The Anchor Inn

(17 reviews) 17 4.94
Anchor Lane Barcombe Lewes East Sussex BN8 5EA
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About The Anchor Inn

Anchor Lane, Barcombe, Lewes
East Sussex, BN8 5EA

The Anchor Inn at Barcombe offers you the ideal setting for your wedding day.  Set in the heart of the sussex countryside overlooking the River Ouse with beautiful surroundings it makes a wonderful country wedding venue.

The Anchor Inn has a licence to offer Civil Ceromonies in the Longford Room or cater only for the reception party from our famous hog roasts, buffets to sit down meals. Offering boating facilities for the wedding party on the river Ouse, beautiful gardens and a stylish marquee catering for up to 160 seated guests. It is possible to have both the wedding ceremony and the reception on the premises which been approved by East Sussex County Council for the solemnization of marriages in pursuance of section 26(1)(bb) of the Marriage Act 1949. Ceremonies can only be held in our newly refurbished wedding room seating up to thirty-five guests, although its possible to hold a blessing with many more guests in the grounds.The heated marquee is available for functions from 40 to 160 seated guests. It is beautifully lined with ivory drapes, and comes with carpeted flooring and a dance floor, ample power points and all furniture.  It is positioned in the rear garden, which provides riverside seating for guests on the decking. Boating is also available for the wedding party and makes an excellent feature for your day, this can be done by the hour and we have enough boats for 160 people to be on the water at any one time. The boats can be decorated and reserved for use by your guests.

We have a beautiful self contained riverside lodge, set on its own private decking which sleeps  4-5 people, and makes a great base for your stay. Guests are welcome to camp in the adjoining field, free of charge. The same field can be used to make your day as individual as you like, with country fete type stalls or games, bonfire parties, bouncy castles or fairground rides.

The Anchor has boating rights over two miles of the most beautiful stretch of the river Ouse which extends from the Anchor to the attractive Fish Ladder Falls just below Sutton Hall. For the evening, party-style buffets can be arranged and entertainment can be provided by either disco or live band, or just the bar if you prefer. The Anchor can also arrange a late licence for your party.

For private functions there is a separate room set away from the main restaurant which is capable of holding up to 24 people at a time.

We pride ourselves on providing individually tailored weddings, with a varied menu including buffets, on site spitroast, three course meal, facilities in the marquee and garden, accommodation and ample parking. Please download our wedding brochure here and feel free to ring our friendly wedding planner.

• Ideal setting for your wedding day • Licence to offer Civil Ceromonies • Marquee Available • Late licence available. • Free camping accommodation for guests.

Facilities at The Anchor Inn

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
In the Country
Outdoor License
Pub or Restaurant
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Marquee Available
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Car Parking
Pets Welcome
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator

The Anchor Inn Reviews (17)

Amazing wedding day
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By Dan Cassandro, on 09 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 02 Sep 2017

Just a huge thank you for allowing us to have our wedding at your amazing pub, it was so much fun. The weather was top notch and everyone had such a lovely day. Nicole you were fantastic and kept things ticking over nicely. Thank you for taking care of us. Bar team were awesome and got involved with the guests which was superb. That was a nice touch. Toby you're a top man and a gent. You are a credit to The Anchor Inn and it was a pleasure to meet you. Kathy and Simon you have been top draw from when we first met. We love the place and can't wait to come back. Thanks again or everything. Everyone really did have a brilliant day.

Beautiful venue in picturesque surroundings
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By Simon Hewitt, on 09 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 19 Aug 2017

I got married here in August. A beautiful venue, picturesque country surroundings. Nicole our maitre d' was fantastic, friendly, efficient and very calming! The owners were also very helpful, accommodating and great fun! I would highly recommend staying a night or two in the chalet too. Waking up on the riverbank. Wonderful!

Beautiful country wedding location
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By Sean Conner, on 22 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 29 Jul 2017

I had my wedding at The Anchor Inn in July 2017 and am very happy with how it went. Simon, Nicole and the team are friendly and accommodating and made us feel welcome from the start. Nicole especially was a real breath of fresh air - straight talking, good humoured and friendly. As a venue The Anchor Inn was perfect for our wedding. The marquee is spacious and well built and the decking area is a lovely spot to enjoy the views of the river and surrounding countryside. We erected a campsite of bell tents in the field next door and with the midnight bonfire to keep the party going the occasion was relaxed, informal and most importantly of all, great fun. All our guests had a great time, as did we, on a truly special day.

Perfect location for a wedding
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By Lee Hopcroft, on 31 Jul 2017Date of Wedding - 24 Jun 2017

We held our wedding ceremony and reception at The Anchor and from the start to finish everything was perfect. Nothing was too much trouble for Simon and his team with Nicole making herself available for any request. The location is superb, the marquee is just right and the hog roast was enjoyed by everyone. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend The Anchor Inn to anyone wanting to have a function in the loveliest surroundings. The Anchor Inn made our special day even more special.

