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Address: 66-67 Hurst Green, Brightlingsea, Essex, CO7 0EH [map] [gmap]

Nearest train stations Great Bentley (3.5 miles), Alresford (3.7 miles), Weeley (4.9 miles)

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Yes I have something to say about this rather attractive, hidden gem...with regard to the latest so called is absolute dribble! You have no idea what you are talking about, this is a lovely pub with very friendly staff and regulars alike. the previous management left a lot to be desired! The new people are wonderful and are trying their hardest. With regard to the real ales, it's wonderful to see 4 real ales on and kept to the highest standard possible..before their own brew was a disaster under the last chap and only fit for compost! Who cares if all the beers come from an "award winning micro brewery" such as Mighty Oak Brewing Co. At least they are all top quality and very tasty to boot! Not many places around here even know how to keep a quality ale. I myself was in the pub on the night in question and I did not encounter any loud, foul language or rumpus behaviour and to use the tag "shaven headed and tattooed" shouldn't this be deemed as sort of racist to the people whom you were talking about? I was sat right by the bitters and had no problems whatsoever. I think sir that you had the hump because you could not get a seat at the bar and also because there was a private function on you also took a down side view on this as well. As to speaking to the owner about this STUPID complaint of yours...well good luck, as he was in the pub at the time collecting glasses because they were so busy and he was smiling all night long....GROW UP.
Hubsmith - 10 May 2013 16:09
We visited this pub for the first time in several months following reports that the new landlord had really improved the place. I'm afraid we were sorely disappointed. I'm not one to judge by appearances but the presence of a couple of dozen tattooed, shaven headed thirty somethings using foul language at fifty decibels & pushing & shoving the surrounding clientele is far from inviting. This could have been quickly remedied by a quiet word from the staff bet alas this didn't happen.
We decided to give them the benefit of the doubt as we all have our off days, so we decided to have a beer. They had four real ales on offer, sadly for a free house all four ales were from the same brewery, Mighty Oak. We each had a pint of Their IPA. It was lifeless, watery & devoid of taste & we had to ask the bar person to top our glasses up as the last inch of our beer was froth. Despite this we decided to risk another pint & moved onto Maldon Gold. This was better but only just & once again we received a short measure.
We have since informed the owner of our experiences & hopefully our next visit to the Rosebud will be a more enjoyable one.
Smegmakovich - 5 May 2013 11:13
After being recommended to me, my family gave The Rosebud a try just before Christmas and we had an amazing time. There were 6 of us in total, 3 adults, 1 fussy teenage daughter and 2 young children and it was FANTASTIC to see the management were in touch with what their guests expected with a menu to suit every single palate. The food was perfectly priced and my god!! WHAT AN AMAZING COFFEE MACHINE!!!

We had family down last week (12th April) and we decided to come back to The Rosebud as we were entertaining my wife's parents. We were surprised to see the sign outside advertising a new chef but eagerly looked forward to yet another amazing meal.

When we got in, it was as if The Rosebud was closed!! With hardly any customers, bare painted walls (What happened to the fantastic pictures of Rosebud history!!??) we reluctantly took our seats...

Kelly (our server) was as bubbly as she was on the last visit and sat us on the table by the fire (table 6?) and handed us the menus. A single page menu that was a grubby single sheet of A4 paper.

Gone was the great menu and we were shocked to be reading a bowl of soup was �5!!!! The main course meals were so over priced and clearly marked up for high profit. �13.95 for Chicken and mash you must be joking!!!

The Chef came out and stood behind the bar for a while and looked tatty, dirty and unkept. This for us was the final straw and we chose not to eat. If the chef looked that dirty, I can only imagine the state of the kitchen!!

We finished our drinks and left highly embarrased. WHAT HAPPENED?? I felt utterly let down after singing the praises to other friends and family. Clear to say I WILL NOT be returning and WILL NOT be recommending.

If the previous comments by "chefm" is anything to go by, the owner (Mark?) seriously needs to re-think his strategy and business head and consider bringing back the last chef and his menu!!

daveellis11 - 16 Apr 2012 14:38
Recently visited twice in last 3 weeks, both were excellent - for different reasons.
Ate there with my wife. Food was lovely, Seafood Tower to start followed by Salmon & Hunter's Chicken as main's. Faultless. No room for a sweet.
Excellent ale - Harviestoun 'Bitter & Twisted' & Wolf 'Wolf in Sheep's Clothing'

The recent Bank Holiday mini beer festival is an initiative which should be applauded & supported. Had 8 well kept ales, all in fine fettle; Thornbridge 'Wild Swan', Thwaites ' Nutty Black', Elgoods ' Cambridge', Wadworth ' Henry's IPA, Wibblers ' Apprentice', Harviestoun ' Game Burd' & Nethergate's 'Essex Border' & 'Old Growler'. Look forward to the next one !

dragonforce - 1 Sep 2010 21:58
I think the recent coments are boring & pointless, they can't seem to say anything constructive at all about this lovely pub.
The days are gone of the Rosebud being just a drinking house because it's turned into a gastro pub thats food led from Wednesday to Sundays, thats why it would be quiet on a monday. Given the price of beer nowdays & the quiet location of the pub, of course it's quiet.
The new chef is amazing and the food is top notch their & their is not anything this good for miles & miles around. The Service is exceptional as is the food. The Rosebud was recently reviewed by The Gazette & got 5 out of 5 for the food. Not bad for a dreary pub as some say. I have eaten, drank & relaxed at the Bud & its been sensational everytime & have reccomended it to many sailors who have all enjoyed the same experience. I spoke with the Chef Patron about this review of bad service and was informed it was a mistake by the person that wrote it & had since recieved an apology in writing for the worst service in the world comment & comment of the food. Chef Mat has been judged on his food & has come out shining every time. Old boozers are long gone & I like the new classy Rosebud that serves fine dining standard food & provides an exceptional Service. with reference to the last person that commented on the ale not being at it's best, as mat said to me, it is expected that ales can turn and not be at their best but a fresh alternative is always on offer and apologies are always given, even though this is completely normal with ales. Try going for food & not beer instead.
gastronomic101 - 1 Oct 2009 23:37

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