country pub



Perched on the riverbank, the Anchor has been serving the Dedham Vale for over 500 years

A traditional country pub with a warm welcome, The Anchor Inn offers a fine selection of cask ales and fresh, home cooked food. 

Set in the beautiful village of Nayland, open fires and a cosy atmosphere make the Anchor a wonderful winter bolthole, and the banks of the River Stour provide glorious al fresco dining throughout the summer months.



01206 262313


Court Street
Nayland CO6 4JL


Mon-Sat 11am - 11pm
Sun 11am - 10pm
Christmas Day 12pm - 4pm Boxing Day 11am - 10pm New Years Eve 11am - 1am New Years Day 11am - 10pm


Monday - Friday
12pm- 2.30pm;  6pm - 9pm
12pm - 3pm; 6pm - 9pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays
12pm - 6pm

Boxing Day 12pm - 6pm New Years Eve 12pm - 6pm New Years Day 12pm - 6pm

Dogs welcome in the bar area.


Committed to great beer...

It wouldn't be a village pub without a great selection of real ale on the pumps..  The Anchor always has top quality ales on the pumps from local and national brewers and with our Cask Marque Award of Excellence it is guaranteed to be a great pint.

Alongside the ales, craft and European lagers, local cider and an extensive wine list to enjoy in both the bar and restaurant.

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Christmas & New Year

With cosy open fires and beautiful decorations, from office parties to a relaxing family Christmas, the Anchor Inn will make your festive celebrations extra special.

SANTA’S SUNDAY VISIT - 16th December

Join us Sunday 16th December, Santa will be flying in for a visit taking time out of his busy schedule to spend the day with us.  Bring the whole family along to meet Santa and enjoy a delicious Sunday lunch with a gift for all children dining.

Christmas PARTY Fayre

The Anchor is the perfect festive location for Christmas parties and gatherings with family and friends. 

Served throughout December, our traditional four course Christmas Menu starts from just £20.95 per person.  A £10 deposit per person is required at the time of booking.

Christmas Day

The stockings have been opened, presents exchanged and an indulgent five course lunch awaits.  Sit back, relax and enjoy Christmas Day at The Anchor Inn.

For further information about our Christmas & New Year festivities and to book your party, please contact The Anchor Team on 01206 262313.


Seasonal, locally sourced & home smoked specialities

The Anchor Inn Menu

A seasonal à la carte menu featuring home smoked produce, Flame to Fork specials and sharing dishes.


Make time for a proper Sunday meal with family and friends.  A selection of roasts, grazing to share, smokehouse specials and pub food.

Don't forget your Little Sailors!  Kids' menu available daily.

Please note our menus change regularly as we take advantage of the best seasonal and local produce.




Tucked away beside the river, our chefs create the most tender and flavoursome home smoked PRODUCE.

The Anchor Chefs regularly stock the smokehouse with a range of locally sourced meats, fish and cheese.  Curing to smoking can take weeks, but it is worth the wait. 

Our traditional cold smokehouse is 100% natural and the chefs carefully cure and brine, adding herbs to the wood chips to develop smoky flavour depths. 

Try smoked specials including our signature smoked platter, low and slow delicacies, and the best smoky BBQ ribs in the valley.


Pie & A Pint - Tuesday

Tuesday Nights From 6pm

Order a pie from the menu and get a pint of real ale for £2.

Steak Night - Thursday

THURSDAY Nights From 6pm

Two Steaks & A Carafe of Wine for £37.50.

Fish Supper Friday

Friday Nights From 6pm

Alongside our regular menu we will be running a selection of Fish Specials, Starters and Mains.



Join Us

The Anchor Inn is built on a foundation of passion, talent and working with a team of ambitious colleagues realising their potential. From our front of house staff, to managers and chefs in the kitchen, all are passionate, and show the same level of care and dedication to making the restaurant and bar the best it can be.

Our aim is simple, to create Suffolk’s finest dining experience using only the best local ingredients, crafted through care and excellent customer service, whilst creating a happy working environment.

We are always on the lookout for enthusiastic, inspiring and interesting individuals to join our team in delivering superb dining experiences.

To apply, get in touch by email sending across your CV to

Currently recruiting for the following positions:

  • Front of House - Full & Part time
  • Kitchen Porter - Full & Part time
  • Chef de Partie - Full time