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Thatched House, Upminster

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The Thatched House is a short bus journey from Upminster on the lesser spotted 347 bus (operates only 4 times daily, except Sundays). Alternatively it's a 10 minute walk from the 346 route and right on the edge of London. It has a pleasant interior, but seemed primarily a dining establishment. Three ales were on - Adnams Broadside, Wychwood Hobgoblin & Brakspear Bitter. My Hobgoblin was fine. There is a small drinking area near the bar with sofas and armchairs and what appeared to be a dining area beyond that.
blue_scrumpy - 11 Oct 2015 21:21
This is a restaurant first, pub second. This is a Vintage Inn, so the main selling point is obviously the restaurant and not the beer. Like a lot of pubs facing financial crisis nowadays, that is where they make their money. On that basis you can expect the same business model as you would find at any other Vintage Inn in the UK. That said, this is one of the better Vintage Inns I have visited in south Essex (one of the less favourable being the Black Horse in Brentwood - a 2 hour wait for a meal anyone?!?) and have always found it to be popular. The front of house staff here are very efficient and friendly. The 'nice man' who seated us (maitre d') deserves extra credit for his organised style and personable manner. The two course 9.95 menu was good value and the sunday roast ample. The chocolate torte was rich and melted in the mouth. Even when I found a small bone in my turkey the 'nice man' was sincerely apologetic and handled it well. There were some decent beers on offer and was pleased to hear that there was a Summer Cask Ale Selection. You could do a lot worse.
romfromromf - 29 Aug 2011 14:24
awful service, sub standard food, overall dissappointing
pubboi123 - 2 May 2011 20:09
Very much my local and now back in the Good Beer Guide after a good few years due to restaurant conversion.

Still predominantely a foodie pub but during the week when quieter there is no problem sitting at a table simply for a jar. When tables are booked there is a small bar area with a couple of tables only so be aware.

A fair range of "usual" ales - Fullers LP, Adnams Broadside (Regulars with GK IPA) and GK Abbot as a guest!!. Excellent quality but a bit more imagination from the brewery on guests might be nice.

If you're eating I recommend the steaks - grilled to perfection and reasonably priced.

Best pub in Upminster/Cranham for a quiet pint
twineyboy - 2 Dec 2010 22:03
The best local Upminster/Cranham pub for food. Its more of a restaurant than pub, but is still pleasant.
jimbo2 - 17 Oct 2010 01:18
Went past yesterday lunchtime and the place was empty I guess the silver beards have been effected by the credit crunch like every one else.
hogshead - 20 Jul 2009 08:48
Yes, used to be a serious drinkers pub until the foodies got hold of it. Now you can't have a quiet drink for all the kids running around and people queueing for the restaurant.
HornchurchJohn - 11 Sep 2008 20:11
Stopped serving real ale ie London Pride , Broadside and Bass just lagers now used to be great as a pub now sadly another just a run of the mill eaterie.

avoid.
hogshead - 30 Jul 2008 11:35
I like this CRANHAM pub. The food's good and it serves good ale. The only problem is that I can't get in as it's so popular. Oh, by the way, did I mention that it's in Cranham, not Upminster.
suntexi - 30 Mar 2008 02:07
Good Stuff...........Had an excellent sandwich (where did you get that cheese! and it came with a portion of chips!), a good couple of pints and the atmosphere was good. Child friendly, greeted with a pleasant and friendly manner and asked if i wanted a tab, returned the next day for the same service! Myself, the other half, the daughter and the lads will return!
Stardust1968 - 29 Mar 2008 00:53
Used to be a great pub serving Bass now a reatauarant serving meals on wheels..a shame.
hogshead - 1 Mar 2008 14:25
Well the Sunday lunches have certainly improved. Maybe they have taken on a new chef! Been there several times recently and had lovely food and good service. Would highly recommend it.
GillH - 17 Dec 2007 11:00
The staff are friendly and efficient. However the sunday lunch is quite awful. The beef was processed and tasted of dog food. They clearly do not employ a chef. Could try harder.
bmonkey - 29 Jul 2007 14:46
Please note that this pub is on the eastern edge of Cranham, and not in Upminster.
Cranham - 11 Jul 2007 22:48
more of a dining establishment than a boozer , been in here a couple of times for a quick pint but never tried the food , they are definatly more geared towards serving food , but a good drop of beer and friendly staff so not too bad in my book
romfordir - 13 Sep 2006 11:40
It's a Vintage Inn so, you will get Vintage Inn menus/food. The beer is OK, service good. Can get a little crowded on a Sunday lunchtime.
grayguy - 14 Jul 2006 16:45
friendly with good food
jill bull - 27 May 2006 21:13

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