8 cosy pubs to visit in West Essex

PUBLISHED: 14:46 27 November 2015 | UPDATED: 14:46 27 November 2015

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West Essex is home to a plethora of traditional and welcoming pubs that are sure to bring some warmth to your chilly winter evenings. With roaring log fires, period décor and inviting atmospheres, our selection of cosy pubs are incredibly tempting.

The Bell Inn, Horndon on Hill

Nestled in the historic village of Horndon on Hill, The Bell Inn is a family-run 15th Century Coaching Inn which boasts a range of charming characteristics. There is an open log fire that will make the chilly evenings a distant memory. You can also enjoy a choice of two busy bars which each have a range of ales on tap and a tempting wine list to study. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the menu, which changes daily to give you an ample selection of local and seasonal produce.

The Greyhound, Brentwood

In the heart of Brentwood, The Greyhound is the perfect place to relax and indulge as the days get shorter. This popular pub offers a range of seasonal and hearty food, which is complemented by the traditional surroundings that ooze personality and charm. If you fancy checking out this hearty haven for yourself, book a table online to make sure that you don’t miss out.

Horse & Groom, Chelmsford

On the outskirts of Writtle, Horse & Groom is only two miles from the centre of Chelmsford. This pub is home to a total of three open fires, which create a warm and inviting ambience. The pub was originally an old granary and sections of the interior date back to the 19th century. Traditional features such as the dark original wooden beams have been perfectly preserved so there will be plenty for you to feast your eyes on as you dine.

The Kings Oak, Epping Forest

Situated in the picturesque countryside of Epping Forest at High Beech in West Essex, The Kings Oak has a history that dates back to 1887. The restaurant and pub exude a calm and soothing atmosphere coupled with a menu full of delectable treats and the chef’s daily specials for you to sample. There will be something for the whole family to enjoy with a banqueting suite for private functions and garden activities to entertain the little ones if it’s not too cold.

The Red Cow, Chrishall

Hidden amongst the stunning thatched cottages in the village of Chrishall, The Red Cow is an ideal location for you to feast on carefully crafted dishes and experience the countryside. This quaint thatched pub will shelter you from the cold and rain whilst treating you to a range of culinary delights made with fresh and tasty produce.

The Dukes Head, Little Burstead

The newly refurbished Dukes Head has a selection of seasonal dishes on offer for you to sample and enjoy. A unique dining room is home to large armchairs, which are perfect for you to curl up and get cosy on. Whether you’re looking for a place to grab a drink or to give yourself a night away from the oven, the Dukes Head has plenty to offer.

The Hare, Harlow

This traditional three-bar pub is a short walk from the centre of town and is an ideal place to treat yourself to an evening of relaxation. Handcrafted real ales, fine wines and great value food are just a few of the delights on offer upon your visit. The menu has been recently revised and boasts two-for-one offers on a range of pub classics including a mixed grill and surf’n turf.

The Forresters Arms, High Ongar

The combination of prominent oak beams and a warm open fire are the perfect antidote to a cold winter’s night. Landlord Keith Morgan and the rest of the staff will be sure to give you a warm welcome upon your arrival to The Forresters Arms. Whether you’re looking to have a drink and catch up in the confines of a beautiful and cosy building or try some local culinary delights, this is the perfect spot to escape the Christmas madness.

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