Sad News – The Beehive Pub Closes Its Doors

The Beehive is Closed

The Beehive is Closed. Photo by Robert Baines (29/03/15)

We heard today that The Beehive on Beehive Lane has called last orders for the final time.

At the moment there is no other news, no sign on the pub. It has been closed for around two weeks – its windows are boarded up. The only announcement is one line on the Beehive Facebook page:

Beehive pub -facebook_com

The Beehive was once a vibrant pub with an excellent walled beer garden at the rear. However, competition from both town and country pubs has meant that most customers seek out alternatives.

The Beehive’s neighbouring pub, The Carpenters Arms, has been long closed, now being the home of Yasmin Indian Brasserie.

Sad news for Great Baddow’s pubs, but it should send some new customers on to The Star Inn or the Blue Lion.

Are you sad to see it go? Share your memories of The Beehive below. Please share updates if you have any news on its closure.

  6 comments for “Sad News – The Beehive Pub Closes Its Doors

  1. April 13, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    “Greed King at it again in Essex, shutting #pubs, wrecking communities, building bookies and supermarkets ” https://twitter.com/ProtectPubs/status/587188983056183296

    (comment seen on Twitter, added by Great Baddow dot org.

  2. TC
    April 27, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    The Beehive is set to be extended with a change of use to a Morrisons Local with resi above.

    The principle of losing the pub to retail (A1) is unfortunately accepted as it is classed as ‘permitted development’ – that means no planning application would be required. Permission would be required though for the extension and any residential conversion. This is where local people, if they felt strongly enough, could make their representations.

    I would also advise applying urgently to designate The Beehive as an ‘Asset of Community Value’ – this removes permitted development. That is if the community want to retain the pub, of course.

  3. TC
    April 27, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    OK, evidently they already submitted the planning application (which was consented) representing it as an extension for use as the pub. The only option now is the ACV to stall/prevent conversion to A1.

    An interesting case study for academic research I am undertaking looking at whether the planning system should be strengthened to give greater protection to pubs as community assets.

  4. Gillian Sage
    September 4, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    I was the landlady of the Beehive from January 1977 – September 1983. It was a lovely family pub and we had many happy years there. It is such a shame it has been closed

    • July 23, 2016 at 7:58 am

      I live in Leeds now but lived in baddow in the 80s remember going to that pub with my family , visted Chelmsford in the last few months , seen that the pub was boarded up very sad to see that and a great shame😢

  5. Pete
    January 10, 2016 at 11:56 am

    I was a regular there for over 20 years and was saddened by the closure.
    I noticed an “Acquired By” sign had appeared on the outside of the building, a company called Prideview Properties.
    “http://www.prideviewproperties.co.uk/listing/morrisons-m-local-chelmsford/”
    To say the pictures being used have been “edited” would be an understatement!

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