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Blue Anchor, Blue Anchor

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Permanently closed - perilously close to the sea.
tradervic - 22 Apr 2020 19:14
I believe that this pub is now closed as it is falling into the sea.

Some of the photo's I have seen look like it won't be long before it is in the sea!
montie49 - 5 Apr 2020 12:39
Visited this pub on a late afternoon in January.

It was fairly quiet, but those there gave a friendly welcome to me and the family and the dog.

There was a fire in the grate but the pub was very low lit. From the outside one might not have thought that it was open.

Two ales on handpump, Bays Brewery "Jingle" ale, which was a typical malty Christmas brew...not too bad. The other was Doom Bar, so the less said about that the better.

There was a pretty sizeable menu available but we weren't eating (see my reivew of the Washford Inn elsewhere on BITE).

I've seen some really variable reviews of this place, but it strikes me that it's decent enough, it just looks a bit like the Overlook Hotel in the Shining...ie underattended. We went to the Smugglers pub down the road the day before and that lacked any atmosphere whatsoever. I can imagine that the Blue Anchor can get pretty busy in summer, but no doubt it is a bit hamstrung by the encroaching Bristol Channel which must throw doubt on the continued occupation of this site.
captain_ralph - 2 Jan 2015 20:19
A well worn but welcoming pub perched atop the cliff at the far end of the esplanade, sadly the cliff edge is eroding quite rapidly putting some of the pubs garden out of bounds.
A split level interior has lots of secluded seating areas including a small conservatory with great views out to sea.
A couple of real ales & a pair of decent ciders were present on a recent visit, friendly staff and locals at the bar too, on previous visits the place has been doing a good trade in food during the day too.
Steve_Smythe - 19 Sep 2014 19:43
This pub has a great location high on the cliffs overlooking the Bristol Channel. But sadly it has seen better days. 2 ales were on - Exmoor Gold & Wadworth Red, White & Blue. We sat in an area near the entrance door that looks more like a store room than a bar. I believe the main bar did have better views. Amusing to see the childrens' climbing fram out of bounds as it has nearly gone off the cliff!
blue_scrumpy - 2 Aug 2013 19:36
tommo5 ...your profile says that you are a bar billiards guru! Is that true? I LOVE bar billiards!

Yes, I bet this pub has always been this way for the last 40 years.
whatsgoinon - 2 Aug 2011 15:14
From the sound of it, the place hasn't changed since I stayed here on honeymoon in 1970 ! Would like to re-visit sometime while it's still there.
tommo5 - 30 Jul 2011 23:02
John_Smith ie the owner reckons it's just been re-furbed. It's as though the owners have spiritually died. As BeerGutt says I think, the seaside village of Blue Anchor is wonderful, especially with the excellent steam railway there. I love it there. Also, I prefer to not really drink in the Smugglers because it's basically a restaurant. This leaves the Blue Anchor which as I said, has died. Why don't you sell it? I'm asking you seriously, it's obvious you don't really want to be there anymore. This means your spoiling the whole of Blue Anchor for countless visitors! Is it sellable or not really as it's being eroded by the sea? Surely someone would relieve you of it at the right price ? I know this is my first review. I am just a disappointed punter, I'm not one of the other reviewers, I have been there a few times over the years. If there was another pub in Blue Anchor, the whole world would go there.
letzgetim - 13 Apr 2011 09:55
Tired looking pub in a sleepy seaside village. This is a shame as this is the only real pub in Blue Anchor with the Smugglers being more of a restaurant.

The place offers stunning sea views on a sunny day but it just needs to be brought into the 21st century and by that I dont mean a complete re-furb, just some new furniture and a lick of paint.
BeerGutt - 11 Apr 2011 12:49
john_smith couldn't possibly be written by the owners then? Their only review of their own place.
Same old Blue Anchor, absolutely incompetent staff, absent landlord / lady, same old warm up third rate food. Inhospitable, not worth my revisit.
whatsgoinon - 4 Jan 2011 16:00
Hmmmmm...does anyone there respect people putting money into a dead jukebox yet ? (or know how to turn it on).....Does your chef have anything resembling civility and manners yet ?
whatsgoinon - 26 Aug 2010 08:38
just visited pub and cannot believe the changes, helpful staff, refurbished and great 2 for 10 food offers were available and were lucky enough to be there on the evening of the folk band which plays every month I believe.
john__smith - 16 Aug 2010 23:33
Called in here whilst walking the coast. The Sharp's Doom Bar was very good. Staff were also welcoming and chatty. Didn't eat here but the "waiter" was a "work experience" lad who was not very communicative which might draw adverse comment. When we asked about the coastal path to Watchet we received correct directions and had a nice chat with the woman behind the bar. As we prefer personal contact to juke boxes we enjoyed the conversation.

The wonderful galleon outside has fallen victim to the coastal erosion (along with the coastal path) and is now fenced off regretably.
JBGatelad - 28 Jul 2009 18:07
The staff are unimaginably dumb, incompetent, un-everything. There doesn't seem to be any real chain of command. I was there recently (June 2009) and also about a year ago, everything is still the same. Juke box still does not come on properly etc etc. Asking anything about anything is a complete waste of time. The food's OK, but I found the "chef" very off putting, I would NEVER trust him with my food !
whatsgoingon - 6 Jul 2009 16:44
Downmarket family pub with nice garden overlooking the sea. There's also a pirate ship for kids to play on. Inside, it's pretty spartan and lacking atmosphere.
rentaquote - 6 Jun 2009 20:19
Slightly old fashioned, slightly shabby, but I like it. Real ale, great views out to sea, large cliff-top garden. Some of the garden has fallen into the sea, so if you want to visit, be quick, the pub may be next.
Paris_Hilton - 5 Oct 2008 17:05
spent several wet evenings (March 2008) and lunchtimes in this pub - good welcome, good views, real ale, good food and prices.
diamb - 29 Mar 2008 11:07
Pub with great view of sea and caravan park.
YoYo - 13 Mar 2008 21:53

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