The Hoop | Pub in Essex | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Hoop - Pub in Essex

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High Street, Stock, CM4 9BD, Essex
England, United Kingdom

Phil Utz & Michelle Corrigan
+44 (0)1277 841137(landline)

Seasonal, well curated menus abound at this handsome historic 'cock-a-hoop' foodie pub near Chelmsford

History and heritage run deep at The Hoop; built in 1640 with timbers from the warships at Tilbury Docks, it’s been a stalwart in the pretty village of Stock ever since. Inside, there’s a huge fireplace, rustic wooden tables, wicker chairs. Enjoy wine from local New Hall Vineyard or a pint of Adnams before tucking into a pub classic in the bar area downstairs (we loved our ‘toad in the Hoop’ and mash). For a smarter experience, head up to The Oak Room, the light, bright, beautifully vaulted dining space. Phil’s excellent, seasonal menus make the most of local produce: start with panko-crusted goat’s cheese bonbons, follow with roast Goosnargh duck with pumpkin and burnt orange purée, then finish with chocolate fondant and salted caramel ice cream. If you’re feeling particularly decadent, end the night with some of Phil’s handmade chocolate truffles.

Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Public transport
Within 2 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

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Starters from £6.95. Lunch from £10.95. Dinner from £15.95.


Open all day.


High Street, Stock, CM4 9BD, Essex