Stayed here recently on a suffolk cycle tour. We stayed at 5 hotels in Suffolk and Norfolk, the Anchor was the most expensive, but by far the worst. As a pub it is fine, the restaurant food was fine too. My comments relate to the rooms over the pub, and the place as a "hotel". On our arrival, after a 5 hour cycle there was no hot water and no heating in our rooms ( this was because they had a function in the pub and the hot water system was exhausted, although the system was modern it did not support the requirement of that day). Not a great start. My friends room was tiny, small for 1 person, way too small for a couple. Had we had motor transport we would have left then. The room we had was larger but the layout very poor. The TV did not work properly, it was sited in front of the only mirror (difficult for my partner to do hair and makeup,(but we had no hot water anyway !!!), the chair blocked the wardrobe (little room to access wardrobe or move chair), my double room was 2 single beds pushed together. After not being able to bathe the manager did give us a evening meal FOC to make ammends. We were grateful, but so many other things fell short. The internet did not work for us untill the morning we left, no-one really seemed to want to check this out. The first morning breakfast was OK, the bread toasted only one side was replaced, but sitting in the dining room there was a door that did not fit the frame (drafty), cobwebs hanging from the fire sensor, black marks on the ceiling over light fittings. The second morning (Sunday) the lady setting up breakfast announced that "i only came in to clean the windows". We got one fully toasted piece of bread, and one just warm (not toasted). I requested porridge and egg on toast, the waitress came back to check as to if I wanted "both breakfasts still" ??? I could go on but it seems pointless as I have read other reports and the same issues repeat. Had this stay been presented as a B&B at half the price I would have said it was OK but needed a spring clean and a re-think on the room layout. As the dearest place we stayed that week it was just not acceptable in so many ways. On the morning we left, already in full cycle gear, we got presented was a bill for the FOC meal, this was then reduced to drinks only, but I had specifically requested any bill from that evening be presented and cleared on the night. It does not work as a hotel in any way, but is a nice place for a beer, an OK place for a meal (please clean the restaurant ceiling and fix the door, and clean the kitchen door window). To leave on a positive note the prople there tried to be positive but the are too many failings to "cover up" with a smile and a quip !!!
- Also Known As:
- The Anchor Hotel
- The Anchor Hotel Walberswick
- The Anchor Walberswick, Suffolk
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A village pub with a difference. Our addiction to fresh, top quality, locally sourced where possible produce, combined with a thirst for excellence have evolved into what has been described as a "must go to place on the Suffolk coast." Our approach to food is robust; we want to put on each plate satisfying combinations of flavours and textures. We have a good range of characterful draught beers, and numerous world class bottled beers, organic soft drinks and over 150 drop dead lovely wines from some of the earth’s most inspired winemakers. We offer the same menu throughout, with more formal Restaurant dining on a bookings basis and more relaxed walk-ins, in the Bar. We also have seating for 150 outside on three terraces, with table service available for those warmer days. Our renovated flint barn is a highly versatile space, equipped with a drop-down screen and a projector, ideal for business meetings, strategy reviews, team building exercises, corporate training, presentations, film showings or private parties to mention just a few of its uses. It has been put to good use in the cause of village based charity fund raising projects as well as providing the theatre for Food Safari events, cask beer festivals and the Aldebrough Doc. Fest. fringe event weekend November 2011. Free time relaxation can include everything from Golf at several well established Courses, to Horse Riding at Bramfield Equestrian Centre, Sky Diving for all levels at Beccels, Aromatherapy in walking distance or sea fishing of Walberswick Coast with Mark Felton. Beer Academy and WSCT (Wine and Spirits) educational courses are available by arrangement. Our Hotel Accommodation: We have just undergone a thorough renovation of our Now Cedar Clad Chalets, enhancing the environment in which to enjoy the Sea View. We offer 10 rooms in total, 6 spacious en suite room garden chalets, as well as several room options in the main building. All the rooms have a large flat screen TV, with Freeview and IPod Alarm Clock docking Stations. Ample free parking is provided with direct access to the beach, Dunwich Forest or the Marshes. RSPB Minsmere, Southwold and Aldeburgh are all close by. ... more less
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