The Anchor

“Modern food in a historic building”



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Built originally as an almshouse, The Anchor has been at the heart of village life since the 16th century. Its charmingly crooked red-brick and timber exterior conceals a soothingly contemporary interior, where you’ll find a sophisticated modern British menu of very photogenic cuisine. Chef Mike Wall-Palmer and David Adams, who previously worked together at Drakes, and had long aspired to run a restaurant together, took over the pub in 2019. The monthly changing menus, using seasonal ingredients, offer classically inspired, creative dishes such as Scottish venison loin, seed crust, red cabbage and celeriac. New dishes are launched on the first Tuesday of every month at the Supper Club evenings, and are served as a five-course set menu, with optional wine flight. There’s a great value two- or three-course set lunch menu available Tuesday – Saturday in addition to the carte, and Sunday roasts are always a popular choice. Excellent bar snacks include black pudding Scotch egg with mustard mayonnaise. Wash it down with a pint of Guardsman or a guest ale from local breweries.

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AA Pick of the Pubs
The Anchor
High Street,RIPLEY,Surrey,GU23 6AE


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • Parking available
  • Garden
Prices and payment
  • Main course from: £14
Opening times
  • Closed: false

About the area

Discover Surrey

Surrey may be better known for its suburbia than its scenery, but the image is unjust. Over a quarter of the county’s landscapes are official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and along the downs and the greensand ridge you can gaze to distant horizons with hardly a building in sight. This is one of England’s most wooded counties, and has more village greens than any other shire. You’ll find sandy tracks and cottage gardens, folded hillsides and welcoming village inns. There’s variety, too, as the fields and meadows of the east give way to the wooded downs and valleys west of the River Mole.

Of course there are also large built-up areas, mainly within and around the M25; but even here you can still find appealing visits and days out. On the fringe of Greater London you can picnic in Chaldon’s hay meadows, explore the wide open downs at Epsom, or drift idly beside the broad reaches of the stately River Thames. Deep in the Surrey countryside you’ll discover the Romans at Farley Heath, and mingle with the monks at England’s first Cistercian monastery. You’ll see buildings by great architects like Edwin Lutyens and Sir George Gilbert Scott, and meet authors too, from John Donne to Agatha Christie. 

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