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Pubs in Essex

In rural Essex with its traditional villages, quiet lanes, wild coastline and plethora of country pubs, it’s hard to believe you are so close to the city of London.

Rural Essex and its tranquil coastline, perfectly located so near yet so far from the bustling capital.

Isolated beaches, creeks and inlets, saltmarshes and mudflats are all just a stone’s throw from the popular resort of Southend-on-Sea. The tranquil coastline is an important habitat for wildlife and a haven for walkers and birdwatchers. In days gone by, smugglers used these wild places to land contraband, while local pubs provided wells or cellars as hiding places for smuggled goods.

Exploring inland, take a tour around a vineyard and taste the wine, or enjoy local specialities of asparagus, strawberries and famous Colchester Oysters. Take the kids to Colchester Castle, stroll around the fabulous RHS Garden Hyde Hall, or visit the magnificent Jacobean Audley End House.

Wend your way through the villages of Coggeshall, once a centre for lace making, Thaxted, renowned for its Morris dancing gatherings, and – surely the most quintessentially English of villages – Finchingfield, compete with pond, ducks and church.

While exploring all these rural delights you will also uncover some of Essex's most treasured country pubs. Pubs such as The Anchor at Danbury near Chelmsford and just a few miles away in Colne Engaine, the Five Bells.

Find a Great Country Pub


The Queen's Head

LocationEast Clandon, Surrey

A white picket fence is what catches the eye on approach to this quaint 17th century village watering hole, located in the delightful village of East Clandon.

The Queen's Head

Great Pubs in Essex

The Anchor

LocationChelmsford, Essex

The Pheasant

LocationHalstead, Essex

The Red Cow

LocationRoyston, Essex

The Chequers

LocationMaldon, Essex

The Compasses

LocationGreat Waltham, Essex

Five Bells

LocationColchester, Essex

The Lion

LocationColchester, Essex