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The Anchor, Rowhedge - pub details

Address: High Street, Rowhedge, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7ES [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 32667) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Wivenhoe (0.3 miles), Alresford (2.2 miles), Hythe (2.4 miles)

Brewery: Shepherd Neame

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> Current user rating: 6.5/10 (rated by 6 users)
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user reviews of the Anchor, Rowhedge

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Having visited with family many times over the past few years whilst holidaying in the area, we returned once again a few weeks ago, and left feeling very disappointed, particularly given the money (more than previously) we'd spent on a rare family meal out. The food in the evening has very much gone downhill, particularly the quality of the chips as another reviewer mentioned; greasy, over-fried (if not RE-fried, yes they are that bad!). In actual fact, they taste like over-fried oven chips, not good. Very disappointing as all the other factors that make a good pub/restuarant are in place, with the exception of the dark-haired female staff member who works on a Sunday lunchtime; very surly, miserable, bangs the plates on the table and who is very loud and 'over-friendly' to put it politely with the 'regulars' at the bar, quite off-putting to non-regulars like myself. If we were visiting the pub for the first time we would come away with quite the wrong impression, which detracts from the lovely setting, so, if the landlords ever read this, sort out your chips and your staff! Other than my old man ranting, worth a trip for the lovely views and beer, but just avoid the chips and the moody barmaid.
feedmeale - 26 Jun 2009 11:45
Nice Shepherd Neame pub in a great location. I am not sure about the illuminated sign showing from outside when they are open or closed. The pub has a naval theme with port holes in the bar and an anchor on the wall. On a sunny day the pub seems to let a lot of light in and was a pleasant place to have a drink. Four S/N hand pumped ales; Master Brew, Kent's Best, Abbey Mild and Dragonfire. It is nice to see beers other than the usual Spitfire and good to see some seasonal beers. The Abbey Mild was a pleasant light mild at 2.80, I was not however so impressed with Dragonfire or the 3.15 price. Some old post cards are framed on the wall as well as a toy car display cabinet. An old clock has stopped working on the same wall and is showing something like 4:40. The restaurant and outside sun terrace both face the River Colne and Wivenhoe on the other side.

You can get to the pub by a 66A bus from Colchester which does not take long. In the evening you can get a rover ticket for 1.60 cheaper than a single. In nice weather if you are feeling energetic there is a nice walk from Colchester. Aim for the right hand side of Hythe Quay taking you along side the River Colne to Rowhedge.
Love_good_ale - 27 Apr 2009 01:35
A very nice Restaurant Pub in a nice location,
near to the river.
You can moor your boat and have a beer.
Served beers are very good (shepheard neame).
Went here easter saturdayfor a meal, crowded place.
We were very disappointed with the food. I had greasy chips with haddock (20%) in batter (80%). My wife had dressed crab (rathe dry) with coleslaw out of the tin ?
We were before here and had much nicer meals. Maybe the cook changed?
Skyhawker - 17 Apr 2009 09:16
I've never visited the Anchor in the evening, but it's a tremendous pub for lunch. The food is top quality and reasonably priced, service is quick and friendly, and it's heaven for vegetarians. A carnivore friend informs me that the roast beef is pretty fine, too.

The location on the riverfront at Rowhedge couldn't be better, and the building is very pleasant it's airy in the summer, cosy in the winter, and there's a good view of the river and the saltmarsh.

The Anchor is a Shepherd Neame pub. The ale is nothing to complain about 8/10 here.
northernsky - 12 Feb 2009 19:22
I've been here twice for food and both times it was great! They have a wide selelction of food written up on individual blackboards and when they've sold out of somethin gthey simply take it off the wall! The pub is right on the river so if you sit by the window or outside you can watch the tide and the boats.

The staff can be a bit forgetful at times but if you've come for a long lunch then it doesnt matter too much! Had quite a few choices of wine available and a few ales too.

A lovely pub to spend an afternoon in.
Tia_24 - 21 Oct 2008 15:33

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