I was very excited when West Dorset Foodie asked me if I would visit the Anchor Inn in Seatown as its one of my favourite restaurants. We arrived early evening on a Saturday as we expected it to be busy – and we weren’t wrong! The pub was packed, inside and out, full of families tucking into generous portions of food that looked and smelt amazing – if you’re not hungry when you arrive, you will be as soon as you walk in and smell the food.
The pub, although reasonably small in the inside, has a great atmosphere, with plenty of tables outside for milder evenings and lunch times. they pride themselves in sourcing as much local produce as possible, with lots of freshly caught fish specials, local meat and plenty of local drinks to try- my favourite is the Conker Gin (a must in my opinion!).
The food definitely lived up to the anchor’s booming reputation.
I had the whole crab of the specials menu, it came with a huge salad, pickled cucumber, homemade breads and aioli. Priced at £14 this was great value for money.
My brother had the ‘Popeye’ beef steak with herbed dauphinoise potatoes, crispy fried duck egg, marsh samphire and Montpellier butter. In his words: ‘the best steak I’ve ever eaten’. And trust me- a lot of steak has been eaten, £18.
My mum has the smoky summer chowder, roasted fillet of local flat fish and a poached egg, £16 which was deliciously creamy and luxurious.
And finally, my step-dad had the malt vinegar and sea herb battered fish, crushed peas, tartare and chips. At £14 a portion we’re not surprised that there was a constant stream of these coming out of the kitchen.
And seeing as this visit was for ‘review’ purposes, we thought it was necessary that we ordered a couple of desserts to share. As we had already been eyeing up the Strawberry and shortbread Eton mess on the next door table we decided to go for that, along with a dark chocolate frozen mousse, macerated figs, salted hazelnuts, and English raspberries.
Spoons were straight into these two delicious desserts.
Yet again, the food and service was brilliant and I will definitely be returning! Unfortunately, the Anchor don’t take bookings, but don’t panic- there is plenty of seating outside to have a drink while you wait for a table and take in the amazing scenery.
The Anchor Inn
|Invited by PR company?||No|
|Guest of chef/restaurant/owner?||No|
|Restaurant/outlet knew ahead we were bloggers?||Yes|
|Was the meal complimentary from the restaurant?||No|
|Any complimentary items provided by restaurant/outlet?||No|