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.