Fantastic West Essex Pubs For Lunch

West Essex has a wealth of pubs and a strong tradition in real ales, classic pub dishes and a warm and friendly welcome. This part of the county is picturesque, dotted with beautiful little villages, like Hatfield Broad Oak, Finchingfield, Stebbing, Aythorpe Roding and High Easter. It is certainly a long way from Dagenham and Basildon. If you are retired and going for a lunch with friends, these are some welcoming and atmospheric pubs, steeped in history, perfect for a long, leisurely meal. They are also linked by the National Cycle Path, perfect if you want to do a little tour.

The Finchingfield Lion, Finchingfield

The Finchingfields Lion (6 Church Hill, Finchingfield, Braintree CM7 4NN) is a well-run village pub and the perfect place for a retirement lunch, or a bite to eat with your friends. The wood-beamed dining area is spacious with plenty of atmosphere. With the fire roaring in the winter months, it is cosy and inviting too. The pub is open from 11am, through until 11pm and there are a variety of choices on the menus and plenty of regular special offers. The pie of the day is particularly popular a true British classic. For a real treat, visit on a Sunday, when you can grab a delicious roast dinner with all the trimmings.

The Swan, Great Easton

The Swan (The Endway, Great Easton, Dunmow CM6 2HG) is a privately owned freehouse that has a long history – it was originally a coaching inn, in the 16th Century. This is one of the ideal pubs for lunch, as it has such a varied and tasty menu. There are plenty of classics, like Chicken Madras, or Ham, Egg and Chips. The delicious stacked “Black and Blue” burger also comes highly recommended. There are plenty of vegetarian and gluten free options and they will happily cater for food allergies and sensitivities. If you are over the age of 50 there is a great Light Bites menu at reduced prices, that includes Ploughmans and a range of baguettes. The pub is open every day from 12-3pm, then from 6-11pm

Linden House, Stansted

For a real lunch treat, Linden House in Stansted Mountfitchet (1-3 Silver St, Stansted CM24 8HA) is upmarket without being intimidating or pretentious. On offer is some fine modern European cuisine, served in a beautiful dining room that is spacious and well-furnished. The main menu is changed seasonally, but is a mixture of classics and original dishes, currently including a Hereford steak, IPA battered fish and a surf and turf (including lobster tail). It is a great pub for a retirement lunch, as it is quiet, the tables are nicely spaced out and there is an atmosphere of sophistication.

West Essex has a wealth of quaint and interesting pubs. You can get some great local food, showcasing seasonal ingredients. Perfect for a relaxed lunch with your retired friends. All of these pubs offer accommodation if you want to spend some extended time enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

Post Written by Cassie Steele