Old English Gentleman
“A well-mannered town-centre pub” - AA Inspector
SAFFRON WALDEN, ESSEX
Regulars call this 19th-century, town-centre pub the OEG, an informality which the top-hatted dandy on the sign over the front door might be a little sniffy about. Ancient beer taps line a wall of the traditional, wooden-floored central bar, which opens out to a spacious area with tables and seating with a log-burner in the dining area, and air conditioning; outside is a patio garden, which can often be a sun-trap, but heated if not. Resident ales Adnams Southwold and Woodforde’s Wherry are backed up by changing guests, Adnams dry-hopped lager and Aspall cider, a portfolio that earns full customer approval. Throughout the week the kitchen prepares hearty main meals, light lunches, salads, paninis, hand-cut sandwiches and deli boards, and on Sundays, roasts and a variety of light bites and salads. In more detail, this translates as Scottish smoked salmon with crème fraîche; and lamb patties in flatbread as starters, then mains of 'giant' couscous halloumi salad; crispy Belgian beer-battered catch of the day; corned beef hash; and OEG Aberdeen Angus beef burger. Possible alternatives to the Sunday roast meat-of-the-day are Moroccan aubergine and chickpea casserole; and pie of the week.
- Children welcome
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Open all year
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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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