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 and smoked ribs (the inn has its own smokehouse); trio of Kerridge sausages and mash; battered ‘catch of the day’ with hand-cut chips and home-made pies; and for dessert, lemon posset with lime and lavender jelly.
Open all year
Open all week
Opening times: 11–11 (Sunday 11–10.30)
Lunch: Monday to Friday 12–2.30, Saturday 12–3, Sunday 12–6
Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6–9.30
Main course from10.99
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Allowed in bar
Allowed in garden
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.