The Beer Hunter’s Guide to Buckhurst Hill

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 ( 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!

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