Aldham: Former pub will be tea room

A FORMER pub is to be transformed into a tea room and craft centre.


The Shoulder of Mutton pub in Aldham was closed in March by its owner, brewer Shepherd Neame.


Now Maggie Morgan, who already owns a pub and restaurant in Colchester, has bought the building and plans to transform the premises to open next month.


It will be renamed The Beehive.


Five jobs will be created initially.


 

 

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9:53pm Wed 10 Jul 13

ExPatMiddlesexer says...

I'm sorry but I find this incredibly depressing. As someone who lives in Colchester but enjoys walking along the river path, it was always a nice point to stop off and have a half pint before going on. A tea room just doesn't cut it for me. And worse still they've changed the name. So all those years of history for a local pub have disappeared. Not impressed.
I'm sorry but I find this incredibly depressing. As someone who lives in Colchester but enjoys walking along the river path, it was always a nice point to stop off and have a half pint before going on. A tea room just doesn't cut it for me. And worse still they've changed the name. So all those years of history for a local pub have disappeared. Not impressed. ExPatMiddlesexer
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9:29am Thu 11 Jul 13

Jess Jephcott says...

This old pub is in Fordham, not Aldham. It used to be the oldest pub in the village. I was initially aghast at reading here of the name change but, after calming down, a beehive is a more friendly word than the coldness of a piece of meat. So I wish the new owners every success with this new venture, in a time when pubs are in decline through a lack of trade (as demonstrated by the half-pinter above). I just feel sorry for Derek next door, who, well into his 80s now, has lived all his life next to this wonderful old pub, but will now have to walk 200 yards or so to the nearest pub - in Aldham!
This old pub is in Fordham, not Aldham. It used to be the oldest pub in the village. I was initially aghast at reading here of the name change but, after calming down, a beehive is a more friendly word than the coldness of a piece of meat. So I wish the new owners every success with this new venture, in a time when pubs are in decline through a lack of trade (as demonstrated by the half-pinter above). I just feel sorry for Derek next door, who, well into his 80s now, has lived all his life next to this wonderful old pub, but will now have to walk 200 yards or so to the nearest pub - in Aldham! Jess Jephcott
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11:54am Thu 11 Jul 13

romantic says...

Jess has hit the nail on the head. People get all upset when pubs close, but the simple issue is we use it or lose it. Whatever the cause, the fact is that many pubs are struggling to stay afloat. Stopping off for a half is all well and good, but pubs rely on having lots of people coming in on a regular basis.

At least there is another pub just down the road. It must be awful to lose the only pub in the village. A good pub really is the meeting place and heart of the community. Sitting at home with supermarket drinks is cheaper, no doubt about it, but far less interesting than getting to know the people who live around you.

But good luck with the new place, anyway.
Jess has hit the nail on the head. People get all upset when pubs close, but the simple issue is we use it or lose it. Whatever the cause, the fact is that many pubs are struggling to stay afloat. Stopping off for a half is all well and good, but pubs rely on having lots of people coming in on a regular basis. At least there is another pub just down the road. It must be awful to lose the only pub in the village. A good pub really is the meeting place and heart of the community. Sitting at home with supermarket drinks is cheaper, no doubt about it, but far less interesting than getting to know the people who live around you. But good luck with the new place, anyway. romantic
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2:03pm Thu 11 Jul 13

stevedawson says...

Ah those were the days when villiage the size of aldham could support three or four pubs.you could be drunk in charge of a waggon then and your old horse would see you home.a simple life then a world away from today.a tea room is all thats left for todays motoring public.
Ah those were the days when villiage the size of aldham could support three or four pubs.you could be drunk in charge of a waggon then and your old horse would see you home.a simple life then a world away from today.a tea room is all thats left for todays motoring public. stevedawson
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3:16pm Thu 11 Jul 13

dodgefest says...

I think you'll find this is in the village of Ford Street?

Aldham and Fordham are well before and well after this village.
I think you'll find this is in the village of Ford Street? Aldham and Fordham are well before and well after this village. dodgefest
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5:11pm Thu 11 Jul 13

romantic says...

dodgefest wrote:
I think you'll find this is in the village of Ford Street?

Aldham and Fordham are well before and well after this village.
Not that it matters all that much really, but I think Ford Street starts on the other side of the river. The pub is (was) in Fordham. Ford Street is part of the parish of Aldham, people who live there consider that they are part of Aldham.

Of course, these things only matter at the small scale. Describing any of the 3 to most people outside the area, it´s easier to say "near Colchester". Life´s too short to worry too much about these things!
[quote][p][bold]dodgefest[/bold] wrote: I think you'll find this is in the village of Ford Street? Aldham and Fordham are well before and well after this village.[/p][/quote]Not that it matters all that much really, but I think Ford Street starts on the other side of the river. The pub is (was) in Fordham. Ford Street is part of the parish of Aldham, people who live there consider that they are part of Aldham. Of course, these things only matter at the small scale. Describing any of the 3 to most people outside the area, it´s easier to say "near Colchester". Life´s too short to worry too much about these things! romantic
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10:03pm Thu 11 Jul 13

dodgefest says...

romantic wrote:
dodgefest wrote:
I think you'll find this is in the village of Ford Street?

