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Delightful thatched free house overlooking village green

At a glance

Bar menu
Beer festival
Open all year
Free Wi-Fi
Functions catered

Many pubs claim to be quintessentially English; this one deserves the claim. Dating from the 1520s, many of its original features, including low beams, leaded windows and an open fire have survived – no wonder scenes in TV’s Lovejoy were filmed here. Locally sourced, freshly made food maintains an ever-changing seasonal menu offering such dishes as steak and kidney pudding; wild boar and apple sausages; and warm sundried tomato, shallot and parmesan tartlet. Essex-brewed beers are in the bar and again in August for the bank holiday beer and cider festival.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 12–3 6–11 (Saturday to Sunday 12–11)
  • Lunch: Tuesday to Friday 12–2.30, Saturday 12–3, Sunday 12–5
  • Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6–9

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Greene King IPA, Sharp's Doom Bar, Mighty Oak, Colchester, Woodforde's, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Westons, Gwynt y Ddraig, Orchard Pig

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, Summer Bank holiday
  • Cider festival, Summer Bank holiday


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Family room available
  • High chairs

Getting here

From Braintree take A131 towards Halstead. Left onto A1017 to Great Yeldham. In Great Yeldham follow 'The Belchamps' signs. Approximately 4 miles to pub.

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