Pub beer festivals in Essex – June 2014

Photograph of a man holding an almost empty pint of beer from Reading Beer Festival
Reading Beer Festival by Jason Rogers

The weekend is here, the sun is out and the beer is flowing in Essex. Here’s the places to be in June 2014.

Photograph of a man holding an almost empty pint of beer from Reading Beer Festival
Reading Beer Festival by Jason Rogers

Anchor Inn Beer Festival

26 Court Street, Nayland, Colchester, C06 4JL

Saturday 14th June 2014 – Sunday 15th June 2014

Photo of The Anchor Inn in Essex situating on the riverside
The Anchor Inn, Nayland Village, Essex

Perfect for Father’s Day – treat pops to the Anchor Inn’s annual beer festival. Dad can sip happily on cask ales, listen to live music and munch out on roast beef and roast pork belly.

The Anchor Inn has stunning views overlooking ‘The Stour Valley’ river (aka Dedham Vale) and boasting a pretty beer garden.  You can also walk off a belly full of beer and beef on the natural footpaths alongside the river.

The Gibberd Garden Beer Festival

The Barn/Marsh La, Harlow CM17 0NA

Saturday 14th June 2014 – Sunday 15th June 2014

Band (including violin and chello) play in a marquee at the beautiful gardens at Gibberd Gardens
Band serenades spectators during a special event at The Gibberd Garden

This beer festival is perfect for someone looking for a quiet drink surrounded by beautiful views.

The Gibberd Garden will have over 35 beers, supplied by small, local and craft breweries from around East Anglia and London for you to dip your tastebuds into. For the cider inclined, there will also be a selection of real cider and perry.

Two, fair-sized marquees will be there ‘in case the Great British Summer delivers a bit of rain‘.

Kids can be entertained by a free children’s treasure hunt, enjoy a story by a qualified children’s storyteller and a multitude of games.

The pub is a perfect location for a wander, as the gardens are dotted with pretty pots, artefacts and flowers.

The Horse And Groom Beer Festival

Cornish Hall End, nr. Finchingfield, CM7 4HF

Friday 20th June 2014 – Saturday 22nd June 2014

Winner of Good Beer Guide Pub in 2014, The Horse And Groom put will host Ye Olde Marvelous Medieval Ale Festival
The Horse And Groom Pub
Poster for The Horse & Groom's 'Ye Olde Marvellous Medieval Ale Festival'
The Horse & Groom’s beer festival poster

Ye Olde Marvellous Medieval Ale Festival charity event in aid of cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis and the Ethan Linwood Memorial Fund, wishes to raise money with their live music, real ales and ciders tent, hog roast, BBQ and much more.

Medieval activities will include dancing, falcon display, re-enactments and archery.

The pub itself was built in the 18th century, has oak beams and offers a tasty menu of steak, beer batter cod and chips, trio of cumberland sausages and homemade steak and ale pies.

Billericay Town Football Club’s Beer Festival

Blunts Wall Rd, Billericay, Essex CM12 9SA

Friday 27th June 2014 – Sunday 29th June 2014

Barrels of beers and cider under a makeshift building at Billericay FC's beer festival in 2011
A selection of beers and ciders back in 2011 from Twitter user @dazzaroonie

Each year the festival grows in popularity and this year sees over 20 local businesses getting involved in the action. Punters can expect over 50 real ales, ciders and perries to try and a friendly, local atmosphere.

Professionally catered food from The Burstead Golf Club and The Cheese And Pie Man – from burgers to salad is at hand for those who built up an appetite from their thirsty work.

Participants can also expect an array of live music to keep entertained and drinking till dawn.

The Hurdlemakers Arms Beer Festival

Post Office Rd, Maldon CM9 6ST

Friday 27th June 2014 – Sunday 29th June 2014

Beautiful photo of the facade of The Hurdlemakers Arms pub in Essex
The Hurdlemakers Arms will host its 10th annual beer festival this June 2014

Winner of the Maldon and Dengie CAMRA Real Ale Pub of the Year award is The Hurdlemakers Arms pub. Typically British and bursting with character, expect an entire weekend full of greatness.

There will be over 25 real ales and 6 real ciders to hand.

In case the Heaven’s open up, there’s a marquee at hand that sits comfortably over 100 people in their large beer garden.

The pub is over 400 years old – find old images of the pub inside throughout its time.


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