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Coastal pubs in Essex: 8 of the best places to go

PUBLISHED: 14:22 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:00 09 February 2018

West Mersea (c) John Fielding, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

West Mersea (c) John Fielding, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


Treat yourself to a pint of real ale surrounded by fresh sea air and coastal views at any one of these glorious Essex pubs

1. The Essex Skipper, Frinton-on-Sea

Recently refurbished, The Essex Skipper is a traditional family friendly pub with a fantastic selection of real ales, lagers and wines. Take your pick of classics from their huge menu featuring comfort food dishes such as liver and bacon and cottage pie, or a more adventurous Thai green curry with rice and poppadoms. Every Thursday is steak night and for £29.90 diners can enjoy two 10oz steaks and a bottle of house wine.

2. The Victory, Walton on the Naze

With its old wooden beams and cosy fireplaces, The Victory in Walton on the Naze is the perfect spot for evening drinks. If the sun is shining then find a space in the private garden and work your way through their great selection of real ales and lagers. If you start to feel peckish then the pub has a separate restaurant area where delicious food is cooked to order. The Victory often hosts live bands and events which you can keep track of via the ‘What’s on’ section of their website.

3. Oakwood Inn, Clacton-on-Sea

The Oakwood Inn in Clacton-on-Sea always offers a warm and friendly welcome to its patrons. Serving home cooked and affordable food such as steak and kidney pie and deep fried haddock and chips, there is plenty to choose from. The garden is beautiful with trees for shade and lots of picnic benches. It’s also dog friendly meaning Fido can come too – hooray!

4. Bath House, Walton on the Naze

The Bath House was opened by David Green in 1990 when he was just 21 years old (and the youngest landlord in a free trade pub in England and Wales at the time). He has worked hard over the years to create a family-friendly, local pub where everyone is welcome. Take your pick from the pub’s plethora of beers from around the world or treat yourself to something tasty from the ever changing specials board, typically featuring freshly caught fish. For meat lovers, ‘steak nights’ are every Monday and Wednesday where diners can get two steaks and a bottle of wine for just £25.

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5. Lock and Barrel, Frinton-on-Sea

The Lock and Barrel in Frinton-on-Sea is well known for being the first pub to open in the town. Found on Connaught Avenue, it sits neatly amongst the charming independent shops and boutiques making it perfectly positioned as a mid-shopping trip stop-off for food and a few drinks. With lots of raised seating areas, cosy log fires and a couple of outdoor courtyards, there’s plenty of space if you’re in for a quiet lunch. The food served is traditional pub fare ranging from home-made steak and ale pie to a homely lasagne and even a few vegetarian dishes.

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6. The Queens Head, Maldon

The Queens Head in Maldon is set in a fantastic location right on the quay, next door to the Thames barges. This pretty little pub boasts flavourful home cooked food, all cooked to order, and a fantastic selection of real ales. On a sunny day their outdoor seats overlooking the estuary are the perfect spot to enjoy a few pints of ale and a bite to eat.

7. The Coast Inn, Mersea Island

A bar and restaurant, The Coast Inn on Mersea Island is a superb place to sit back and relax when you’ve had a busy day of exploring Old Mersea. With its traditional wooden floors, stylish leather sofas (and roaring log fires in the winter months) enjoy fresh brewed coffee, cream tea, homemade cakes and delicious dishes off their dinner menu such as fresh caught local seafood. They even claim to have the best fish and chips on the island…

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8. Victory at Mersea, Mersea Island

Enjoying a peaceful waterfront location, The Victory has stunning views of the Blackwater Estuary and the North Sea. Taking advantage of its seaside setting, it brings fresh fish from Mersea Island Fresh Catch on a daily basis and serves incredible seafood dishes as well as a variety of contemporary pub favourites. The Sunday roast has even been dubbed by some as a local favourite.


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