previously known as: Blue AnchorReal Ale
The Street, IP18 6UA
grid reference TM 497 746
opened pre-1874 (rebuilt 1927)
owner Mark & Sophie Dorber
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- 1200-1500, 1800-2100
regular real ales
Adnams Bitter, Broadside + seasonal beers
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Local licensing authority for Walberswick is Suffolk Coastal
CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 28/12/2016
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. Comprising three cosy rooms with wood panelling plus a 50 seater restaurant run by the innovative chef, Sophie Dorber, continuing their commitment for linking beer with food. The third room doubles as a family room. The pub is walker and dog friendly. Apart from Adnams beers there is an extensive real bottled beer selection from around the world. The pub is accessible from Southwold via the footbridge.
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
Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
Restaurant or separate dining area
Traditional pub games available
Pub is accessible to disabled customers
Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
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.