Olde Monken Holt, EN5 5SU
- 0208 449 4280
- 193 High Street, EN5 5SU
- 11am-11pm Mon-Wed; 11am-midnight Thu-Sat; noon-10:30pm Sun
It's quite close to some nice countryside (it's only just on the A-Z), so handy for walkers. The decor is clean-looking, and the tables are nice and big (but not too big). There's some kind of beer garden out the back, and a few picnic tables out the front.
Kake visited on a Thursday afternoon in September 2007, arriving around 3pm. There were about half a dozen other customers, all men, bit of quiet conversation, but mostly people just sitting there with a pint and the paper. Staff were friendly enough, and nobody seemed to think I was weird for being a woman in a pub on my own. There was no music.
Pride was £2.60/pint, and they also had Courage Directors, Bombardier, and Greene King IPA.
As of May 2009, food is served noon-4pm and 6pm-9pm Monday-Sunday. The menu I saw in September 2007 was fairly short. Sandwiches ranged from £3.40 (ham and wholegrain mustard) via £4 (tuna, spring onion, and cheddar melt) to £5 (chicken club or ploughmans club). Mains were between £5 (ploughmans lunch) and £6.50 (gammon, egg, and chips), and jacket potatoes are £5. The sides/snacks/starters selection was on the "interesting" side of standard: chips (£1.80), hummous and pitta bread (£2.80), mixed salad (£3), nachos (£3.50), and sausages with sweet chilli dip (£3.75). I tried the chips, which were perfectly fine, and a generous portion. There were proper salt and pepper grinders on the tables, which is a good sign in terms of thought being put into the food.
bob visited early on a Saturday evening in September 2010. The pub was quite full. Beers available were Sharps Red Ale (£3), Greene King IPA and Ruddles.
Accessibility info: There is a disabled toilet.