Eat. Drink. Relax.

Fabulous food & drink in the heart of Constable Country

The Anchor at Stratford St Mary, near the A12 and convenient for Ipswich & Colchester, not to mention the nearby beauty spots of Dedham & East Bergholt, is the place where great cooking and fantastic vibes meet. Our food is nutritious, delicious, and affordable, and we welcome diners young and old. We have plenty of free parking and we're pet friendly too! Why not try us for yourself—book your table or stop by today - brand new autumn menus now available!

The Terrace
The Terrace

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The Garden Bar
The Garden Bar

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Bar & Restaurant
Bar & Restaurant

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The Terrace
The Terrace

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About Us

In part dating from around 1400 this ancient coaching inn oozes history and traditional pub charm. It was lovingly refurbished and improved in 2021/22 by new owners careful not to lose the spirit of one of the best pubs in the area.

Our opening hours are 9.30am-10pm on Sunday and 9.30am-11pm Monday to Saturday. Last drink orders are 20 minutes before we close, and last entry is an hour before we close. Breakfast is served from 9.30am to 11.30am, daily and after mid-day we serve food all day.

We also have a wide range of takeaway items, pastries, sandwiches made to order and drinks to go.

With regular live entertainment, a huge selection of food & drink, large garden & terrace, open fires for cosy indoor and outdoor dining complete with a large covered outdoor dining area, we've got everything you'll need!

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Our freshly cooked food is sourced locally wherever possible, we have a wide range of liquid refreshment and regular live entertainment.

Our Food

A wide selection of great food, sourced locally wherever possible, including fabulous Hall Farm steaks and Sunday roasts.

Our Breakfast Menu, including favourites such as Eggs Royale or the full 'English', is available from 9.30am to 11.30am daily.

Please click here to see our Restaurant Menu, which is available from Mid-day to 8pm Sunday to Tuesday and from Mid-day to 9pm Wednesday to Saturday. reservation is advised on 01206 322143.

You can click here to see our Lighter Lunch Menu, available Monday to Saturday mid-day to 3pm.

Also, we've got a brand new fixed price menu, available Monday to Thursday at £14 for two courses and £18 for all three.

Lastly, we have a menu just for children, here, and a very special Sunday Menu, available from mid-day to 8pm every Sunday.

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Snacks & Takeaway

Many of our dishes and drinks are also available to take away, and we offer nibbles and meals of all sizes as well as drinks & great coffee to go. The Menu is here. Cake is always available!


From the Bar

A wide variety of beers, wines & spirits - including an eclectic wine list, over 60 gins, rums, whiskies and vodkas and draught beers ranging from Birra Moretti through Mahou and Beavertown Neck Oil to Orchard Pig Cider. We are aslo cask marque accredited and usually offer an ever changing selection of 3 cask ales!

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Regular live music nights with something for everyone - book your table for dinner now! From around 8pm unless stated otherwise...

Brooke Telling

Sat 15th October

The Silburys

Sat 22 October

Jax & Co
The Ultimate Johnny Cash Show!

Friday 11 November

Brooke Telling

Sat 26 November

Lower The Tone

Sat 3 December


Sat 10 December


Sat 17 December

The Swift Beats

Fri 23 December

Irie J

Sat 24 December

LTP Plus Nick The DJ

Sat 31 December



The Anchor Inn
Upper Street
Stratford St Mary

01206 322143

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Opening Hours

Dine In or Take Away

9.30am to 11pm Monday to Saturday and 9.30am to 10pm on Sundays.

Breakfast is served from 9.30 t0 11.30 daily, main menu and lighter bites from mid-day, with the main menu available all day until 8pm Sunday to Tuesday and until 9pm the rest of the week.

Sandwiches, bread, cakes, pastries and bakery goods are served from the deli counter until 4pm Monday to Saturday along with our takeaway menu.