Find this good neighbourhood restaurant with rooms in a building dated from the 15th century, and it’s thought to have been a coaching inn from the onset.
The beamed bar and restaurant certainly oozes atmosphere and is a million miles away from the modern dishes on offer now.
An autumn menu brought ‘Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Caramelised Cauliflower & Honey’; ‘Ham Hock & Chicken Liver Terrine with Plum Compote’ and ‘Pan-Fried Scallop with Wild Garlic Purée, Butter-Poached Tiger Prawns & Broad Beans’ from the list of starters on offer.
Mains on offer included ‘Garlic-Roast Chump of Lamb with Roast Red Pepper Couscous’; ‘Rib of English Beef with Tomato Compote and Smoked Garlic Butter’ and ‘Pan-Fried Sea Bass & Salmon n Brown Crab Croquette & Prawn Bisque’.
If you still have room, you might be tempted by ‘Steamed Lemon Syrup Pudding, with Greengage Compote and Mascarpone Ice Cream’; ‘Dark Chocolate Tart with Vanilla Crème Fraiche’ or their selection of British cheeses from Neal’s Yard (q.v).
An overnight stay, in one of their atmospheric rooms would round off a relaxing evening.
No mobile phones in dining room.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week; 12.00-13.45 (Sun 14.30); mains about £12 to £27 (Sandwich menu also available)
- Dinner: all week; 18.45-21.45; mains about £12 to £27
- Seats: 80, plus 36 outside
- Wine: a list, that covers the world, has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Stanford le Hope Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: check Christmas openings
- Outside eating
- Rooms available