fine example of the quality of pubs that can be found in Essex is the winner of the ‘Best Traditional Pub’ Award at the Essex Food and Drinks Awards 2008, The Axe and Compasses in Aythorpe Roding, Dunmow.
Whether enjoying a home cooked meal, attending one of the numerous special events or just sampling one of the many guest ales, you can relax and enjoy stunning views of the Essex countryside at the Grade 2 listed 17th Century pub. Run by a dedicated Husband and Wife team, whether a regular or first time visitor, you can be sure of a warm welcome.
Approximately 20 minutes from Chelmsford and with garden areas catering for adults and children alike, The Axe and Compasses is without doubt one of the finest Pubs in Essex.
Situated not far from Dunmow in the nearby town of Margaretting, just off the A12, is their sister pub The Red Lion. A 17th Century ‘Olde Worlde’ pub that plays host to events throughout the year such as Traditional Folk Music and Dancing to various Car Shows.
If the Essex coast is more to your liking, why not pay The Victory, on Mersea Island a visit. Awarded 4 Star Inn Status by Visit Britain, the name as it suggests is in reference to Lord Nelson’s famous warship ‘HMS Victory’.
Located close to the oldest part of Mersea with unspoilt views over the Blackwater, you will find the pub not only offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to eat or drink, but also has accommodation available should you wish to stay and explore the Island.
As well as traditional, there is also a wide variety of modern gastro style Pubs in Essex, which appear to be becoming far more fashionable by specialising in food and wine a cut above that offered by your more typical public house.
A fine example of this type of establishment would be The Alma Bar and Restaurant, situated in the town of Chelmsford. Serving high quality food, real ales and fine wines secured their entry into the AA Pub Guide and also the prestigious Michelin Good Pub Guide.
With a wide enough variety of Pubs in Essex to suit most tastes and the majority being within easy travelling distance, whether you are a local or visiting our county for the first time you will find Essex hard to beat for its quality of pubs.