The Crocus Tavern
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
40 Pleasant Valley, Saffron Walden, CB11 4AP
The Crocus Tavern is a friendly community pub, perfectly tucked away from the noise of Saffron Walden's busy centre and attended by both loyal locals and keen visitors to this historic Essex town. Split into completely separate bar and dining areas, the venue pitches itself as broadly as possible, offering the traditional stools and tables of a drinking establishment as well as the more formal long-backed seating of a restaurant. Tucked away next to large French windows is a comfortable corner of couches and cushions, ideal for a post-meal mug of tea or coffee. Indeed, it is this spectrum of comfort that attracts such a wide clientele to the tavern - from families seeking a quiet Sunday lunch, through to week-night regulars and friends chatting away over tea on a peaceful afternoon. The food is equally varied and accommodating. A weekday menu comprises traditional pub snacks including baguettes and baked potatoes, a renowned carvery is offered on Sundays and Wednesdays, and authentic Thai cuisine is served monthly. Classically English dishes are spiced up with little twists; for example starters include popular prawns served on garlic bread and flavoured with paprika - delicious. In its excellent location, The Crocus Tavern succeeds nobly in providing entertainment, superb food and a welcoming atmosphere to all who visit.