The Red Cow

“500-year-old thatched pub – the hub of the local community”



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Conveniently positioned between Saffron Walden and Royston, this 500-year-old thatched pub is very much the hub of the local community. Ales such as Nelson’s Revenge, and ciders from Aspall, are locally brewed or from East Anglia. The seasonally changing restaurant carte typically offers king prawn skewers, glazed with honey and garlic, followed by home-made pie of the day with mash and seasonal vegetables. The pub’s social calendar is full to bursting, with music (or ‘moosic’ to use one of the pub’s favoured beef-based puns) particularly high on the agenda. If a quieter life is preferred, a proper English afternoon tea is served at weekends.

The Red Cow
11 High Street, CHRISHALL, SG8 8RN


About the area

Discover Essex

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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