This pub review first appeared on Brentwood Brewery’s blog as January Pub of the Month and on the brewery’s Community News page in the Brentwood Gazette at the end of December.
If you’re a fan of ‘proper’ food and beer, you’ll want to read on:
The Eagle, Kelvedon Hatch by Wendy Pike (Twitter: @newswoozle)
The kitchen at The Eagle in Kelvedon Hatch must be a busy place indeed as all the tempting pies, puddings and dishes on the menu are homemade on the premises by chefs Luc and Sue.
“The Eagle is a traditional pub with a friendly atmosphere that serves delicious, freshly cooked, traditional food,” says Landlord of 13 years, Stuart Darnley.
On the bar you will find a selection of draught real ales, including Brentwood Beer.
For wine drinkers, manager Bev Bayes and Stuart personally select all the choices on the wine and Champagne list. They both completed a Wine and Spirit Education Trust course, so they know their wines inside out.
The extensive menu includes most pub favourites like scampi and chips or chicken curry for £9.45 each as well as fresh fish and their popular homemade pies like steak and ale which is sometimes made with Brentwood Best. Beef and Guinness pudding costs £10.45. Seasonal specials, like chicken casserole and dumplings £10.45, can be found on the chalkboard but if you fancy a sandwich, a burger or even breakfast, The Eagle offers those too.
Special offer price for two courses (Tuesday to Saturday evenings only) costs £11.95.
On Sundays between noon and 5pm you can dine from the full menu, specials or enjoy traditional roasts with all the trimmings.
In winter’s chill it is hard to contemplate al fresco dining but you may want to write a note to self reminding you to visit the inviting Beer Garden when temperatures start to climb.
The pub has a 60 seat restaurant and can cater for large parties, weddings and wakes. In addition to a loyal core of regulars, The Eagle is favoured by groups like the Mazda MX5 and Classic Ford Clubs, the local Bereavement Support Group as well as ramblers and walkers.
Quiz night is Monday at 9pm but be warned, it is so well attended you may have to breathe in to squeeze yourself in the pub.
Manager Bev said: “We cater to individual requirements, offer good customer service and remember that everyone is an individual.”
The Eagle is such a popular place to relax, enjoy good beer and traditional, home-cooked food that booking ahead is strongly advised.
Brentwood Beer & Food Match Suggestions
For a winter warm you up why not pop along to The Eagle to try:
Winter Warmer 4.7% ABV with chicken casserole with dumplings
Tasting notes: A well-balanced, amber-coloured Winter ale with spicy notes creating a full-flavoured beer to enjoy on cold winter days.
Brentwood Best 4.2% ABV with home made steak and ale pie
Tasting notes: Best bitter made with a good dose of Challenger and EKG hops giving a well-rounded flavour and aroma. Light copper-coloured, this beer is a firm favourite.
Pub opening times at The Eagle are Monday to Saturday 11am to 11pm and 11am to 8pm Sunday.
Lunchtime the kitchen opens Monday to Saturday noon – 2.30pm. In the evenings it closes Monday and opens Tuesday to Saturday 6pm – 9pm. On Sundays noon to 5pm.
The Eagle, Ongar Road, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0AA
01277 373 472
copyright 2015 Wendy Pike, www.newswoozle.co.uk