Things to do in Braintree

Flitch Line – Rail Ale Trail 2023

If you are a fan of real ale then this specially designed trail is definitely for you. The journey will take in several traditional pubs near various stations along the way. An excellent choice of well-served cask ales will be available at every stop.

The Rail Ale Trail features 9 pubs recommended by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), which are along the Witham to Braintree train line and in walking distance of a train station. The perfect match, enjoy a glass of real ale and travel safely by train.

To add to the fun, get a stamp in your Rail Ale Trail leaflet from each pub you visit. The 1st leaflet we receive will win a free copy of the next issue of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide for 2024 ,when it is available , return your leaflet to the below address:

Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership, Essex County Council, E block, Floor 2,  Zone 2, County Hall, Market Road Chelmsford CM1 1QH

Leaflets are available from each of the pubs below and from Witham and Braintree train stations, and Witham Information Centre at the Town Hall, or via our website

The Picture Palace, Fairfield Road, Braintree, CM7 3HA

The King William IV, 114 London Road, Braintree, CM77 7PU

The Eagle, 192 Coggeshall Road, Braintree, CM7 9ER

Fowlers Farm, Cressing Road, Braintree, CM77 8DJ

Cross Keys, 1 The Street, White Notley, CM8 1RQ

The Woolpack, 7 Church Street, Witham, CM8 2JP

The White Hart, Newland Street, Witham, CM8 2AF

Battesford Court, 100-102 Newland Street, Witham, CM8 1AH

The Pub,  2 East St, Braintree CM7 3JJ


The Vine in Black Notley is no longer operating as a pub and is now a private venue for hire.  “ The Pub”  in Braintree is participating in the Flitch Ale trail as it is now a Wibblers Tap room with 6 – 8 Wibblers 

A valid ticket is required for your journey on the Flitch Train Line. This can be purchased in advance or on board. A return ticket will allow you to disembark the train and re-join as long as you continue in the same direction of travel. Please note the Flitch Line is a single track meaning trains may be less frequent than at other larger stations and will travel in both directions from the same platform. The Flitch Line and connecting services may be subject to engineering works and planned cancellations. It is vital you check for service disruptions, including for your return journey,before travelling.

For more information, including time tables, service disruptions and group discounts please click HERE


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