Review ~ The Anchor Inn, Morston

Morston Anchor

Rowan Glennie Harry Farrow

We love exploring the beautiful Norfolk countryside and discovering exciting new places to eat out. So we were delighted to come across The Anchor Inn, a quaint olde-worlde pub situated in the little seaside village of Morston along the North Norfolk coast. Apparently, it was once a haven for 19th century smugglers and fishermen.

The pub and restaurant are now run by old school friends Harry Farrow and Rowan Glennie, who have carried out a complete refurbishment since taking over the pub in June 2011. Their hard work and effort paid off as they have built up a local reputation for serving fresh locally sourced food, and The Anchor was voted the EDP Readers Restaurant of 2012.

When we arrived we were given a really friendly welcome by owner Rowan Glennie, who seems to take great pleasure chatting with the customers and serving them too!

There was a lovely family atmosphere, with customers of all ages including a mixture of tourists and hikers as well as those out to celebrate a special occasion.

We were shown to a table near the window where we could watch the hikers and birdwatchers as they strolled back from their walks along the nearby marshes and beaches.

We were given a delicious appetizer of Celeriac Soup and Crispy Chicken, with the compliments of the chef. We knew if this was a sample of what was to come, we would be in for a treat! A nice touch was the jug of iced water with lemon, which helped to clean our palettes between courses.

For starters, Jane went for the Homemade Smoked Mackerel Paté, Pub Pickles and Toast, which she said was delicious and had lots of mackerel in the pate. I went for the ‘Soup of the Day,’ Sweet Potato and Coconut, served with a home made crusty roll and bread. You could really taste the flavours in the soup, and you could tell the bread was freshly home made.

The service was excellent, with very friendly staff, who always found time for a quick chat.

The Winter’s Golden Beer Battered ‘fish of the day’ was plaice and just melted in the mouth. The Homemade Tartar Sauce, Triple Cooked Hand Cut Chips and Crispy Salad all complemented each other perfectly. It was far superior to your average High Street fish and chips!

Jane went for the Roast Rare Breed Pork Loin with Duck Fat Roast Potatoes, Creamed Leeks, Smoked Bacon, Roast Celeriac, Piccolo Parsnips with a side dish of Cauliflower Puree which was rich and creamy, in fact the creamiest she’d ever tasted. It was beautifully presented, and part of the pleasure was in discovering hidden layers of food, each one as good if not better than the previous.

I finished off with the Anchor Vanilla Crème Brulee and honeycomb ice cream, which having a very sweet tooth, was absolutely to die for. Unfortunately for Jane, she was only able to manage a cappuccino and mints. We both agreed that the food far outstretched any meal we had eaten for a very long time.

On the way out, we noticed there were people eating in the beer garden adjacent to the pub. It was too chilly out there for us, but would have been lovely on a warm summer’s day.

Tickets can be purchased at the pub for a spectacular seal trip from the Quay and out to Blakeney Harbour to view the seals and the migrant birds. To combine one of these trips with a meal at The Anchor would indeed be the perfect day out.

To sum up, we really enjoyed our experience at The Anchor and will definitely return again.

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Reviewed by John Beck and Jane Beaumont.

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