Six pubs to watch Six Nations rugby
It's the second most wonderful time of year! The Six Nations rugby is back to cheer us up after a cold and dreary winter. Where better to cheer on your favourites than from one of the best rugby pubs on our route? Find real ales, pies and pints of atmosphere at one of these six beauties. Or try them all for a Grand Slam.
Ye Old Smack - Leigh-on-Sea
'The Smack' is situated in at the end of Old Leigh, an old fishing hamlet mentioned in the doomsday book in 1068. Inside it is warm and friendly with lip smackingly good ales, lots of big screens and all seven Sky Sports channels means you won’t need to keep pulling out your phone to check the score!
The Junction - Upminster
A quick punt from Upminster station, The Junction serves plenty of 'proper' beer and has enough screens so you'll never miss a second of the match. A favourite for those heading into London for a night out afterwards, although you may not make the conversion that far. For the Six Nations the pub is offering a discount on some drinks on the menu. Pop in and the friendly staff will be happy to line you up.
The Shoeburyness Hotel - Shoebury
‘The Shoe’/No.1 the High Street was built in 1899 and is currently a Grade II listed building. With local beer brewed in Wakering, and, according to their website, a small portion of the meat and vegetables reared and grown locally in Essex, their extensive menu will fuel your energy while you cheer along to the Six Nations action.
The Railway Tavern - West Horndon
An ankle tap from West Horndon station, The Railway Tavern sports two large screens for all your rugby needs. A village pub that’s really at the heart of the community you’ll find it attracts a great crowd. Plus it’s got strong rail credentials as it was built in 1886, the same year steam locomotives began to run West Horndon (formerly East Horndon) from London Fenchurch Street so it gets our vote.
Hamilton Hall - London Liverpool Street
This prime example of a Spoons pub is right inside Liverpool Street station in the former ballroom of the old Great Eastern Hotel. If you want to get in early you’ll be in luck as the pub opens at 7am. It was also voted one of the best examples of a Wetherspoons in the city so it's well worth taking a proper gander during a quick break from the Six Nations action.
The Draft House - Tower Hill
Wooden furniture and exposed pipes make The Draft house a trendy option to watch the rugby. Within catching distance of Fenchurch Street station, they’ll be screening matches during the Six Nations. It’s worth booking ahead to get a seat in front of the branch’s 'monster screen' to feel like you’re right in the action. With a wide range of beers from around the world, you’ll be able to match your drink to your team too!