Here’s a unique one for you, The Anchor Inn is an historic pub that dates back more than 450 years and it specialises in seafood. Found in the village of Cockwood close to Exeter, the inn overlooks the pretty harbour and was once a bustling hangout for seamen and the many smugglers who ruled Devon’s coastline.
These days things are far tamer, and while it’s unlikely you’ll find yourself face to face with any staggering smugglers you can expect a menu with an emphasis on seafood and beautiful harbour views. The low beamed ceilings and rustic interior make it easy to believe just how far back the pub dates and the walls (and ceilings for that matter) are adorned with objects connected to the sea.
The Anchor Inn welcomes all, and the building looks beautiful during the summer when it's surrounded by colourful hanging baskets, whilst the winter months see them replaced by twinkling fairy lights. There’s something about the inn that will capture the imagination as soon as you approach, and the restaurant offers a candlelit atmosphere and a chance to enjoy the building over great food.
Summer sees visitors sit outside and enjoy the sight of the swans on the water, and as the sun sets behind the harbour and evening starts to creep in this is a special part of Devon to be.