My daughters wedding
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By Leo and Ellie, on 31 Jul 2017Date of Wedding - 20 May 2017

We held my daughters wedding here this weekend and were delighted with all aspects of the day. The wedding planner Nicole was wonderful and ensured that everything ran smoothly. She also gave us excellent advice on what would and wouldn't work! Food was delicious and service was excellent. The setting is perfect for a wedding and we had a wonderful day even though weather wasn't perfect. What really made the day was the staff who were absolutely wonderful. So helpful and friendly and nothing was too much trouble and Toby was a great help. Food in the restaurant is also lovely as we ate there several times while setting up. Would thoroughly recommend the pub, restaurant and the wedding venue.

Lovely setting for a relaxed country pub wedding
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By Madeleine Cuss, on 31 Jul 2017Date of Wedding - 29 Apr 2017

Thank you guys for all the effort you put in for our wedding day! We had a brilliant day and are really happy we had our reception at The Anchor. We and our guests all loved it with being able to go boating. The setting was perfect for us being by the river and around the pub. The fireworks were amazing and you built us the ultimate bonfire for the perfect end to our wedding day. Simon when you said you'd make it a big one for us that was amazing! The staff on the day were all really nice and Simon Kathy and Toby were great in the run-up helping us to organise it in a short space of time after a bumpy initial process with the wedding co-ordinator they used to use. We only briefly knew the new co-ordinator Nicole but she seemed great! We'll be back to The Anchor for visits when we're in the area for sure and if you want a fun, laid back country pub based wedding reception we would high recommend it!

Amazing venue - super relaxed
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By Katya, on 04 Aug 2014

We got married last weekend at the Anchor Inn and had an amazing experience. It's an extremely relaxed venue, lovely owners and staff, just perfect. We had our ceremony and reception there, the ceremony room is small but perfect for a more intimate group. The marquee was lovely, we decorated it ourselves and it looked really pretty with the bunting up. The decking area was great to have for people wishing to sit outside away from the music in the evening. We made use of the field behind the marquee too, with a bouncy castle and games etc. we were also allowed to have a fire later in the evening where we sat round and had a chuckle. All in all it was a great experience and would really recommend this venue to anyone.

Wonderful summer wedding
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By MarrianaC, on 15 Oct 2013

“Wonderful summer wedding” Reviewed 4 August 2013 A few weeks ago we had our wedding reception at the Anchor Inn and it was everything that we hoped for and more. Stephanie and Simon were lovely to us from when first visited to choose the location. They made us feel relaxed and like nothing was too much trouble throughout the entire planning process. On the day they looked after us and made sure that everything went smoothly. The location is just simply stunning and we were given free rein and access to decorate the marquee to put our “stamp” on our event. The staff was friendly and went out of their way to help us. The hog roast was delicious and everyone commented on how good the food was. In summary, this is a really special place run by special people who helped us have a very special day. Thank you to Stephanie, Simon and the rest of the team. Visited July 2013 Value Atmosphere Service Food Less Was this review helpful?Yes1 Problem with this review? Ask Marianna C about The Anchor Inn & Boating This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

What a wedding
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By Robin, on 15 Oct 2013

Our daughter recently had her small intimate wedding at the Anchor, we couldn't have been happier. Everything was absolutely perfect, the food was delicious and very efficiently served, the marquee looked beautiful and the staff were fantastic, they partied late into the night with us after working so hard all day. Simon, Steph and the rest of the team did everything they possibly could to make sure the day went without a hitch. Thanks to everyone for the loveliest of weddings, we wouldn't have any hesitation in recommending the Anchor as a wedding venue. Robin and Chris.

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By Lou spratt, on 15 Oct 2013

We recently had our wedding at The Anchor (21/7/12) and we can not fault it! The location, staff, food, everything was perfect. Simon, Stephanie and Julie were extremely helpful and friendly to deal with, nothing was too much trouble. We have had so much feedback from our guests that they loved the beautiful setting of this venue, the food and the fun relaxed atmosphere that the Anchor provided. Simon the landlord was especially accomodating letting our guests camp in his field. I can not believe some of the negative reviews on this site, I can not imagine Simon or any of the staff treating customers in any other way than being friendly and helpful. To sum it up the Anchor provided a perfect day in a perfect setting with a perfect atmosphere, thank you all at The Anchor!

Amazing venue and lovely pub.
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By Sbeg1, on 15 Oct 2013

We had our reception in June 2012 at the beautiful Anchor Inn, Barcombe and didn't regret it at all. From deciding on the venue 16 months before, right up until the clean-up the day after, the manager Simon, Steph, Julia and the team were great. On every visit they were helpful, friendly, flexible, professional and, best of all, fun. We're sure we couldn't have chosen any better for one of the most important day of our lives, even if we'd had an inexhaustable budget. The location is unmatchable. Being 260 years old and covered with well kept foliage and surrrounded by natural-looking gardens, it had just the character we were looking for in a quintessential country pub. We would recommend this venue and the lovely team that look after it for any event. Thank you Simon & the team!

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By EmilyB, on 15 Oct 2013

We have got to say this was the most beautiful day! Thanks to Simon and Stephanie for all the hard work they put into our wedding to make it just perfect. The food was excellent our guests were very pleased and the evening cheese stack was to die for! The chalet was clean, spacious and had everything we needed in it. The pricing was very reasonable and we would recommend any wedding couple to book here. It is fantastic!

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