Free House Pub & Restaurant

The Leather Bottle, Blackmore

Welcome to
The Leather Bottle

We are a Free House Pub and Restaurant based in the historic, picturesque village of Blackmore, Essex.

We purchased the pub in October 2015 and closed in January 2016 for a full refurbishment, reopening in March 2017. After fitting a new kitchen, our team of chefs started The Leather Bottle Restaurant, which opened its doors in 2018.


In April 2019, I became Licensee of The Leather Bottle increasing the drinks choice, opening the garden and installing new outside seating, heating and lighting. In 2020, we were fortunate to introduce a fantastic new chef team increasing our restaurant days and hours serving quality, freshly cooked food to order, seven days a week.


We serve delicious, traditional, British food with a modern twist and cater for all dietary requirements. Our food is locally sourced and served from 9.00am so whether its breakfast, lunch or dinner, there’s always something to tickle your tastebuds. Tables within our light and airy restaurant are available to prebook for dining.


The Pub offers a comfortable bar area with an award-winning selection of real ales, ciders and lagers, fine wines from around the world, delicious cocktails and over 50 gins to choose from. Tables within the bar area are on a first come, first serve basis for food and drink.


We are a family friendly restaurant and also welcome our four-legged friends into the bar area and garden.


Our walled garden has plenty of tables available on a first come, first serve basis for food and drink.  We also boast a beautiful Garden Room which is available on request or for private hire.  The latest addition to our attractive garden area is a heated marquee housing four undercover tables.  These tables are available to prebook for dining.


We are very well known for our friendly and helpful management and staff team who are guaranteed to give a warm welcome and excellent service. Our five-star reviews on Facebook and Trip Advisor are testimonial to this.  And that’s not our only five star rating – we also hold a five star hygiene certificate.


Gift Vouchers are available to buy, which can be used against both food and drink and valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. Please pop in and see a member of staff to purchase.


With parking around The Green and so many versatile options for dining, The Leather Bottle is the perfect venue for any occasion.




Linda Thompson


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  • Our restaurant is currently closed on Monday's and Tuesday's whilst we recruit two new Chefs to our team (see advert below). The bar will remain open from 11am and we continue to open for food from 9am Wednesday - Sunday. 

  • Click here to see a list of events and offers currently running at The Leather Bottle.

  • Our attractive walled garden and Garden Room are now fully OPEN!  Pop down and enjoy a refreshing drink and soak up the sunshine. Tables are on a first come, first serve basis.


A fantastic opportunity has arisen to be part of our very talented Chef team.


We are looking for an experienced Commis Chef and Chef de Partie to join our friendly village restaurant. You will be working under our Head Chef & Sous Chef and will be trained how to run sections within our busy restaurant.


We expect the right candidate to have passion and willingness to learn new skills, working with our fresh produce.


Driving license preferred due to location. Benefits include a competitive salary, tips paid weekly and 28 days holiday a year.


A minimum of one years experience is preferred.


Please send your CV to info@leatherbottle.pub using the reference Chef Vacancy.