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Bistro pub in a lovely village

At a glance

Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Open all year

After many years as regulars, Malcolm and Penny Campbell took over this lovely old pub a few years back. The Old Crown calls itself a ‘bistro pub’ and is right in the heart of the lovely village of Messing, proving very popular with walkers and cyclists. Dogs are welcome in the bar and the atmosphere throughout is warm and cosy, with open fires in the winter and outside tables in summer. The food is all home cooked and sourced locally whenever possible, and there’s a delicatessen on site. There’s plenty of choice on the handwritten menu – from warm pigeon breast and sautéed wild mushroom bruschetta, to lamb curry; steamed game pudding; or cassoulet of belly pork, pancetta and Toulouse sausages.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: 12-2.30
  • Dinner: 6-9.30

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: Adnams Southwold Bitter and Broadside, Crouch Vale
  • Real ciders: Aspall Harry Sparrow

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar

Getting here

From Chelmsford: A12 junction 23, B1024 (Kelvedon). In Kelvedon right onto B1023 (Maldon). Left to Messing. From Colchester: A12 junction 24, B1024 (Kelvedon) left onto B1023

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