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  • Roxwell Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, CM1 3RU
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  • 01245 420245
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  • Open 12:00 - 23:00

AS OF THE 20TH MARCH WE ARE CLOSED

It is with great sadness we have called last orders in all our pubs for the time being to support the fight against COVID-19. But don’t worry, we are busy working on opening our doors again with the safety of our teams and customers as our number one priority. While we continue to follow government guidelines, we’re getting excited for the day we can meet again and raise a glass in the pub.

Until then, stay safe, and don’t forget us!

The Horse & Groom

 

OUR VIRTUAL PUB IS OPEN!

While our pubs are closed, we’ve decided to open a virtual pub, The Lock Inn. We know many of our customers are feeling cut-off from their friends and for some a visit to the pub is the only social contact they will have in a day. The Lock Inn aims to help tackle loneliness and isolation by offering activities and entertainment to encourage interaction. We’re starting with a WEEKLY INTERACTIVE QUIZ on Wednesdays at 6pm and ROCK AND ROLL BINGO every Friday at the same time, with more events and community support activities planned over the coming weeks.

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Welcome to the

Horse & Groom

 

Standing proudly on an old coaching road, with its sage green and whitewashed façade, The Horse & Groom is a 19th-century inn, surrounded by rolling arable fields. Located on the edge of the pretty village of Writtle, it’s just two miles from bustling Chelmsford, and close to the rural Essex villages of Chignal St James and Broomfield, as well as the historic Hylands Park House and Estate. In the early 1900s, Writtle was described as “one of the loveliest villages in England, with a ravishing variety of ancient cottages”, by the historical writer, A.R Hope-Moncrieff. And on long summer evenings, when a deep pink-orange sunset casts its warm glow across the cheery drinkers in the lovely beer garden, it’s easy to see why. In the distance, walkers make their weary way across the fields behind the pub, looking forward to a refreshing pint of cask ale and a warm welcome. Even in winter, the inn attracts patrons from all across the county, drawn in by the promise of a delicious pub meal under the old oak beams, or in front of the crackling log fires. With its many Grade I listed and pretty timber-framed houses, Writtle village is a popular stop-off for walkers and cyclists following the bridle-paths and tracks that surround it. On sunny days, the local green is abuzz with people feeding the eager mouths of mallards, moorhens, coots and swans in the duck pond, while others watch the world go by under the shade of the ancient willow trees. While it’s hard to date the Horse & Groom precisely, it is known that the oldest parts of the pub were established in the early 1900s. Don't forget that we have a brilliant quiz on the first Monday of every month, we'll see you there!

We are closed

As of the 20 March we are closed. It is with great sadness we are calling last orders in all our pubs for the time being, given the escalation of the coronavirus crisis.

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