Local Pub News
Queen's Head, Maldon
In December, the Queen Victoria in Woodham Walter had been taken over by a new licensee. She has since decided to move on and new tenants will be in place by early July.
The tenants in the Queen Victoria in Spital Road, Maldon have decided to move on - Gray & Sons are currently looking for new licensees. Gray's are also seeking new tenants to take over at the Queen's Head on the Hythe in Maldon; there is likely to be a lot of interest in running this iconic pub.
The Ship and Anchor in Maldon High Street has a new licensee, who has renamed the pub the "Black Rabbit". It is serving food every day. The pub also boasts an area with retro arcade games as well as more cutting edge games. Adnams Ghost Ship will be a regular ale, with one other changing real ale on offer (usually from one of the larrger nationals). There will soon be a keg craft beer tap on the bar.
The Compasses in Great Totham have recently employed a new chef and are offering an enhanced food menu. They will be serving four beers on handpump, with Greene King IPA and XX Mild usually on offer, plus two changing beers. Opening hours have recently changed, with the pub now opening only in the evening on Monday and closing all day Tuesday.
Jim McGrane, the long-serving landlord at the Huntsman and Hounds in Althorne, has decided not to retire this summer and has extended his tenancy at this attractive Gray’s pub. He has franchised out the kitchen to enable him to focus on the bar from now on.
This summer sees a number of our local pubs holding beer festivals. These include the Swan in Little Totham, which will be holding its annual beer festival in June (9-17 June), the Hurdlemakers Arms in Woodham Mortimer who will host theirs the last weekend of June (29 June-1 July), the Carpenters Arms in Maldon which intends to have a cider and beer festival later in the summer (look out for details).