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Welcome to The Shoulder of Mutton, a country bistro full of character serving delicious dishes freshly cooked on the premises. Located in the picturesque village of Fordham, 6 miles north west of Colchester alongside the River Colne. The village is surrounded by 500 acres of wood owned by the Woodland Trust.

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The Shoulder of Mutton – the oldest pub in Fordham dates back to 1380 and was originally built as a private house for a yeoman farmer who owned land in the area and provided work for locals. Years later it became an inn with earliest licencing records dating back to 1769. However, the date may have been shortly after Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, around 1536, when travellers were forced to find alternative accommodation and the inn as a social amenity was born.

The parlour of the building was at one stage used as a butcher's shop, hence the name - The Shoulder of Mutton.


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The shoulder of mutton is open

Monday 5:30pm- 8pm

Tuesday 6pm- 8:45pm

Wednesday 6pm- 8:45pm

Thursday 6pm- 8:45pm

Friday 12 noon- 10pm

Saturday 12 noon- 10pm

Sunday 12 noon- 10pm


Please call us or pop in, to make your booking

Monday 12 noon- 3:00pm

Tuesday 12 noon - 8:45pm

Wednesday 12 noon - 8:45pm

Thursday 12 noon- 8:45pm

Friday 12 noon- 8:45pm

Saturday 12 noon- 5pm

Sunday 12 noon- 6pm

TELEPHONE: 01206 243487


Or come and visit us:

Halstead Road