recommend this place

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KenR
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was first class. From the moment we arrived we were welcomed by one of the staff and escorted to our table.
The staff were attentive but not overbearing.
The food was excellent and could not be faulted. With the good food and friendly staff we will certainly be returning to The Blue Anchor

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OpenTable Diner
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Event spoiled by the Sunday lunches being lukewarm

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JoeC
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit and it was just as enjoyable as the first.
COVID19 safety rules were in place and the team made sure the rules were observed by the customers.
Our reserved table was ready and we were served our drinks straight away.
The food arrived in a timely manner and was delicious as was previously.
The team were very friendly and made us feel welcome.
Good value .

KY
KathleenY
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was up to the usual excellent standard .we have always had a very enjoyable time at the Blue Anchor,always felt very welcome,

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IanK
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food great service with smiley eyes (face mask on ) I would recommend .....

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Lisa
London
14 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Some interesting options on the menu (I had octopus - very tasty)
There were several other diners, so it had a lovely atmosphere.

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KeithTN6
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Excellent service and observance of social distancing. However choices on menu seemed strange for lunchtime e.g. Octopus and Pigeon.

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SusanM
Kent
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

3 portobello mushroom burgers ordered and all three had no mushroom just stalks. Shame as not many veggie options on menu and fries were good. We went in a cheap night but this should not been food is downgraded. Also no honeycomb ice cream only strawberry

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LynseyB
Kent
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome lunch and beer in lovely sunny garden! Great service too!

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CaroleP
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amy and her team were brilliant! They went out their way to accommodate my sister’s 60th birthday meal whilst ensuring that government rules were adhered to. Amy responded so kindly to my phone calls to check things. The food was delicious and I highly recommended the Blue Anchor for a fun and safe experience with excellent food and service.

FAQs

The Blue Anchor is rated 4.5 stars by 171 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.