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Southend: Real ale desert


Nov 27, 2003
Just wondering why Southend seems to be completely devoid of decent ale pubs or the new style of brewhouse/craft beer establishment that is cropping up in other towns and improving their night-time economy?

Chelmsford has the Ale House as a speciality venue and countless real ale pubs like the Woolpack, Orange Tree, two Wetherspoons, Railway, Ship, the list is endless. Even Colchester has seen at least three 'brewhouses' spring up in the last couple of years catering for this market and we know how backwards it is up there.

As far as I can see, if you want a variety of ale in Southend town centre you have to go to the Last Post (Spoons) or the Olde Trout. I could be wrong but this was the case last time I went out in the town. Sad state of affairs if you ask me.

I went on a pub crawl in Maldon a few weeks ago and out of the ten establishments I went to, only one did not have at least three ales on.

I guess if you want to go on a night out and taste anything apart from fizzy chemicals, you have to go to Leigh or Rochford.