Local Pub News
Some worrying news concerning the Compasses in Great Totham. It is reported as closed at the moment, and its long-term future is uncertain. Very sad, as this village pub was the CAMRA Essex Pub of the Year only three years ago. We will work hard with the local community to see if we can do anything to save the pub.
There’s better news regarding the Mitre in nearby Wickham Bishops. I paid a visit to the pub a few weeks ago and saw for myself the extensive refurbishment work which is being carried out by the owners. They have invested a lot of time and money in the project, and I think it will be a very attractive pub when completed. The owners have found a suitable tenant, and there will be at least two, possibly three real ales available. The expectation is that the pub will open during the summer.
The Bell at Purleigh, a historic village inn with a very good local reputation for fine food and ales, is currently having a new extension built. The extension will include a new kitchen and bedroom accommodation. The existing building will be reconfigured to provide more seating space and new toilets, and the car park and gardens will also receive a makeover. Owners Kirsten and Julian Webb hope the work can be completed by the end of the year, but the pub is still open for business in the meantime.
There have been changes at the Rose Inn in Southminster. Jackie Ainger and Peter Chambers (who also own Dengie Taxis) have recently taken over as tenants of the charming roadside Gray's pub. Apparently, they have some interesting plans for the future. The pub was closed for refurbishment in May but has now reopened for business.
One of our local pubs is closed whilst it undergoes a refurbishment; The Ferry Boat Inn in North Fambridge has been closed for a while now and from the outside the work looks very extensive. No news on a reopening date at the moment, but we will try to find out more from the owners.
The lease for the Mill Beach, on the Goldhanger Road east of Heybridge Basin, has recently been advertised online for sale at less than £50,000 - it is hoped that a decent tenant/pub company will decide to take on this attractively located pub, which is adjacent to the River Blackwater. The pub has been closed since November 2018 after the tenants decided to quit.
The Black Rabbit in Maldon is no longer serving real ale – apparently there was “no demand” for it. A couple of mainstream keg craft beers are available.