Only in Loughton can you overhear people waxing lyrical about material possessions being unimportant before getting into their Maserati, but the Gardeners Arms is a good place to witness such wonderful irony, as we did on a recent sunny Friday afternoon visit. Sat right on the edge of London and at the brow of York Hill the Gardeners Arms offers a traditional pub experience and affords excellent good views from the limited seating outside. The interior is a mix of refurbishments, which seems to have halted sometime in the 70s, so there's patterned carpet, velour seating and a gantried bar. A couple of reasonable ales are on offer, along with a good lunchtime and evening menu. The crowd was pretty mixed too, notwithstanding the above, but most people here are locals and regulars. Service was friendly, too. If you fancy a hilly stroll around the outskirts of Epping, this pub might provide a good refreshment point, but be warned it closes at 3pm, the way pubs used to.
Reviewed by redcat
01 Nov 2008