The Three Horseshoes is a picturesque thatched-roof country pub and former coaching inn, close to the River Stort. The pub nestles in the rural village of Spellbrook, just two miles south of historic Bishops Stortford on the old London turnpike road.
Located in leafy Spellbrook on the old London turnpike road, close to the River Stort, The Three Horseshoes is a picturesque thatched-roof country pub and former coaching inn. Originally a Tudor farmhouse of fairytale appearance, this Grade II listed inn dates back at least to the 16th century.
Sited at a strategic location on the road from London to Cambridge and East Anglia, close to the vital river crossing at nearby Bishop's Stortford.The establishment of the Hockerill Turnpike Trust in the 18th century led to improved coach roads and the introduction of a mail coach service in 1785, but it was the development of the shallow and meandering River Stort into a ‘Navigation' in 1769, allowing long barges filled with grain and malt to reach London, that transformed Bishop's Stortford's flourishing malting industry.Read more...
Passing close to The Three Horseshoes at Spellbrook Lock, today the River Stort Navigation is a tranquil haven, and the five mile stretch from Bishop's Stortford railway station to the pretty market town of Sawbridgeworth is an attractive riverside stroll past water meadows, locks, weirs and thatched cottages. The remains of Iron Age Wallbury hill fort overlook the river on the banks opposite this historic pub restaurant.Set in the tranquil Stort Valley, The Three Horseshoes offers a warm welcome to all who visit this historic thatched-roof 16th century inn. With an extensive pub menu and seasonal specials, it's the perfect way to savour traditional pub food and leisurely.