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Click the map for tourism ideas Essex comprises a lowland area of gently rolling terrain. Agriculture and Fishing are important activities and Colchester is a centre for the oyster trade. The south-western part of the county near the River Thames forms the north-eastern fringe of the London metropolitan area. Southend-on-Sea is the county's largest seaside resort. Harwich was the home of Christopher Jones, master of the Mayflower, which carried the Pilgrim Fathers to the New World.
Axe & Compasses
, Arkesden, Essex CB11 4EX. Tel: 015396 550272
Thatched inn dating from 1650 nestled in a quintessential pretty little English village off the beaten track. A warm welcome awaits along with a tempting choice of good quality food.
Bell Inn
10 St. James Street, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3EJ. Tel: 01963 460350
15th Century half timbered coaching inn where Disraeli once made a speech. Good food and the ale is served straight from the cask !
Bell Inn & Hill House
High Road, Horndon On The Hill, Essex SS17 8LD. Tel: 01375 642463
Delightful 15th Century part half timbered inn located just 2 miles from the Thames estuary and 7 miles from Junction 30 of the M25. The Bell serves a wide range of real ales, excellent food and oozes quality not only in the bedrooms but also in the lovely courtyard. The rooms are filled with old ships timbers.
Black Buoy Inn
Black Buoy Hill, Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex CO7 9BS. Tel: 01206 822425
Formerly three 16th Century cottages near the Colne Estuary. Good pub grub and real ales. Originally called 'The Black Boy' When we visited there was a friendly crow who used to fly into the pub and pester the customers for food. But that was a while ago and he's probably a dead crow now. He has ceased to be.
Black Lion
293 High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4DA. Tel: 01992 578670
One of the oldest surviving inns located on main street through Epping Village. Very friendly landlord and even friendlier pub dog ! The Black Lion serves real ales and has good taste in background music !
Bluebell Inn

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High Street, Hempstead, Essex CB10 2PD. Tel: 01799 599199
15th century inn reputedly the birthplace of highwayman Dick Turpin in 1705
Cricketers' Arms

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Rickling Green, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 3YG. Tel: 01799 543210
Simply wonderful 18th Century inn where quality is the order of the day in every department. Located in a delightful setting overlooking the village cricket green, the Cricketers' offers the warmest of welcomes in a classically restored English inn. There is something for everyone at the Cricketers', comfortable leather sofas and roaring log fires, smartly set out eating areas or even private dining. The quality of the real ales is superb, drawn straight from the cask with an equally impressive wine list all complimented by outstanding quality food. The service from each and every member of staff is second to none which ensures that a visit here is a very pleasant experience. If you are flying out from Stansted Airport, then a visit to the Cricketers' is a must.
Kings Head

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The Street, Gosfield, Essex CO9 1TP. Tel: 01787 474016
A beautifully renovated pub which offers seperate areas to shot pool and enjoy a beer or sit by a roaring fire with hot bar snack menu or finally the full restaurant experience in the conservatory. Of course in summer there is the pretty sun terrace to bask on. The pub is run by a friendly couple who won the prestigious London Evening Standard Pub of the Year at their previous pub in Battersea. It is a pub for all seasons and all moods.
Marlborough Head
Mill Lane, Dedham, Essex CO7 6DH. Tel: 01206 323124
Half-timbered medieval inn which began life as the home of a master weaver before being converted into a coaching inn about 300 years ago. Situated in the heart of countryside made famous by John Constable's paintings.
Station Arms
39 Station Road, Southminster, Essex CM0 7EW. Tel: 01621 772225
Fine weatherboarded hostelry where the landlord strives to provide a fine selection of interesting ales of the best quality both from local brewers and from further afield. Regular beer festivals and occasional live music add to the interest along with good quality home cooked food from 'Hannahs Menu'. The Station also hosts a Conker Championship in October.
White Hart
, Great Yeldham, Essex CO9 4HJ. Tel: 01787 237250
Lovely rambling half-timbered Tudor inn dating back to 1505 with wooden floors, old beams and lovely oak panelling. Traditional ales are served with a good wine list and excellent food. The extensive gardens are wonderful to explore.
White Horse Inn
, Hatfield Heath, Essex CM22 7EB. Tel: 01279 730351
Good restaurant and brilliantly well kept ale overlooking the local cricket pitch.