Aldham and Fordham are well before and well after this village.
Not that it matters all that much really, but I think Ford Street starts on the other side of the river. The pub is (was) in Fordham. Ford Street is part of the parish of Aldham, people who live there consider that they are part of Aldham.

Of course, these things only matter at the small scale. Describing any of the 3 to most people outside the area, it´s easier to say "near Colchester". Life´s too short to worry too much about these things!
Nope, its definitely Ford Street. It actually starts at Wash Farm and ends at the bottom of the hill going towards Colchester. I think you're getting confused with Chappel & Wakes Colne? Thats one cluster of villages on one junction!
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dodgefest[/bold] wrote: I think you'll find this is in the village of Ford Street? Aldham and Fordham are well before and well after this village.[/p][/quote]Not that it matters all that much really, but I think Ford Street starts on the other side of the river. The pub is (was) in Fordham. Ford Street is part of the parish of Aldham, people who live there consider that they are part of Aldham. Of course, these things only matter at the small scale. Describing any of the 3 to most people outside the area, it´s easier to say "near Colchester". Life´s too short to worry too much about these things![/p][/quote]Nope, its definitely Ford Street. It actually starts at Wash Farm and ends at the bottom of the hill going towards Colchester. I think you're getting confused with Chappel & Wakes Colne? Thats one cluster of villages on one junction! dodgefest
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4:38pm Fri 12 Jul 13

Jess Jephcott says...

The Shoulder of Mutton is in Fordham and its address is Halstead Road. Ford Street is in Aldham and starts at the bridge. As if it is relevant to this story. I live there. I should know.
The Shoulder of Mutton is in Fordham and its address is Halstead Road. Ford Street is in Aldham and starts at the bridge. As if it is relevant to this story. I live there. I should know. Jess Jephcott
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3:29pm Sat 13 Jul 13

craftybee says...

As the new owner of the above establishment, I am pleased that the "mistake" of Aldham instead of Fordham has got people talking - have you noticed that they all end in "... ham", perhaps the pub should have been called The Ham instead! I hope you will all stop in for that cup of tea, or even a glass of wine or beer - as I will be retaining the license! Who knows, might even put some real ales on if there is enough interest!
As the new owner of the above establishment, I am pleased that the "mistake" of Aldham instead of Fordham has got people talking - have you noticed that they all end in "... ham", perhaps the pub should have been called The Ham instead! I hope you will all stop in for that cup of tea, or even a glass of wine or beer - as I will be retaining the license! Who knows, might even put some real ales on if there is enough interest! craftybee
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6:59pm Sat 13 Jul 13

craftybee says...

Just out of interest I drove to Colchester along the Halstead Road, joining at Chapell - lo and behold, the sign on the corner of Wash Farm confirms that you are entering Ford Street, however ... after the entrance to the old Shoulder of Mutton, and before the bridge, the village sign states ALDHAM. Now then, I drove home via Eight Ash Green and just after the primary school, guess what ... they have a pub, The Three Horseshoes and a village sign proclaiming the village of FORDHAM slap bang in the middle of the green. I do know that there is a road connecting the two villages, have used in many times. So let's all have a glass of whatever and start looking forward.
Just out of interest I drove to Colchester along the Halstead Road, joining at Chapell - lo and behold, the sign on the corner of Wash Farm confirms that you are entering Ford Street, however ... after the entrance to the old Shoulder of Mutton, and before the bridge, the village sign states ALDHAM. Now then, I drove home via Eight Ash Green and just after the primary school, guess what ... they have a pub, The Three Horseshoes and a village sign proclaiming the village of FORDHAM slap bang in the middle of the green. I do know that there is a road connecting the two villages, have used in many times. So let's all have a glass of whatever and start looking forward. craftybee
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11:14am Fri 19 Jul 13

Misski says...

craftybee wrote:
As the new owner of the above establishment, I am pleased that the "mistake" of Aldham instead of Fordham has got people talking - have you noticed that they all end in "... ham", perhaps the pub should have been called The Ham instead! I hope you will all stop in for that cup of tea, or even a glass of wine or beer - as I will be retaining the license! Who knows, might even put some real ales on if there is enough interest!
can you tell me if you are on the internet..i have heard you will be selling crafty bits and pieces as well as tea and cakes...I hand make jewellery and would be very interested in finding out if you rent out shelf space..many thanks..kirsty
[quote][p][bold]craftybee[/bold] wrote: As the new owner of the above establishment, I am pleased that the "mistake" of Aldham instead of Fordham has got people talking - have you noticed that they all end in "... ham", perhaps the pub should have been called The Ham instead! I hope you will all stop in for that cup of tea, or even a glass of wine or beer - as I will be retaining the license! Who knows, might even put some real ales on if there is enough interest![/p][/quote]can you tell me if you are on the internet..i have heard you will be selling crafty bits and pieces as well as tea and cakes...I hand make jewellery and would be very interested in finding out if you rent out shelf space..many thanks..kirsty Misski
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6:30pm Fri 19 Jul 13

craftybee says...

Hi Kirsty, please send me an email at beehivecolchester@ya
hoo.com and I can give you some more details. Maggie
Hi Kirsty, please send me an email at beehivecolchester@ya hoo.com and I can give you some more details. Maggie craftybee
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