Local Pub News
A planning application was submitted in June to Maldon District Council to convert part of the old Thomas Cook travel agency on the corner of Silver Street and High Street, Maldon into a craft beer bar and specialist beer/wine store. Planning permission was refused, however, in early August on the basis that a positive Noise Impact Assessment is needed before approval can be granted. The aim is for the bar to offer “craft” beers from local breweries in Essex, Suffolk and East London. There would also be wines on sale from sustainable wineries. We hope the Council will see fit to approve the application when it is resubmitted. We believe this will be an interesting addition to Maldon’s thriving beer scene and would attract more beer “tourism” to the town.
Another planning application is in the works at Maldon District Council; this time it’s for the Queen Victoria in Spital Road, Maldon. Permission has been sought to build an extension to the rear of the pub to provide more room for dining, which would free up space in the front bar for those who want to socialise and drink. Maldon & Dengie CAMRA has sent in a letter supporting this proposed development.
The tenancy at the Rose Inn in Southminster, which is a Gray’s pub, is available again only a couple of months after it reopened following an extensive refurbishment by tenants who had taken over in the spring. It is hoped the pub will change hands in the autumn.
Hopefully the Mitre in Wickham Bishops will reopen soon. The owners are meeting with prospective tenants and hope to announce an opening date in the very near future.
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.