Historic barn opens as community pub

Southend Standard: Historic barn opens as community pub Historic barn opens as community pub

A NEW pub has opened after an abandoned Grade II listed building was given a £1.6million refurbishment.

Pub operator JD Wetherspoon opened Parson’s Barn, on Frobisher Way, Shoebury, yesterday, with the help of the mayor of Southend, councillor Brian Kelly.

Architects KD Paine and Associates designed the new look of the building, which features a bar, an open fire place, a free-standing glass mezzanine area and two large beer gardens at the front and back of the building.

The restoration has been given the seal of approval by local councillors.

Anne Chalk, a Shoebury councillor, said: “I think it’s really good, especially because it’s Wetherspoons, which gives exceptionally nice meals at a good price.

“It’s good to see this historic building being restored. It’s part of Shoebury’s heritage, and a lovely building.”

Shoebury councillor Mike Assenheim added: “Although I’m not into pubs myself, I’m pleased the wreck of an old building has finally been transformed into a new pub for the community to use.”

Local photos, commissioned artwork and information boards relating to the history of the area are displayed around the pub.

There is a feature artwork on the chimney stack showing Emerald moths, to highlight the discovery of the Essex emerald moth by Christopher Parsons, whose family built Parson’s Barn.

The new pub, which has created 52 jobs in the area, will be managed by Anne-Marie Maguire.

She said: “Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers into the pub and we are confident it will be a great addition to the Shoebury community.”

Parson’s Barn will specialise in real ales, serving a wide range of beers, including those from local and regional brewers.

It will be open from 8am until 11pm Sunday to Wednesday, 8am until midnight on Thursday and 8am until 12.30am on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Wetherspoon chain runs 880 pubs nationwide, including the Last Post, in Southend, and the Elms, in Leigh.

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2:14pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Chymes81 says...

It opened Tuesday. News Travels Fast around the Echo News office
It opened Tuesday. News Travels Fast around the Echo News office Chymes81
  • Score: 10

2:30pm Thu 20 Feb 14

pussycats says...

I am reserving my judgement....!
I am reserving my judgement....! pussycats
  • Score: 3

2:40pm Thu 20 Feb 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Chymes81 wrote:
It opened Tuesday. News Travels Fast around the Echo News office
Parson's Barn MK II
[quote][p][bold]Chymes81[/bold] wrote: It opened Tuesday. News Travels Fast around the Echo News office[/p][/quote]Parson's Barn MK II carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 4

3:39pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Miss Southchurch says...

Mike Assenheim mentions The wreck of an old building'. But this was an up and running pub until recently wasn't it? Or is that what he means....
Mike Assenheim mentions The wreck of an old building'. But this was an up and running pub until recently wasn't it? Or is that what he means.... Miss Southchurch
  • Score: 11

4:20pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Belfairs Boy says...

Oh well perhaps there is hope for the Woodcutters Arms Belfairs !
Oh well perhaps there is hope for the Woodcutters Arms Belfairs ! Belfairs Boy
  • Score: 1

5:03pm Thu 20 Feb 14

John Bull 40 says...

Belfairs Boy wrote:
Oh well perhaps there is hope for the Woodcutters Arms Belfairs !
It is already open, probably be in next months Echo.
[quote][p][bold]Belfairs Boy[/bold] wrote: Oh well perhaps there is hope for the Woodcutters Arms Belfairs ![/p][/quote]It is already open, probably be in next months Echo. John Bull 40
  • Score: 3

5:19pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Belfairs Boy says...

John Bull 40 wrote:
Belfairs Boy wrote:
Oh well perhaps there is hope for the Woodcutters Arms Belfairs !
It is already open, probably be in next months Echo.
Not with Enterprise inns running the show !
[quote][p][bold]John Bull 40[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Belfairs Boy[/bold] wrote: Oh well perhaps there is hope for the Woodcutters Arms Belfairs ![/p][/quote]It is already open, probably be in next months Echo.[/p][/quote]Not with Enterprise inns running the show ! Belfairs Boy
  • Score: 0

9:01pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

So its a normal pub then.
So its a normal pub then. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 3

9:57pm Thu 20 Feb 14

LaindonResident says...

its been a pub for years, im 45 and i worked there when i was 18?? so how is this a new pub?? confused dot com lol
its been a pub for years, im 45 and i worked there when i was 18?? so how is this a new pub?? confused dot com lol LaindonResident
  • Score: 4

4:34pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Pat Davies says...

