Pubwise, Tilbury is a disaster – CAMRA’s Whatpub website only lists one, the very decent World’s End, but it’s a long way from the ground by the ferry. All the others listed are across the river in Gravesend, which tells you all you need to know about Tilbury itself.
The Ship opposite the station once hit the headlines as the roughest pub in the country; it’s now the Post Office.
However, there is salvation not too far away in the unlikely environs of Grays, which provides a useful stop-off as the bus to the ground leaves from the town’s bus station. Cross the railway, go down the road to the river, and there you will find two beltingly good CAMRA-listed pubs on opposite corners.
The White Hart is a boisterous, lively house with Crouch Vale Brewer’s Gold and its own-badged house ale as regulars, plus several guest beers (one of them usually a Dark) and a wide selection of Belgian bottled beers. If you fancy quieter surroundings, pop across to the Theobald Arms, a real traditional local with four changing guest beers featuring local breweries, a selection of UK bottles, and an unusual hexagonal pool table. A lovely pub which it’s hard to tear yourself away from.