Known to have been licensed by 1809, the Gibson family took over this 18th-century pub in 2002. In the lofty, timbered restaurant a huge open fireplace spanned by a wide bressumer beam supports a hefty brick chimney that disappears into the rafters. The menus strike all the right notes for those who like their food both simply prepared and described, thus lamb's liver, bacon, mash and onion gravy; gammon, eggs and chips; baked salmon fillet, new potatoes and mixed vegetables; and home-made vegetable lasagne. Adnams Southwold and Shepherd Neame Spitfire are among the real ales to be found in the bar, as are 12 wines by the glass.
Closed: 26–27 December
Open all week
Opening times: 11.30–3.30 6–11.30 (Sunday 12–11)
Lunch: Monday to Friday 12–2.30, Saturday 12–3, Sunday 12–4
Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6.30–9.30, Sunday 4–8
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Ramp access available
Allowed in bar
Allowed in garden
From A414 in Harlow take B183 towards Sheering. At 2nd roundabout 2nd exit (Churchgate Street). At T-junction left (The Matchings). Over motorway. Pub on right in village centre.