As pubs across the county are starting to reopen, we're trying to collate a comprehensive list of those that have reopened or are close to it. Our list can be found on this page.
Although the government has now allowed pubs to reopen, many are still unable to do so safely, while most if not all are only able to accommodate limited numbers of customers. Many of them are still reliant on providing takeaway food and/or drinks. Some offer deliveries, while others are selling from the premises. This page lists details of those we know about.
If you can give any of our pubs some support through these difficult times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support as possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.
Pub(s) known to have reopened after lockdown (or close to reopening)
Please tell us if you know of any pubs which have reopened after lockdown that we don't list here.
The village's name commemorates Offa, a warrior in the Battle of Maldon in 991; it was recorded in Domesday as "Offetuna". Nearby a castle built to command the land between the river valleys may be Saxon in origin and was refortified during the Middle Ages. The mound and traces of a moat are still visible. The lost medieval settlement of Little Bricett is believed to be sited near Tollemache Farm.
The pub is actually located just into Willisham parish. Opposite the pub are the remains of ancient chalk workings. When chalk is heated to 900 degrees it becomes quicklime. This can then either be used as a fertiliser or mixed with sand and used as mortar. A hard and unhealthy occupation, the Offton lime kilns were last used sometime in the late Victorian period when Johnathan James was listed as the owner.
The 1891-92 White's Directory also lists George Runnacles as a beerhouse keeper.