10 Cosy & Dog Friendly Taverns in Essex
20 February 2017
You’re up. You’re motivated. Dog at the ready. Lead on. Tail wagging… and then you open the door. It’s cold and it’s (shock) raining. Nevertheless your pooch is still looking at you with those puppy dog eyes, waiting for you to take that step into the frozen abyss so he can explore the wonderful world around him. We all know that feeling, that feeling of warmth. It’s wonderful isn’t it? Dogs don’t seem to think so. In fact, if yours is anything like my own it actually prefers the wet and cold, the chance to get wet and dirty without being told off. Look no further, we have the solution to make both you and your pup want to go out for that winter walk. 10 cosy & dog friendly taverns that are ideal for our Heli Hounds in Essex. Like the sound of that? I thought so.
1) White Hart Hotel and Restaurant
This beautiful traditional 17th century English building is located on the River Crouch. So not only can you and your Heli Hound enjoy a nice beer (well, perhaps not the pup) but a peaceful walk along the river. I’d recommend either an early morning or a late afternoon walk so that you can catch either the sunrise or sunset, admire the sky at its best. Its open fire place is one of my personal favorite features. With the fire in front of you, you will once again remember that glorious feeling of warmth which just 10 minutes before seemed a dream for fools.
2) The Bell Inn
Go back in time to the 15th century and enjoy this busy little inn, renowned for its sociable atmosphere including people and Heli Hounds of all ages! If you have a place in your heart for a traditional pub you will not be disappointed, ranking number one out of the taverns in Castle Hedingham. For later in the year when the weather is that little bit warmer (let’s face it, we are still in England) the Bell Inn is home to a beer festival in its vast garden.
3) Windmill Motor Inn Restaurant
Do you like a Sunday Roast? Of course you do, you’re in England! The Windmill Motor Inn is highly recommended for its traditional roast dinner so you can drag your family out with the dog one afternoon and get those kids away from all the gadgets that they are obsessed with getting their hands on. If you make the walk long enough you might even tire them out enough to stop the calls of ‘muuuuum’ & ‘daaaaad’ that they so beautifully love to holler on a Sunday afternoon when they need entertaining.
4) The Anchor
This Heli Hound friendly tavern boasts a gorgeous large garden as well as a glorious open fire to warm up those icicles that were supposed to resemble fingers! As a Brit we cannot say no to a cup of tea. So why not head down on a Friday or Saturday afternoon for some Traditional Afternoon Tea?! If I even needed to tempt you further you can add a glass of Prosecco for another £3.95! That’s what I thought… I’ll see you there!
5) Five Bells
From sandwiches to a classic roast to a good old takeaway fish and chips the Five Bells will cater for all you pub grub lovers! With plenty of water provided for your Heli Hound, you can be left to get warm, get fed, and maybe get ready to have a nose through the high street. If you fancy somewhere green you can mosey on down to Lower Castle Park as long as your pup is on a lead!
6) The Pinkuah
For those of you who perhaps fancied a drive to somewhere different with your doggy and so need to quench your thirst with something non-alcoholic The Pinkuah has the perfect range of quality coffee for you! If you did fancy a lunch stop The Pinkuah have lunchtime offers Wednesday to Sunday with a range of food to satisfy all tastes, even those fussy little ones!
7) The Queens Head
Another little find and doggy lover is the traditional village tavern (can you tell I’m a fan) The Queens Head. Dating back to the mid-16th century, this tavern is found near to but not in the centre of all the busyness of Harlow. With monthly menus, this tavern is worth a second visit purely for the food!
8) The Green Man
After a refurbishment in 2014 this tavern is the perfect location for you and your Heli Hound to enjoy, particularly during the winter months. With its oak beams and log fires it will be a home from home. Blue Bell Wood is situated nearby for those of you looking to have a more exploratory walk. The website of The Green Man already has information by the mile for its recommended 5 mile walk in its magnificent countryside.
9) The Crown
Being only a ten minute walk away from Home Farm fishing lake this tavern is at your service following a long or relatively short walk! With a variety of homemade dishes to choose from this could be the perfect stop for either lunch or dinner. Or, if you are like me and have a sweet tooth, the pudding menu can be selected from at any time of day… to then be burned off on the dog walk later of course!
10) The Old Ship
Coming full circle to another waterfront tavern we finish at The Old Ship. This traditional tavern resides on Heybridge Basin, giving those that stop a chance to watch the water traffic go by during high tide. If you like fresh fish then this the place to be, with its fish produce sourced from local fishmongers. The Old Ship could be the starting or finishing point for walks along the sea wall to Maldon and beyond.
And there we have it… Home time.