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King William IV, Braintree

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The King William IV is situated to the south of Braintree near the main A120. Whilst it is a fair trek from the town centre as Snarling Mallard says, it appears to be Braintree's best pub and my favourite of 10 Essex pubs tried yesterday. The interior is quite compact, with 2 small rooms. You approach the pub from the car park through the garden. I got the feeling that I was probably being discussed as I headed towards the pub, as silence descended when I walked in! This certainly occurred for subsequent customers too. Nevertheless, the landlord seemed like a nice chap and the regulars were quite friendly. The real strength is the ale & cider selection, with 4 of each available. Yesterday, they were Maldon Farmer's Cutty Sark, Mighty Oak Captain Bob, Moody Goose (the in-house brewery) Mystery Mild & Tring Brock Bitter. Ciders were Cetic Marches Lily The Pink & Nell Gwynne & Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon. I went for the Duddas Tun Pear O'Dudda which was quite sweet, but nice. Recommended.
blue_scrumpy - 18 Feb 2017 13:21
The best ale in Braintree and probably the best pub in the town as well. (though it is a little bit of a trek out but worth it).
Snarling_Mallard - 12 Nov 2012 20:19
A great little Pub and easily the best in Braintree. first time i'd been for a year. The range of ales now numbers four including offerings from Sharps and Batemans, as well as three real ciders. Beware though as the Pub is tiny and always seems rammed which bearing in mind the quality of the grog, is not surprising
ahscum - 13 Jan 2011 18:57
This is a great liitle pub that could not be doing more for local and passing trade. There are constantly changing choices of well kept real ales and the atmosphere is welcoming and friendly. A beer festival is planned for the May bank holiday.
joef - 7 Mar 2010 14:41
My brother-in-law calls the King William IV his "office". We had a 'meeting' there last week, where I was able to sample three different real ales. Thoroughly enjoyed myself in the warm, hospitable surroundings of this tiny pub. The beer was good too! The landlord and all the patrons were really friendly, and I'm already looking forward to my next visit.
grayandti44 - 1 Feb 2010 14:24
Great little pub, newly opened, staff very friendly and welcoming, cask ales right from the barrell well poured and great selection with a constant change in ales from local brewers.

Highly recommended for a quiet drink and a friendly atmosphere will be looking forward to returning.
Jamieesx - 29 Jan 2010 16:00
great pub very friendly and very well kept ale drawn straight from the barrel always 3 to 4 ales constantly changing from local breweries and usual lagers plus aspall on draft
gto52 - 28 Jan 2010 22:17
beer was alwful, no head pub too small
bishopsfinger1999 - 26 Jan 2010 14:32
bignevski - 19 Dec 2009 11:21
Some really good news regarding the King William IV.
Closed for over two years it now has been sold,
The new owner has started renovating the pub.
So hopefully it will not be too long before it re-opens.
bignevski - 28 Nov 2009 09:42
anonymous - 15 Nov 2007 19:39
Very friendly, superb beer, the best pub in Braintree by far - completely Chav free zone.
ukbarfly - 26 Jan 2007 10:57
Greene King now own Ridley's, don't they? The beer range is limited - the only real ale is GK IPA - and there wasn't much sign of food being offered. Friendly and clean, though, and the pickled eggs looked great. The dog is about the biggest I've ever seen, and a splendid chap. A word of warning for anyone who actually observes the drink/driving laws: this place is a good 25 minutes walk from the centre of Braintree.
joegreen - 10 Oct 2006 12:38
Great Pub!and Local to me Ive Spent a good many year's drinking in pubs from london to dublin,I can honestly say this is the best for great beer and ales, and you can always have a good chat with a local,it has very friendly bar people and a great landlord,never had a dirty glass or sub standard beer,the pub even has a pub dog (A very Friendly Bear Called Oscar)hope this encourages more people to drop in (or out as I have!)opens 4.30pm currently weekdays normal hours weekends Thanks A.C
achurch - 11 Mar 2006 23:28
A typical Ridley's pub, the IPA is to die for. Plenty of parking. The landlord sets up the pub and pub garden with home grown hanging baskets, well worth a visit.
maeafc - 17 May 2005 18:53

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