Old London Road, Rawreth, Nr. Wickford, SS11 8TZ
Merely a couple of minutes’ drive outside the historic village of Rawreth, the newly reinvented Carpenters pub offers a simple yet undeniably effective combination of tasty, traditional fare, alongside an enviable selection of drinks. Add to the mix an atmosphere that rivals any other local establishment, and you have yourself a great evening out. The enticing outdoor seating area, which is visible on approach, and the cosy interior mean that the Carpenters is perfectly equipped for each and every occasion, whatever the weather. The beamed ceilings and vibrant walls afford the entire venue a homely feel, as does the presence of comfortable leather seating dotted here and there. Home comforts can be found on the eclectic menu, with the likes of homemade soup of the day served with comfortingly warm bread and butter, and chicken liver pâté with seeded granary bread and roasted balsamic onions to start. Mains are unashamedly hearty, and just as scrumptious. The slow-roasted baby back ribs in barbecue sauce come highly recommended, and the grilled halloumi burger is the pick of the vegetarian options. To ﬁnish, indulge in the opulent banoffee pie. With a chic interior and a marvellous menu of food and drink, you’ll be pushed to ﬁnd a more tempting venue than the Carpenters.