The Grange is a handsome stone-built pub located in a handy but tranquil spot nestled in leafy Essex countryside, this attractive country pub is an ideal spot to savour tasty pub food.
The Grange is a handsome, stone-built pub tucked into beautiful Essex countryside. Perfect for dining outside in the sunshine, with an attractive beer garden, or inside, with warming open fires, the Grange is an ideal spot whatever the weather. The pub is less than five minutes walk from Grade II listed Boreham House, and this manor can be seen from the driveway leading down to the Grange.
Boreham House was built for Benjamin Hoare in 1728-1833, by the famed architect James Gibbs. Boreham House is recognisable for its magnificent location at the far end of a lake and formal garden, and its marble detailed foyer.
Whatever your reason for visiting, the Grange is a handsome and convenient setting for enjoying tasty traditional pub food, including leisurely Sunday lunches.Read more...
The Grange lies in the beautiful Essex village of Boreham, at the end of a tree-lined driveway, just across the scenic Main Road from the 18th century stately home of Boreham House. Though the handsome Grange pub is reasonably modern, it is surrounded by historic sites and timelessly beautiful countryside. Boreham House was built between 1728-1733 for Benjamin Hoare, constructed by James Gibbs who later worked on buildings including St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, and Oxford University’s distinctive Radcliffe Camera. Now operating as a luxurious wedding venue, Boreham Hall was bought in 1931 by Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motors, and was the original home for the United Kingdom’s pioneering National College of Agricultural Engineering during the 1960s, as well as a Ford-run college.
The local area is also popular for walking, and Blakes Wood, with its stunning bluebell carpet is an exquisite route. Little Baddow also provides opportunities for attractive walks, and a stroll into the village, taking in the pastel-pink timber architecture of Little Baddow Hall, and the spectacular St. Mary’s Church, just across the road, which dates from 1381. Just ten minutes away by car, is Chelmsford, where the Cathedral rises grandly over the roman city, and its quintessentially traditional feel is heightened by the attractive County Ground, home of Essex County Cricket Club just the other side of the winding River Can. With Colchester and Southend-on-Sea within 30 minutes drive, and London less than an hour away, the Grange is also perfectly located for exploring England’s picturesque and historic South East.
Nearby RAF Boreham also has strong links to Ford, as well as being an important site in Britain’s wartime effort. The airfield was most notably used in 1944 by the 394th Bombardment Group, from the American air force, who attacked bridges in France, leading to them being known as ‘The Bridge Busters’,. The facility was subsequently used as ‘Boreham Circuit’, a motor racing track where British Formula 1 legends including Stirling Moss and Ken Wharton raced competitively between 1949-1952. Later, this imposing and
impressive base was used as a test base for some of Ford’s toughest cars, including the iconic Ford Cargo truck. Some, though not all of the airfield remains to the present day, though the bleakly beautiful site has a real aura of history to it.
Boreham’s most spectacular location though, is New Hall School – initially known as the Palace of Beaulieu, after Henry VIII acquired the estate in 1517, from Sir Thomas Boleyn, father of Anne Boleyn. This stunning redbrick, Grade I listed building was the home of Mary Tudor, and was later procured by Oliver Cromwell for the cost of 5 shillings. New Hall School was founded in this magnificent building in 1642, and is the oldest Catholic girls’ school in England, initially created to offer a Catholic education to girls in the partisan environment of Post-Reformation England.
Just 10 minutes away by car is the centre of Chelmsford, a picturesque and historic city dating back to the Roman era. Standing proudly at the heart of the city is Chelmsford Cathedral, a handsome and distinctive Grade I listed parish church of medieval origin – renowned for its spectacular stained-glass windows, and its ring of bells cast by John Warner & Sons, who were bell-casters for Big Ben. The church attained cathedral status in 1914, and has celebrated its links with Thomas Hooker, Chelmsford Town Lecturer between 1626 and 1629, one of the founders of American democracy, and a promoter of religious tolerance.
Less than a mile from Chelmsford Cathedral, on a scenic route over the beautiful River Can, lies the County Ground, home ground of Essex County Cricket Club. The attractive ground, surrounded by green trees has been the home of Essex cricket for over 45 years. The club goes back far further though, formed in 1876, and they have played as one of the ‘major’ counties for almost 120 years. Numerous world-class players have played on this handsome ground at Chelmsford, including Graham Gooch, who notched up more than 30,000 runs during an incredible career for Essex.
Thomas Plume’s Library, just 8 miles from Chelmsford, is one of the most remarkable scholarly locations in Britain. Plume was born in 1630 in the medieval town of Maldon, where this remarkable library stands. Although the Cambridge-educated Plume was a convinced royalist and committed Anglican, his patron was Richard Cromwell, son of Oliver Cromwell. Plume owned the most renowned poetry of his period – including works by John Donne, Abraham Cowley, John Milton, as well as rare books on travel and geography, including and Thomas Neale’s extremely rare Treatise of Direction. The books came from centres of printing as diverse as Frankfurt, Danzig and Venice, and a great many of the texts Plume owned are still in the library. If you’re visiting both Chelmsford and Maldon, the village of Little Baddow is a great stop-off point for a leisurely walk, perhaps through the beautiful bluebell-covered fields of Blakes Wood.
Located at the heart of Essex, The Grange is also perfectly situated for exploring some of Essex’s best-known but geographically diverse sites. The Grade I listed Colchester Castle, dating from 1069, the site of Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins interrogations, is less than 30 minutes away by car. Southend-on-Sea, is the site of Southend Pier, the world’s longest pleasure pier, whilst Dedham Vale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is nestled just north of Colchester.Show less...