Welcome to the anchor


With its stunning waterfront location overlooking the River Crouch, The Anchor offers the perfect tranquil destination to unwind and relax with friends and family. Set in Hullbridge, deep in the heart of the charming Essex countryside, surrounded by acres of green belt farmland and a nature reserve, visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the river and undulating hills. A lovely garden and large decked terraces offer plenty of space for eating outside . If you prefer to be inside, the Orangery, with its floor to ceiling glass windows and an abundance of natural light, is the perfect alternative. The Anchor is a unique riverside retreat and the perfect destination to dine in style or simply to just watch the world go by, whilst enjoying one of our local ales or fine wines, after a stroll along the river bank.

Fondly nicknamed locally as the Essex Riviera, the River Crouch is renowned as being a premier sailing centre for the South East and is hugely popular with the local boating fraternity with three yacht clubs close by. The river is also a natural habitat for much of the local wildlife and birds, particularly its main flock of geese that have taken up permanent residency here. It is widely believed that the name of the village derives from a Roman bridge that once crossed over the River Crouch joining Hullbridge and South Woodham Ferrers, but it was unfortunately burnt down in the 16th century during a battle between the King and the Duke of Essex. Steeped in a rich history, the wharfs of Hullbridge once played a vital role in the distribution of various commodities, including coal and shale. Prehistoric relics, such as Mesolithic flint axes, have been found in the parish.


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Oakman Inns and restaurants was founded in 2005 with a vision to create an environment where like-minded people could come and enjoy great food and drinks whilst catching up with friends, family and colleagues. We quickly won a place in the hearts and minds of local people through our ongoing support of local sports

teams and community events and are now renowned as an award-winning independent group of pubs and restaurants. We strive to achieve excellence with every new premise that we open and we look forward to continuing to offer outstanding customer service alongside comforting food and drink in a welcoming atmosphere.