Chelmsford and Mid-Essex

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Cider Pubs

New Real Cider and Perry Definitions 2021

Due to the change of definition of Real Cider and Perry by CAMRA, the pubs officially recognised as selling these are currently under review. Products from Westons, Thatchers, Gwynt y Ddraig and Lilleys that are popular with drinkers of real cider and other pub customers, are not compliant with the new definition.

In order to be recognised as a Real Cider pub for the Good Beer Guide and to be eligible for the CAMRA Cider and Perry Pub of the Year competition, a pub must sell at least one cider/perry from the CAMRA approved products list. 'Real Cider Sold Here' window stickers will be provided for pubs to display their status.

Click the below links for the new definition, the lists of producers of traditional ciders plus the approved fruit ciders list including those with fruit added pre- and post-fermentation, additional flavours such as herbs, spices, flowers or hops. Up-to-date guidelines for judging the Cider Pub of the Year can also be downloaded.

Cider Definition May 2021  Cider Producers October 2021  Fruit Ciders October 2021

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These are the places where you may get Real Cider in the CME region.

If you know of any others, or a pub listed here no longer has Real Cider available, please email

  • Blackmore
    • Leather Bottle Telephone(01277) 821891 The Green Blackmore CM4 0RL

      Large village pub refurbished and renovated to a modern open plan room with a real fire at one end. Welcomes children, dogs and ramblers. A conservatory leads to an enclosed garden with picnic tables. In current CME Recommended Pub Guide.

  • Boreham
    • Queen's Head Telephone(01245) 467298 Church Road Boreham CM3 3EG

      In the same family for over 20 years this friendly pub, dating from the 16th century, is tucked away behind houses just past the church. Two contrasting bars, one with bench seating, where darts, dominoes and crib are played, the other is for dining. In the warmer months the garden is a lovely area to sit at one of the picnic benches and enjoy drinks and food in a tranquil setting in view of the village church. Home-cooked food served Wednesday to Sunday. Beer festivals over the Bank Holiday weekends of Easter and August. In current CME Recommended Pub Guide and Branch Pub of the Year 2022.

  • Braintree
    • King William IV Telephone(01376) 567755 114 London Road Braintree CM77 7PU

      Warm and friendly traditional free house serving an ever-changing range of four to five real ales, usually featuring Essex microbreweries. An interesting selection of four or five ciders. There is a main bar and a small back bar. A large patio area with picnic tables and extensive gardens are used to host many events throughout the year including Beer Festivals and Musical Events. This is a traditional drinking pub that does not offer cooked meals. The Moody Goose Brewery is located in the grounds of the pub and at least one their ales are available in the pub. In current CME Recommended Pub Guide.

    • Picture Palace Telephone(01376) 550255 Fairfield Road Braintree CM7 3HA

      Originally a cinema, The Picture Palace, built in 1912, and replaced by The Embassy in 1930, this spacious pub retains the character of a picture house. The floor slopes down to the long curved bar at the front where the stage used to be, with a very large TV screen above it, and some eye-catching Art Deco installations. Additional TVs give a choice of channels. Trading as a Lloyds No. 1 bar. Close to the bus and train stations. Guide dogs are welcome. In current CME Recommended Pub Guide.

  • Broads Green
    • Walnut Tree Telephone(01245) 360222 Broads Green CM3 1DT

      This red brick Victorian pub overlooking the green, is a CAMRA recognised pub interior of outstanding historic interest, which was a dairy. The front door opens directly into what was once the bottle and jug but with the passing of time it now serves as a small snug. To the left is the wood-panelled public bar, little changed since it was built in 1888. To the right is the slightly more modern saloon bar originally converted from the landlord's front parlour and further extended in the 1980s. The half-cellar is accessed from behind the bar with Cask Marque quality beers being served on gravity. Outside, seating in front of the pub is complemented by a children's play area and a large family garden to the side and rear. An outside Gents, which is still in use, adds to the pubs authenticity. There is no food offering, the landlord preferring to concentrate on his beers and in maintaining a more traditional atmosphere. Primarily a conversation pub, traditional pub games and an antique piano offer alternative entertainment. "A pub dedicated to those who make drinking a pleasure; who achieve contentedness long before capacity; and who, whenever they drink, prove able to carry it, enjoy it, and above all maintain a modicum of decorum." In current CME Recommended Pub Guide.

  • Chelmsford
    • Ale House Telephone(01245) 260535 24-26 Viaduct Road Chelmsford CM1 1TS

      A unique bar in Chelmsford, located under the arches at the railway station. One of the widest ranges of continuously changing beers in Essex, always including dark and stronger beers, eight craft kegs and 12 real ciders. There are also imported lagers on tap and a wide range of bottled beers from around the world. No food but customers are welcome to bring their own or order a takeaway; plates and cutlery can be provided. Quiz on last Sunday of each month and regular beer festivals. In current CME Recommended Pub Guide.

