grid reference TM 497 746
opened pre-1874 (rebuilt 1927)
owner Mark & Sophie Dorber
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regular real ales
Adnams Southwold, Broadside
2 regularly changing beers, typically from Adnams or Oakham.
Local licensing authority for Walberswick is Suffolk Coastal
CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 11/09/2018
previously known as: Blue Anchor
Real Ale is available here
The Street, IP18 6UA
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
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.