Review on The Blue Anchor Inn
The Blue Anchor was established in 1380 - and was once a focal point for the thriving trade around the port of East Aberthaw. Its curious name relates to the local waters, where the distinctive blue marl (mud) coated the anchors of the vessels that called at the harbour. The pub still looks the part, with its thick stone walls and thatched roof (although this was re-done after a fire in 2004).
It has traded almost continuously for more than seven centuries (apart from an enforced break after the blaze) and has family connections stretching back generations. These days, it is a famed watering hole and Mecca for real ale enthusiasts, but also does a good line in food. Eat in the traditional flagstoned bar from a menu that ranges from beef, mushroom and ale stew with dumplings to Thai chicken curry.
Menus in the upstairs restaurant offer something a tad more ambitious. Expect starters such as steamed River Exe mussels with white wine and fennel or bresaola with mixed pepper salsa ahead of grilled Welsh steaks, monkfish with gremolata or rump of lamb with a laverbread crust on Savoy cabbage. For afters, perhaps spotted dick or iced blackcurrant bavarois.
The Blue Anchor Inn is also featured in: Michelin Guide, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm (12.00 and 2.30pm sittings Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 8.00pm Mon-Fri
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card