Local Pub News
Black Rabbit, Maldon
When it was discovered that the Chequers in Wickham Bishops was sold in June to Olio, which runs two Italian restaurants in Chelmsford and Writtle, concerns were raised locally about what might happen to the drinking space in the pub. The matter was discussed at a Parish Council Meeting in July, at which several people said they wanted to be sure there would be a place where they could meet for a drink in the village. We met with the new owners of the Chequers in July. The news was positive – they intend to keep the right-hand bar for drinking/socialising (and will allow all the local social groups to continue to use it) and the left-hand area will be the restaurant. This is the layout used by the previous licensees. The owners have said they will put ale on at the bar. The building will be renamed “Olio at the Chequers” and will reopen in September following an extensive refurbishment.
Meanwhile, the owners of the Mulberry Tree in Wickham Bishops (formerly the Mitre, which closed last year) still intend to open the front area of the building as a bar – although progress is very slow indeed. We are monitoring ths situation, too.
The Ship and Anchor in Maldon’s High Street has now been renamed the Black Rabbit by the new tenants. The pub has been refurbished and now has a more modern, but quirky feel to it. It serves two cask beers, one of which is Adnams Ghost Ship with the other being a national changing beer. They also offer bottled craft beers. The pub has a separate dining area with an extensive menu.
There have been recent personnel changes at two Gray’s pubs in the area, both with the same name! We welcome Darren and Chiarina as new licensees in the Queen Victoria in Woodham Walter, and James and Paul to the Queen Victoria in Spital Road, Maldon. James and Paul intend to enhance the range of real ales at the Maldon Queen Vic, expand the food menu and develop a more proactive programme of events in the pub.
Gray’s have selected new tenants for the Queen’s Head on the Hythe in Maldon; they currently run the Anchor in Runsell Green near Danbury (they will still be managing this pub as well as the Queen's Head). They will take over at the iconic pub in late September 2018.