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10 cosy pubs in Essex

PUBLISHED: 11:37 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:42 16 August 2017

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Find shelter in colder weather in one of Essex’s wonderful cosy pubs. Warm up fireside with a pint of ale and a home-cooked meal and the dog curled up at your feet. Here are ten places to do just that…

The Square and Compasses, Fuller Street

This traditional countryside pub is believed to date back to 1652 and still retains many of its authentic features today. With its original features and collection of antique and eclectic furniture it exudes an atmosphere that is homely and comfortable. Relax with a pint of real ale – they serve a wonderful variety from their tap room – and something delicious from the classic pub menu.

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The Hoop, Stock

The Hoop was originally three cottages that were used by weavers in 1460 and only became an ale house 450 years ago. Today, The Hoop is a handsome timber framed pub complete with crackling brick fireplaces and a large timber bar stacked with a variety of superb drinks. Choose from fine wines, real ales, or a refreshing gin and tonic.

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The Bell Inn, Stanford-le-Hope

Set in the chocolate box village of Horndon-on-the-Hill, The Bell Inn, is a 15th century coaching inn that has been in the same family for over 75 years. With two bustling bars, an open fire and a traditional pub atmosphere there’s no better place to kick back with a few pints of local ale and while away an evening. The Bell is also a B&B and offers a fantastic dinner, bed and breakfast deal for just £165.

The Rose and Crown, Stanstead Mountfitchet

The Rose and Crown has been a hub for the community since the 1800s, nestled comfortably on the village green of Bentfield Green it’s an ideal drinking spot for locals and visitors. Find a comfy seat in front of the wood burning stove, or perch by the side of lively bar area and make the most of the friendly, jovial atmosphere. The pub is dog friendly and resident Jack Russell, JD will always be on hand to give other canine guests a warm welcome.

The Cricketers, Colchester

This traditional pub in the pretty village of Fordham Heath is right at the heart of its community. Sat looking directly over the village cricket pitch (hence its name) it oozes a real olde world charm and atmosphere with a superb selection of real ales and friendly banter at the bar. Snag yourself a seat beside the roaring log fire and make the most of the warm hospitality that only a traditional old village pub can offer.

King William IV, Braintree

King William IV is a traditional drinking pub with a huge selection of real cask ales and ciders. After being closed for a couple of years, the pub reopened in 2009 with a focus on serving quality drinks in comfortable, casual environment for its patrons. Although they don’t serve hot food you will find an impressive variety of nibbles and snacks served at the bar – the perfect accompaniment to a nice cold pint.

The Ash Pub, Stansted

The Ash in Burton End is a friendly locals pub known for good beer, good food and an exceptionally warm welcome to all who visit. It was said to be a favourite for visiting US Air Force pilot during WWII and due to its proximity to Stansted is still popular with pilots today.

The Owl, Loughton

The Owl in Loughton is a traditional woodland pub found in the heart of Epping Forest. It has been a McMullen pub since 1898 and serves a huge range of ales which taste even better when they’re enjoyed by the side of one of the pub’s open fires. Should you start to feel peckish, they are well known for serving a fabulous Sunday roast and with a kids play area, pub games and being dog friendly, it’s the perfect pub for a family day out.

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Huntsman & Hounds, Chelmsford

This 16th century countryside pub is the ideal spot for a relaxed weekend drink. Set in stunning gardens amongst the gorgeous Essex countryside guests can choose from a huge range of beers, wines and lagers as wells fresh, home cooked food, seven days a week.

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