A man was repeatedly assaulted as he was chased around the streets of an Essex town by a group of men.
The 42-year-old from Kent was set upon as he left the Inn on the Green in Stanford Le Hope early on Saturday.
Police said the victim claimed he was then assaulted at various locations as he tried to escape and was left unconscious after the hour-long ordeal.
A passer-by found him in London Road and he was taken to hospital with cracked ribs and a head injury.
The man had left the pub at 0100 BST and was found at 0200 BST.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Essex Police.