Recommended Pubs & LocAle Trail 2016


The branch has compiled a list of our top pubs in the Chelmsford & Mid-Essex area, this year with an emphasis on LocAle pubs. As always, these, we feel, deserve to be recognised and not just for the quality and range of their beers and ciders but hospitality and decor.

Each of the outlets has received a green "Recommended 2016" plaque from the Branch. It is hoped that these will become an established sign of the efforts made by the licensee/manager alongside Cask Marque and that there will be a touch of kudos in being awarded them.

In addition to these plaques The Hop Beer Shop, Chelmsford, was given a gold "Branch Pub of the Year - Winner 2016" version and The Railway Tavern, Chelmsford, a silver one as "Branch Pub of the Year - Runner Up 2016".
The Three Elms, Chignal St James, was given a gold "Branch Cider Pub of the Year - Winner 2016" version (and went on to win the Essex Cider Pub of the Year) and The Compasses, Littley Green, a silver one as "Branch Cider Pub of the Year - Runner Up 2016".

The Pubs booklet is available now to pick up in all the featured pubs. This year it includes the LocAle Trail insert, where you can have your visit recorded and, with enough stickers collected, be eligible for different prizes.

Watch this space for updates to the list of pubs below and please email our team if you encounter any problems on your visits.

Updates: Prizes now include tickets for the Great British Beer Festival 2017

GOOD NEWS : Despite statements to the contrary all 47 pubs featured in the CME LocAle Trail, which is incorporated in the Recommended Pub Guide, have been issued with an initial allocation of stickers with 176 stickers per A4 Page as part of the pubs campaign pack which have been hand delivered by members of the Pub Campaigns team.

BAD NEWS: The Thomas Mildmay Wetherspoons Pub in Chelmsford will have closed by the end of Augustand apparently did not look after their stickers very well.

GOOD NEWS: Members of the pub campaigns team have/will restock the pubs with the stickers as required and hope that the pub staff will communicate between themselves regarding the whereabouts and safe keeping of the stickers.

BAD NEWS: Time is ticking by and the campaign finishes at the end of NOVEMBER COMMUNITY PUB MONTH

GOOD NEWS : Signatures /initials for those pubs which have been notified to Publicity Officer, Claire Irons, during the campaign to have not had stickers ready for their thirsty customers, will be accepted at the discretion of the team on collation of all entries into the competition

BAD NEWS: The Full quota is no longer available for completing the trail

GOOD NEWS: Prizes for completing the trail will be available for all those who complete the trail with all pubs which remain in the scheme for the whole campaign, ie 46 not including the Thomas Mildmay

GOOD NEWS : MORE prizes available to win !!!

By Claire Irons , Publicity Officer


The White SwanBicknacre
The VineBlack Notley
The Leather BottleBlackmore
The Lion InnBoreham
The Queen's HeadBoreham
The EagleBraintree
The King William IVBraintree
The Picture PalaceBraintree
The Walnut TreeBroads Green
The Ale HouseChelmsford
BaristaChelmsford
The CricketersChelmsford
The EndeavourChelmsford
The Fox & HoundsChelmsford
The GlobeChelmsford
The Hop Beer ShopChelmsford
The Ivory PegChelmsford
The Oddfellows ArmsChelmsford
The Orange TreeChelmsford
The Queen's HeadChelmsford
The Railway TavernChelmsford
The ShipChelmsford
The Star & GarterChelmsford
The Thomas MildmayChelmsford
The White HorseChelmsford
The WoolpackChelmsford
The Three ElmsChignal St James
The Willows InnCressing
The Baker's Arms Danbury
The ChequersFelsted
The Square & CompassesFuller Street
The Horse & GroomGalleywood
The Rose & CrownGreat Waltham
The StarIngatestone
The White HartLittle Waltham
The CompassesLittley Green
The White HartMargaretting Tye
The ViperMill Green
The Leather BottlePleshey
The BellRettendon
The HareRoxwell
The Three CompassesWest Hanningfield
The Sir Evelyn WoodWidford
The Battesford CourtWitham
The White HartWitham
The Woolpack InnWitham
The WheatsheafWrittle


Below is a list of the PostTags to help you find the pub.