My husband and I were asked to leave today because hubby was wearing track suit bottoms. They were perfectly clean an fresh. I was dressed smartly.
We have been going to the Parsons Barn for years. We have also used Wetherspoons pubs for years and have never, ever been refused service for what we were wearing or any reason. In fact this is first time in my whole life I have had this happen.
They won't make friends and attract customers by turning good honest people away. I was so incensed I told the snotty nosed waitress or whoever she was to stick her pub.
It's not very friendly in there folks, go somewhere nicer!
My husband and I were asked to leave today because hubby was wearing track suit bottoms. They were perfectly clean an fresh. I was dressed smartly. We have been going to the Parsons Barn for years. We have also used Wetherspoons pubs for years and have never, ever been refused service for what we were wearing or any reason. In fact this is first time in my whole life I have had this happen. They won't make friends and attract customers by turning good honest people away. I was so incensed I told the snotty nosed waitress or whoever she was to stick her pub. It's not very friendly in there folks, go somewhere nicer! Pat Davies
  • Score: 1

5:06pm Fri 21 Feb 14

John Bull 40 says...

Pat Davies wrote:
My husband and I were asked to leave today because hubby was wearing track suit bottoms. They were perfectly clean an fresh. I was dressed smartly.
We have been going to the Parsons Barn for years. We have also used Wetherspoons pubs for years and have never, ever been refused service for what we were wearing or any reason. In fact this is first time in my whole life I have had this happen.
They won't make friends and attract customers by turning good honest people away. I was so incensed I told the snotty nosed waitress or whoever she was to stick her pub.
It's not very friendly in there folks, go somewhere nicer!
You must know what a rough place this was before it shut, lets hope it will now be better, even without your custom.
[quote][p][bold]Pat Davies[/bold] wrote: My husband and I were asked to leave today because hubby was wearing track suit bottoms. They were perfectly clean an fresh. I was dressed smartly. We have been going to the Parsons Barn for years. We have also used Wetherspoons pubs for years and have never, ever been refused service for what we were wearing or any reason. In fact this is first time in my whole life I have had this happen. They won't make friends and attract customers by turning good honest people away. I was so incensed I told the snotty nosed waitress or whoever she was to stick her pub. It's not very friendly in there folks, go somewhere nicer![/p][/quote]You must know what a rough place this was before it shut, lets hope it will now be better, even without your custom. John Bull 40
  • Score: 3

5:28pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Belfairs Boy says...

Pat Davies wrote:
My husband and I were asked to leave today because hubby was wearing track suit bottoms. They were perfectly clean an fresh. I was dressed smartly.
We have been going to the Parsons Barn for years. We have also used Wetherspoons pubs for years and have never, ever been refused service for what we were wearing or any reason. In fact this is first time in my whole life I have had this happen.
They won't make friends and attract customers by turning good honest people away. I was so incensed I told the snotty nosed waitress or whoever she was to stick her pub.
It's not very friendly in there folks, go somewhere nicer!
You need to contact J.D.Wetherspoons head office about this.Its does not sound right !

When i look at some of there best customers in the Elms Leigh on Sea, it seems that the pub should be empty if they adopt the same dress code there !
[quote][p][bold]Pat Davies[/bold] wrote: My husband and I were asked to leave today because hubby was wearing track suit bottoms. They were perfectly clean an fresh. I was dressed smartly. We have been going to the Parsons Barn for years. We have also used Wetherspoons pubs for years and have never, ever been refused service for what we were wearing or any reason. In fact this is first time in my whole life I have had this happen. They won't make friends and attract customers by turning good honest people away. I was so incensed I told the snotty nosed waitress or whoever she was to stick her pub. It's not very friendly in there folks, go somewhere nicer![/p][/quote]You need to contact J.D.Wetherspoons head office about this.Its does not sound right ! When i look at some of there best customers in the Elms Leigh on Sea, it seems that the pub should be empty if they adopt the same dress code there ! Belfairs Boy
  • Score: -3

8:21am Sat 22 Feb 14

Pat Davies says...

