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Locally Bought × Crafted with Love


Update 8th October 2017


We are in discussion with four grant making bodies. Three of these are capable of helping us with funding this year but all require specific items to be funded, at least two quotes for each item and the agreement of their trustees before any work can be done. We always welcome more shareholders. Please contact Ruth Allison on

Essential work:

Re-wiring is also necessary and there will be much work for a plumber and heating engineer. We are in discussion with breweries about fitting out the cellar and have been greatly helped with advice from organisations including the Plunkett Foundation and The Pub is the Hub as well as individuals with knowledge of the trade.

Open Evening:

We are having another open evening at 6-8pm on Friday, 17th November to which all shareholders are welcome. Please bring your own refreshments and glasses. It will be an opportunity to see work in progress and how much remains to be done.


for helping to paint, decorate or garden will be much appreciated. They have already made a big difference and I would like to place on record our grateful thanks to them all. Contact 

Staffing / Recruitment:

We are advertising for key staff to manage the pub but it is hard to justify paying salaries until we are trading and that will not be possible until the essential work to meet Environmental Health standards is completed. We are advertising for staff especially front of house, chef, bar, waitressing, and kitchen work. If you are interested in any of these roles please let us know. is the first person to contact.

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Whilst it may be possible to open on a restricted drinks only basis around Christmas, It is not realistic, given the time taken for essential grants and the very full workloads of most local tradespeople, to expect a full opening before the early months of next year. 


Has anyone got photos old or new or stories about the Lion? They are wanted for our marketing material. Contact Catherine Lester or James Erith

Our Committee:

As well as money, this all takes a great deal of time and has put members of our Committee, who are all busy with their own jobs, under considerable stress.

To remind you, all members of the Committee are:

  • Residents of Lamarsh.
  • All shareholders and take no fees or expenses.
  • Not experts at running pubs and need a lot of help and advice as we go along!
  • At the first Annual General Meeting of shareholders, which must take place within six months of our year end on 24th November 2017, the whole Committee will resign and it will be up to shareholders who they want to appoint.
  • Once trading has begun and a manager is in place, the work will be much less onerous. Until this happens there is a great deal for us all to do and any practical help and positive advice will be greatly appreciated.

The Committee consists of: Robert Erith Chairman, Andrew Marsden Vice-Chairman, Ruth Allison Hon. Treasurer, Julia Scanlan Hon. Secretary, Sara Erith, Ian Gibbs, Niki Henderson, Catherine Lester, David Lester and Haydn Simpson


The dining room. Should we bring back the fire at the end?

The dining room. Should we bring back the fire at the end?

Update from August 2017

In August 2017, the Lamarsh Lion moved into a transitional stage following the purchase of the pub.

To adheres to the regulations and standards there are several items we simply cannot ignore before we open our doors. Some of these items, amongst others, include:

  • Structural Reports
  • Kitchen compliance
  • Health and safety evaluations
  • Basic repairs - roof, windows and guttering
  • Licensing and insurances
  • Staffing and recruitment
  • Furnishings 
  • Re-wiring of the property
  • Evaluating moving the toilets and facilitating disabled access
  • Evaluating an extension of the bar and rebuilding of bar floor and piping a whole lot more. .As you can see, there is plenty going on behind the scenes.

Stirling work has already been done on the garden and the cleaning up process inside is underway.

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Locals contemplating a drink!

Locals contemplating a drink!

Lamarsh Lion Community Pub – Excellent Management Opportunities

The local community has just purchased the Lamarsh Lion Pub, with the support and investment of over 300 individuals, from both near and far. The Pub is located near Bures on the Essex/Suffolk border. It is on the edge of the Stour Valley, on the official Stour Valley Path, with stunning views across the valley. We are now looking for experienced, committed and enthusiastic people to manage the pub and perform Front of House and/or Head Chef duties. In fulfilling these roles you will also become key members of our community.

Do you have the drive and creativity to help to put this once brilliant pub back at the heart of the community?

We can offer an excellent salary (dependant on experience), there is also the possibility of spacious accommodation above the pub and there is the potential to take on the tenancy in 3 years.

Front of House

As Front of House you will need the skills and experience to create a warm and exceptional “country pub” atmosphere. You will need to recruit, train and manage the front of house team (which may consist of community volunteers), this will include motivating your team to deliver its best. You will need to be friendly, presentable and energetic and be passionate about customer service.

Head Chef

As Head Chef your focus will be on sourcing and cooking local produce and serving fresh and good value country fare. You will have Head Chef experience with similar volume (approximately 50 to 100 covers) and style of food. If you are passionate about your food, have high standards and attention to detail, and can manage and inspire a team, then you will find this role very fulfilling.

General Management Requirements

·       All relevant qualifications and certificates.

·       Ability to work with the committee to ensure that the pub meets the needs of the community.

·       Ability to organise events (daytime and evening) to encourage community use and to maximise trade.

·       Manage the website and social media presence and any other marketing.

·       You will need to be able to manage and monitor costs and stock control to achieve financial targets.

·       You will need to be calm under pressure, organised, able to cope with volume whilst retaining standards.

·       Effective communicator and good management of people.

·       Positive, innovative and committed.

·       Cellar management skills.

·       You will need a personal licence (to serve alcohol).

This opportunity will ideally suit a couple, but all candidates will be welcome.

To apply for the position you must be legally able to work in the UK/EU and be able to attend a working interview within the next 4 weeks.


If you would like to apply for either position please send your CV, references and covering letter to: Catherine Lester at


Our Funding:

An anonymous businessman made a generous “soft” loan of £100,000, and in addition we are being given a grant of £50,000 by the Plunkett Foundation, a charity which exists to support rural communities,

This money, together with a more commercial loan linked to this grant of £50,000. and the equity raised from shareholders is how we managed to buy the pub.

October Committee meeting in the pub.

October Committee meeting in the pub.

Further Funding:

  • We have applied for grants from the Essex Community Foundation and have already had one of £6,000 to help with the purchase. 
  • A further grant for essential renovation work is being sought. 
  • We have applied for grants from the Essex County Council Community Initiatives Fund (CIF)
  • We are also in discussion with the Wool Towns Leader Funds which exist to help rural businesses. 

These bodies are competitive and require detailed work and costed tenders before applications can be made. 

Work cannot start before the application is approved and this can take several weeks. 

Although we may be successful, realistically, work paid for with these grants cannot take place until next year. 


Our wonderful volunteers have spent time clearing up internally and in the grounds with the promise of further activity in the coming weeks. 

We are most grateful to those involved for their time and hard work.

Please get in touch if you'd like to help us.