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The Tower Arms, South Weald - pub details

Address: Weald Road, South Weald, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5QJ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 34448) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Brentwood (1.6 miles), Harold Wood (2.6 miles), Shenfield (2.8 miles)

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Closed two weeks ago for re- development.
hogshead - 22 Jan 2014 23:24
Why do I do it to myself?

On the face of it, this pub has everytging going for it. A lovely location off a reasonably quiet country road opposite an old stone church and access to Weald Park for walks and country fairs.

Inside the pub, the promise of real ale on tap in a cosy bar area with the old spit and sawdust wooden boards and fireplace, or on a sunny day out the book to the wonderful garden area with games area provided.

If that walk has left you famished, pop back to the restaurant for some of the best food in the area.

And yet, the positive foundations are shaken to the core every time by the service which on every occasion I have visited has been truly diabolical.

Walking into the bar, its clear that as ever theres only one ale on tap with the rest of the bar pump disappointingly swing me their backside. The available ale is Specked Hen which is a fine point but time and place, a little heavy for the sole decent pint on tap. This is all the more disappointing given that the fine Brentwood Brewery is only half a mile up the road.

Then the service, ignored for 5 minutes as the solitary barmaid busied herself moving things around on the sideboard. Then another punter turned up and waited 2-3 minutes before being served and back to washing glasses for the barmaid, at which point clearly disturbed by my presence, I was finally served.

"Do you want something, then?" uttered with an insouciance laced with indolence and a certain sense of jaded ennui at the prospect of having to pour another couple of pints for a customer.

No ale, so Urquell and Peroni then, at which point the barmaid reaches for a glass about 1/4 full, pours these dregs into another glass and begins adding from the tap. Now maybe I'm being unfair here but frankly I'm still in shock, having only just managed to pick my jaw off the floor.

If you're in Brentwood try the Victoria, The Rose and Crown or any one of the other delightful pubs in the area but if you're ever tempted by the Tower Arms take a right into the restaurant and leave as soon as you've sampled the top quality food.
Shorters - 30 Sep 2013 10:14
Three reviews in one...

The bar was full of locals at 6pm and there seemed a good atmosphere. Then more came in after bellringing. Then there is the odd bargame of getting the hoop on a hook. Must be an essex thing. Due to the unseasonably warm weather, I stuck to Kronenbourg. Soz ale fans.

The food was excellent - with great service in a nice area. Just be carful that you order veggies if you want them.

The highlight was the rooms - exceptionally high standard and each looks uniquely presented. Much better than a grotty chain pub for the same price.

Very friendly staff.
Mappiman - 4 Oct 2011 20:00
stunning setting opposite a beautfull church in a hidden little village. the bar area is a really nice place to spend an afternoon or evening. nice wooden bar in the middle, lovely country trimmings. decent set of locals who hold court up one end of the room, and add a nice atmosphere ot the place. very good service from the bar girls, pint topped up without asking. great place.
CHELSEA_on_tour - 27 Jul 2011 11:14
Recently visited this place on a Sunday after a fine local walk. The extremely busy beer garden was not a place to dwell for more than the time it took to gulp down my over-priced, flat beer. The only food being offered alfesco was served from what looked like a converted garage and basically consisted of sausages, burgers or jacket spuds. And who thought it was a good idea to have loud music playing?... in a country pub garden! Do these people know nothing? Such a shame as it's in a lovely location.
kestrel - 4 Oct 2010 23:13

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