Log in or register
My AA Account

Sign in to see your cover and request assistance online

Log in

Don’t have a My AA account?

You’ll need your policy or membership number

Create an account

Your Finances

Loans | Savings | Credit Cards

Your Driving Lessons

Book a lesson

Almost on the beach

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Wheelchair access
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. It’s separated from the waves by 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. Real ales are all from Palmers of Bridport.

Also at this location

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 10am–11pm (24 December 10–5, 26 December 11–5, 31 December 10–5)
  • Lunch: all week 12–9 (24, 26, 31 December 12–3)
  • Dinner: all week 12–9 (no service 24, 26, 31 December)

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Family room available
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Ramp access available
  • Accessible toilets


  • 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.

Use the AA Route Planner
Contact the establishment
Press to call
Tell us about your visit

Thank you for your feedback