We hope to be able to announce an opening date shortly, but for now we expect it to be early September 2014

The Brown Bear in Braughing has been a pub since at least 1786 (possibly much earlier) although the building itself is around 500 years old, and to this day it retains many period features.  Over the coming weeks before opening we will start the long job of renovating & refurbishing the pub inside and out and restoring the pubs period charm and former glory, and installing an array of period furniture and fittings. We plan to start first on the main bar area, and have that ready for opening in September, and then open the second bar area soon thereafter with space for both diners and drinkers.  Over the winter/spring we will work on the garden, car park, exterior and frontage, hopefully with the work mostly complete by summer 2015.

Who are we?  We are Steve and Catherine, and we are better known to many as the team behind Buntingford Brewery.  Steve will take the reins at the Pub, whilst Catherine will continue her day job brewing award winning beers, some of which will of course find their way to the Brown Bear.

We will sell a range of beers, with the emphasis on quality and provenance rather than solely just selecting the same old big brand names that can be found anywhere.  This will of course be backed up by a small, but perfectly formed and regularly changing wine list, and an array of soft drink offerings. And of course some locally blended coffee.

We will be doing food as soon as possible, with a focus on simple, traditional fayre, where gravy is called gravy, and custard is called custard. So expect steaks, gammon, an ever-changing choice of sausages, fish, regional English recipes (plus a few global dishes), a raft of cheeses, all backed up by a changing range of cakes & puddings.  We will be using local suppliers wherever possible, and all meals will be made and cooked on the premises from the raw ingredients.  Bar snacks will be an important offering too – from the humble peanut through to a scotch egg, a small pork pie or maybe a nice piece of cheese or a slice of cake.  Or indeed a nice piece of proper vintage cheddar with a piece of fruit cake (perhaps the greatest and most overlooked food pairing ever, if you’ve never tried it, we can help change that!).

We strongly believe a pub is a cornerstone of its local community, and we hope the pub can develop its role in village life and events, and we look forward to playing our part in starting the next 500 years of the Brown Bear in Braughing.

If all this sounds your sort of pub, then please come and see us when we have opened, and if it doesn’t sound your sort of pub, then come round anyway, because we think you’ll change your mind…

And if this sounds the sort of pub you want to work in, then please get in touch – we are now recruiting for all areas!