Seatown, CHIDEOCK, Bridport, DT6 6JU
Locals know it as the 'sea town of Chideock', although to call a pub and a few cottages a town is perhaps a bit ambitious. This former smugglers' haunt lies on a long shelving pebble beach, part of the Jurassic Coast, surrounded by National Trust land. The only thing that separates - that too is hardly the right word - the pub from the waves is the South West Coast Path as it drops down to sea level from Golden Cap, the highest point on England's south coast. A large sun terrace and cliffside beer garden overlooking Lyme Bay help to make the Anchor a popular destination, but there's a good-size car park, just as the road morphs into shingle. Sample dishes include salmon tataki, sesame, chilli, ginger and soy; or carrot 'spaghetti', smoky tomato sauce, black garlic purée and coriander. On a blustery winter's day, a lamb shoulder shepherd's pie with crushed potato and swede, and root vegetables should help to restore order; at any time, though, see if the kitchen has prepared Jurassic Coast bouillabaisse with rouille and sourdough bread. Alternatives include various platters: there's the Farmhand, consisting of local cheeses; the Fisherman, whose composition, depending on the day you visit, might be treacle-cured salmon, roll-mop herring, potted shrimp and crispy cockles; or you could go for the Scotch egg and pork pie-based Huntsman. Finish with cinder toffee popcorn parfait with rum-torched banana and hot melted chocolate; or maybe warmed Kingston black-treacle tart with vanilla ice cream. The wine list is short, but there should be enough choice for most tastes; real ales are all from Palmers of Bridport.