The Anchor Inn is a twenty-five minute drive from Wild Boar Wood Campsite. Close to the Village Barcombe, the access road is a narrow laneway, so drive with care and be ready to use the passing spots.
This 18th-century pub serves great real ales and traditional pub food. But its huge draw is its riverside location and the boats you can hire. The menu offers a decent selection of British favourites and includes Sunday roasts. In summer reservations can not be made, however with a large number of garden picnic tables and riverside perches, finding a spot is generally not too difficult.
What could be more fun than hiring a rowing boat out from a pub by the river and whiling away an hour or two paddling sluggishly upstream. Followed by a lazy drift back to the jetty? Meander down the river, pulling in to pick a few blackberries on the overhanging brambles.
The Anchor Inn rowing is hugely popular on sunny days and attracts lots of families and friends keen to unwind in the non-tidal reaches of the river Ouse. En route you’ll see dragonflies, moorhens, fish and possibly even an otter if you’re lucky.
The prices (Aug 2019) were £6/adult and £3/child for an hour on the boat. Keys or a credit card are taken as a deposit at the boat kiosk.