History

The Peldon Rose – a true slice of Essex history
When you visit The Peldon Rose, you’ll enjoy the warm welcome that visitors to our inn have enjoyed for at least 500 years.

There has been an inn on the site since at least the 15th century (and maybe as far back as 1380), but an earlier building and the pond were recorded as far back as the Domesday Book.

You’ll soon see that the building and grounds are alive with history. The well pond in the garden was once used by smugglers to hide their booty from the excise men, and The Peldon Rose itself has a long pedigree in welcoming new faces – it was once a popular and busy coaching inn.

Historic Inn, 21st-century Restaurant
When you enter the Peldon Inn, it’s like stepping back in time to a warmer, more friendly world. The bar and adjoining dining area are oak beamed and picturesque, and the decor is a tasteful mix of both the old and the new. Alongside work by a popular local photographer , there are pictures that have hung in the same spot for decades.

(Legend has it that, if some of these pictures are moved, the ghost of Jane Pullen – the great landlady who presided over the inn between about 1910 and the early 1930s – walks the rooms until they are replaced!)

With the confidence bestowed by a long and successful history, The Peldon Rose is now a picturesque but thoroughly modern restaurant and inn.

So, to experience tradition combined with a finely-judged sense of what makes a successful and popular 21st century country inn, be sure to visit us soon.

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Our corner of Essex

We’re at the entrance to Mersea Island, one of the most popular destinations in North East Essex. It’s a great place for sailing, coastal walks and unspoilt beaches and – of course – for sampling the internationally famous Colchester Native Oyster, which is farmed there.