    • Globe Telephone(01245) 350232 65 Rainsford Road Chelmsford CM1 2QJ

      A bright and airy pub selling real ales and craft beers to be enjoyed at seats and tables of varying shape, size and height. An imposing timbered building with hedges and flowers at the front, where there is outside seating. Various bays inside mean that sports enthusiasts can watch TV while others enjoy conversation over a drink or a meal. Varied entertainment with league poker every Monday, cash poker on Wednesday, quiz every Sunday, and a Jack the Joker raffle every Friday. CAMRA discount with valid membership card.

    • Golden Fleece Telephone(01245) 256752 84 Duke Street Chelmsford CM1 1JP

      A lively city centre pub, with a beer garden, which appeals to all ages. Serving 6 real ales, up to 3 ciders and 4 craft beers on draught plus 10 in bottles. Food served all week. 20% discount on real ales to CAMRA members. On Mondays and Tuesdays from 5pm all real ales are £2.15 per pint, with free cheese on Tuesday. Quiz every Thursday and cover bands every Friday and Saturday evenings. In current CME Recommended Pub Guide.

    • Hop Beer Shop Telephone(01245) 353570 173 Moulsham Street Chelmsford CM2 0LD

      Essex's first micropub. Four beers are served by gravity, and always include local breweries as well as interesting beers from around the country, with usually a stout or porter and a golden beer. In addition, there are craft kegs, around 100 bottled beers from local and international breweries, and bottled cider, which may be drunk there or purchased to take home. The atmosphere is one of a traditional pub where people can meet and talk. Branch Pub of the Year 2016 and 2017 and Cider Pub of the Year 2018, 2019 and 2020. In current CME Recommended Pub Guide.

    • Ivory Peg Telephone(01245) 253130 7 New London Road Chelmsford CM2 0NA

      Town-centre pub with a single open-plan area at ground level featuring large windows onto the street, and a good collection of old photographs on the walls of the staircase to the toilets (disabled toilet on ground floor). Excavations prior to its building produced an ivory tuning peg from a mediaeval musical instrument (now in Chelmsford Museum). Food is served all day with alcohol available from 9am. As with other Wetherspoon pubs beer festivals are held twice a year with a cider festival in the Summer. In current CME Recommended Pub Guide.

    • Moulsham Tap Telephone(01245) 354300 53/54 Moulsham Street Chelmsford CM2 0JA

      This "Craft Beer & Artisan Gin" micro-pub is a converted shop with tables and seating in a large front room, leading to a smaller area with the bar. The pub serves 12 changing keykeg beers and 6 real ciders. There is also a selection of over 50 gins, 30 vodkas and many other spirits. Food is not currently available although you are welcome to bring your own. Children allowed till 6pm.

    • Orange Tree Telephone(01245) 262664 6 Lower Anchor Street Chelmsford CM2 0AS

      The Orange Tree is one of the best real ale pubs in Chelmsford and was voted branch Pub of the Year in 2014, 2015 and is Pub of the Year for 2020. A place for conversation and meeting friends. A refurbishment in 2015 has made the separate public and saloon bars both much larger. A great range of beers is served, always something dark. All Day Breakfast is served on Saturday and Sunday from 10am. Lunchtime food is served, including Sunday roasts. Quiz on Tuesdays. In current CME Recommended Pub Guide.

    • Railway Tavern Telephone(01245) 280679 63 Duke Street Chelmsford CM1 1LW

      A Tardis-like corner pub right outside Chelmsford station, more visible now due to nearby development. Not surprisingly a railway theme dominates. Refurbished in February 2017, a long narrow pub with banks of handpumps at opposite ends of the central bar counter. There is even a small enclosed garden where you can listen to the station announcements and marvel at the ever-changing mural. May stay open later on Sundays in the summer. This traditional pub also sells craft beers and over 50 different gins. CME branch POTY 2018.

  • Chignal Smealey
    • Pig & Whistle Telephone(01245) 443186 Chignal Road Chignal Smealey CM1 4SZ

      This 16th Century beamed restaurant is a Trip Advisor top ten restaurant with three rooms, a snug, sun terrace and garden providing lunch light bites, evening candlelit a la carte menu and a four meat Sunday carvery with vegetarian option. Also opens on Bank Holiday Mondays.

