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The Red Cow


High Street
Royston, Essex

Tel: +44 01763 838792

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The Red Cow

Just south of Cambridge at the place where the three counties of Essex, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire meet, nestled amidst stunning countryside with just woodlands and the occasional hamlet for neighbours, is this picture-perfect little pub. Chrishall itself is the quintessential English village, supporting a small school and thatched cottages with the unassuming Red Cow at the very centre.

Owners Toby and Alexis have been at the Red Cow for five years and their energy and determination to make this into a truly excellent pub is really paying off. It has all the right ingredients – a great location, lovely thatched building with roses growing up the whitewashed walls, a friendly atmosphere and great food.

The bar is decked out with terracotta quarry tiles, beams, and wooden chairs and tables, while beyond is the dining area with more beams and wooden tables. Everywhere there is contemporary art on the walls, ‘Red Cow’ pictures and photos, plus notices of local interest.  Games are kept behind the bar for your entertainment, including outdoor varieties such as giant jenga, plus children’s toys. Other thoughtful delights include a sweet shop in one corner, book exchange service, dog biscuits for sale, and long-life milk and part-baked baguettes available for locals in emergency as there’s no shop in the village.

Flavoursome, homemade dishes made from daily fresh, carefully sourced ingredients feature on the seasonally changing menus. The pub has its own vegetable garden, planted with help from local people; Toby, who is an award-winning chef himself, aims to have at least one vegetable from the plot on the plate at all times of year. When in season, game is bought from the local shoots.

The Red Cow’s cottage-style garden is a glorious place to be on a sunny day with golden fields of corn, blackberry and wildflower hedges and blue skies to gaze at. Inside and out, the pub is often busy with local ramblers who gather for coffee before heading out for a walk, leaving cars in the car park and returning here for lunch. An annual music festival is held at the Red Cow when you will see a marquee erected in the garden.

Group Friendly:

Group rates available — yes: morning coffee; lunch; afternoon tea; dinner
Group size — min 12, max 50
Coach Parking on site — yes
Driver incentive — yes
Disabled facilities — all areas accessible; disabled toilets
Pre-booking required — essential


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