The Black Swan, Broadley Common, Nazeing, EN9 2DF
I’m fairly certain that the first Essex pub I drank in was The Crooked Billet in Nazeing, way back in 1980. I was lured away from the lands of my forefathers by an Essex temptress, and four years after that first visit to Nazeing we were married at All Saints Church in Nazeing. And yesterday we were at The Black Swan on Broadley Common, with All Saints Church about 5 minutes walk away.
This was the first visit to The Black Swan, and I wasn’t holding out too much hope for a decent pint, as a look at CAMRA’s WhatPub website had the pub down as having Black Sheep Ale + 1 changing beer + sometimes 1 guest. After yet another visit to Parndon Crematorium as yet another of the older generation of Nazeing in-laws passed into memory, we were mighty pleased to find that the pub was not only a nicely decorated, wooden-beamed, low-ceilinged pub, but it had on Adnam’s Broadside and Ghost Ship, the aforementioned Black Sheep (as regulars according to a blackboard) and a guest in the shape of Dogfish/Charles Wells DNA (a 60-minute IPA it transpires).
I played safe with a Broadside, which went well with the food laid on, and had as good a time as you can at a reception after a funeral.