Dear UK Chowhounders (or anyone else who can help)
I am returning to England (I grew up in Ilford--I know . . . how on earth did I develop an appreciation for good food!) to visit family in SouthEast Essex (Great Wakering). I would love to take my American wife for lunch to a cozy, traditional country pub with great food and real ale. Somewhere in the Raleigh-Maldon-Burnham on the Crouch-Southend-on-Sea quadrant would be ideal but we are happy to travel further for the right place.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions you might have!