Layer de la Haye is a rural village of around 2,000 people which dates back at least to Saxon times. The attractive 14th century church is worth a visit. The village is next to the renowned Abberton reservoir, one of the top inland bird-watching sites in Britain. It is also less than five miles from the sea and from the historic Roman town of Colchester with its ancient castle. Other tourist attractions nearby include Layer Marney Tower, the tallest Tudor gatehouse in England.
Bicycle friendly; the Fox is just off National Cycle Network Route 1 (which runs from Dover to the Shetlands) and at the junction of smaller touring routes. There are secure bicycle racks.
Twitcher friendly; ideally placed for the nearby Abberton Reservoir bird sanctuary, one of the most important sites in Britain for wildfowl with an informative visitor centre.
Dog-friendly; well-behaved pooches are welcome in the bar area.
Child-friendly; a popular children’s’ menu, high chairs, colouring books, playing cards and dominos, plus baby changing facilities.
Drinker-friendly; guest beers are rotated regularly.