Hassrale Trips: Burnham On Crouch

Date: Saturday 7th July 1990

Burnham is a picturesque riverside town. The old school with it's clocktower dominates the High Street. Now a lively yachting centre. The trial took place on a cold, very wet and windy day in February. We all started off cold and wet and things did not get much better. In spite of this we all enjoyed the day and, if the weather is better on the trip, it should be one of our more memorable Saturday trips.

The best train is the 10:04 from Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria. Change at Wickford for the 10:56 train to Burnham which arrives at 11:24. This train always waits for the London train. The times in brackets are the approximate times of leaving each pub.

Walk up to Station Road from the station, turn right and across the road is:

1. Railway Arms, 12 Station Road [12:15]

Beers: Ruddles Best, Websters Yorkshire Bitter

Comfortable, large pub with a single horseshoe shaped bar. Extensive seating including shelving around the window area. Usual railway memorabilia plus interesting photos on the wall. Real fire that was not alight on the trial. Food available 12-2:30. Chip butties 65p.

Turn left out of the pub and on the left, on the corner of Crouch Road is:

2. New Welcome Sailor, 74 Station Road [13:00]

Beers: Greene King IPA, Abbot Ale

A true local 'Grays' pub with no frills, stop here for darts, dominoes and crib. Light and airy. Convivial atmosphere, very much a locals establishment. CAMRA orientated. Real gas fire.

Turn left out of the pub and on the left past Queens Road is:

3. Oyster Smack, 112 Station Road [13:45]

Beers: Ruddles Best, County

Busy one bar pub with large area devoted to two pool tables. Popular with youngsters. Quite crowded but pleasant atmosphere. Quiz and fruit machines. A bit noisy but worth a visit.

Turn left out of the pub, cross the road, and turn right down an alley just past the 'Star'. This leads you to the harbour. Turn left and on the left is the next pub. The pub sign is opposite on the harbour. The pub itself has no name on it and looks from the outside like a small hotel.

4. White Harte, The Quay [14:30]

Beers: Adnams Southwold Bitter, Mild, Tolly Cobbold

Splendid two bar pub with restaurant. Excellent location overlooking the private jetty. Comfortable with plenty of seats, may of which are pews. Well appointed with a good collection of receptacles hanging from the ceiling. Real log fire.

Turn left out of the pub and on the corner of Shore Road is:

5. Anchor Hotel, The Quay [15:20]

Beers: Adnams Southwold

Quiet, comfortable, friendly 16th century riverside pub. Real log fire and lots of anchors. Has pickled eggs!

Turn right down Shore Road, then left into High Street back to:

6. Star, 29 High Street [18:00]

Beers: Adnams Southwold

Substantial 3 sided bar in traditional style. Huge amounts of seating. Very woody (not just the seats). Only pub in the town to stay open all day so gets quite busy in the afternoon.

You now have a choice of ways to spend the afternoon. You can spend the time in the Star as the trial team did. If it is a nice day it would be pleasant to walk along the harbour and look at the boats and wildlife. If you wish to eat there is a harbour cafe and there are various small cafes in town which may be open in the season. There is a very good, if expensive, Chinese restaurant open at 17:30. If you wish to eat in the evening there are several good restaurants including a recommended Indian. There is also a museum near the Queens Head. I do not know what it is a museum of but I guess it is something to do with boats.

If you are still in the Star at 6 o'clock, turn right out of the pub, cross the road, turn left down Providence (just past the Nat West bank) and on the left is:

7. Queen's Head, Providence [19:00]

Beers: Greene King IPA

Something of a youngsters pub i.e.under 30ish but not particularly rowdy. Subdued lighting, limited seating but should be quite quiet at the time that we are there.

Turn left out of the pub and on the left is:

8. Ship, High Street [20:00]

Beers: Ruddles Best, County, Websters Yorkshire Bitter

Comfortable , cosy two bar pub with a pleasant lounge bar. Radiant log fire. Collection of oil lamps on the mantlepiece and a strange executive toy with no purpose (so what's different?). Has a restaurant and also does food in the evening in the bar.

Turn left out of the pub, walk to the end of the High Street and you will come to the last pub.

9. Victoria, 1 Belgrave Road [21:00]

Beers: Greene King IPA, Abbot Ale

Very pleasant Grays pub with a rare tiled pub sign. Public bar area with pool table. Friendly and cosy with real log fire. Lounge bar virtually empty with plenty of seating. Extensive range of bottled beers in the public bar, also quiz and fruit machines. The only pub to open at 7pm. The rest (apart from the Star of course) open at 6pm.

The walk back to the station takes approximately 20 minutes and you pass most of the pubs on the way. If you have the time why not make a second visit to your favourite. Mine was the New Welcome Sailor, which was yours?

The train is at 21:49 and connects with the 22:22 to London from Wickford.

Survey Date: Saturday 3rd February 1990

Survey Team: Edmund Featherstone, Barbara Waby, John Wright, Reg Wright.

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