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The Prince of Wales (Free House)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Crouch Vale - Yakima GoldExcellent1
Fallen - BlackhouseExcellent1
RCH - Steam SaleAcceptable1
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Batemans - XBNot Tried0
Blue Monkey - Infinity IPA (was Infinity)Not Tried0
Castle Rock - Harvest PaleNot Tried0
Fallen - Just the TicketNot Tried0
Hop Back - Summer LightningNot Tried0
Maldon - Farmers IPANot Tried0
Oakham - PreacherNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Prince of Wales, Stow Maries, Essex
Picture 2. The Prince of Wales, Stow Maries, Essex
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

05 Feb 2016 (ChrisE)
Fourth and final pub on a tour of Essex pubs, and without doubt the best beer of the day. I nearly fell on to a table of beer when I forgot that there was a step from the back bar to the larger one at the front. Somebody suggested there should be hazard tape there but I think I should have just looked where I was going. My only complaint about this pub is that there are a good number of external doors but only one of them is unlocked, presumably everybody enters via the car park these days.
Fallen - Blackhouse5.00ExcellentSuperb smokey porter.
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Yakima Gold4.20Not Tried
Maldon - Farmers IPA3.60Not Tried
Fallen - Just the Ticket4.00Not Tried
20 Feb 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Lunchtime visit and I had forgotten what a lovely pub this is – wish it was nearer to home. Roast partridge and mash certainly filled a hole and helped build me up for a stressful evening of football to come in Southend.
Crouch Vale - Yakima Gold4.20ExcellentGolden and citrusy.
RCH - Steam Sale4.50AcceptableAmber coloured. Malty, and a bit too sweet and sticky for me.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Batemans - XB3.70Not Tried
Blue Monkey - Infinity IPA (was Infinity)4.60Not Tried
Oakham - Preacher4.30Not Tried

About The Prince of Wales

The pub sign. The Prince of Wales, Stow Maries, Essex

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Stow Maries, Essex, CM3 6SA.

An attractive, weather-boarded, eighteenth century, village pub. Revived in 1990 and remaining under the same management into 2013. There are three separate bars (and one of them is sub-divided), each with its own real fire. Good, home-cooked meals are served. Tends to fly the flag of Flanders outside. This pub was CAMRA’s Maldon & Dengie Branch, Pub of the Year for 2013.

We have visited this pub twice, seen 11 different beers and tried 3 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CM3 6SA