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It’s not an unusual name for a pub, but it begins to seem so when you find out that the pub in question is actually nowhere near any water. However, it...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
Simple restaurant
Charming 16th Century award winning pub/restaurant, situated on the High Street, in the centre of Ripley.
US$30 - US$55
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Bar, European, British, Pub, Gastropub
Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Validated Parking, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We specified when making the reservation the 2 (out of the 4 )of us were immune suppressed & needed a table that was quiet. Upon arriving the lovely hostess escorted us into a cosy private room. It was perfect. Now, the food. ALL ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!...From the starter to the main. The diver scallops with foam was superb. Pork belly was yummy. We all had the duck breast. Prepared beautifully. And the favourite…. the HASH BROWNS! Addicting for sure. The waitresses were sweet & accommodating. The downfall is the decor. All very old & poorly decorated. The entire pub needs a good clean. That said, the food was delicious & the service was lovely.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'll start with the bread and snacks. How do they get the sourdough that crusty? Absolutely delicious, along with the salt and vinegar crispy pig skin with apple purée. Wow. Nicely authentic with the odd bristle :) I took a punt on the beef carpaccio...starter. There's the chef's skill, right there, and the Anchor's is knockout. A depth of beefy flavour with just the right amount of lemony tang. Texture smooth as silk. Guinea fowl main, another hit. Juicy meat and crispy skin. Very flavourful. The unexpected surprise being the mushroom barley risotto. Normally I hate barley finding it gluey and tasteless but this was perfectly al dente and intensely flavoured from the mushrooms and something else I can't quite put my finger on - veal stock? Anyhoo, epic. All beautifully presented. No room for pudding, sadly, but from what I could see other people having, these looked good. A meal for two with (quite a few) drinks - £140. Good value we thought. There are clearly talented chefs here who deserve the accolades they already have and could collect more. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Well done all.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fantastic dinner with all dishes at our table of excellent quality, full of flavour and beautifully presented. While in an informal pub setting the food is of top restaurant quality. Will definitely come back soon.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 13 September 2021

Enjoyed a celebratory lunch here on a Saturday, in the private - ish room. Maybe my 4th or 5th visit here, always bring the parents / in laws. Excellent food every time without a stuffy snobbish feel. Service was perfect, food including salmon tarts, scallops,...beef carpaccio, cod, dessert all divine. A kids menu with proper food on, they had chicken goujons, peas and chips and finsihed the lot. Beautiful chocolate orange macarons arrived after paying the bill for the anniversary couple. Thank you all!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 September 2021

The food in this restaurant was well executed: delightful scallops, followed by a moist guinea fowl breast with a crisp skin served on pearl barley and mushrooms. The problem was the slow service with a 40 minute interval between these two courses. Moreover, I can’t...describe the dessert because even after 20 minutes, the waitress had never got around to taking our order, or even apologising for the delay. So, weary of waiting and wary of yet another 40 minute interval, we left. Two courses took two hours. Life is, perhaps, too short to eat in this place. We understand delays can happen, but it is how that situation is handled which matters. No matter how good the food, if it doesn't get to the table to be eaten this restaurant can't receive high ratings. Unfortunately the delays meant we had plenty of time to reflect on the poor presentation of the table. No cloth, paper napkins, cheap slightly sticky peeling surface, cutlery plonked down the wrong way round and no plate for the (delicious) bread and butter. There is a point when unfussy/relaxed (good) turns into lack of care and attention (not good). We declined to pay the 12% service charge, so the bill for 2 courses for 2 people, plus a carafe of Merlot was £91. I guess I’m writing this review because I really want this place to succeed. There is a good chef hiding in the kitchen here and s/he needs to make sure the inadequate and unprofessional serving staff get their act together to enable his/her food to be properly showcased. This was our first visit - will we try again?More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 19 August 2021

We have had lunch at the Anchor many times before but yesterday we were disappointed. As for the service, well having booked for lunch at 12.30pm, being told by email we had 2 hours, we left at 15.30pm. We had to wait more than 30...minutes before someone came to take our order, then a long, long wait between courses, without the slightest apology. We thought the food was not quite as good as usual. There was a large party but this was no excuse. Will we be going back.... Not sure. A great pity really as we liked the place.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 14 August 2021

Me and my pal had lunch here today 13.08.21 and it was outstanding. Service was very polite, very friendly and extremely efficient. I had the lamb and was it divine. The raspberry & hibiscus anchor mess pudding was out of this world. I could eat...it again tomorrow. And the next day. We'll be heading back. Well worth the drive from Tunbridge Wells.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 12 August 2021 via mobile

Saw this restaurant was rated highly on trip advisor. Stumbled into the beautiful restaurant/pub after a long walk (wishing we weren’t so muddy, but the staff were good sports!). The waiter who served us (name unknown but had a moustache)… absolute dreamboat, very friendly, kind,...thorough knowledge of the drinks available and paired them wonderfully… The recommended food options went down a treat, the hash browns were out of this world. Very nicely decorated with a quaint and homely feel. If we are ever in the Ripley region again we will definitely return.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 1 August 2021

We were outside despite the rain. The food, atmosphere and service was superb. Despite the torrential rain showers, the staff sorted a table indoors should we need. As we were under cover we were happy staying put, they made it a great experience, using umbrella...to ensure the food arrived hot and not wet! Loved the food. Waitress certainly knew the menu and what to recommend. Very professional. Will definitely go again - not rushed, goof atmosphere and a varied menu with good advice if needed including paring winesMore

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 25 July 2021 via mobile

To start with, the service at the anchor is perfect. The young girl who served me and my family did an exceptional job and was very helpful with my gluten free sister. My other sister however is young (13), whilst the food is very good,...it’s not perfect for children. I couldn’t explain very much as to why but a mixture of sauces and obscure fish/meats/ veg left my sister struggling to find something to eat. (This however could just be because of how picky she is.) nonetheless this place is superb in both food and service and would for sure recommend, overall great evening.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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7 March 2019|
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Response from anchorripley2015 | Property representative |
Hello, and thank you for your enquiry. Unfortunately, dogs aren't allowed in the bar or restaurant areas, but are welcome in our sunny courtyard in the Summer months.
8 March 2017|
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Response from anchorr | Property representative |
Hello. Thank you for your enquiry. At the moment we are offering Pea & Ginger Soup with fresh Coconut, rather than Pumpkin. The snack menu price is £3 for a small cup, and restaurant menu is £6 for a bowl which is a good... More
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19 September 2016|
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Response from Sorreldorking | Property representative |
Hi We have parking at the Anchor for about 20 cars, so if you where to arrive early it shouldn't be a problem There are also 2 other car parks in Ripley, across the Green and along Rose Lane, both a 2 or 3 minute walk We... More
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The Anchor is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5