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Harvest Moon, Thorley

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Hmmm.... it has been a while since I visited so this may be dated. It was alright, a really nice pub, full of character with an exposed locals snug, the food was actually quite good and the service was... acceptable I am usually quite positive about GK pubs (They serve Abbot!) However this one was big, busy and lacking in atmosphere, which I found sadly lacking. The garden was a little wet on my visit, I was (In all honesty) a little damp and the fire was not roaring (WHY NOT IN DECEMBER?????) The Abbot was good and it did what I hoped but I left wanting more.... but sadly, maybe not from here. I probably will return but I am not sure when as I do not live locally and did not get the chance subsequently. I will have to be honest though and say this visit occurred December 2012 so many things may have changed and I hope for the better.(5 then!)
GreybutGreat - 4 Nov 2014 21:37
Needs a new manager and staff - they don't have a clue!
TheBeerMaster - 24 Sep 2010 22:51
Nice pub. Shame about the staff.
ThePintMaster - 5 May 2009 17:38
Large, popular Greene King pub on the Thorley estate.

Serves the usual pub food, most meals under £10, don't expect high quality though. 2 meals for £8 before 8pm is probably the best deal they do. Waiting times for food may be quite long at peak periods.


Greene King IPA, Abbot Ale and Belhaven best are the bitters. Kronenburg and Fosters lager on sale too. Usual selection of spirits and softs. Strongbow, magners and kopparberg are the ciders.

Beer well-kept and well priced for the area at £2.40 a pint of IPA. Ale has been known to run out before, due to the volume of customers but this is very rare. Possibly the cheapest pub in the Stortford area, the Marne down the road might lay claim to this title too!

== Atmosphere ==

The Harvest moon is an old building with exposed beams, yet manages to get the old/modern balance just about right. Carpets and a modern floor by the bar compliment the historic features well.

This pub gets very busy in the summer, both daytime and evening. Clientèle are a mixed bunch, older people and families in the day, and often younger people from the local area at night. Staff are friendly and talkative.

No separate rooms but the pub is split up into different areas, with bar stools and a TV to the right, leather sofas near the main entrance and larger tables for eating to the right.

Clean and tidy appearance throughout. This pub is looked after well.

==Other Notes ==
Heated smoking courtyard to the rear.
Large car park to the front.
Opens at 12 midday, closes disappointingly at 11pm (somewhat limited by the residences surrounding the pub)

CM23 - 12 Jan 2009 16:23
Took the dog for a walk in the spring and stopped off for a pint, sitting outside. All of a sudden a hail storm started and the miserable git of a landlord wouldn't let me, dog and kids shelter in the side entrance! Said we were blocking a fire exit, as if we wouldn't have been the first ones out if the place caught fire.
graham2 - 6 Aug 2008 21:47
As a local of this pub for at least 10 years, I am very disppointed in how this pub is run at the moment. Since the new management team took over about a year ago. The food has gone down hill and since the good weather has arrived, for the last few weekends they have not been serving food. They say it is down to no chef and not enough staff. It use to be so child friendly, but the land lady can't even raise a smile at anyone. If you go during the week, which is never that busy, you are told there will be about an hour wait for food! Many local's who I have spoken too voice the same opinion. I am going to write to the Brewery as it's such a shame. It was and could be a lovely pub again if ran properly.
mamaduck38 - 1 Jul 2008 13:33
Pleasant pub friendly staff,created an old type effect with beams & low ceilings. Standardised food which is nothing special.
discotrevor1234 - 23 Sep 2007 07:17
Back in last year, round about October I uploaded around 15 pub photos which I had taken in my travels (one of which was for this pub). None of them has appeared on this site. I did try to email the BITE team but never got a reply.

Anyone else had this happen to them?

I have lots of pub details and photos I can add to this site but why should I bother if they are not used?
graham2 - 7 May 2007 23:07
Recently became non-smoking throughout, very friendly bar staff, good choice of ales and good pub food served in the day and in the evening.

Kids play area outside and plenty of outside seating, great pub for spending a couple of hours outside with a pint on a summer evening.
anonymous - 14 Mar 2007 15:36
"Newish" Greene King pub in converted farm building in middle of "newish" housing development. Choice of real ales. Family friendly with large outside seating area and childrens play area. Very popular on sunny weekends. Popular for meals but I've not eaten here so can't comment on the food.
graham2 - 10 Jul 2006 21:59

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