Bustling old pub with a warming log fire, hearty food and real ales; bedrooms

The good pub guide review

This charming 18th-c beamed pub is very much the heart of the local community. There's a cosy, chatty atmosphere and a genuine welcome from the staff. The low-ceilinged rooms have traditional furnishings, floral curtains, bare boards or navy carpeting, cosy warm fires and an unusual walk-through fireplace. A higgledy-piggledy mix of chairs ranges from high-backed pews to little cushioned armchairs spaced around a good variety of closely arranged tables, mostly big, some stripped. A small red-tiled room on the right has two small tables. Three changing beers such as Adnams Broadside, Greene King Abbot and Woodfordes Wherry plus a guest ale are tapped straight from casks racked up behind the bar; TV, regular trad jazz nights and quiz. Tables on the terrace have views over the tranquil surrounding countryside. Staying overnight here means you can explore the area in comfort; breakfasts are excellent too. Disabled access.

The good pub guide food review

Good quality food includes baguettes, devilled whitebait, creamy garlic mushrooms, four-cheese ravioli, smoked halibut, salmon and crayfish salad, honey-roast ham, battered fish and chips, pork fillet in spicy cajun sauce, chicken curry, and puddings such as eton mess and spicy apple crumble with custard, cream or ice-cream.

2021 Awards

Contact Details

Crown, Little Walden, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1XA

(01799) 522475

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 11.30-2.30, 6-11

Saturday: 11.30-2.30, 6-11

Sunday: 12-10.30