The Cider Mill Bar
Our bar was once a cider mill, attached to Tintern Abbey’s orchard. The original horse-drawn cider press is a central feature of the bar. With comfortable under floor heating, room for thirty six diners and a warm atmosphere, the bar is a great place to enjoy your Anchor experience.
We pride ourselves with presenting ales and beers from a variety of sources from within our local area. There is always a good range of cask ales, served from hand pumps.
Our regular range of ales includes the Wye Valley, Bath Ales and Otter Breweries, plus a number of small craft outlets. Our cask ales are endorsed by CAMRA and we appear in their Real Ale Guide.
As the bar was originally a cider mill, we naturally offer a range of locally and nationally branded ciders, both on tap and bottled. We have draught Stowford Press and for the real cider connoisseur, Old Rosie Scrumpy, both produced by Weston’s of Much Marcle, Herefordshire. There is also a range of locally produced cider by Severn Cider and Ty Gwyn, two of which are aptly named Naughty Horsey and Very Naughty Horsey!
Our restaurant was once the ferryman’s cottage and boat house. It dates back to the 12th century. This ancient building is connected to Tintern Abbey’s north wall and the Watergate, now a scheduled monument. It was from here that a ferry transported people and goods to England, on the other side of the River Wye. This service was only terminated in 1914, when the railway bridge was built, linking Wales to England.
With a seating capacity for thirty four people, The Ferrymen’s is a cosy, intimate dining experience, with the comfort of under floor heating to warm the ancient stones of this atmospheric room, subdued lighting and candles.
We pride ourselves, here at The Anchor, in being able to provide fresh, quality ingredients, sourced as locally as possible. This ensures that only the finest ingredients go into every freshly cooked meal.
Our cellar is stocked with carefully selected house wines and an interesting variety of excellent vintages for your enjoyment. Also we stock a large range of brewed ales, beers and ciders.
The Garden Room
The Garden Room serves as a café during the day, from Spring to Autumn. Every evening throughout the year, it is transformed into a unique opportunity to enjoy fine dining, whilst overlooking stunning views of the floodlit ruins of the abbey.
We open our Garden Room café each Spring with a new and exciting menu. With beautiful views of The Anchor garden, the ancient Watergate and of course, Tintern Abbey, you can enjoy a morning coffee, light lunch and afternoon cream tea. The centrepiece of the Garden Room is our 100 year old olive tree. There is room for thirty six people and the space is light and airy, with comfortable under floor heating.
The Garden Room caters for all tastes and you may be assured that the finest local ingredients go into every freshly home cooked meal.
Opening hours for the Garden Room Café are from Spring to Autumn, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm weekdays and 9.00 am to 5.00 pm weekend and holidays.
We are currently offering a light bites menu that offers a good selection of Tearoom style dishes in our main bar from 10am until 14.45pm, with soup, sandwiches and cakes available through the afternoon until 5.30pm. Click here to view the cafe menu