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19th May 2014


PALMERS Brewery in Dorset has invested more than £1M in transforming a beachside pub into one of the landmark attractions on the Jurassic Coast.

The Anchor Inn at Seatown has long been famous for its idyllic seaside location. Owners Palmers Brewery have spent seven months carrying out extensive work to upgrade the facilities, creating a stunning terrace overlooking the beach and three boutique-style guest rooms with sweeping sea views.

There’s a spacious family changing room and shower for customers to freshen up before relaxing with drinks or a meal.

‘The Anchor Inn is one of our flagship properties and we have invested a substantial sum to revitalise the building and provide the quality experience that our customers deserve,’ said John Palmer, Chairman of Palmers Brewery.

In the last two years Palmers have invested more than £4M in upgrading their pub estate. The spend is set to continue with plans for a landmark restaurant with rooms in Lyme Regis and the brewery on the lookout for further acquisitions.


Palmers Brewery Chairman John Palmer (left) and Tenanted Trade Director Jayson Perfect raise a glass of Palmers Dorset Gold for the reopening of the Anchor Inn at Seatown after a £1M upgrade.


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Palmers Brewery was founded in 1794 by the Gundry family of Dorset rope and net makers. In the late 19th century two Palmer brothers – John Cleeves and Robert Henry – bought the operation and its pubs and gave it their names: JC & RH Palmer.

Today, their great grandsons John and Cleeves Palmer work in the company and Palmers Brewery remains among the best of small independent brewers.

The original Old Brewery – famous as the only working thatched brewery in Britain – is where the beer is still brewed to traditional methods with the finest ingredients. Palmers’ pubs include some of the best known and best loved in the South West.

You can see how Palmers’ beer is brewed and taste the brewery’s five fine ales on a tour of Palmers historic brewery buildings; contact Palmers Wine Store for bookings or visit the website at


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