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The Woolpack, Chelmsford

23 Mildmay Road
Chelmsford
CM2 0DN
Phone: 01245259295
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Woolpack

Backstreet Greene King pub which was heavily decked out for Halloween in what was probably one of the largest rooms. Although, things were starting to get a little hazy and we didn't explore the rest of the pub.

At first sight, there appeared to be a good number of ales. Some had standard pumpclips. Others had been handwritten. On closer inspection, there was Greene King Abbot & London Glory, Ruddles Best, Morland Original & Old Speckled Hen, Hardy & Hanson's Olde Trip & Mighty Oak Captain Bob. My attention was drawn to the handwritten clip at the far end, which appeared to be an IPA from a new brewery I'd not heard of called 9K.

However, it soon dawned on me that it wasn't 9K at all. It was in fact gK and I'd ordered a Greene King IPA. With table service de rigeur, I had to shout across the room to stop the barmaid pouring the drink and to change my order to the Captain Bob instead. Luckily, my intervention had come in the nick of time. The Captain Bob was a decent drink and I'd avoided a beer I don't particularly like. No CAMRA discount was offered.

Nice pub. But it was a shame that all but one of the ales was from the Greene King stable.

On 13th October 2020 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Woolpack

A short walk from the town centre, this is a smart, comfortable Greene King pub that still feels very much like a local’s pub rather than a corporate venue. You enter into the left hand, main bar area – a carpeted room with a fine dark wood servery down the right hand side under an attractive stained glass canopy. Worn banquette seating follows the front and left hand walls whilst the rest of the room is furnished with standard tables and chairs. A couple of central pillars break up the sightlines through the room and there is a set of bookshelves against one of these pillars, full of old paperbacks. Pump clips line the dark wood beams that cross the ceiling and there is a pleasant fireplace on the rear wall under some brewery mirrors. Turning right, you enter a basic second room with a pump-free stretch of servery and public bar staples such as a pool table and dartboard. The pool table limits the potential for seating options and the room was subsequently empty on an early Saturday evening visit. In the rear left corner there is another area, which has lounge-style furniture in an L-shaped space and the comfy seating options arguably make this the most pleasant spot in the pub to grab a seat. A door to the right leads out to a garden with its own bar and huge amounts of stilage for the pub’s beer festivals. Beyond is an ample patio area with plenty of seating and quite a pleasant aspect.
For a Greene King pub, the ale selection was reassuringly diverse, with Greene King XX Mild, H&H Bitter and Morland Old Speckled Hen supplemented by Tring Fanny Ebbs and Kellet, Brick Peckham Pale, Colchester Cream Stout and one other that was not noted. You don’t see the XX Mild all that often, so I decided to try a pint and it was very nice, if perhaps a little hard going at this stage of the crawl, which I hadn’t really anticipated.
This is a nice pub with plenty of different areas in which to settle down over a well kept pint of ale. The pub’s freedom to select guest ales as it sees fit makes it a much more tempting prospect than your average Greene King house and judging by the stilage outside, it looks like their beer festival would be well worth stopping by for.

On 7th November 2017 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Woolpack

A very inviting looking pub on approach and equally rewarding beers inside. Eight ales on handpump, this is a Greene King house with some GK specials and good guest beers. It's a comfortable pub with a relaxed atmosphere so you could easily make your way through their beer board. Beers on Hook Norton Old Hooky, Green Jack orange wheat beer, Batemans Spring Goddess, Bishop Nick Ridleys Rate, Belhaven Golden Bay, Hardy and Hansons Kimberley Bitter, GK Celebration Ale and GK IPA Reserve.

On 17th June 2012 - rating: 9
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Chelmsford, 0.84 miles, 16 min walk (show)
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13th Oct 2020, 14:36
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy amended by Blue Scrumpy
 
13th Oct 2020, 14:35
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 31 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 07 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - Easter Weekend - last updated 31 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 31 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 20p per pint, 10p per half - last updated 31 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 31 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 13 October 2020 by Blue Scrumpy
  • Darts : Yes last updated 31 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 31 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 31 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 31 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 31 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 07 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 31 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesday - last updated 31 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 31 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 13 October 2020 by Blue Scrumpy
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 31 December 2016 by ROB Camra
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