  • Fuller Street
    • Square & Compasses Telephone(01245) 361477 Fuller Street CM3 2BB

      17th century free house known locally as the Stokehole. Set in attractive countryside and handy for the Essex Way long distance footpath this is a small well looked after country pub. There are exposed beams throughout with two wood-burning stoves in inglenook fireplaces. Old local woodworking tools adorn the taproom bar. Up to three real ales and local Berties cider are served. Fresh locally sourced home-cooked food is available daily including game from the surrounding estates (no food Sunday evenings). In current CME Recommended Pub Guide.

  • Great Baddow
    • Chelmsford Brew Co Taproom Telephone(01245) 476267 Brewery Fields, Church Street Great Baddow CM2 7LE

      Located on a small industrial estate in the Great Baddow area of the city. Tap room is part of the brewery just behind the brewery shop. With comfortable seating and several benches to relax in. The seating layout lends itself to good conversation and a pleasant atmosphere. Selection of their own beers always available and the occasional guest beer in cask.

    • White Horse Telephone(01245) 476209 78 High Street Great Baddow CM2 7HH

      17th Century coaching inn with exposed beams. 2 large rooms on 2 levels with seating for 230 people. Pub food served all day to 10 pm. 2 disabled car park spaces and disabled toilet on the ground floor. Ember Inns produces Love of Ale which is a mini–Beer Festival for one week per season consisting of four to five different ales. Quiz nights Wednesday and Sundays. On Monday all ales are £2.49 a pint.

  • Little Baddow
    • Rodney Telephone(01245) 222385 North Hill Little Baddow CM3 4TQ

      Grade II listed traditional village pub with two bars, one with pool table and TV, the other a small drinking area. Many beams and brasses. Nautical theme as the pub name originates from Admiral Rodney and subsequently several Royal Navy ships. Lovely Garden. Usually stays open later on Sundays in summer, but may close earlier in Winter if quiet. Beer festival in August.

  • Little Waltham
    • White Hart Telephone(01245) 360205 107 The Street Little Waltham CM3 3NY

      This village pub has been revived as a very popular gastropub which still welcomes those who just want a drink. Grade II listed, the outside has been attractively refurbished while a complete renovation has produced a modern, light and airy interior. Two areas are reserved for those having meals but the bar area is not. Five handpumps normally supply four beers and one cider. The beers change regularly with at least one local ale. Meals start at 9am with breakfast, and include dairy-free and gluten-free options. Two for one food deals on Monday (roasts), Tuesday (fish) and Wednesday (burgers). Occasional music, quiz and themed nights on Thursdays. In current CME Recommended Pub Guide.

  • Littley Green
    • Compasses Telephone(01245) 362308 Littley Green CM3 1BU

      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 and 2022. 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.

  • White Notley
    • Cross Keys Telephone(01376) 583297 1 The Street White Notley CM8 1RQ

      Traditional beamed pub, Grade II listed, dating from the 1700s. Two wooden floored bars, one small and another medium sized, plus a separate area which is used as restaurant or occasional function room. Some interesting historical artworks and photos on the walls with an intriguing comic history of the village on a frieze in the back corridor. Tastefully refurbished inside and out in 2016. In current CME Recommended Pub Guide.

  • Widford
    • Sir Evelyn Wood Telephone(01245) 269239 56 Widford Road Widford CM2 8SY

      Pub named after the British Army Field Marshall who won the VC in 1858 during the Indian Mutiny. Two connected bars and games room in traditional pub including bench window seats, covered patio area and largish garden. Extraordinary collection of salt and pepper pots on display on shelves and in cabinets. Pin table, pool table and darts board in games room. Selection of second-hand books on sale for charity. Occasional live music.

  • Witham
    • Battesford Court Telephone(01376) 504080 100-102 Newland Street Witham CM8 1AH

      Large Wetherspoon conversion of a former hotel of the same name. The 16th Century building was previously the courthouse of the manor of Battesford. It has distinct areas with wood panelling and oak beams. There is a family area. Up to five regional beers are served including something local, usually from Bishop Nick or Wibblers, plus up to two ciders and perries, usually from Westons and Gwynt Y Ddraig. The standard Wetherspoon food offering is available. In current CME Recommended Pub Guide.

    • White Hart Hotel Telephone(01376) 512245 Newland Street Witham CM8 2AF

      Situated on the main street, this is a large, many-roomed, busy, hotel. Up to fourteen beers are served, of which four are regulars from the GK range and eight are guests, including two from local breweries. Eight beers are served on gravity in a separate cask ale bar with a temperature-controlled cabinet behind the bar. Note the self-tilting stillage. Three beer festivals are held annually, to coincide with St George's day, the Witham Puppet Festival in September, and near Christmas. In current CME Recommended Pub Guide.

Cider Map 2015
Our cider map from 2015 for the CME area showing the places where you can get Real Cider.