Tucked away in the charming village of Cockwood, The Anchor is an olde-worlde pub that’s well worth seeking out. With a warm and inviting atmosphere, fresh food and a stunning riverside location, this is the perfect place to pass a relaxed evening and an ideal spot to pause during a day of exploring. Inside The Anchor, exposed beams and quirky decor celebrate the pub’s 450-year history, while antique boating paraphernalia reflects the area’s maritime past. Guests are offered a seat on the ground floor or the upstairs mezzanine – an unusual feature that really adds to the character of the pub. On warmer days, the al fresco seating also proves popular, providing views across the water. The food offering at The Anchor is heavily influenced by its coastal location. Why not start with pan-seared scallops and strawberries, or opt for the Captain’s Hotel platter – a sharing board of mussels, razor clams and prawns. The list of mains encompasses pub classics – the steak and ale pie is to die for – and The Anchor’s famous mussels selection showcases a variety of sauces and broths. Try the classic moules marinières or sample the Russian mussels, which are cooked in tomato sauce, cayenne pepper and vodka. Other tempting plates include slow-roasted pork and a pear, Stilton and hazelnut tart.