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Pubs in Essex

A fine example of the quality of pubs that can be found in Essex is the winner of the ‘Best Traditional Pub’ Award at the Essex Food & Drinks Awards 2008, The Axe & Compasses in Aythorpe Roding, Dunmow.

Whether enjoying a home cooked meal, attending one of the numerous special events or just sampling one of the many guest ales, you can relax and enjoy stunning views of the Essex countryside at the Grade 2 listed 17th Century pub. Run by a dedicated Husband and Wife team, whether a regular or first time visitor, you can be sure of a warm welcome.

Approximately 20 minutes from Chelmsford and with garden areas catering for adults and children alike, The Axe & Compasses is without doubt one of the finest Pubs in Essex.

Situated not far from Dunmow in the nearby town of Margaretting, just off the A12, is their sister pub The Red Lion. A 17th Century ‘Olde Worlde’ pub that plays host to events throughout the year such as Traditional Folk Music and Dancing to various Car Shows.

If the Essex coast is more to your liking, why not pay The Victory, on Mersea Island a visit. Awarded 4 Star Inn Status by Visit Britain, the name as it suggests is in reference to Lord Nelson’s famous warship ‘HMS Victory’.
Located close to the oldest part of Mersea with unspoilt views over the Blackwater, you will find the pub not only offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to eat or drink, but also has accommodation available should you wish to stay and explore the Island.

As well as traditional, there is also a wide variety of modern gastro style Pubs in Essex, which appear to be becoming far more fashionable by specialising in food and wine a cut above that offered by your more typical public house.

A fine example of this type of establishment would be The Alma Bar & Restaurant, situated in the town of Chelmsford. Serving high quality food, real ales and fine wines secured their entry into the AA Pub Guide and also the prestigious Michelin Good Pub Guide.

Situated on the Essex & Suffolk borders and boasting stunning views over the Stour Valley, The Thatchers Arms has been under new ownership since November 2006 and has steadily gained a reputation for fantastic fresh locally sourced food and a great selection of local ales.
The Thatchers Arms has always been a local pub and this tradition continues with a blend of drinkers and diners from all around the local area. Everybody is welcome, whether you want a quiet pint, a snack or a 3 course meal. You can sit and admire the fabulous views or challenge a friend to a game of backgammon, or if you're lucky you might find somebody playing the piano or reciting tales of local history. You'd be amazed what goes on in the country...

With over 20 years in the restaurant and service industry, your hosts at the White Hart Inn, Simon and Mandy, will ensure that your time there is both relaxing and enjoyable, whether it be sampling the fresh local fish in the restaurant, spending the night in one of their luxury rooms or just sitting back for a quiet pint of one of the guest ales.

With a wide enough variety of Pubs in Essex to suit most tastes and the majority being within easy travelling distance, whether you are a local or visiting our county for the first time you will find Essex hard to beat for its quality of pubs.


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