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Greedy King outlet, only Otter beer on so as it was St Patricks Day, had a Guinness. Pleasant surroundings and the food looked good, great position right next to the beach access.
Bernie5 - 22 Mar 2016 09:43
A beautiful location at the foot of a pretty Devonshire high street and above a beach peppered with small fishing craft is predictably wasted by Greene King. The usual, depressing suspects are present on the beer front alongside the local Otter – we did not stop for a drink at the nearby Dolphin Hotel but a mere glance told us that the rival pub is in possession of a trawlerful more character.
BoehmBawerk - 3 Jan 2016 20:00
Seems odd to come to Devon and get cider all the way from Suffolk but that's Greene King for you. Friendly bar staff serve well-kept reasonably-priced Otter and even tastier Golden Hen which you can carry out to the beer garden which has spectacular views overlooking the beach below. If you can find a table amongst all the grannies, grockles and grandchildren having their lunch then a good few hours can be enjoyed.
paddymiguel - 1 Sep 2013 12:13
...friendly, decent pub. Obviously catering for the tourist, foodie market but not a bad place for a couple of pints...
MikeClarke - 25 Sep 2012 15:03
The view from the beer garden is exceptional the staff while we were here were friendly and polite. Cider was well chilled for warm summer afternoons.
bossinmidd - 6 Sep 2012 18:55
Greene King branded pub with Abbot and Otter and keg IPA. Had some Otter bitter, 2.85 now which is reasonable for this part of the world. Could be a tad on the warm side for a hot day but was perfect for the cool evening in the beer garden overlooking the sea. A nice pint.
brisk - 29 Jun 2012 12:48
Dropped in for a pint last week and enjoyed a spot-on Otter Bitter at only 2.75 which is great value for money for this neck of the woods. Barmaid was friendly enough and whilst the place has obviously set its stall out to be a bit more upmarket there's still a pleasant pub feel to it.
johnthechef - 20 Nov 2011 17:58
This pub does have a great location you can't deny that.
Beer garden is good but it can be touristy which rightly or wrongly i will only give it a 6/10
montie49 - 10 Nov 2011 18:42
Have to disagree with previous commentors about friendliness of staff- I spent a couple of hours in the anchor on Friday whilst waiting for my mates to arrive in Beer and found them all, especially Darren, really polite, welcoming and chatty. Decent pints of Otter (which, for those complaining about the lack of beer choice, they had to battle extremely hard with Greene King to be allowed, at the request of their regulars), and nowhere near as expensive as I expected.

Can't say anything about the food, but this is BEER in the evening, after all...
spec - 2 Aug 2010 14:31
Nice looking pub in a fantastic location. Inside is a little dated and a bit of a mish mash of things all of which are a little dull.

Had a couple of really good pints of Otter bitter, i can't remember the price i think it was under 3 (2.65 i think) which for the location is good, the food however is where they have your pants down.

Unfortunately, the bar staff will be my lasting memory of the Anchor Inn, Surly & impatient i think would best describe them. A "VERY" slim lady behind the bar i think would rather be anywhere else in the world rather than serving, and would much prefer it if you were some where else also.
topPINT - 12 Jul 2010 16:06
We are reviewing on the basis of eating and drinking at this venue and knowing it well through having a second home in the area and a recent extremely bad experience here.

Oh my goodness, where do I start. Don't be fooled by the lovely garden location. Steer well clear. You can always sit on the beach itself to admire the pretty view, and then eat and drink (or stay) at any of the much better pubs on the 'high street'.
We encountered filthy, fly-filled toilets; dreadful food (in our opinion, the length of the multiple menus should tell you everything; and worst of all frighteningly aggressive service. Be warned, in our experience and opinion, a polite comment/request is seen as a criticism and was greeted by shouting, swearing aggressive, literally 'in your face' behaviour from the 'manager'!. Our advice would be, do not take any children here! He apparently doesn't let their presence calm his behaviour in any way. We fully intend to complain to the highest authorities regarding our experience and have started that process today.
If youre an ale fan, there are more local ales served elsewhere.
cliffface - 7 Jun 2010 11:19
Went here to watch the footy. Beer was nice, food (which can be eaten in the bar or restaurant) was a bit expensive for just the snack we wanted, so we had starters and garlic bread. My calamari was good and the garlic breads ENORMOUS! Think half a loaf and you won't be far out.
The Otter was good too, but the pub has less atmosphere than the Dolphin up the road.
Drinking_Bull - 22 Oct 2009 12:21
not a bad pint of Otter. Crab sarnies after a stroll up to Beer Head were top notch tho.
Agree with previous post about the bar staff......not exactly the life and soul ofthe party on our 2 visits.
alebear - 6 Oct 2009 19:59
A large, detached hotel, cream rendered with black paintwork, on the sea front.

The interior is open plan, with a bar area and a restaurant area, served by a central bar. It had red and white walls, with wood panel. There were lots of maritime memorabilia around. It had the table and chair/sofa mixed of seating. The service was functional and the staff seemed all to be young - summer jobs maybe? The place was crowded, a mix of young 'uns, families and maturer people. There was a TV with Eurosport on and background music

Not enough beer choice and despite some trappings, it is too soulless for me. I wouldn't bother again.

Beer; usual tap stuff, with Otter Bitter on handpull, which was ok. The Spekky Hen wasn't on the other pump.


Archivist - 14 Sep 2009 09:15
Great location near the beach but staff way too grumpy for a Friday night. Didn't eat but over half the pub laid up for food, wine by the glass very expensive and nothing special for my s ( or his to be precise), pint of abbot not bad but all in all a bit dissappointing.
zedhorn - 5 May 2009 22:46
Great choice of food especially fish with about a dozen dishes to choose from. Stopped serving food at 2:30 though which I thought was odd for such a prime location. I guess it's probably different in the weekends/summer.
A nice pub with a great beer garden overlooking the sea. We found the staff to be freindly and helpful.
Blackthorn - 31 Mar 2009 13:05
If you like watching footie on TV then this is the place to come to."She Who Must Be Obeyed" enjoyed watching the Tennis as well.
Self -well i`m here for the Beer. Abbots ale went down a treat, while "S.W.M.B.O" settled for the Otter Bitter.
We didn`t eat here so can`t comment.
reelaleboy - 17 Sep 2008 20:37
Nice location and lovely garden overlooking the harbour. Bitter was a tad vinegary so went on the cider which was passable. Staff were all young and disinterested and sloppy with service. Way of the world these days sadly.
nickthefish - 14 Sep 2008 08:34
Great cliff top garden with good views over the harbour.Nice pint of Otter but other ales restricted to Greene King. Great crab sandwiches.
costello - 6 Sep 2008 15:56
very nice beer garden overlooking the sea. Food good and reasonably priced, beer not bad either.
tele - 18 Aug 2008 15:09
good quality food and staff (Beware of seagulls!)
Sezzie - 30 Jun 2008 12:05
Have visited this one many times and hope to visit many more times.

This pub caters for eveything. It is right on the seafront in this lovely little village and so is busy as a restaurant and a pub.

The food is excellent and is reasonably priced.

There are three bar areas and children are welcome as are dogs.

The beer is Greene King and Otter. I drank a lot of Otter, which is brewed locally and is superb.

There are some Tv's in the pub, so you can enjoy the sport, and there is a large garden area overlooking the beach. The locals and visitors seem to like this pub and you cant visit this one without getting into a conversation with someone.

Particularly pleasing was the attentiveness and attitude of the staff. They all seemed very professional and unflustered when things got busy.

This pub is right up there with the best of them. 10

flagship - 1 Jun 2008 10:58

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