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Historic family-run inn with plenty of talking points

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Wheelchair access
Dog friendly

In the same family since 1938, this 15th-century coaching inn is steeped in history – you might notice hot cross buns hanging from the original king post supporting the ancient roof timbers. Every year the oldest willing villager hangs another one, an unusual tradition that dates back 100 years to when the pub changed hands on a Good Friday. In the wood-panelled bar, regular brews like Crouch Vale Brewers Gold are backed by a selection of changing guest ales. The lunchtime bar menu offers sandwiches and light meals but booking is essential in the popular restaurant, where the daily-changing menu is driven by seasonal produce. You might choose local game terrine wrapped in Parma ham with red wine roasted fig and fried Guinea fowl egg; or rabbit and tarragon spring roll with swede purée, baby carrots and coriander sauce for starters perhaps. Follow on with tempura of cauliflower with caramelised cauliflower, parmesan, spinach and truffle oil.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25-26 December
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11-11 (Sunday 12-10.30)
  • Lunch: all week 12-1.45
  • Dinner: Monday to Friday 6.30-9.45, Saturday 6-9.45, Sunday 7-9.45

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: Greene King IPA, Crouch Vale Brewers Gold, Sharp's Doom Bar, guest ales

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Ramp access available
  • Accessible toilets


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

M25 junction 30 or 31 follow Thurrock signs

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