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Essex pub and bar guide

Here's a guide to the pubs and bars of Essex - good or bad, we bring you the most talked about venues and the places you have to visit at least once. We've included a few user reviews, to give you an idea of what to expect when you get there. Or you can follow the links to see full details and all reviews for each pub.

Hop Beer Shop, Chelmsford

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Address: 173 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0LD
Phone: 01245353570
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Nearest train station: Chelmsford (0.6 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Traditional pub atmosphere, with four cask beers and three ciders. Bottles from local area, London, and the world.
15 Jun 2015 21:21
Well worth a visit to try some local micro brew beers from the Chelmsford area .I
27 Apr 2015 07:56
A place for proper drinkers. Four beers on, A couple of ciders and a large selection of bottles. I think they may even have a small sherry available for the ladies.
10 Apr 2015 12:35

The Travellers Friend, Woodford Green

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Address: 496-498, High Road, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 0PN
Phone: 020 8504 2435
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Nearest tube stations: Woodford (0.7 miles), Roding Valley (0.9 miles)


Nearest train stations: Highams Park (1.3 miles), Chingford (1.5 miles), Wood Street (2.5 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Thank you cask ales I think you broke the tension with that post, did make me smile. It's not an argument just a healthy disagreement between two complete opposites of each other. I support this pub, and enjoy my visits. I just don't like comments which focus on personal attacks on people.
1 Mar 2015 12:31
I think the only way to solve this argument is to let arsenal fan 36 visit this pub and give his unique views on it.
28 Feb 2015 20:42
Thank you morrisey for your comment. I'm glad that the opinionated reviewers on this site, have some awareness of the laws regarding internet reviewing and personal posts. I am sorry to disappoint you but I am unaware of how mentioning the former landlady is relevant to my post?!?. I do know the lady herself, and am aware if she wanted to defend herself she would do so in person. Not through an anonymous site, what would be the point.

I am a regular customer of this fine establishment experiencing both past and present management. I would like to inform you I am in fact a member of the team that regulate the usage of this site, hence my last post. And also there has been three cautions issued by police to reviewers who have posted on here. Although I doubt they are unlikely to sing it from the roof tops. I do welcome and enjoy your interesting views and theories! Mildly entertaining!
27 Feb 2015 20:13

Anchor Hotel, Great Wakering

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Address: 23 High Street, Great Wakering, Essex, SS3 0EF
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Nearest train stations: Shoeburyness (1.7 miles), Thorpe Bay (2.3 miles), Southend East (3.6 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Great local, great real ale, but unfortunately not many on offer, I don't question the landlord stills just his ordering ability. This pub could be fanatic if the availability was better.
28 Sep 2014 19:17
Great local, great real ale, but unfortunately not many on offer, I don't question the landlord stills just his ordering ability. This pub could be fanatic if the availability was better.
28 Sep 2014 19:17
Great local, great real ale, but unfortunately not many on offer, I don't question the landlord stills just his ordering ability. This pub could be fanatic if the availability was better.
28 Sep 2014 19:17

The Cricketers, Woodford

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Address: 299-301 High Road, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 9HQ
Phone: 020 8504 2734
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Nearest tube stations: Woodford (0.8 miles), South Woodford (0.9 miles)


Nearest train stations: Highams Park (1 mile), Wood Street (1.5 miles), Walthamstow Central (2.3 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

firstly i would just like to mention the nice environment, friendly and down to earth. the beer is nice and the food is delicious. the staff are very welcoming. if you are looking for a good place to go then this is the place to go.
To the points made on this site, referring to others, its just pathetic and the person could have spoken to who he has mentioned in their post and aired it there and then. If you don't like the pub or people who frequent it don't drink in here. simple and obvious id say.

keep up the great work team, oh and Dan the assistant manager who works tirelessly to keep all who go in there happily entertained.
22 Jan 2015 11:31
Not a local, however found this to be a pleasent pub (on Christmas Eve) with decent beer.
27 Dec 2014 16:24
What a shame!

Great building, great location, bus-stops very nearby. Went in on Saturday night the only punters were a couple who spent the evening staring at each. The perfect place for a bit of live music or... anything really.

15 Aug 2014 14:20

King Harold, Harold Wood

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Address: 51 Station Road, Harold Wood, Essex, RM3 0BS
Phone: 01277230794
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Nearest train stations: Harold Wood (0.1 miles), Gidea Park (1.5 miles), Emerson Park (1.9 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Loved the reviews on here :-)

After completing another stage of the London Loop, I was delighted to find a clean, modern pub with a roaring fire to dry off in front of.

Packed solid for a Saturday Afternoon.

Two beers on - Speckled Hen and Doom Bar. Both were in average condition.
4 Jan 2015 13:14
I had a fantastic Christmas meal with my colleagues here, the staff paid us lots of attention and the food was gorgeous. Everybody had a great time and we stayed for a few extra drinks as well. Loved it so much we have decided to book our next staff party at the here! - from the bakery ladies. (local business)
29 Dec 2014 22:05
Great local, lots of friendly people and great food and beer. I bring my family in for Sunday lunch and the service is always excellent. Its got a great outside bar and they have a good beer festival in the summer. Brilliant pub.
19 Nov 2014 20:49

Royal Oak, Woodford Green

Address: 320 Hale End Road, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 9LN
Phone: 020 85272022
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Nearest train stations: Highams Park (0.3 miles), Wood Street (1.3 miles), Walthamstow Central (1.9 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

why is everyone in there Irish?
Just enjoyed a burger, yummy
Garden looked great, but I'm not too sure you can smoke under the newly built shelter as it is a legal requirement for it to be at least 50% open.
4 Oct 2014 17:28
Popped in on a Saturday night for a quick one and was pleasantly surprised.

Welcoming staff, clean venue, nice atmosphere.

The only downsides were the quite small selection of ales, although there were a couple of Essex brews, which tasted lovely. My biggest gripe was the large TV screen showing football highlights to nobody. If there is not a real match on and no-one is watching it please turn the TV off. It's just a distraction.

Also turn down the music (a touch too loud) and anything except godawful 80's pop and rock.

Would use it for a meet-up, but not for a proper night-out
16 Sep 2014 18:57
From the local press

"The owner of a two hundred year-old pub is seeking to "return it to its former glory" following an extensive refurbishment.

Dating back to the mid 19th century, the Royal Oak pub in Hale End Road, Highams Park has become the latest restoration project for the Irish pub company, Tommy Flynn's.

It re-opened to the public on August 7 following a three-month closure with much of its original features restored and displayed for the first time in a generation. "
25 Aug 2014 14:03

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