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Battesford Court, Witham

Standard wetherspoons, half decent beer garden and very spacious inside. Not bad.

11 Nov 2013 13:54

Jack and Jenny, Witham

Closed, set to become a Morrisons mini mart

11 Nov 2013 13:53

The New Barn, Chelmsford

This pub is now closed and looks likely to become housing.

7 Oct 2013 11:15

The Old Dog, Herongate

Very nice country pub with beer garden and a separate restaurant area. There were five or six guest ales on, including a Rednik stout which was excellent. Food was also very good, hearty portions and features pub classics with a varied specials board.

4 Jun 2013 12:41

The Nelson Hotel, Westcliff on Sea

Now closed and set to be turned into flats.

30 Apr 2013 16:29

The White Horse, Chelmsford

Popped in here to watch an England match recently and was pleasantly surprised. Backstreet locals pub really, quiet on a Tuesday night but it has a big screen and an excellent ale selection, great to see a couple of dark ales on too. Worth a visit.

30 Apr 2013 16:13

The Wheatsheaf, Chelmsford

Pool table, jukebox, screens in every booth which is a nice touch. Couple of ales on and good for watching sport. Quite popular with students and not a bad place.

30 Apr 2013 16:11

The Spread Eagle, Prittlewell

Decent choice of ales and a decent matchday atmosphere in this pub, which gets crowded for the bigger matches. Plastic pots too last time I went in there, not sure whether this is police advice or not, but I have switched to the Railway now. Doesn't show football any more and they've taken down the SUFC memorabilia since the refurbishment, which is sad to see.

Sad to say, gone downhill but it's still a decent enough pub.

30 Apr 2013 16:08

The Railway Tavern, Prittlewell

This is one of a few options around Roots Hall pre-match, and in my opinion is the best. The pub is proud to be associated with the club and has regular window displays supporting Southend United, something that is certainly appreciated by the supporters and it is a shame more pubs in Southend don't nail their colours to the mast in this way.

I always used to drink in the Spread Eagle, but it hasn't really done it for me for a while and since the Spread stopped showing football on its screens, it's been a no brainer.

Pete the gaffer is a nice chap and he is good to his regulars. It has been known to attract a few of the local 'faces' for big games but away fans are normally allowed in with no problems whatsoever. Service is always quick, the only downside is it only has IPA in terms of ales so I tend to go for the Guinness.

Also, when the weather is nice, there's a beer patio at the back, plus a burger stand on matchdays.

If the club moves to Fossetts Farm in a couple of years (never going to happen), I believe the Railway is still the nearest pub so hopefully the trade will not die off because it would be a real shame to lose this place.

30 Apr 2013 15:52

The Last Post, Southend on Sea

This is the kind of place which you either love or you hate. It's a cavernous place with a bar on either side of a large central area. It gets very busy, particularly on weekend evenings as, being right in the centre of town and cheap, it is an ideal place for youngsters to drink before going on to one of the nearby clubs. Such is the size of the place that you need not let them bother you.

You are guaranteed two things with every Spoons, good drink selection and good prices, which is why I come here when I am meeting friends in Southend, coupled with the fact there's really not that many other decent pubs in Southend town centre.

It does show football, which is unusual, so it can get busy at these times too.

30 Apr 2013 15:46

The Square and Compasses, Fairstead

One of the best pub meals I've had. Huge portions, proper pub food style and less of the gastropub nonsense that you get too much of nowadays.

Lovely pub, not massive but nice decor, olde worlde style. Two real ales of which I had a Dark Star Art of Darkness which was cracking. Staff were nice and overall there was a really good atmosphere. Highly recommended.

15 Mar 2013 12:28

Ivory Peg, Chelmsford

I never particularly enjoy a pub where I have to clean my own table. Staff are particularly bad in this Wetherspoons, which compares badly to most I've been in around the country.

That said, it's cheap and the beer selection as with all Spoons, is pretty good so all told, it's average. Plenty better, plenty worse.

13 Feb 2013 16:43

The Great Western Hotel, Exeter

Nice pub, bigger than it looks, spent a good few hours in here before and after Southend's dismal performance at St James's Park. Nine handpumps but sadly they've done away with the port stout, demand wasn't there apparently.

