Photo of Anchor

grid reference TM 497 746

opened pre-1874 (rebuilt 1927)

owner Mark & Sophie Dorber

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opening hours:

food times:

(Times last updated 15/07/2018)

regular real ales

Adnams Southwold, Broadside

guest beers

2 regularly changing beers, typically from Adnams or Oakham.

Local licensing authority for Walberswick is East Suffolk

CAMRA North-East Suffolk branch.

last updated 30/12/2019

Walberswick Anchor

previously known as: Blue Anchor

Real Ale sold

Real Ale is available here

The Street, IP18 6UA

01502 722112

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The current building was built to replace the Blue Anchor (dismantled in 1929 - see the note on the historical tab) in this idyllic coastal village. This bar and hotel caters for holidaymakers and locals alike. It has two cosy alcove areas heated by a fire on both sides with a side room for families and a spacious restaurant serving local produce plus a large garden. The pub is accessible from Southwold via footbridge or ferry. As well as Adnams ales, an extensive range of global bottled beers and craft ales are stocked. Accommodation is available in the main building or in garden chalets.

Landlord Mark Dorber runs regular Beer Academy courses and the couple also own the Stratford St Mary Swan.

Smugglers' tunnels have been identified leading to the Anchor.

Beer served through handpulls Beer served through handpulls

Lunchtime meals (not just snacks) Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)

Evening meals Evening meals

Restaurant or separate dining area Restaurant or separate dining area

Traditional pub games available Traditional pub games available

Real fire Real fire

children-welcome Family friendly

Accommodation available Accommodation available

Pub is accessible to disabled customers Pub is accessible to disabled customers

Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox

parking parking

Beer garden or other outside drinking area Beer garden or other outside drinking area

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper & book information from Bob Mitchell)


Blue is a heraldic colour of hope. The spare anchor at sea was often known as the hope anchor. "Anker" can also relate to a measurement of 8.5 gallons.