Seasonal food in unspoilt surroundings

About The Running Mare

The Running Mare in Chelmsford is a country pub & restaurant oozing rural charm and rustic character. Our picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on our menu, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines gracing our bar.

Book a table online and enjoy a spot by our roaring log-fire. Or make the best of the British summertime by eating alfresco in our pretty beer garden.

A little pub history

The inn dates back to the 18th century and the first registered landlord was Robert Lemon. Prior to being named The Running Mare, the inn was known as The Trues, The Tanners and The King's Head. The tradition of changing names extends to the town in which the pub sits. In the Domesday Book of 1086 Chelmsford was called 'Celmeresfort' but by 1189, the town's name had changed to the current Chelmsford.

Make a day of it

The Running Mare has lovely rural countryside views and is a favourite with walkers and cyclists. We have a nice garden too. Dating to the 18th century, we share our name with only one other pub.

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Our Opening Times

Our standard opening times are below but we may open earlier on certain days depending on local demand so please do call us to check if you would like to visit us before midday.

Monday to Saturday 12pm to 11pm.
Sundays 12pm to 10.30pm.