15 Jan 2013 14:16

The Headley, Great Warley

Now an Indian restaurant called the Headley Spice.

15 Jan 2013 14:14

The Cock, Dereham

Looks like this has closed and is now a tapas bar.

15 Jan 2013 12:41

Horse and Groom, Rochford

I thought this was a nice, homely pub. Visiting around Christmas time, it was nicely decorated and the staff were friendly. No sign of any mouthy clientele as alluded to in previous reviews, was a very quiet Thursday night. I had a pint of Urban Dusk which was in good nick. Two other hand pumps on, Brentwood Best and one other, can't remember the name, sorry. Couldn't stay too long, but would definitely go back.

21 Dec 2012 13:12

The Stockwell, Colchester

Well it's not open yet and doesn't look like it will be for a while. Walked past and lots and lots of work still to do. At least work is going on, though.

14 Nov 2012 16:02

Vovo's, Beccles

It's not Vovo's anymore, it's the Wine Vaults and is very much a pub/restaurant. Had lunch in here, cheeseburger and chips were very nice indeed if a little on the expensive side. Good selection of drinks, went for a GK 1799 which went down very nicely. Quite busy, seemed a popular place to eat.

11 Nov 2012 13:54

The Oak, Beccles

Liked this place. Greene King ales on, I had a very nice pint of 1799. Interesting pub dogs, looked more like wolves! A friendly pub, landlady was chatty. Had a few regulars in already and was about 2pm on a Friday afternoon. Would recommend this place.

11 Nov 2012 13:52

The Ingate, Beccles

A little walk out of town for this spacious pub, We came on Friday afternoon at about 4ish and seemed to be pub of choice for local workmen. Imagine it gets busy a little later on. Had a pint of Grain's Best, seemed to be the only hand pump, alongside the generic lagers.

11 Nov 2012 13:50

The Waveney House Hotel, Beccles

Pricey, most expensive round of the day here. Didn't have much of an atmosphere. Had a Kentish ale, Master Brew? Which was decent. Nice setting by the river but had definite feel of hotel bar rather than cosy pub to it. Plenty of better places nearby.

11 Nov 2012 13:48

White Horse, Beccles

Bit of a rough round the edges place, but nothing too bad. Decent jukebox and had a couple of ales on, Woodfordes Wherry and Ruddles. Pretty average, there are much nicer pubs in this town. Handily located just off the market square.

11 Nov 2012 13:46

Bear and Bells, Beccles

Popped in for a pint fairly early in the afternoon on a Friday so was quiet. Barmaid very easy on the eye, nice pint of Adnams Southwold for me and also had Ghost Ship and one or two more. Has a homely feel.

11 Nov 2012 13:44

Swan House, Beccles

More of a gastropub than anything else. Didn't have any food but it was our first stop in Beccles and was serving beer before 11am which was great news for us. Had Pilsner Urquell on tap and a Belle Vue Kriek as well as Abbot Ale. The landlady was very friendly and gave us some advice on where to go and what to do during our day in Beccles.

Menu looked upmarket but seemed expensive. Didn't stay to eat there.

11 Nov 2012 13:41

Kings Head Hotel, Beccles

Closed but looks set to reopen as a Wetherspoons. So enjoy all the other pubs in Beccles while you still can.

11 Nov 2012 13:39

Caxton Arms, Ravensmere

Thought this was a really friendly place. Three or four ales, enjoyed a good couple of pints of Hobgoblin at lunchtime. Returned later on with karaoke in full swing and locals were very friendly. Would recommend.

11 Nov 2012 13:37

The Spread Eagle, Prittlewell

Refurbishment has tarted the place up a bit but I must say I preferred it before, the Blues shirts and memorabilia seems to have gone which is a shame.
My main bugbear with the Spread is they give you plastic glasses on a matchday. I'm not sure whether the police enforce this, but it's really off-putting.
No decent continental lagers on but they do have ales.

6 Nov 2012 17:24

Ivory Peg, Chelmsford

Fairly standard Wetherspoons pub, fairly lively on Friday and Saturday nights. Service is very bad. Frequently takes an age to get served and last time I went in there we had to clean our own table.
On the plus side, the beer is cheap and the selection of both ales and continental lagers is superb, as with most Spoons outlets.

6 Nov 2012 14:54

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