Striking 16th-c pub with six real ales, popular food and pleasant garden
The good pub guide review
You can expect a bustling atmosphere and a good mix of customers at this well run pub with a handsome frontage. The busy slate-floored bar has an easy-going feel and two big woodburning stoves (one in the huge central inglenook fireplace, another by an antique winged settle on the left). Throughout there are handsomely carved black beams and timbers galore, and attractive wildflower murals in a frieze above the central timber divider. The beers on handpump include Shepherd Neame Bishops Finger, Master Brew, Spitfire Gold and Whitstable Bay Pale plus a guest such as Isla Vale Hopping Mad, and they hold summer and winter beer festivals; also, 14 wines by the glass, 14 malt whiskies, 25 gins and eight rums, served by cheerful staff. A brick-paved back courtyard has tables, heaters and a shelter, and tall trees shade green picnic-sets in the garden beyond. The pub has its own small car park through an archway in the middle of the adjoining terraced houses.
The good pub guide food review
A wide choice of food includes upmarket lunchtime sandwiches, venison carpaccio with parsnip crisps and purée, courgette, spelt and cumin fritter, salmon fillet with white crab and bacon crushed potatoes, slow-braised ox cheek with roasted garlic mash, chickpea, sweet potato and baby spinach balti with saffron rice, and puddings such as clementine posset with ginger biscuit and raspberry sorbet, a selection of Yorvale ice-creams and English cheeses.
Sun, 3 Feering Hill, Feering, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9NH
Pub Group: Shepherd Neame
Weekdays: 12-3, 5.30-11 (midnight Fri)