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The Red Cow

The Red Cow


11 High Street,


An idyllic English thatched country pub in the rural village of Chrishall to the west of Saffron Walden, The Red Cow is the perfect place to escape to the country. Whether it is for a simple bar meal or a more formal a la carte meal in our 32 cover restaurant we guarantee a warm welcome, beautiful surroundings and delicious, home made dishes.

For diners, freshly prepared by chef Chris Sheppard all items on our menu will be prepared from fresh, carefully sourced ingredients on a daily basis.

For ramblers. The Red Cow is located on the ancient Icknield Way - The oldest road in Britain extending from Ivinghoe Beach in Buckinghamshire to Knettishall Heath in Norfolk. The Red Cow in Chrishall is about midway along this 110 mile route. Walkers and ramblers are most welcome to pause for a drink and a bite and to warm cold feet on our open fires, or in the sunshine sit at one of our tables in our beer garden.

For functions. We can also cater for functions either as a sit down meal or as a buffet for any occasion and would be delighted to discuss your personal requirements for your event, party or function.

We are included in the Michelin eating Out in Pubs guide, the Camra Good Beer Guide, The Good Pub Guide, and have been awarded Les Routiers pub of the year 2013.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Red Cow.

We are a pub restaurant providing both food and drinks for a range of customers. Local and visiting beer drinkers appreciate the real ales we have with Adnams Bitter being our staple and a variety of local guest ales making appearances such as Woodford's Wherry or Nelson's Revenge. We have IPA and two regularly changing guest pumps, also on are lagers, draught cider, Guiness and a dark mild.

Our menus include a bar menu of soups, sandwiches, fish and chips, sausage and mash and so on.

We cater for children and have a kids menu for the little ones.

Our A La Carte changes regularly and is created entirely from the best quality fresh seasonal ingredients.

All our sample menus and our bar price list are available on our website.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)On-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic siteRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowedWedding receptions

Opening details

Bar opening
?MONDAY ? 17.30pm - 10.00 pm (Bank Holidays 12-18.00pm)
TUESDAY 12.00-15.00pm -- 18.00-11.00pm
??WEDNESDAY 12.00-15.00pm -- ?18.00-11.00pm
THURSDAY 12.00-15.00pm -- 18.00-11.00pm
?FRIDAY 12.00-15.00pm -- 17.30-Midnight
SATURDAY 12.00-Midnight
?SUNDAY 12.00-10.00pm

MONDAY ? 18.00-21.00pm
TUESDAY 12.00-14.00pm 18.00-21.00pm
??WEDNESDAY 12.00-14.00pm 18.00-21.00pm
THURSDAY 12.00-14.00pm 18.00-21.00pm
?FRIDAY 12.00-14.00pm 18.00-21.00pm
SATURDAY 12.00-14.30pm 18.00-21.00pm
?SUNDAY 12.00-15.30pm


Starters from £5 - £7. Main courses from £9 - £18.

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Plan route to The Red Cow using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TL 445391  Lat: 52.03149 Long: 0.10500

By Road:
From the B1383 turn into Station Road B1039 towards Audley End Station and Royston. Continue for 5.5 miles. Turn right into Church Road. Continue for 5 miles. The pub is found on your left in the centre of the village.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 5 miles from Audley End station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Wedding receptionsWedding receptions