The Shoulder of Mutton
Halstead Road, Fordham, Colchester, CO6 3LL
If you’re looking to settle down in a cosy traditional pub where you can be assured of the highest quality food made using locally sourced ingredients, a visit to The Shoulder of Mutton will be right up your street. Set amidst beautiful countryside, this 750-year-old listed building retains its original charm and remains the cornerstone of the local community. Chef-proprietor Kristian Hamblion Smith prides himself on providing customers with a memorable dining experience and a quintessentially British pub ambience. He is also passionate about sustainability and provenance, ensuring that all produce is of the finest quality. Menus are designed to showcase the season’s best ingredients and give diners what they’re craving, so you can expect satisfying and wholesome food no matter the time of year. From antipasti platters and sumptuous seafood, to meaty mains and impressive desserts, Kristian and his team know how to present a winning dish. A personal favourite is The Shoulder burger, which comprises a delicious British beefburger, mature Cheddar and smoked streaky bacon encased in a toasted brioche bun – what’s not to love? Visit on Sunday for an out-of-this-world roast. The quality of the ingredients comes through in flavour, which each element has in abundance. The team doesn’t hold back on portions, while still managing to present a beautifully appetising plate with all the trimmings. The drinks selection doesn’t disappoint either; you’ll find everything you would expect and could hope for from a well-stocked pub bar, including a great range of draught beer and ale, ample wine to choose from and an emphasis on speciality gins and spirits. With a huge beer garden to fill, the team hosts barbecues and live music events in the summer, as well as private parties throughout the year. If you’re looking for somewhere to host a special occasion, corporate meal or dinner party, the friendly team at The Shoulder of Mutton will be happy to discuss your requirements and make the event a roaring success. The Shoulder of Mutton is a traditional pub that appeals to modern tastes.