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The Black Buoy (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Viper (Mighty Oak) - Jake the SnakeExcellent1
Colchester - Double Drop BraggotExcellent1
Maldon - Born to be MildExcellent1
Adnams - Southwold BitterExcellent1
Muirhouse - Mango & Passion Fruit DarkGood1
Fat Cat - Wild CatGood1
Colchester - Sweeney ToddNot Tried0
Grain - Smash Planet Dr RudiNot Tried0
Silver Brewhouse (formerly Raw) - Dark Peak StoutNot Tried0
Cottage - DuchessNot Tried0
Grain - OakNot Tried0
Bishop Nick - Heresy (was once 4.1%)Not Tried0
Maldon - ReminderNot Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Old GrowlerNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Black Buoy, Wivenhoe, Essex
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

17 Aug 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. I was somewhat confused and befuddled by the handpumps being on separate bars here but finally sussed the full selection available. An absolutely thriving venue, perhaps too busy however to get personal treatment.
Colchester - Double Drop Braggot4.00ExcellentEvery bit as good as at The Station Hotel earlier and again later!
Muirhouse - Mango & Passion Fruit Dark4.10GoodGood condition but honestly rather sickly, a half would have sufficed
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Old Growler5.00Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Grain - Smash Planet Dr Rudi4.00Not Tried
17 Aug 2018 (Magnus Greel)
We decided to leave the Rose And Crown after one pint and returned here where it was much busier being early evening. Our group took over a couple of the tables at the rear of the pub to which the staff seemed happy for us to occupy even though we were not dining. The four or so very efficient staff coped very well which kept waiting times at the bar to a minimum.
Viper (Mighty Oak) - Jake the Snake4.00ExcellentThis was new on, golden crisp and refreshing in fine form indeed.
17 Aug 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon we caught up with our group who were just leaving for the next pub which left a half dozen or so customers dotted about. The rear of the pub was diner oriented laving the bar area at the front for drinkers.
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Excellent
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Old Growler5.00Not Tried
Colchester - Sweeney Todd4.20Not Tried
Grain - Smash Planet Dr Rudi4.00Not Tried
14 May 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Early lunchtime visit after a walk beside the River Colne. Considering the place has only just opened, it is surprisingly busy and getting busier by the moment. A nice pub with good service.
Maldon - Born to be Mild4.70ExcellentA very nice, rich, strong, black Mild.
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Silver Brewhouse (formerly Raw) - Dark Peak Stout4.50Not Tried
Cottage - Duchess4.20Not Tried
Grain - Oak3.80Not Tried
Bishop Nick - Heresy (was once 4.1%)4.00Not TriedQuickly replaced a beer which ran out.
Maldon - Reminder3.70Not TriedRan out.
21 Jul 2015 (HSB)
14:00 Lunch stop. Only two beers on, up to five at the weekend. Had the bar to ourselves.
Fat Cat - Wild Cat5.00GoodI am not a fan of Fat Cat beers as I normally find them a bit homebrewy but this one was OK.
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried

About The Black Buoy

The pub sign. The Black Buoy, Wivenhoe, Essex

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Wivenhoe, Essex, CO7 9BS.

Community owned pub in Black Buoy Hill. Purchased, renovated and re-named from the Black Boy, in 2013. Built on a hill with the garden being accessed down a staircase. One room, but with nooks and corners. 6 handpumps in 3 banks, each of 2. Bareboarded throughout. Extensive keg fizz beer selection and reasonably priced bottled beer range too. Letting rooms available.

We have visited this pub 5 times, seen 14 different beers and tried 6 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CO7 9BS