Essex Pub of the Year 2012 and 2013 and East Anglian Pub of the Year 2012. Formerly Ridley's Brewery tap this is a picturesque Victorian country pub in a quiet hamlet. A wood-panelled bar has benches around the walls and a tiled floor. Beers are drawn direct from casks in the half-cellar. Branch cider POTY 2017. Renowned filled huffers (giant baps) are available lunchtimes and evenings, plus other traditional dishes. Seats and tables outside and in the large gardens. Five high quality rooms available. Annual Events: Easter Steam Up - Easter Weekend, Hopstock Beer Festival - 3rd weekend in August, Yule Fest - Christmas Week. In current CME Recommended Pub Guide.