Best Pubs In Essex

From charming, old school British boozers that serve up hoppy ales and wholesome pub grub, to lavish, contemporary gastro spots that boast wine lists as long as your arm... our county covers the full spectrum when it comes to places to score a pint. Having tried and tested a few of 'em ourselves, check out our picks of the best pubs in Essex. 

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When it comes down to the best riverside pubs in Essex, Anchor is a real winner. A contemporary pub on the waterfront of the River Crouch, this beaut drinking den offers picturesque water scenes, a stunning beer garden, dining room and much more.

Original Plough Chelmsford

One of our favourite Chelmsford watering holes, Original Plough not only has a gorgeous beer garden space but also plenty of screens to catch any live sporting action. As for refreshments? There are cocktails, your pints of choice and plenty of flavoured spirits.

The Bull Romford

Touting budget-friendly dishes, drinks deals and sports screenings galore, The Bull Romford is a first-class Essex drinking den. And when you're not catching the footie on the TVs inside? There's a lovely beer garden to quaff 2 for 1 cocktails in the sunshine.

The Half Crown, Benfleet

Nestled in Benfleet, The Half Crown is a lovely place to wet the whistle. While still boasting some of its original charm, including wooden rafter ceilings and a huge fireplace, it's also been lovingly updated with modern touches. Head over for sports screenings, tasty tipples and top-notch grub.

Beehive Basildon

If you're looking for a traditional pub in Basildon, make your way over to The Beehive. Not only can you tuck into mouthwatering British bites like pie and mash while guzzling tasty tipples, but this joint is also known to have an electric atmosphere on game days and a lovely outside space.


Live music is at the heart of Chinnerys. Not only does this boozer bring in the best local talent, up-and-coming stars and spectacular international acts, but has great beers on tap too. Perfect in the summer, there's a large outdoor space to chill out in too.

The Greyhound

After the best country pubs in Essex? This picturesque spot and you'll be greeted by all sorts of traditional awnings - think boutique furniture, roaring fireplaces and a big ol' wooden bar. But more than just a charming venue, this Brentwood boozer has a great Sunday roast.