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Written on: 21/07/2011
My husband and I took our friend and wife to The Anchor at Nayland for a Birthday lunch, but instead of a treat we had a terrible experience. The location is beautiful and we have had good meals there in the past. However, they seem to have some very inexperienced young girls (one in partiular had an incredibly poor attitude) on their staff; which is a real pity and will be detrimental to their reputation. I had speghetti & meatballs; the pasta was very soggy and incredibly salty. Our friends had… Read Full Review
Written on: 04/10/2010
We never find fault with the Anchor Inn, Nayland and is always our first choice for Sunday lunch. Its a relaxed, casual atmosphere and nothing is too much trouble for the staff who we find extremely polite and helpful.
The food is of excellent, home made quality with the added factor of home produce. Sunday lunch is a good portion of meat (I can never eat it all!), with accompanying sauce - cooked to a good standard, along with a sufficient amount of roast potatoes and a large variety of… Read Full Review
Written on: 23/08/2010
Despite having had some good meals at The Anchor in the past the service on our recent visit was appalling. Unfriendly, unhelpful but mainly unbelievably slow. Our whole party decided to leave without having a dessert as we had had to wait so long for everything else we had ordered. We shall not be returning… Read Full Review
Written on: 17/08/2010
We read your mixed reviews about the Anchor at Nayland and decided to make up our own minds. The setting is near idyllic: if fine we recommend take time to stroll in the gardens and farm and learn how they source their own menus and wines - and preserve the local historic environments. It was busy with a relaxed mixed crowd of locals and visitors, young and old. We did hear some grumbling about waiting for food and not everyone seemed delighted by their choice, but we were. We dont eat meat but… Read Full Review
Written on: 30/01/2010
A brilliant menu and excellent food to far exceed anything I can think of in Suffolk. This is real restaurant quality food. Service is nearly always great, but its a pub after all - I cant understand those comments complaining people near the bar were too close to the table duh… Read Full Review
Written on: 02/11/2008 by Andy Head (1 review written)
The Anchor Inn restaurant is divided into a number of rooms with a few tables in each. We were seated about six feet from the bar and overlooked by those drinking there and every time a group of people came in they stood right over our table. In the end we had to change tables!
I chose a glass of Canadian Shiraz from the wine list only to be told when ordering that actually it was Australian.
There was little choice of starter, except for the smokehouse platters (I noticed that someone else… Read Full Review
Written on: 09/09/2008 by pjamesd (1 review written)
have had some fantastic meals in the past but food seems to have gone downhill over the past year has always been a little more expensive but has been worth it. last meal few meals I found very disappointing - rack of lamb which came out as three minute cutlets, and sausage and mash, three anaemic sausages with sloppy mash - no apparent effort in presentation etc. also have had a beef pie, with more fat than meat by 2:1. had given it a few go's hoping thing will improve but will not going back… Read Full Review
Written on: 29/08/2008 by lea 262 (1 review written)
We eat at the Anchor Inn on a regular basis - with family, friends or just as a couple. It is one of the nicest eateries in the area offering a great location, a lively but relaxed atmosphere and surprisingly competitive menu prices that compete with good quality pubs!
