Local Information Barcombe

The Anchor Inn is set in one of the loveliest and most unspoiled parts of Rural Sussex and lies on the west bank of the River Ouse, four miles upstream from the county town of Lewes.

Built in 1790, the original Anchor Inn catered for bargees, whose horse drawn barges travelled up the Ouse, from Newhaven to Slaugham, with varied cargoes, which included brick used to build Barcombe Viaduct for the railway in 1846. The construction of the railway caused the decline of river traffic, and the last barge moored at the Anchor Inn in1861.

The Anchor Inn continued to be used by the few locals in the area, until the Innkeeper was caught in the time honoured ‘sport' of smuggling, and the Inn Licence was confiscated in 1895. The Licence was then regained in 1963.

In 1895, the property was acquired by Sir William Grantham of Barcombe Place. Sir William was responisble for several alterations to the building. It was his custom with the property that he acquired, to incorporate several ships timbers and posts taken from old windjammers. These may be seen in the unusual curved teak posts supporting the main porch, and the teak pillars beneath the mantel in the bar.


The Anchor Inn has from time immemorial enjoyed boating rights over the most beautiful stretch of the River Ouse from the Anchor Inn, to the attractive fish ladder 'Falls' extending below to Sutton Hall.

The Anchor Inn

Following the worst floods for over 200 years at the end of 2000, the Anchor Inn now offers two cosy bars serving real ales, bottled lagers, fine wines and freshly prepared bar food.


Comfortable accommodation is available in our brand new, self catered river-side chalet. See the accommodation page of the site for an exact listing of what the chalet has offer

Weddings and Functions

Private receptions are catered for either within the Inn or in a river-side marquee. We are licensed for Civil Wedding Ceromonies. Hire our marquee or one of our function rooms for yout own event. See the Wedding and Functions page of the site for more specific details.The Anchor Inn and it's facilities will appeal to persons seeking peace and tranquility, far removed from the noise and pace of the 21st century.

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