Photo of Anchor

grid reference TM 497 746

opened pre-1874 (rebuilt 1927)

owner Mark & Sophie Dorber

email pub

visit website


Something we've got wrong about this establishment? Something more you think we should know about it? Please email us

opening hours:

  • 1100-2300

food times:

  • 1200-1500, 1800-2100
(Times last updated 15/02/2012)

regular real ales

Adnams Bitter, Broadside, Ghost Ship

guest beers

occasional guest ales

Local licensing authority for Walberswick is Suffolk Coastal

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 07/09/2017

Walberswick Anchor

previously known as: Blue Anchor

Real Ale sold

Real Ale is available here

The Street, IP18 6UA

01502 722112

Overview | Gallery | Historical info | Public transport | Map

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 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.