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Eat. Drink. Relax.

Fabulous food & drink in the heart of Constable Country

The Anchor at Stratford St Mary is in a lovely tranquil spot in the heart of Constable Country. We're minutes by car from the A12 so are convenient for Ipswich & Colchester, but we're also right next to the nearby beauty spots of Dedham & East Bergholt.

The Anchor is the place where great cooking and fantastic vibes meet. Our food is home-cooked and locally sourced wherever possible. It's nutritious, delicious, and affordable: we welcome diners young and old. We have dedicated space for functions and parties, plenty of free parking and we're pet friendly too! Why not try us for yourself—book your table online or by phone or stop by today!


A beautiful old pub full of surprises!


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 villager owners careful not to lose the spirit of one of the best pubs in the area. The refurbishment has added a modern garden bar, a function area in the barns and garden lounge which is a covered dining area complete with firepit. This area gives the ambience of al fresco dining with warmth for the colder months.

We can cater for everything from a quick and impromptu drink or meal to a well-planned party, wake or celebration for much larger numbers of people. Please call us or call in if you'd like more details.

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 from our bar & restaurant menus 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, function and party areas and open fires for cosy indoor and outdoor dining, we've got everything you'll need!



Our freshly cooked food is sourced locally wherever possible, we also have a wide range of liquid refreshment and regular live entertainment in our Barns, leaving the  main restaurant quieter for those who prefer it.

We serve food all day from 9.30am, starting with our lovely Breakfast Menu before moving on to our Daily Menu from Mid-day with last orders/reservations at 8pm Sunday to Tuesday and 9pm Wednesday to Saturday.

Complete with old favourites and interesting twists, our Daily Menu has over 40 choices if you include all the sandwiches, jacket potatoes & enticing nibbles! From Sirloin Steak, via Fish & Chips to our Head Chef's fabulous, rich & creamy Marsala Chicken or a Teriyaki Noodle Stir Fry with Salmon Fillet, there's definitely something for every taste and pocket. You can see the Menu here.


On Sundays we have a very similar menu which is here but with the addition of a comprehensive Sunday Roast section including our lovely warm roast meat sandwiches.

In addition to all of this, and to help stretch your budget, Monday to Saturday we have a great value Fixed Price Menu, from Mid-day until 8pm ((pm Wednesday to Saturday) with a huge choice.

Vegan & Vegetarian options are highlighted throughout our menus, and we have dedicated menus for Dairy Free and Gluten Free diets also available on request, the attached are samples.

We also have a special menu for children accompanying their parents here.

Once the savoury food is safely eaten, we've got some fabulous desserts and sweet treats to tempt you here!

Not into eating out? Eat our food at home! Our Takeaway Menu offers a wide choice of dishes to collect.

All menus can be subject to change, plus we have daily specials, so it may all be a bit different when you visit, if that is important to you please call us first.

You can CLICK HERE to reserve a table online

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The Anchor Inn
Upper Street
Stratford St Mary

01206 322143

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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 last orders at 8pm Sunday to Tuesday and 9pm the rest of the week. Last entry is an hour before we close.

Sandwiches, bread, cakes, pastries and bakery goods are served until 4pm Monday to Saturday.

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