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Eclectic modern dining in Constable Country

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Beer festival
Open all year
Dog friendly

The inn, which enjoys a peaceful setting beside the alder-fringed meadows of the River Stour, is said to be the last remaining place from which press-gangs recruited their ‘volunteers’ in this area. Today’s customers can rest easy, perhaps recovering from strolls around the idyllic village, which is close to the heart of ‘Constable Country’. The Anchor is a light, airy destination where local and regional ales change monthly; the riverside decking and garden are ideal spots to tarry a while. The head chef presides over a progressive menu of pub favourites and modern European dishes, so anticipate smoked fish platter (the inn has its own smokehouse); trio of Kerridge sausages and mash; battered ‘catch of the day’ with hand-cut chips; and for dessert, lemon posset with lime and lavender jelly.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 11-11 (Sunday 11-10.30)
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12-2.30, Saturday to Sunday 12-4
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6-9.30, Sunday 6-8

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Greene King IPA, Adnams, local and guest ales
  • Real ciders: Aspall

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

Take A134 from Colchester towards Sudbury for 3.5 miles, through Great Horkesley, at bottom of hill right into Horkesley Road. Pub on right after bridge

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