Pubs of the past: 7 of the most missed south Essex boozers as chosen by you

Long Lost - Some of the most missed pubs in south Essex <i>(Image: Newsquest/Google)</i>
Long Lost - Some of the most missed pubs in south Essex (Image: Newsquest/Google)

A SPOT to grab a pint has always been an essential part of life in south Essex, whether in hotels, nightclubs or pubs.

Sadly, residents have said goodbye to many much-loved boozers as they pulled their final pints over the years.

We asked Echo readers what some of their most missed pubs were in the area.

Here are your responses:

Grand Hotel, Leigh

Leigh’s landmark former Grand Hotel dated back to 1899 when it was known as The Family and Commercial Hotel.

The building was owned by the late television star and businessman Mick Norcross, who died in January 2021.

The Bull, Pitsea

The Bull was a popular pub in the Pitsea community which closed following a spate of incidents and a history of controversy

Reports were made of brawls, underage drinking and staff drinking on duty.

The pub was bulldozed in 2014 to make way for 23 homes.

Queen’s Hotel, Westcliff

This venue was a hugely popular live music and function venue as recently as the 1980s, and much-loved independent store Havens.

Angie Nicholls said: “The Queen's Hotel had a great pub and nightclub next door.”

The Cork and Cheese, Southend

A popular real ale pub in Southend, The Cork and Cheese closed its doors for good in 2007.

The pub fell victim to the Victoria Plaza redevelopment scheme which former landlord John Murray attributed to sales dropping.

Admiral Jellicoe Pub

Although it is unclear how long the Admiral Jellicoe had been on Canvey, it dates back to at least the early 1940s.

It initially closed in January 2017, and a demolition notice was placed on the site in January 2018.

The pub was finally demolished in August 2019.

The Railway Hotel, Southend

This beloved hotel closed its doors in April 2021 due to complications from the pandemic.

After being closed and vacant for almost a year, the windows at the the pub were boarded up last March.

The New Ship Inn, Rochford

The New Ship Inn was situated on East Street, Rochford, but has since reopened as the Grey Goose