The Best Summer Pubs in Essex
We round up the top Summer pubs in Essex!
This summer, thousands will flock to a beer garden to soak up the atmosphere and sunshine. Here, Exquisite Concierge showcases a selection of the finest alfresco pubs for this week's continuing heatwave.
The Great British pub, imitated the world over but rarely equalled. All the way back to the Bronze Age, ale has been enjoyed in Britain. But it was the ancient Romans who first introduced the Inn. A place for weary travellers to rest for the night, have a meal and of course a flagon or two of ale!
In later years Anglo Saxons introduced the ‘ale house’. These drinking establishments were a far cry from the pubs we know and love today. The early alehouse was a public dwelling, where women, known then as ‘ale wives’ would brew beer to be sold on to the thirsty villagers. As you’d expect the village ale house became ever more popular. It was a place for folk to meet, socialise and just have a jolly good time. These simple ‘public houses’ soon became the essential hub of every community; which over time evolved into our modern day ‘pub’.
Although the basics have remained the same as in the early ale houses, pubs have developed into something quite special indeed. No longer are they just places to down a few pints with a packet of peanuts, many have world class chefs manning exquisite restaurants. Long gone are the days of poor pub grub - the term Gastro Pub is now part of everyday language. From The Tilbury in Datchworth to The Star Inn in Ingatestone, many pubs now offer cuisine that would impress devout foodies.
This summer, most will show off their smart terraces or manicured gardens to enjoy long lazy summer lunches. Many top chefs have recognised this trend, opening pubs themselves. Famous publicans include Marco Pierre White, Tom Kerridge and Heston Blumenthal to name just a few.
Not to mention closer to home, with the Galvin’s at the Green Man in Chelmsford or Daniel Clifford at the Flitch of Bacon. But it doesn’t stop there. The world renowned Michelin guide has also commended pubs, awarding stars to an ever growing number of establishments in the UK. Proof the quality of the good old British pub just gets better and better. So with that in mind, where are the best summer pubs to enjoy this season? Here’s just a selection of our favourites: