The good pub guide review
This handsome blue-washed inn has contributed to the huge popularity of Walberswick among well heeled holidaymakers: during their 15 years of ownership, former London publicans Mark and Sophie Dorber have poured their expertise and energy into creating an exemplary destination venue for food, drink and accommodation, as well as acting as a village local. The simply furnished front bar, divided into snug halves by a two-way open fire, has big windows, heavy stripped tables on original oak flooring, sturdy built-in leather wall seats and enjoyable artworks on colour-washed panelling; there's a woodburner too, as well as daily papers and board games. Helpful, friendly staff serve Adnams Ghost Ship and Southwold on handpump (and some of their keg beers), along with over 50 bottled beers, a notable wine list with 20 or so options by the glass and an interesting selection of gins. They hold an oyster and beer festival in August (and other interesting events such as art exhibitions and Christmas fairs). An extensive turquoise-painted dining area stretches back from a small, cream-painted lounge. There are plenty of seats in the attractive garden, with an outdoor bar, pizza oven and occasional barbecue serving the flagstoned terraces. Six spacious, chalet-style rooms in the garden have views of either the water or beach huts and sand dunes, while you can hear the sea from the four bedrooms in the main house; dogs are allowed in some rooms. As well as the coast path, there's a pleasant walk to Southwold.
The good pub guide food review
Good food is made where possible from local ingredients, including produce from the Anchor's allotment. Options might include ploughman's, wood-roasted pigeon breast and bacon salad with quince dressing, a fish platter, charcoal grills, dressed Cromer crab, chickpea tagine, and puddings such as citrus cheesecake with bitter orange syrup and fresh cherries with dark chocolate truffles. Call to check if breakfast is available; it's good, if it is.