There is a quaint little pub and restaurant, well off the beaten track, on the edge of a sleepy seaside town in Essex and little known by anyone except the locals. A quiet place, nestled between the village green and desolate marshes of Brightlingsea Creek and near the old Roman town of Colchester sits propping up a row of terraced fishermen’s cottages. A proper little pub with the obligatory open fire, real ales and fine food.
The Rosebud Pub & Restaurant is a traditional Essex 'beerhouse' set in the small coastal town of Brightlingsea near Colchester and Clacton on Sea. It was built in 1843 and comprises of two fishermen's cottages knocked into one. The pub is situated on Brightlingsea's village green (Hurst Green) and from the beer garden has a superb south-facing view over farmland to Brightlingsea Creek and the open sea beyond. It's a small, cosy establishment with low ceilings and a log fire which creates a lovely welcoming atmosphere. The pub is popular with locals, holidaymakers and sea-faring visitors alike. The 'Bud', as she is known locally, has been owned by the Hanrahan family for nearly 20 years. New managers Bev & Jeff Wright have recently been appointed and are now working alongside Mark Hanrahan to continue the pub and restaurant's commitment to great food. It's a fine balance between a traditional English Pub which is at the heart of the community (with strong support from characterful locals) and one that is equally welcoming for visitors wishing to sample the 'real pub' experience. The Rosebud has the best views in Brightlingsea and with the wide open playing space of Hurst Green the pub appeals to everyone including families with young children. In warmer months the covered patio area in the beer garden provides shelter from the wind, sun and rain. Recently re-decorated and re-launched the Bud is now a popular venue for special occasions and parties of all kind.
The Brightlingsea Beer Company - we recently installed a micro-brewery at The Rosebud and we are now brewing our own ales. These are brewed by Duncan Adkinson, a real ale aficionado, who is also a bar manager at our sister freehouse The Old New Inn Pub in Colchester. Our beers are only available here at The Rosebud and at The Old New Inn Pub