The Old Trout Tavern, Southend

56 London Rd, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1NX

Opened five years ago, whilst The Old Trout Tavern isn’t your traditional looking pub from the outside, from the inside it certainly fits the bill. It’s got a regularly changing collection of real ales on tap to complement their house ‘Trout Ale’ brewed by George’s Brewery in nearby Wakering.

I don’t get to Southend that often, but was there for an overnighter with @EssexDaysOut to watch Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse at the Cliffs Pavilion (they were amaze-ong). We spent a fair bit of time in town researching some articles for Essex Days Out, and visited Southend Central Library (bit sad I know, but SWMBO and myself are both librarians).

Drinking time was limited to a quick lunchtime pint at The Old Trout, and I went from Brentwood Brewing Company’s ‘Chestnut Stout’. The walls to the loos were decorated with pump clips, and there was a friendly atmos. There’s evidently not that much choice for the real ale drinker in the town centre, so The Old Trout is the place to head for (it’s only a couple of mins from the top of the High Street).