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“Superb Fish”
Review of The Anchor Inn

The Anchor Inn
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Pub
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 27 July 2011

Fantastic fish and seafood,good value,good service!

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Reviewed 26 May 2011

Once visited, never forgotten and definitely one to return to

( although perhaps reserved for special occasions due to the price!)

Excellent service, polite, well presented staff and wonderful food!

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Reviewed 26 April 2011

My husband and I travelled around Dorset this Easter. We are seafood fanatics and my husband usually fishes our own fish when we are in our beach house Italy. We were driving around looking for a decent seafood restaurant and found the Anchor Inn. 'Seafood Specialities' it said on the outside wall. We were so excited. Once in the premises which is split into a bar lounge area and restaurant dining room on either side we enquired about getting a table for dinner. We had not booked and although it looked like it was going to get very busy (being Easter weekend!) the staff at the bar very kindly offered to seat us in the bar lounge.

Once we decided to stay we asked to see the menu and were told that it was on the walls and we needed to order from there. However later we saw many other customers with large menus at the tables (even in the bar area!). We felt it was rude to make us order in a rush from the walls having just come in. Especially since this was not a take away and we were very much paying restaurant prices!!

In the end we choose to share the seafood combo for two (shell fish) as a starter for a cool £28.00 and my husband ordered the grilled sea bream as a main whilst I had the seafood medley of catch of the day fishes. Both our main courses were £17-£18 each.

The starter was served by a very polite young waitress and initially it looked very impressive however on a closer look we were shocked. A renowned fish specialities restaurant on the Jurassic Coast a few hundred meters from the coast and a mile from the fishing village of Bridport had just served us frozen prawns in filo pastry (like the party packs you can buy at asda), prawn tempura and scallops stir fried oriental style. Also on the large plate was a nice crab, smoked salmon (on a shell fish combo?!), 3-4 normal size prawns, about 15 mussels and a handful of very small prawns (peeled). The items were piled messily on top of a salad and drenched in various sauces which is frustrating as the beauty of fresh seafood is to taste it alone without a load of different sauces. The most annoying thing about this was that there was no mention of the oriental style on the menu board. Perhaps it would have been explained in the menu had we been allowed to see one!

Our main courses arrived and my husbands sea bream was big and fresh but once again it was served with a oriental style sauce which he had to scrape to the side to taste the fish. Again, why not mention this when someone is ordering a grilled fish? My seafood medley was fine. Three good size fillets of fish (again covered in a sauce!) and we had some very nice new potatoes and vegetable side dishes (thankfully not drenched in sauce!)

Once finished our meal I went to the ladies wash room and had to walk through the bar and dining room to access it. I noticed another couple with a huge table full of shell fish (fresh prawns served in a dish over ice, lobster, crab, a few filo-pastried prawns and more). I did not want to disturb them on eating but asked the waitress who had served us earlier and was now nearby what this dish was. She said it is the shell fish seafood combo for two.

Now neither myself or my husband are ones to complain and to be honest once we saw the filo and deep fried prawns on our dish we new that this was not a seafood establishment we would be returning to. However the fact that we were paying exactly the same money as those in the dining room we expected exactly the same dish which we did not receive. The dining room couple's starter was served on various plates with attention to detail and certainly more food. Ours was served like a dogs dinner and with noticeably less food.

The lady who took payment from us was very pleasant asking us where we were from (obviously used to tourists in the area!). We did not wish to complain and just wanted to leave after our meal concluding that it was just somewhere that we would definitely not be returning to.

It is upsetting to think that we have eaten in many seafood restaurants around England and that one right behind this coastal beauty spot could be so low quality and so expensive. When in Sardinia we eat in a beautiful restaurant in the coastal village of Solanas called Da Barbara (the fish is out of this world and about the same price as we paid in the Anchor) however it is served fresh with no or very little sauces to drown the taste as the fish speaks for itself.

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