Local Pub News
We are watching with interest to see what happens at the Green Man in Little Braxted. Greene King recently put this lovely country pub up for sale, and it transpires they have had quite a lot of interest in it. Greene King have assured us that they firmly expect the successful buyer to want to keep it going as a public house, which is good news. The decision on the buyer is due at the end of July, so we will probably have to wait a couple of months before we know for sure what is happening. The pub is listed as an Asset of Community Value (it was nominated by Little Braxted Parish Council), so if there is any threat to the pub's future, we will seek to work with them to save it.
There are some changes afoot with Gray's pubs in our area. The Bell in Tolleshunt Major (known locally as the "Beckingham Bell" will soon have new tenants in place. The new landlord was recently seen in the Wibblers Tap Room and Kitchen, which hopefully means he is a fan of real ale! The Sun & Anchor in Steeple has closed following the sad and untimely death of the landlord, Colin. Gray's have not reopened the pub at this stage and do not intend to advertise for new tenants as they consider their options. Landlady Susan at the Queen Victoria in Spital Road, Maldon has decided to leave, so GRay's are currently looking for new tenants to take over this great little community pub.
The Wibblers Tap Room & Kitchen in Southminster is now also open on Thursdays (from 2 to 8 pm for food and drink), as well as Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Sunday lunches are proving to be very popular at the Tap Room, so it is now necessary to book if you want to eat on Sundays.
Green Man, Little Braxted
Bell, Tolleshunt Major
Wibblers Tap Room & Kitchen, Southminster
Queen Victoria, Maldon
New tenants of the Queen Victoria in Maldon are David and Karen Cheek, David being the son of the landlady who ran it for 20 years until 2012. They wish to focus on turning it back into a real community pub serving good home-prepared food. Expect to find beers from the Maldon Brewing Company amongst others.
There are new tenants in the course of being appointed at the Round Bush, Purleigh and is expected to change hands in early 2018.
Wibblers Brewery Taproom & Kitchen have been granted planning permission to extend their taproom in Southminster, with work due to commence in the New Year.
Andy Lodge and Rosie Hill are establishing themselves at the Bell, Tolleshunt Major, and hosted a superb firework display on Sunday the 5th of November. The telephone number has changed it is now 01621-868154. Beers are from Mighty Oak and Adnams.