Award-winning chef Steve Drake (of Sorrel Restaurant in Dorking fame) bought his local pub with the aim of creating the sort of place he would want to eat and drink in on his day off. Built originally as an almshouse, The Anchor has been at the heart of village life since the 16th century. Its charmingly crooked red-brick and timber exterior conceals a soothingly contemporary interior, where you’ll find a sophisticated modern British menu of very photogenic cuisine. The kitchen is run by Mike Wall-Palmer, who makes good use of local produce in creative dishes such as grilled mackerel escabeche with garlic and saffron mayonnaise; or cumin-braised mutton with lemon houmous and flatbread, followed by roast venison with swede purée, blackberries and kale; or tarragon gnocchi with curried cauliflower and Cornish gouda sauce. For dessert, there might be sticky beer cake and spiced apple ice cream, or ginger rice pudding, rhubarb jam and cinnamon popcorn. Bar snacks are great, too – try the black pudding Scotch egg or the puffed pork skin with apple sauce. Wash it down with a pint of Timothy Taylor or a guest ale from local breweries including Tillingbourne and Andwells, and look out for the whisky of the month.