John Bull 40 wrote:
Pat Davies wrote:
My husband and I were asked to leave today because hubby was wearing track suit bottoms. They were perfectly clean an fresh. I was dressed smartly.
We have been going to the Parsons Barn for years. We have also used Wetherspoons pubs for years and have never, ever been refused service for what we were wearing or any reason. In fact this is first time in my whole life I have had this happen.
They won't make friends and attract customers by turning good honest people away. I was so incensed I told the snotty nosed waitress or whoever she was to stick her pub.
It's not very friendly in there folks, go somewhere nicer!
You must know what a rough place this was before it shut, lets hope it will now be better, even without your custom.
Don't insult me. There is nothing rough about me or my husband. We popped in there for years after finishing at the Salvation Army church next door.
One Salvation Army soldier and his wife and you think we are rough? No! It was convenient and on the doorstep, and friendly despite your assertion it was rough. The only time I found it unfriendly was yesterday.
[quote][p][bold]John Bull 40[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pat Davies[/bold] wrote: My husband and I were asked to leave today because hubby was wearing track suit bottoms. They were perfectly clean an fresh. I was dressed smartly. We have been going to the Parsons Barn for years. We have also used Wetherspoons pubs for years and have never, ever been refused service for what we were wearing or any reason. In fact this is first time in my whole life I have had this happen. They won't make friends and attract customers by turning good honest people away. I was so incensed I told the snotty nosed waitress or whoever she was to stick her pub. It's not very friendly in there folks, go somewhere nicer![/p][/quote]You must know what a rough place this was before it shut, lets hope it will now be better, even without your custom.[/p][/quote]Don't insult me. There is nothing rough about me or my husband. We popped in there for years after finishing at the Salvation Army church next door. One Salvation Army soldier and his wife and you think we are rough? No! It was convenient and on the doorstep, and friendly despite your assertion it was rough. The only time I found it unfriendly was yesterday. Pat Davies
  • Score: 0

8:26am Sat 22 Feb 14

Pat Davies says...

Belfairs Boy wrote:
Pat Davies wrote:
My husband and I were asked to leave today because hubby was wearing track suit bottoms. They were perfectly clean an fresh. I was dressed smartly.
We have been going to the Parsons Barn for years. We have also used Wetherspoons pubs for years and have never, ever been refused service for what we were wearing or any reason. In fact this is first time in my whole life I have had this happen.
They won't make friends and attract customers by turning good honest people away. I was so incensed I told the snotty nosed waitress or whoever she was to stick her pub.
It's not very friendly in there folks, go somewhere nicer!
You need to contact J.D.Wetherspoons head office about this.Its does not sound right !

When i look at some of there best customers in the Elms Leigh on Sea, it seems that the pub should be empty if they adopt the same dress code there !
Absolutely right! We went to the Toby and nobody flinched at hubby's track suit bottoms. He wears them all the time because he is overweight and they are easy and comfortable.
We never get asked to leave the Angel
The Last Post
The Bell
In fact it doesn't happen.
[quote][p][bold]Belfairs Boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pat Davies[/bold] wrote: My husband and I were asked to leave today because hubby was wearing track suit bottoms. They were perfectly clean an fresh. I was dressed smartly. We have been going to the Parsons Barn for years. We have also used Wetherspoons pubs for years and have never, ever been refused service for what we were wearing or any reason. In fact this is first time in my whole life I have had this happen. They won't make friends and attract customers by turning good honest people away. I was so incensed I told the snotty nosed waitress or whoever she was to stick her pub. It's not very friendly in there folks, go somewhere nicer![/p][/quote]You need to contact J.D.Wetherspoons head office about this.Its does not sound right ! When i look at some of there best customers in the Elms Leigh on Sea, it seems that the pub should be empty if they adopt the same dress code there ![/p][/quote]Absolutely right! We went to the Toby and nobody flinched at hubby's track suit bottoms. He wears them all the time because he is overweight and they are easy and comfortable. We never get asked to leave the Angel The Last Post The Bell In fact it doesn't happen. Pat Davies
  • Score: 2

8:30am Sat 22 Feb 14

Pat Davies says...

A complaint has been emailed to Wetherspoons head office. I await their response which should if they have a modicum of decency be an apology.
If it is full of excuses and self righteous justification I will publish it.
A complaint has been emailed to Wetherspoons head office. I await their response which should if they have a modicum of decency be an apology. If it is full of excuses and self righteous justification I will publish it. Pat Davies
  • Score: 2

5:21pm Sat 22 Feb 14

John Bull 40 says...

