Fleur de Lys
“Family- and dog-friendly village free house” - AA Inspector
Terracotta-painted, low-beamed, and with a fine inglenook fireplace, the Fleur is over 500 years old. A games room is essential in a pub, say the landlords, which is why you'll find one here, accommodating a dartboard, full-size pool table, table football and jukebox. Regional brews such as Woodforde's Wherry and Adnams are usually accompanied by guest ales and Rosie's Pig cloudy cider. Huge doorstep sandwiches are served with hand-cut chips, while the fish and chips has been dubbed 'whale and chips', so make sure you're hungry. Other dishes include Surrey Farm beefburger; sausage and mash; vegetarian Buddha bowl, plus specials every evening.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Closed: 1
- Wide selection of Ales
- Wide selection of ciders
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About the area
Essex is full of pleasant surprises. It has the largest coastline of any county in England, with its fair share of castles, royal connections and scenic valleys. Take Colchester, for example, which was built by the Romans and is Britain’s oldest recorded town. Its castle contains the country’s largest Norman keep and yet, a stone’s throw from here, East Anglia’s newest arts centre promises to put Colchester firmly on the map as Essex’s capital of culture.
Tidal estuaries are plentiful and their mudflats offer migrating birds a winter feeding place. Essex was known as the land of the East Saxons and for centuries people from all over Europe settled here, each wave leaving its own distinctive cultural and social mark on the landscape. Walking a little off the beaten track will lead you to the rural retreats of deepest Essex, while all over the county there are ancient monuments to explore:
- the great Waltham Abbey
- Greensted, thought to be the oldest wooden church in the world
- the delightful village of Pleshey has one of the finest examples of a former motte-and-bailey castle
- Hedingham Castle, magnificently preserved and dating from the 11th century.
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