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Almost on the beach

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

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.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 10am-11pm
  • Lunch opening: all week 12-9 (12-3 December to February)
  • Dinner opening: all week 12-9 (6-9 December to February)

Food and drink

  • Real ales: 200, Best Bitter, Copper Ale and Dorset Gold
  • Real ciders: Thatchers Gold, Appleby

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Family room available


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From A35 in Chideock turn opposite church and follow single track road for 0.75 mile to beach

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