Nestled in the small and oh-so-pretty rural village of Great Horkesley, just a few miles from Colchester, the Yew Tree is a true step back in time with its roaring coal fires, cosy dining room and welcoming atmosphere.
The Yew Tree pub is the perfect country village watering hole, and while it might feel as though you’re in deepest English countryside on the fringe of the Dedham Vale, in reality the pub is just a few miles from two buslting historic market towns, Colchester and Sudbury.
Picturesque doesn’t adequately describe how charming the Yew Tree pub is. With its blonde thatched roof, climbing roses curling around the front door and original timbers, it looks exactly how a quaint country English pub should. Dating back to the early 1600s, the building has been a public house for centuries and its cobbled courtyard once acted as a meeting place for local cattle farmers.Read more...
The Yew Tree is perfectly located for exploring the surrounding landscape. Just three miles away is Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town with a history dating back over 2,000 years. Visitors can take a walk through the ages, discovering medieval, Georgian and Victorian buildings, as well as the remains of a Roman temple. One of the highlights of the town is the grand Colchester Castle Museum, which is the proud home to the largest Norman keep in Europe. Inside, you’ll find impressive archaeological collections depicting the town’s long heritage.
From history to natural history, Colchester is also home to the Natural History Museum which has exhibits covering everything from the Ice Age right up to today. Also worthy of a trip is Colchester’s highly regarded Mercury Theatre, which hosts performances by local and touring shows.
The Yew Tree is in the heart of what has become known as Constable Country, and the landscape was the inspiration for many of the famous painter’s acclaimed works. The pub sits within the meadows and ancient woodlands of the Dedham Vale which, together with the Stour Valley, was a muse for not just John Constable but also Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Alfred Munnings. Gently meandering rivers, grazing cows and bucolic villages await ramblers and day-trippers, and The Painter’s Trail route invites cyclists to appreciate the scenes so loved by the famous artists.
The Yew Tree is many things to many people. In winter, village locals congregate here to enjoy some of the real ales and natter by the roaring fire, while summertime brings balmy evenings with guests enjoying an alfresco meal. Families and their four-legged friends feel at home in the large gardens, and it is the perfect pit stop for ramblers enjoying the multitude of trails that weave through the countryside. Slow-cooked Sunday roasts bring guests from far and wide, and couples too will find a romantic corner of the expansive dining room to enjoy some of the a la carte dishes and fine wines.
There is much to do right on the doorstep of the Yew Tree pub and Great Horkesley, and nature lovers, hikers, art enthusiasts and culture vultures find themselves popping in for a meal or drink as they explore the region. Just two miles away near the enchanting village of Boxted is the Dedham Vale Winery, a 40-acre estate which has been producing wines for over 25 years. Vines here grow on the edge of the Stour Valley, and the vineyard produces six different labels of English wine and cider, which visitors can sample on a tasting tour.
Set within true rural idyll, the Yew Tree welcomes guests with open arms, whether its day-trippers or locals, families with young children and dogs, or couples looking to sit back with a glass of chilled wine.Show less...