This pretty Grade II listed building dates from 1527 and has the heavily carved beams and inglenook fireplaces to prove it. The traditional bar, which sells Shepherd Neame’s real ales plus guest and seasonal brews, has no TV or games machines. As well as a range of real ales on tap, there is an extensive menu of home-cooked food. Warm pigeon salad might be followed by ox cheek, creamed chive potato, button mushrooms and baby onions. A large garden and courtyard make for popular alfresco options in the summer.
Open all year
Open all week
Opening times: Saturday to Sunday all day
Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–2.30, Sunday 12–8
Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6–9, Friday to Saturday 6–9.30, Sunday 12–8
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Allowed in bar
Allowed in restaurant
Allowed in garden
On A12 between Colchester and Witham. Village 1 mile.