Public House of the Month


WOKING, Surrey

Situated just downstream from Pyford Lock on the banks of the river Wey, the Anchor is only a short distance from West Byfleet and the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley. 


Tel: 01932 342 507

  • Free Wifi
  • Car Park
  • Garden
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Children's Play Area
  • Vouchers


Posted on November 2013

Darren & Karen Godwin

How long have you been landlord of this pub?

We moved to the Anchor 18 months ago, but we’ve been working with Hall & Woodhouse for 8 years.


What makes your pub special? 

We are lucky that the Anchor is in a truly amazing location, we are situated right on the beautiful banks of the river Wey.


How is your pub part of the local community?

Our pub walk is popular amongst the local people and tourists that stay in local B&Bs and hotels, especially on Sunday when guests can finish their walk off with a hearty Roast. The route can be downloaded from our website.

Many of the local companies have booked in to have their Christmas Parties with us. On the list is the lovely staff of Wisley Gardens.


What events have you got coming up or have recently been a part of?

To raise money for our company charity this year; Macmillan Cancer Support we are dressing up in festive fancy dress on the weekend of the 21st December. Santa is also swinging by on Friday to see all the little ones; he’ll be giving out sweets and will be available for photo opportunities. Again, we’ll be collecting for Macmillan Cancer Support.


If you could recommend a perfect combination of Badger ale and meal for your visitors – what would you recommend?

One of our most popular dishes is our Gourmet Burger with our delicious skin on fries. In our opinion it goes perfectly with a pint (or two) of Badger First Gold.


How does your pub sum up the Hall & Woodhouse values?

We aim to emphasise the importance of Dedication and Ambition in everything our team does, ensuring every guest that visits the Anchor leaves with a smile on their face and feeling that we’ve made their day.


What’s good to see and experience in your area after a visit to the pub?

Guests should definitely visit Wisley Gardens whilst they are in the area.  It’s the flagship gardens of the Royal Horticultural Society and it’s only a five minutes’ drive fro the Anchor. Brooklands Museum, the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation and home of Concorde, also makes a great family day out.


What kind of people do you have visiting your pub?

We regularly have a variety of people from different walks of life visiting the Anchor, from families with younger children, groups of friends catching up over drinks to canal boaters coming in for a bite to eat.


What’s your favourite season of the year at the pub?

My favourite season is summer when we are extra busy, the sun shines on the lock and canal boaters moor up their boats and fill out our beer garden.