The Cherry Tree Inn
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
Knowl Green, Belchamp St Paul, CO10 7BY
Nestled in gently undulating countryside on the Essex/Suffolk border, The Cherry Tree Inn is ensconced in a picture-perfect village setting. This delightful thatched country pub dates back almost 500 years and has retained many traditional features, including its welcoming bar, complete with roaring fire during winter. Hosts Kate and Paul Drury are renowned for their warm welcome and, while they are proud of their excellent reputation for cuisine, the bar remains a real draw, popular with locals and maintaining the traditional village pub atmosphere. Obviously, as this is a free house, you'll find a range of real ales, premium lagers and fine wines by the glass or bottle. The extensive garden - a combination of lawn and terraced area - is the perfect spot for summer days, affording far-reaching countryside views and the chance to enjoy an alfresco meal; while the 46-seater restaurant offers a relaxed setting for lunchtime or evening dining, with efficient and friendly service. The menu varies seasonally - all food is freshly cooked to order and features local produce wherever possible. Popular dishes include smoked breast of chicken with beetroot salad and orange syrup, and wild mushroom risotto with rocket salad and Parmesan to start. Next, you could try roast breast of duck on caramelised red onion mash and cherry sauce, or stir-fried strips of steak with chillies, garlic and red onion, served atop hand-cut chunky chips. For dessert, chocolate fudge brownie with vanilla pod ice cream, and maple and walnut cheesecake are firm favourites. Sunday luncheons are particularly popular, with a choice of one to three courses at value-for-money prices. Steak nights are held every Tuesday, when you can choose from a variety of steaks, meat or fish plus a bottle of wine for £25 for two, and curry nights are held on the last Wednesday of the month. The inn also offers extensive parking, together with two recently refurbished comfortable en-suite rooms for bed and breakfast. Additionally, the restaurant can be hired on an exclusive basis for private functions, weddings and parties.
Open: Mon- Thurs noon-3pm (closed Tues lunchtime), 6pm-midnight; Fri noon-3pm, 6pm-1am; Sat noon-1am; Sun noon-11.30pm; Food Served: Tues 7pm-9.30pm; Weds-Sat noon-2.30pm, 7pm-9.30pm; Sun noon-4pm