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AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Garden

The Fens were lawless and disease-ridden until, in 1630, the Earl of Bedford commissioned Dutch engineer Cornelius Vermuyden to drain them. By digging the Old and New Bedford Rivers, the Dutchman ended the constant danger of flooding and began the process that created today’s rich agricultural landscape. Using thick gault clay, he built raised river banks and beside the New Bedford (or ‘The Hundred Foot Drain’) constructed the Anchor for his workforce; it has been a pub ever since. Today, low beams, dark wood panelling, scrubbed pine tables, gently undulating tiled floors, antique prints and log fires create the intimate character of this family-run free house. Twelve wines served by the glass and a selection of East Anglian real ales will be found in the bar. The kitchen is proud to source local ingredients for their modern British cuisine which offers favourites like grilled dates wrapped in bacon with creamy mustard sauce – now served here for 15 years; and pan-fried scallops with butternut squash purée, almonds and curry oil. The daily-changing menus showcase seasonal produce from nearby such as Denham Estate venison, East Anglia tilapia, Sutton strawberries, locally-grown asparagus and locally-made sausages. Sunday roasts – indeed, any meal – may be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the river. The cathedral cities of Ely and Cambridge are both within easy reach.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25-26 Dec eve
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: Mon-Fri 12-2.30 7-10.30 (Sat 12-3 6.30-11 Sun 12-4 6.30-10)
  • Lunch opening: Mon-Fri 12-2, Sat-Sun 12-2.30
  • Dinner opening: Mon-Fri 7-9, Sat 6.30-9.30 Sun 6.30-9

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Real ales: Rotating real ales

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu

Getting here

From A14, B1050 to Earith, take B1381 to Sutton. Sutton Gault on left

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