The Crumpled Horn, Upminster
Although the claim, painted onto one of the pillars by the bar of The Crumpled Horn, that this is the best pub in Essex' is probably (well, certainly) somewhat hyperbolic, this pub is quietly impressive. It's certainly a lot better than initial, external, appearances, might suggest, if only because shop conversions rarely promise much. It is probably the best pub in the centre of Upminster, for what that's worth. This pub gets quite a few things right - there's a range of different seating areas, including some booths and a slightly raised dining area that promises table service, and a food menu that appears to be superior too, and more extensive than those on offer in many comparable pubs. There are four real ales on hand pumps, including some rather rare ones (we enjoyed some Adnams Regatta), and Staropramen too, and a reasonable selection of wines. There's a mixed crowd of punters, young(ish) and old. Some aspects of the pub, the carpet, for example, verge on the garish, while others (the fruit machines) are a bit too suburban-pub-by-numbers, but, all in all, the Crumpled Horn would be a worthy recipient of your custom should you find yourself in the area.
33-37 Corbets Tey Road Upminster, Upminster, London, RM14 2AJ
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How to find the The Crumpled Horn pub
Upminster: turn left out of the main exit from the station and head down Station Road. At the traffic lights at Bell Corner ahead, continue along Corbets Tey Road, and you'll soon find the pub on your left.