The best pubs in the Maldon district according to the new CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2022 have been revealed.

The Good Beer Guide is the biggest book of pubs and breweries in Britain.

The only directory created by members of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, every pub or bar listed in the guide has been carefully selected by volunteers who have visited them and tasted the beers.

Pubs are rated on atmosphere, quality of beer and how well they cater for real ale drinkers.

And 10 pubs in the Maldon district have been listed in the best-selling guide's 49th edition.

Queen's Head, Burnham

The Queen's Head can be found in 26 Providence, in Burnham.

The guide says: "A true locals' pub just off the High Street, owned by Gray & Sons. It is frequently busy, with a good and varied range of beers and ciders."

It highlights the pubs "basic no-frills interior" with a log-burning stove, popular pool table, and "delightful" outside space.

Swan, Little Totham

The Swan is a Grade II-listed cottage-style inn which can be found in School Road.

The guide says: "It was twice the National CAMRA Pub of the Year and offers a superb range of beers, mostly local, served direct from the cask in the cooled cellar, and a dozen or so ciders including Westons Rosie's Pig and Abrahalls Cracklin' Rosie perry."

A two-week beer festival is hosted at the popular pub in June.

Blue Boar Hotel, Maldon

This landmark is known as "the most historic pub in Maldon". It is located in Silver Street, in the town centre.

The guide says: "A historic and architecturally interesting hotel in an ideal town-centre location. There are several distinct bars and an outside courtyard and garden areas in which to enjoy a range of ales dispensed on gravity."

It also adds parts of the pub date back to the 14th century when it was a "hostel for the friars of nearby Beeleigh Abbey".

Queen Victoria, Maldon

This pub can be found in Spital Road.

The guide says: "A warm and friendly welcome awaits everyone at this convivial Gray's establishment, with four well-kept ales from local and regional breweries, and up to three guest ales and three real ciders."

The venue's "extensive" and "locally sourced" menus are also highlighted.

It was the Local CAMRA Pub of the Year 2020.

White Horse, Mundon

The White Horse in Main Road, Mundon, is a Grade II-listed building.

The guide says: "There is a large bar with three handpumps serving local ales. Food is available, including popular Sunday roasts."

It adds: "The pub is a popular stop off for walkers in the area and visitors to St Mary's Church."

Bell, Purleigh

This historic building can be found in The Street in Purleigh.

The guide says: "This historic building, dating from the 14th century and with links to George Washington, has recently had a two-storey extension.

"It is situated next to the village church on a hill with views over the countryside. The large bar is warmed by an open fire.

"There is an emphasis on high-quality food but beer drinkers are welcome."

Station Arms, Southminster

The Station Arms  - located in 39 Station Road - has been in the Good Beer Guide for 30 consecutive years.

The guide says: "It is a welcoming and thriving community local. The comfortable bare-boarded bar with its open log fire is decorated with railway and brewery memorabilia."

It highlights the live blues and folk music hosted monthly as well as the annual harvest festival charity auction - and even a conker championship.

Wibblers Brewery Taproom and Kitchen, Southminster

This taproom in Goldsands Road is attached to an award-winning brewery.

The guide says: "The kitchen offers a wide-ranging menu of excellent home-cooked food, using mostly local produce.

"The bar is attractively furnished and you can sit outside in the countryside."

It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Prince of Wales, Stow Maries

The Prince of Wales can be found in Woodham Road.

The guide says: "This classic weatherboarded pub boasts several characterful drinking areas, and has open fires and an old bread oven used for baking pizza in the winter months."

It emphasises the good food on the menu as well as the garden and courtyard which provide "plenty of options" for outside drinking.

Hurdlemakers Arms, Woodham Mortimer

Another Gray's house, the 400-year-old former farmhouse sits in Post Office Road.

The guide says it "seamlessly blends" restaurant with pub and "good food and beer are both on offer here".

It adds: "One area is dedicated to diners, while drinkers are catered for in a smaller bar. There is a huge beer garden ideal for families with a play area and shady trees."

A popular beer festival is held in the last week of June.

Tap Room 19 in South Woodham Ferrers, Bell Inn in Woodham Ferrers, and Cricketers Arms in Danbury were also listed.

The Good Beer Guide 2022 is available now through CAMRA’s website at £15.99.