The Anchor is an award winning inn and restaurant with rooms situated in the charming village of Walberswick across the footbridge from the market town of Southwold.
After just over a decade with their hard-working team, they have revitalised The Anchor into an award-winning inn and restaurant-with-rooms. They wanted to create a village local that would be both family friendly and a welcome retreat for all who enjoy good conversation, food and drink. Great effort is put into enthusiastically sourcing fine ingredients, local and global beers as well as flavoursome characterful wines.
The ten bedrooms including six spacious eco-clad cedar garden chalets, offer a bolthole for relaxation and the beach on your doorstep. All rooms are en-suite including bath and shower (with the exception of room 14 which is walk in shower only) satellite TV and free WiFi. The garden rooms have double sofa beds and outdoor seating for a sundowner. Whether you're staying or pasing by they serve a hearty cooked breakfast using local produce such as Blythburgh pork sausages or Lowestoft smoked kipper from 8.30am to 10am.
Back in 1981, Mark, with Sally Cruickshank, revived the fortunes of The White Horse (aka 'The Sloaney Pony') at Parson's Green at the heart of Fulham and twice named the national Pub of The Year, affectionally named 'Beer Central’.
Mark is co-founder of The Beer Academy, equivalent of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. Here at The Anchor, they have some amazing craft ales, an array of well-kept Adnams Southwold draught from cask and craft keg plus over 50 bottles of imported beers from around the globe.
Sophie and her family have long connections with the Suffolk coast where her maternal grandmother retired to paint close by. Having cooked in London at the likes of the Chelsea Arts Club, Sophie ran the food franchise at the Aldeburgh yacht club in the early Nineties and went globe-trotting with location catering home and abroad (Star Wars in Tunisia and Les Misérables in Prague).
The flint barn at the side of the Anchor has been converted into another space for eating, private parties, events, conferences and celebrations. They equipped the barn with underfloor heating as well as a drop-down screen and projector for business meetings and presentations. It has been put to good use in the cause of village-based charity fundraising projects as well as seasonal beer festivals and art exhibitions.
During the warmer months they have space for a marquee on the lawn for up to 150 people which would be perfect for a wedding. Work with the chefs to create your bespoke menu. The beautiful village church is just a short stroll away.