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. Filled rolls, meat and veggie platters are on the menu alongside a selection of fresh fish (on the specials board), a Smuggler's Burger and steak. Desserts are tempting or try the local cheese board. The wine list is short, but there should be enough choice for most tastes; real ales are all from Palmers of Bridport.