The Beer Hunter's Guide
On Saturday we travel the short distance over to Buckhurst Hill – a new destination for us – for another opportunity to win some silverware in the relaunched Essex Thameside Trophy.
Sadly, Buckhurst Hill doesn’t win any awards in the Beer Options stakes – there are no pubs in the vicinity of the ground, and the only two near the station are in the wrong direction. Of these, the nearest – the Railway Bar & Grill just south of the station in Queens Road – is listed in CAMRA’s Whatpub online guide as having no real ale, so it’s a case of hoping they do Guinness or a bottle of something decent.
A much better bet is to walk a bit further on, to the Three Colts at the corner of Princes Avenue and Kings Place. This is described in Whatpub (whatpub.com) as nicely refurbished and much improved, reopening in 2014 after a period of closure. With food prominent on the agenda, it has lots of rooms including the Stables Restaurant, but real-ale fans are also catered for with two beers on tap – Sharp’s Doom Bar and Timothy Taylor Landlord, which is always a cheering badge to see on a pump clip. Other breweries may go in for innovation and what some may describe as gimmicks, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but Tim’s have always stayed firmly traditional. Enjoy – but remember to allow plenty of time to get from the pub to the ground, some way up the road on the other side of the railway line!