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The Old Ship Inn, Heybridge Basin

Service is still a bit of a problem here with a lack of direction and sometimes too many people faffing over food ideas and no one serving drinks! But I had a pint of Maldon Gold sitting by the lock which cost just 2.70 - nice to find that despite its location, the pub doesn't rip you off (probably due to competition from next door). Food is averagely good, not exactly a bargain but fair enough.

24 Jul 2010 16:21

The Red Lion, Margaretting

Attractive old red brick roadside pub with hanging baskets, window boxes etc. and tables conveniently outside the front door. It's not quite so inviting inside, a bit dull and dingy. Also what spoiled the effect was the very steep drink prices and snotty service from one barman (I'm told other staff are nice although everyone moans about the prices). The food, while quite good, is also way overpriced, although strangely the pub seems to do a good trade. A small car park is the other drawback.

24 Jul 2010 16:05

Kings Arms, Victoria

This place stinks of stale beer and needs a good clean. Beer is sometimes OK, often not, and short measures seem to be the policy despite the high prices. Service can be very slow too.

15 Feb 2010 16:53

The Kings Head, Billericay

Chain-style pub that specialises in food (pretty standard pub fare with laminated menus) and seems to be doing good business. One or two decent ales on tap. Service slow and a bit sniffy.

28 Jul 2009 21:17

The White Hart Inn, Margaretting Tye

Although this pub has gone down the foodie route (and gets plenty of custom), it still offers an interesting range of ales (unlike the Hoop up the road). Only slight criticism is that service can suffer with all the food orders etc. One of Essex's best pubs.

28 Jul 2009 21:12

The Crown, Billericay

Good job with the renovation and nice to see some well-kept real ales, including straight from the barrel. Good service, too. Pity some of the clientele are still the same, as witnessed by the recent well-run beer festivals when most punters were still drinking lager and Magners! Pub deserves to succeed, give it a go.

28 Jul 2009 21:04

The Hoop, Stock

Sadly. what was once one of Essex's great beer houses has now almost completely sold out to being a foodie place. The range of real ales changes little now and the choices are nothing to get excited about - Youngs (hardly a country village beer), Might Oak (unimpressive beers even well kept well), Adnams (yawn) and Brentwood Brewery (pretty average stuff). The beer garden always used to have people in it in the summer, even midweek, but it's now usually deserted. Food's good, though, if a little overpriced, and the beer festival still worth going to.

28 Jul 2009 20:38

The White Horse, Ramsden Heath

Popped in to see what all the fuss was about after its recent refurbishment. Obviously a lot of money spent and it looks pretty good. However, it's very family-orientated and if you don't have kids I wouldn't recommend it. Also the fact that I was charged an outrageous 3.20 for a pint of fairly weak bitter means we won't be going back. Food was OK, nothing special.

28 Jul 2009 20:13

The Red Lion, Kirby Le Soken

This pub has gone downhill recently. The beer and other drinks are expensive, the beer range has been reduced. The food's not as good as it used to be either.

10 Dec 2007 19:00

The Ship Inn, Kirby Le Soken

Drinks prices here are higher than you would pay in a posy pub in the West End. In backwoods Essex! Pub and service are OK but you can see why there's hardly ever anyone in there.

10 Dec 2007 18:55

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