I must say that I was surprised to read a bad review having eaten here so many times. The staff are very helpful and friendly, I always left having enjoyed the food, location and atmosphere, especially by the river on a late… Read Full Review
Written on: 28/08/2008 by Ron1939 (1 review written)
After a superb meal last week with my family, I had to pass this on. Some of my family are very fussy and the Anchor accommodated for them all. I had the River Fish Platter, my wife the Stuffed Vegetables, my parents fish and chips and my kids burgers, they catered for the whole family. I discussed much of the meal, and the fields with the staff, and their knowledge and enthusiasm for for everything made a great change from a lot of places. The staff were all equally willing to help. Keep… Read Full Review
Written on: 27/08/2008 by salp (1 review written)
The Anchor Inn's setting is worth a trip alone - right next to the river and a pretty kitchen garden, and I soon discovered that the pub lived up to its reputation also. I had fish and chips whilst my friend had lamb, both meals were delicious - great to see the hearty portions too, very reasonably priced; the deserts are a must - and I cant wait to return to sample the others on the menu! Would definitely recommend to a friend… Read Full Review
Written on: 27/08/2008 by Lucy Ella (2 reviews written)
What a find for anybody who likes good food will love this place. The platters were exceptional, even the vegetarian platter was enjoyed by confirmed carnivores. I had the river fish platter, (the last one I might add as they had sold out) and was really impressed by the way the chef had created 8 exceptional dishes on one plate. The staff were extremely knowledgeable and really helpful. I had read some of the bad reviews and TOTALLY do not agree with any of them.
The Anchor Inn is in a… Read Full Review
Written on: 25/08/2008
I was very disappointed with the food at Anchor Inn, and the strange way it was displayed on the plate. I ordered rib eye steak, and chunky chips with local veg. Was presented with what looked like a fatty steak (am aware of what rib eye is so not surprised), surrounded by giant carrots, potatoes and green beans served in sloppy salty gravy. The chunky chips were the size of roast potatoes (i.e. not chips) and the steak was unchewable to the point of making me gag. For £50 for two never… Read Full Review
Written on: 22/08/2008 by Lucy Ella (2 reviews written)
If you're going for lunch get there early as they get busy quickly -and don't expect a meal in 5 minutes as everything is made fresh but definitely worth waiting for!… Read Full Review
Written on: 22/08/2008
We went for Sunday lunch and were really disappointed, booked to eat in restaurant but given a table in bar, we asked to be moved and after being made to feel very awkward given table in not very crowded restaurant. Service slow, had to ask on several occasions for wine list eventually served wine when half way through main course. Dessert took forever to appear. Definitely will not be re-visiting… Read Full Review
Written on: 21/08/2008 by jiffy57 (1 review written)
Nayland is a wonderful country pub/restaurant with excellent food and service. I have eaten there on many occasions and have always been very impressed with both the food and service. Give it a try and make your own judgement… Read Full Review
Written on: 13/08/2008 by KT1 (1 review written)
Love the Anchor Inn I am a regular for Sunday lunch - it is always a tough choice between the delicious roasts and the vegetable platter both a treat! I love nothing better than enjoying the setting and walking my dog along the river bank!… Read Full Review
Written on: 10/08/2008
I ate at the Anchor Inn a few weeks ago and it was a real disappointment. I thought the food was awful and the staff seemed rude to me. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone… Read Full Review
Written on: 13/07/2008 by JoannaJoanna (1 review written)
9 persons dined at Anchor Inn and all were very disappointed in the food and especially the service. Had to request for our empty glasses to be cleared, 4 were taken and the rest left. We experienced very slow service, Sunday roast extremely tough. When we politely complained we were met with the waiter apparently rolling his eyes at us. We asked him to try and cut the beef, which he tried and failed just commenting that's what everyone had been served with.
Never going back there!… Read Full Review
Written on: 08/07/2008 by reynards (1 review written)
We eat at the Anchor Inn quite frequently and have never been disappointed with the food. It is local and fresh and they smoke their meat on the premises. We love it so much that we went there for our Christmas lunch - wonderful. The staff are always pleasant and they do good beer and english wine… Read Full Review
Written on: 08/07/2008
The service at Anchor Inn, Nayland was satisfactory although I was surprised that the waitress did not do customary enquiry as to whether everything was ok with our meals. We ordered a Dexter steak priced £18 which seemed tiny and disgustingly fatty and tasted like an uncooked lump of stewing steak. It was served with a stuffed mushroom which seemed to be filled with dry saxo stuffing mix and half a corn on the cob and half a baked potato. The corn and potato were the only edible items on the… Read Full Review
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