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Eat. Drink. Relax.

Fabulous food & drink with entertainment 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 room for functions and parties, 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 menus now available!

About Us

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, function rooms and live music venue in the barns and a covered dining area complete with firepit, to give the ambience of al fresco dining with warmth for the colder months.

We can cater for everything from a quick and impromptu drink to a well-planned party, wake or celebration for up to 100 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 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!

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

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! From Steak, via Fish & Chips to Breast of Chicken with Prosciutto or a Herb-crusted fillet of Hake, plus a day-time selection of sandwiches and lighter meals, there's definitely something for every taste and pocket.

You can see the Menu here including our comprehensive Sunday Roast section with our lovely warm roast meat sandwiches.

On a tighter budget? Monday to Saturday we have a great value Fixed Price Menu, from Mid-day until 6pm with a huge choice!

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.

In addition to all of this, every Wednesday we have a curry selection for that authentic Indian restaurant experience complete with poppadoms and chutneys.

Our menus change regularly, 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.

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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 until 4pm Monday to Saturday.

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