Leisurely drive up to The Shoulder of Mutton, proudly sat in its place amidst the gorgeously green Fordham countryside, and you’ll immediately fall in love with this handsome and historic 750-year-old listed building. Somehow at once standing out within its romantic, quintessentially British setting with its light and inviting cream façade whilst also effortlessly blending into its picture-perfect surroundings with its charming and traditional character, this is the kind of place you fantasise about when you think “Great British pubs” but seldom find.
The oldest pub in the Fordham, Colchester area, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time when you visit for what promises to be a truly authentic British dining experience. Built as a private residence in the 1380s and used as a butcher’s shop in later years, hence its name, this timber-framed building provides the warmest of welcomes to all those lucky enough to get to visit – and with a 10% discount off your food bill this January, there’s never been a better time to stop by.
A cornerstone of the local community, chef-proprietor Kristian Hamblion Smith takes great pride in his ability to provide you with a one-of-a-kind pub experience you’ll treasure forever. With his passion for sustainability, provenance, and wholesome and satisfying food, no matter the time of year, you can expect to find scrumptious seasonal dishes that will delight and exceed your expectations. Their famous “The Shoulder” burger, which comprises a delicious British beefburger complimented by mature Cheddar and smoked streaky bacon sandwiched in a toasted brioche bun is one of the menu’s standout dishes and is simply crying out to be devoured. Their Sunday roasts are also exceptional, presenting diners with hearty and beautiful dishes comprised of quality ingredients just bursting with flavour. Able to accommodate groups both large and small, The Shoulder of Mutton is the ideal place to bring all your friends and family for a truly perfect way to mark the end of the week.
What would a great Great British pub be without an impressive drinks selection, and The Shoulder of Mutton certainly doesn’t disappoint in this regard. With a well-stocked bar that boasts an enticing range of delicious tipples including draught beer and ale, wine, and speciality gins and spirits, and an impressive beer garden, you’d have a difficult task finding a better place to enjoy a refreshing pint in all of Essex.
Throughout the year the team also puts on exciting barbecues, international food nights, live music events and private parties for you to get involved in. Despite its traditional atmosphere, this rare gem of a pub is full of surprises and even hosted its very own “Haunted Hideaway Escape Room” last Halloween, daring those guests looking for something a little different to an experience full of scares and thrills. For just £60, groups of up to 6 were challenged to this exciting escape room complete with a complimentary pint or glass of wine to calm the nerves at the end of the day. Their recently renovated barn also makes the perfect place for parties or unique corporate events.
Halstead Road, Fordham, Colchester, CO6 3LL