Welcome to The Castle at Great Leighs


The Castle at Great Leighs is a country pub restaurant oozing rural charm and rustic character, our picturesque surroundings provide the perfect back drop for savouring the hearty seasonal pub food on our menus and the carefully nurtured matured cask ales and fine wines gracing our bar.




The Castle at Great Leighs (formerly St Anne's Castle) is situated between Braintree and Chelmsford and has stood on the site for hundreds of years. The Castle is steeped in spooky local legends, these tales tell of spirits haunting the pub and grounds of The Castle, including the witch that was burnt at the stake at Scrapfaggots Green.




We take reservations on all of our tables whatever the size, including Christmas, New Year, Valentines Day, Mothers Day and any other special event throughout the year. We also like to promote our casual dining approach, so our walk in policy still applies - if you haven’t made a reservation, feel free to pop in for a drink and we will be sure to get you seated !


We are open 365 days of the year serving fresh food and drink from 8am, 7 days a week, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Book now for Christmas!


We are now taking bookings for Christmas Parties and Christmas Day 2019 - spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Click here to see the Christmas Menu.