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A direct ancestor of George Washington is believed to have lived here in 1634 when he was the local rector. The building was old even then, going back to the 14th century. Purleigh Hill on which it stands is only 45 metres above sea level, but still high enough for sweeping views south. Drink Essex- and Suffolk-brewed real ales or try neighbouring New Hall Vineyard's Sauvignon Blanc in the inglenook fireplace-warmed bar. Daily menus and weekly specials boards inspire with deep-fried camembert with cranberry sauce; guinea fowl with chasseur sauce; and monkfish with whisky provençale sauce.

Opening hours

  • Days closed: Sunday evening, Monday (excluding bank holidays)
  • Opening times: 11.30-3 6-11 (Saturday 12-3.30 6-11 Sunday 12-5)
  • Lunch: Tuesday to Friday 12-2, Saturday 12-2.30, Sunday 12-4
  • Dinner: Tuesday to Friday 7-9, Saturday 6.30-9

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: Crouch Vale Brewers Gold, Adnams IPA, Mighty Oak Captain Bob
  • Real ciders: Aspall

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

Between Chelmsford and Burnham-on-Crouch on B1010. (5 miles south of Maldon). In Purleigh, pub on top of hill adjacent to church

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