Chocolate box pub is destination for diners

11 November 2009
Duck, Writtle

With its low beams, pretty garden and idyllic rural setting, the Duck Inn at Newney Green in Essex is the quintessential country pub – but, unlike so many country pubs in the 21st century, it has a ready-made potential customer base in the 6,700+ agricultural, horticultural and business students of nearby Writtle College.

It is also just a few minutes’ drive from the centre of the county town of Chelmsford, where it has a reputation as a destination dining pub.

“This is olde worlde England straight off a presentation chocolate box and is likely to appeal to an owner/operator,” says Anthony Alder of licensed leisure specialists AG&G, who are handling the sale of the freehold on behalf of Shepherd Neame, at an asking price of £550,000.

“It’s a lovely building with origins in the 18th century but isn’t listed. There’s five-bed domestic accommodation and the site covers more than an acre, including 100 parking spaces and a garden. And it’s opposite a duck pond.”

For more information, contact Anthony Alder on 020 7836 7826, e-mail or