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The Anchor, High Offley - pub details

Address: Peggs Lane, Old Lea, High Offley, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST20 0NG [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 25308) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

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The pub is NOT closed as is being shown on a particular app.

Please spread the word as trade is being badly affected and the pub needs the campers and walkers as well as the boaters to survive.
lot14 - 22 May 2017 19:11
JimmyRibble said it all two years ago and the pub hasn't changed. Good beer, good company, great pub, what more could you need
arkman43 - 27 Jun 2012 17:50
Not been to this drinker for over 20 yrs now,but hoping for a return visit in next couple of months. It looks like they dont sell Owd Roger any more.Anyone been recently and know which beers are on?
I remember it as a great find ,a little canal pub of a bygone age. Quite isolated and rural. Really looking forward to a return visit;this time without "She who Must "
oldbob - 7 Mar 2011 17:53
Having finally managed to find it open, I have to say it was everything it promised to be - an unspoilt rural alehouse in a lovely setting by the canal. Homely and basic, yes, dirty certainly not. The Wadworths 6X was fine.

However, that doesn't excuse the fact that the opening hours in the Good Beer Guide are misleading - and it would make sense for pubs that open unusual or limited hours to display a sign saying what their hours are.
Heatonian - 11 Jul 2010 15:12
The Anchor Inn is a splendidly unspoilt canalside gem close to Bridge 42 of the Shropshire Union Canal and not too far away from Eccleshall.

It's a brick built pub resembling a private house that has been in the same family for over 100 years.

Entering through the front door, one finds a pub with two unspoilt basic rooms with a small central bar counter that resembles the back end of a barge. The bar on the right has a quarry tiled floor and 2 high backed settles. There's a grandfather clock and a real fire. Above the fireplace are a number of photos and certificates relating to the pub. The room on the left is equaaly basic and unspoilt with formica tables and wooden benches.

Sitting in the small intimate room on the right with its real fire and friendly locals really does feel like sitting in someone's living room and, when not serving, Olive, the longstanding landlady, would come and sit by the fireplace alongside the customers. Other customers appeared to be a mixture of passing walkers, local barge owners / dwellers and caravanners from the site within which the pub sits. Needless to say, there's no fruit machines or music, although I gather that impromptu folk music sessions are held when someone brings a guitar.

There's a well kept lawn at the front of the pub with tables for outside drinking where one can watch the passing canal traffic. Note in particular here the dolls house sized model of the pub in the far left hand side of the garden. There's the obligatory outside toilets.

In contrast to the experience of some recent posters, the pub opened bang on the dot at midday on my recent Sunday lunchtime visit. The real ale is Wadworth's 6X - served through a beer pump into a (clean) plastic jug, from which your pint is poured. Until recently, I gather that Olive used to bring the beer up directly from the cellar, but, reflecting her advancing years, a pump was installed to make life easier. The Wadworths 6X tasted fine and the pub is a CAMRA Good Beer Guide regular. It's listed in Part 2 of CAMRA's National Inventory of Unspoilt Interiors. The Caravan Club recently voted it their pub of the year.

There's a certain timelessness to pubs like this and it really does feel like a throwback to a gentler era and a much slower pace of life.

Unless you're arriving by barge, it's not the easiest pub in the world to get to or find, but do make the effort. I doubt that you'll be disappointed - this really is a gem.
JohnBonser - 24 May 2010 16:47

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