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The Anchor

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High Street, Rowhedge CO5 7ES, England
+44 1206 728382
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Compliments to the chef I had the White Russian beef it was sooo good please keep it on the menu. Lovely having live music in too great night out

Thank Lorry33
Colchester, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed April 10, 2017

Lovely fresh fish, I had sole served with capers whilst my partner had Quiche with salad and chips. Both came out quickly even though it was a very busy Sunday afternoon, my Sole was well cooked but maybe a touch salty? The capers would certainly add to that but maybe a touch too much added during the cooking as well?... More 

Thank Boyd R
Essex, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2017 via mobile

So tonight my family and I went in to celebrate an occasion that's been blessed on us, thinking we'd have a lovely meal out we were asked to wait 30/40 mins for a table! Because apparently you have to book now! We've come to this place for years and have always enjoyed it and never been told to wait for... More 

2 Thank sk19892016
Jeff W, Owner at The Anchor, responded to this review

How bizarre,a restaurant that has gone downhill with every table taken on a Monday night!Maybe this is to do with new owners,revamped menu using more fresh local produce and the redecoration ? Who knows.Booking is advisable. More 

1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2017

My 87 year old Father-in-Law and I were barred from this pub on Tuesday this week. To give some context, we have been regulars for the past ten years, visiting once or twice a week for lunch, and spending thousands of pounds in the process. As a family we have celebrated events there, sometimes with groups of up to twenty... More 

10 Thank Brendan F
Jeff W, Owner at The Anchor, responded to this review

Sadly this has been an ongoing problem for quite a while now,where you have felt that you were too important to book and your food order would always be put to the front no matter what bookings or other orders were before yours.Your father in law(and employer) has been rude to all the staff here and we have always politely... More 

Colchester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 29, 2017 via mobile

The staff were welcoming and attentive and the food well presented and wholesome. It was a shame that many of the dishes showing on the board were 'finished'so I ended up with my third choice which was still good but not what my taste buds had planned for! Lovely surroundings and views of the river. Hoping to go back in... More 

3 Thank Loraine C
Ramsey, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 28, 2017 via mobile

Everything is lovely about this pub except beware the attitude of some (leading) staff (see response to previous long review about the 'tea' incident..the customer is maybe not 'always right') and the prices. £5.65 for a glass of spritzer and £4 a pint of bitter. OK in London...but seems a bit heavy in Rowhedge. Food is great but if you're... More 

1 Thank Sandman320
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 25, 2017 via mobile

The anchor pub is in a beautiful location next to the river Colne at Rowhedge, the food has always been enjoyable but has now moved up a level to excellent, wonderful flavours and texture. The staff are always friendly and welcoming, our favourite restaurant.

Thank veronicacolchester
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2017 via mobile

Nice riverside pub with a good selection on the menu. Outside area with a view of the river only spoilt by the smokers!

1 Thank Rene L
Wivenhoe, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2017 via mobile

This has always been one of my favourite riverside lunchtime destinations. Rowhedge is changing and it's becoming more and more difficult to park near this pub, even on a mid-week lunchtime. I only hope that parking improves rather than worsens once the new estate is finished. This pub has a nice, reasonably priced menu with good wines and a gorgeous... More 

Thank SmileyPGL
Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 6, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful food! started with cajun mushrooms and crayfish tails in garlic butter lovely! The star of the show was the red Thai beef curry which truly was amazing. Dessert was another winner raspberry and amaretto cheesecake. Service was friendly and the food was stunning.

Thank Heli W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Scenic view, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: High Street, Rowhedge CO5 7ES, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Rowhedge
  • Phone Number: +44 1206 728382

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Essex, Vermont
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?