Pat Davies wrote:
John Bull 40 wrote:
Pat Davies wrote:
My husband and I were asked to leave today because hubby was wearing track suit bottoms. They were perfectly clean an fresh. I was dressed smartly.
We have been going to the Parsons Barn for years. We have also used Wetherspoons pubs for years and have never, ever been refused service for what we were wearing or any reason. In fact this is first time in my whole life I have had this happen.
They won't make friends and attract customers by turning good honest people away. I was so incensed I told the snotty nosed waitress or whoever she was to stick her pub.
It's not very friendly in there folks, go somewhere nicer!
You must know what a rough place this was before it shut, lets hope it will now be better, even without your custom.
Don't insult me. There is nothing rough about me or my husband. We popped in there for years after finishing at the Salvation Army church next door.
One Salvation Army soldier and his wife and you think we are rough? No! It was convenient and on the doorstep, and friendly despite your assertion it was rough. The only time I found it unfriendly was yesterday.
Salvation army soldiers do not drink alcohol, or were you selling the
War Cry?
[quote][p][bold]Pat Davies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John Bull 40[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pat Davies[/bold] wrote: My husband and I were asked to leave today because hubby was wearing track suit bottoms. They were perfectly clean an fresh. I was dressed smartly. We have been going to the Parsons Barn for years. We have also used Wetherspoons pubs for years and have never, ever been refused service for what we were wearing or any reason. In fact this is first time in my whole life I have had this happen. They won't make friends and attract customers by turning good honest people away. I was so incensed I told the snotty nosed waitress or whoever she was to stick her pub. It's not very friendly in there folks, go somewhere nicer![/p][/quote]You must know what a rough place this was before it shut, lets hope it will now be better, even without your custom.[/p][/quote]Don't insult me. There is nothing rough about me or my husband. We popped in there for years after finishing at the Salvation Army church next door. One Salvation Army soldier and his wife and you think we are rough? No! It was convenient and on the doorstep, and friendly despite your assertion it was rough. The only time I found it unfriendly was yesterday.[/p][/quote]Salvation army soldiers do not drink alcohol, or were you selling the War Cry? John Bull 40
  • Score: -1

9:04pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Pat Davies says...

John Bull 40 wrote:
Pat Davies wrote:
John Bull 40 wrote:
Pat Davies wrote:
My husband and I were asked to leave today because hubby was wearing track suit bottoms. They were perfectly clean an fresh. I was dressed smartly.
We have been going to the Parsons Barn for years. We have also used Wetherspoons pubs for years and have never, ever been refused service for what we were wearing or any reason. In fact this is first time in my whole life I have had this happen.
They won't make friends and attract customers by turning good honest people away. I was so incensed I told the snotty nosed waitress or whoever she was to stick her pub.
It's not very friendly in there folks, go somewhere nicer!
You must know what a rough place this was before it shut, lets hope it will now be better, even without your custom.
Don't insult me. There is nothing rough about me or my husband. We popped in there for years after finishing at the Salvation Army church next door.
One Salvation Army soldier and his wife and you think we are rough? No! It was convenient and on the doorstep, and friendly despite your assertion it was rough. The only time I found it unfriendly was yesterday.
Salvation army soldiers do not drink alcohol, or were you selling the
War Cry?
No, we used to have lunch there. Hubby drinks diet coke and I drink Guinness.
For your information pubs don't just sell alcohol.
[quote][p][bold]John Bull 40[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pat Davies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John Bull 40[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pat Davies[/bold] wrote: My husband and I were asked to leave today because hubby was wearing track suit bottoms. They were perfectly clean an fresh. I was dressed smartly. We have been going to the Parsons Barn for years. We have also used Wetherspoons pubs for years and have never, ever been refused service for what we were wearing or any reason. In fact this is first time in my whole life I have had this happen. They won't make friends and attract customers by turning good honest people away. I was so incensed I told the snotty nosed waitress or whoever she was to stick her pub. It's not very friendly in there folks, go somewhere nicer![/p][/quote]You must know what a rough place this was before it shut, lets hope it will now be better, even without your custom.[/p][/quote]Don't insult me. There is nothing rough about me or my husband. We popped in there for years after finishing at the Salvation Army church next door. One Salvation Army soldier and his wife and you think we are rough? No! It was convenient and on the doorstep, and friendly despite your assertion it was rough. The only time I found it unfriendly was yesterday.[/p][/quote]Salvation army soldiers do not drink alcohol, or were you selling the War Cry?[/p][/quote]No, we used to have lunch there. Hubby drinks diet coke and I drink Guinness. For your information pubs don't just sell alcohol. Pat Davies
  • Score: 5

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