Shoulder Of Mutton Pub

4.4
17 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Sunday Lunch
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasions

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About

Welcome to The Shoulder of Mutton, a country bistro full of character serving delicious dishes freshly cooked on the premises. Located in the picturesque village of Fordham, 6 miles north west of Colchester alongside the River Colne. The village is surrounded by 500 acres of wood owned by the Woodland Trust.

The Shoulder of Mutton – the oldest pub in Fordham dates back to 1380 and was originally built as a private house for a yeoman farmer who owned land in the area and provided work for locals. Years later it became an inn with earliest licencing records dating back to 1769. However, the date may have been shortly after Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, around 1536, when travellers were forced to find alternative accommodation and the inn as a social amenity was born.

The parlour of the building was at one stage used as a butcher's shop, hence the name - The Shoulder of Mutton.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British, Bistro, European
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Hours of Operation
Monday 12 to 4pm Monday Evening Closed,
Tuesday to Thursday 12 - 3.30pm 6pm to 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 12pm - 10pm

Sunday: 12pm - 6pm
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Phone number
01206 243487
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Head chef / Pub Manager - Kristian
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Catering
All our food is freshly prepared by our highly qualified chefs and cooked to order any large parties of 15 or more can have the option to pre order. NB: At our busiest times you may wait a little long for your dining experience as our food is cooked fresh to order. Outside Catering, bespoke buffets available for you own private function on a collection basis only, please call Kristian for a quote!
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Cross Street
next door to Aldham and ford Street
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Parking Details
We do have our own large car park
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Public Transit
88 bus stops just outside the Shoulder if mutton just over the Bridge. nearest train station is marks tey which you can get a link from there to Wake's Colne train station
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Entertainment
We have a monthly theme event with entertainment
look on our website which gets update regualrly
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Special Events & Promotions
Christmas party booking's now being taken . please look at our website. for menu
New years eve party event with live music and buffet tickets on sale at £10 per person
Burns night 25th January, with bag pipe palyers
Valentines 14th February
Mothers day in March
Fathers Day June
July our fordham Festival weekend 21 & 22 July 2018 (Cancelled)
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Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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AC
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice location by the River Colne on the edge of a small village. Good service, pleasant staff and a good Sunday lunch at a moderate price. The well kept Doombar was excellent!

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s
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really great food despite being very busy served quickly and altogether even with a child with multiple allergies. Maybe another staff member doing the bar alone would help but great overall!

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PD
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice family meal we all enjoyed the food and service.
See you again.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Used Groupon vouchers for an evening out, probably picked the wrong evening as only one other couple in restaurant when arriving, another couple did come in but really the place was very quiet. Full Menu wasn't available to us so generally small menu. Waiter very polite and curtious food was fairly good but as mentioned before restricted menu.
Certainly could have done with more customers to give better ambience for the evening.

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RT
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Ordered the Moussaka which was awful. Not like a real moussaka just a bowl of sloppy minced lamb. When the bill arrived the offer of 2 courses for £12.95 had not been adjusted so that had to be pointed out and amended. The member of staff asked if meal was ok to which I replied No to which he didn’t respond and just processed the payment. My partner enjoyed the pie and the interior was nicely done

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ML
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely riverside pub with rustic fratures, friendly staff and great food

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S
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a walk from Wakes Colne on a bright and sunny morning had a lovely Sunday lunch. Roasts were great, lovely beef and a nice lentil and nut cutlet.

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NB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our 5 month anniversary (any excuse for a night out) and it was lovely, the staff were very friendly and the food was very tasty. The pub has a friendly atmosphere although it was very quiet on the evening we went - one other couple when we got there. I would definitely recommend this pub and will be going back, if you want a quiet country pub which serves good food then this is one to try :-)

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food

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Essex
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Sunday roast and excellent service





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EG
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best prawn starter ever ever ever ever ever ever ever!

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A
8 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Service was first class

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C
Essex
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service with a lovely friendly atmosphere throughout and will definitely recommend to others and will also be returning when we are in the local area again

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Essex
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely pub and very friendly service. Good food and good value.

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Essex
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended food. Value for money. Very welcoming

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Essex
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had our wedding anniversary evening meal there, the service was first class everyone wished us a happy anniversary, and the rib eyed steaks that we had were cooked perfectly, will be back!

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Essex
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always nice place to eat. Service was a bit slow and bar man seemed like he didn't like working sundays but a nice place with good food. Prices have gone up since I last went in a Sunday but would return.

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