Hassrale Trips: Rochford

Date: Saturday 18th August 1990

Rochford is a relatively unspoilt town close to Southend Airport. There are some marvellous examples of traditional Essex clapperboard homes in the town centre. The Stambridge Mills just outside Rochford are impressive. But its biggest claim to fame is Renoufs Restaurant which is recommended by Egon Ronay and is very expensive. Although the town is plagued by heavy traffic all day, in the evening the town is deserted.

Catch the Southend Victoria train from Liverpool Street at 10.00am which arrives at Rochford at 10.52am. Turn left out of the station, then right into Bradley Way, cross the road and on the left is the first pub. We arrived a minute or two before opening time but, on making faces through the window, the landlord took pity on us and opened up. The times in brackets are the approximate times of leaving each pub.

1. Horse & groom - 1 Southend Road (11.45)

Beers: Websters Yorkshire Bitter, Ruddles Best

Pleasant, comfortable pub with a friendly landlord. has an outside drinking area at the front and a large beer garden at the back. Good range of food.

Turn right out of the pub, walk straight on to South St., turn right down East St. and on the left is:-

2. New Ship Inn - 7 East Street (12.30)

Beer: Charrington IPA

Large comfortable pub with a nautical flavour. Has bar snacks and live music in the evening.

Turn left, then left into Stambridge Road and follow the road for about 15 minutes passing Stambridge Mills on the right and on the left is:-

3. Cherry Tree - Stambridge Road (13.30)

Beers: Ruddles Best, County, Websters Yorkshire Bitter

Spacious country pub with a conservatory and a garden area. Excellent food which is on the expensive side.

Turn right out of the pub, walk back turning right into Malting Villas Road, then left into North St. and on the left is:-

4. White Horse - 66 North Street (14.30)

Beer: Charrington IPA

Basic but very welcoming pub. Has a garden area.

Turn left out of the pub and on the corner of Weir Pond Road is:-

5. Rose & Crown - 42 North Street (15.15)

Beers: Websters Yorkshire Bitter, Ruddles Best

Large pub built in the 30's style with a nice saloon bar. Inaccessible piano. Mick will have to lose weight and become a shadow of his former self to play it! Lots of brass plates.

Turn left out of the pub, cross the road and on the right is:-

6. Golden Lion - North Street (18:00)

Beers: Old Peculier, Abbott Ale, Fullers London Pride, Larkins Best, Brains Dark Mild, Theakstons Best, Crouch Vale Best, Moorhouse Bitter, Dark Cat Mild (some are guests so may vary on the trip)

I have planned for us to stay some time in this pub as it is open all day. It is the best in Rochford and always has a good range of real ales. has a dart board and other games such as shove ha'penny, dominoes, crib and bar skittles. Food available but only up to 2pm. The White Horse and the Kings head are also open all day and the Rose & Crown is open until 5pm.

Cross the road to the next pub which opens at 6pm.

7. Old Ship - 12 North Street (19.00)

Beers: Burton Ale, Tetleys Bitter

Rather plush and roomy pub with a garden. Does a good range of reasonably priced food but only at lunchtimes on Saturday.

Turn left out of the pub, right into the town square and on the left of the square is:-

8. Kings Head Hotel - 11 West Street (20.00)

Beers: Tetleys Bitter, Burton Ale

Quiet, friendly pub in town square. Has lots of real wood. Darts and Shove Ha'Penny. Rolls available.

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

9. Marlborough Head - 71 West Street (21.00)

Beers: Burton Ale, Tetleys bitter

Popular low beamed pub near to the station. Roomy with lots of alcoves. Has a garden. There was a disco on the night but it seemed to be specially for someones birthday. There is not usually a disco on Saturday night.

The station is just across the main road. If you should still need to eat there is a Tandoori next to the pub and a steak and seafood restaurant opposite. The trains back to Liverpool Street are every 20 minutes and the last train is 23.45.

Survey Details:

Date: Saturday 21st April 1990

Team: Edmund Featherstone, Dave Saffery, Barbara Waby, Reg Wright, Martin Williams

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