Chelmsford isn’t short of drinking spots for you to sample comforting food and a leisurely pint. Whether you’re looking for real ales, English ciders or are just in search of a roaring fire on a lazy afternoon, these are some of the best pubs in Chelmsford.
Pubs in Chelmsford
The Irish know how to run a great drinking spot – and O’Connors Irish Pub is no exception. Not far from the city centre – tucked down a side street just off Moulsham Street – you’ll be welcomed with a cosy atmosphere, complete with wood burner in this hidden gem. The homemade pies are great, they showcase all the top live sports, and of course, it’s the best place in the city for a Paddy’s Day party.
The Orange Tree is a traditional corner pub that is popular with the local clientele, with a warm atmosphere, great selection of real ale and ports, and a renowned Sunday lunch. It’s a handy 10-minute stroll from the Essex County Cricket Ground if you’re enjoying a day out there.
The Lion Inn is also popular for restaurant-goers and drinkers alike; at not much more than a 10-minute leisurely stroll from our Premier Inn Boreham hotel. They have an extensive menu and a large area for outdoor seating. With a great selection of beers, it’s good value for a visit for all the family, as well as being home to the monthly stand-up nights from the Chelmsford Comedy Club.
Looking for a drinking spot that’s more central? The Railway Tavern is a stone’s throw from the train station. It’s a family-run old school pub with great real ales and an impressive selection of gins, as well as simple pub grub if you’d like a bite to eat. There are many other pubs to choose from within just a few minutes’ walk of our City Centre hotel. Classic historical English pubs with wooden interiors and a good drinks selection include The Ship Public House and The Plough.
The surrounding villages also offer many quaint country pubs if you’re looking for some great food and a fresh pint in a beer garden – perfect after a stroll in the Essex countryside. Popular choices include The Hare in Roxwell, with a relaxing rural setting and tables outside; The Old Railway, an oak-beamed pub close to Hanningfield Reservoir; and The Windmill in Chatham Green, where they do a mean Sunday roast and are also famed for their afternoon tea.