History of the Anchor

This historic inn, set in extensive grounds, dates back to the twelfth century and was originally a cider mill and grain store for the abbey itself.

Our bar is the original cider mill of Tintern Abbey, with the Ferryman’s Cottage now part of our restaurant, but was formally connected to Tintern Abbey’s Watergate, a 13th century arch and slipway that transported people and goods to England, across the River Wye.

The Anchor has been run as a licensed premises since 1806, as the fashionable ‘Picturesque’ movement swept down the Wye Valley, bringing with it notable artists, royalty and wealthy middle classes. Touring down the river from Ross-on-Wye to Chepstow, Tintern Abbey was by far the leading attraction given it’s impressive ruins set within the winding valley scenery.

Over the years the site has been adapted and extended, which concluded in early 2018 when we sympathetically restored and re-configured the venue to create a new bar area, extended restaurant and terrace, providing more space for visitors.

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"Thank you to the Anchor and all the chefs and waiting staff for our lovely Mother's Day meal, all 18 of us really enjoyed it. We all felt really spoilt, thank you."

Julie B

"The food was sooo tasty, Definitely will recommend to all my friends"

Alena H

"Cider mill over our dinner table! Great food and service!"

Emily S

"Amazing pub we found by chance on an excursion in the snow. Staff were absolutely fabulous and so lovely."

Jade B

"Love this place, the food is the best and reasonably priced, lovely atmosphere and staff are really friendly. Looks amazing now it’s been refurbished too."

Elaine H

"Had a lovely lamb Sunday dinner here, friendly staff and quick service despite how busy they were..very welcoming for our dog too, just what we needed after a long walk to devils pulpit..highly recommend"

Michelle S

"It's our favourite place to eat! Came on Mother's Day, which was our first visit since refurb and it's absolutely amazing! Food was as delicious as always and service was excellent as always."

Olivia B

"I took a minibus with 14 people to visit the Abbey grounds and in particular this excellent Pub/Restaurant the staff were very friendly and helpful despite the fact it was busy. My whole group commented positively on the whole afternoon. Well recommended."

Paul A

"The service and the food were wonderful. The new layout is absolutely brilliant and literally took my breath away. What an improvement!"

Helen K