History

History of the Local Area

The Six Bells was originally a pair of cottages built in around 1750. They were only recently knocked together. At the same time, a further earlier building dating back to the 17th century was also adjoined. This 3rd building faced onto Plantation Road and was probably owned by hop gardeners. Opposite here were The Maltings, and the cottages on Plantation Road, still bear that name today. You can still see the original timber framing in the pub.

Victorian Boreham

The Six Bells was at the heart of the village, even in Victorian times, with the adjacent building being occupied by Mrs. Hannah Seabrook, the local butcher. The pub served cream teas and offered accommodation to cyclists. The butcher’s shop had its own abattoir and slaughtering was carried out on the premises every Monday.

One of the more famous owners of the butcher’s shop was Mr. Dines, who took over the business just before the war, managing the villagers’ weekly meat ration. A great party was held in the village for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953, with Mr. Dines carving an ox, while plentiful supplies of ale were provided by The Six Bells.

Another great village establishment was the bakery, established in the late 1800s by a Mr. Smith. Mr Smith had a pony and trap, which he used to deliver bread to Boreham and the surrounding villages. When he retired, the shop became a grocery, but sadly does not survive today.

The Six Bells

The Six Bells is believed to have become a “beer house” during the 1830s after the Beer Act of 1830 created beer houses. The then owners would have had to apply for an excise license for the princely sum of 2 guinea, and would then be allowed to sell ales, but not spirits.

The Six Bells was named by the licensee, Joseph Young, probably the son of the owner, Isaac Young of Braintree, and was so called because of the number of bells at the church. These had only been installed in 1746, so were still new to the villagers at the time. (In 1913, two more bells were added to the church, but the pub kept its original name.)

From 1883 to 1895 the pub had no fewer than 5 separate tenancy owners. The last of these was Edgar Tracey Pennick, who was also the local blacksmith. He kept the pub until 1905, when the property was sold to Greene King. It has been a Green King pub ever since.

 

Summer time BBQ at the Six Bells

Come and join us at the Six Bells for a Summertime BBQ on Friday 12th July 2019.

Along with our delicious BBQ food we will also have exceptional live music by Kevin Barry.

This is a ticket only event so please book in advance by calling us on 01245 467232 to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available from 1st April 2019.

If you have an allergy, food intolerance or special dietary requirements, please speak to a member of the team when purchasing your ticket.

 

Our Commitment to our gluten free customers

At the Six Bells we pride ourselves on offering a full range of gluten free dishes for you to enjoy.

Our exciting gluten free plates include chef's homemade soup or potato skins as a starter, sea bream fillet or slow roasted belly of pork from our list of main courses as well as a selection of homemade sweets or ice cream if you still have room for a dessert!

We now serve gluten free bread and sauces and our daily specials are all available gluten free too.

If you have an allergy, food intolerance or special dietary requirements, please speak to a member of the team before placing your order or when booking your table.

 

See our Gluten Free menu...

Summer time BBQ at the Six Bells

Come and join us at the Six Bells for a Summertime BBQ on Friday 12th July 2019.

Along with our delicious BBQ food we will also have exceptional live music by Kevin Barry.

This is a ticket only event so please book in advance by calling us on 01245 467232 to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available from 1st April 2019.

If you have an allergy, food intolerance or special dietary requirements, please speak to a member of the team when purchasing your ticket. 

Our Commitment to our gluten free customers

At the Six Bells we pride ourselves on offering a full range of gluten free dishes for you to enjoy.

Our exciting gluten free plates include chef's homemade soup or potato skins as a starter, sea bream fillet or slow roasted belly of pork from our list of main courses as well as a selection of homemade sweets or ice cream if you still have room for a dessert!

We now serve gluten free bread and sauces and our daily specials are all available gluten free too.

If you have an allergy, food intolerance or special dietary requirements, please speak to a member of the team before placing your order or when booking your table.

 

See our Gluten Free menu...

What Our Customers Say

Last minute decision to eat here on a bank holiday as they could cater for coeliac / gluten free - what a fantastic idea that was!! Very varied menu & wonderful specials menu - staff lovely & food great - tasty & good sized portions - will definitely come back.

Vivienne Wright

What Our Customers Say

The portions are always generous, they’re very good at adapting the meals if you request anything and the food is always good - always leave full and happy!... A great selection of drinks too.

Teri Anne Maclean

What Our Customers Say

Great food, excellent service and a lovely atmosphere - would highly recommend this pub

Sue Ballinger

Six Bells Public House and Restaurant
Main Road
Boreham
Chelmsford
Essex
CM3 3JE

01245 467 232
info@sixbellsboreham.co.uk

Food Served

Monday to Friday - 12 noon to 2.30pm
Monday Evening - 6pm to 9pm
Tuesday - Friday Evenings - 6pm to 9.30pm
Saturday - 12 noon to 9.30pm
Sunday - 12 noon to 8.00pm

Opening Times

Monday to Friday - 11am to 3pm - 6pm to 11pm
Saturday - 11am to 11pm
Sunday - 12 noon to 10pm

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