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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.

After working alongside my good friend Linda Thompson, the previous Licensee, for well over a year, on August 7th 2023, Linda transferred the Licence of the Leather Bottle to me.


Linda had already carried out countless improvements and upgrades and I immediately set about continuing this excellent work. I began by adding additional seating in the bar area, refurbished the tables, changed the cutlery & standardised the glassware and there are many more enhancements to come.

We serve delicious, traditional, British food with a modern twist and cater for all dietary requirements. Our food is locally sourced and served daily from 12pm so whether it's breakfast (see below), lunch or dinner, there’s always something to tickle your taste buds. Tables within our light and airy restaurant are available to pre-book for dining.

In November 2023, I re-introduced the very popular Leather Bottle breakfasts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 09:00AM to 10:30AM and in addition to our specials menu every weekend, we also hold a range of scheduled events throughout the year and our head Chef prepares an appropriate menu for each event. For example we recently celebrated Beaujolais Nouveau Day at the LB and a fine dining French Menu was offered alongside our regular menu.

The Pub itself offers a comfortable bar area with an award-winning selection of real ales, ciders and lagers, fine wines from around the world, we are always improving the selection and focussing on our customers desires.

As a family friendly restaurant, we 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 for private hire.  The latest addition to our attractive garden area is a heated marquee housing undercover tables.  These tables are also available to pre-book for dining.

We are very well known for our friendly and helpful management, front of house and kitchen teams, who are guaranteed to give a warm welcome and top quality service. Our five-star reviews on Facebook and Trip Advisor are testimonial to this, that’s not our only five star rating, we also hold a five star hygiene certificate. In fact Trip Advisor awarded us the Travellers Choice top ten percent of Restaurants award for the second year running this year.

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. We will shortly be introducing a rewards scheme for our regular customers and our Gift Vouchers will also be migrating to a credit card type. Please pop in and see a member of staff to purchase.

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

I look forward to seeing you and please come up to me and say hello



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  • Great News, Breakfasts commence on 24th November 2023, Friday. Saturdays and Sundays 09:00AM to 10:30AM

  • We are open XMas Day from 12:00PM with the bar closing at 02:30PM & Boxing Day 12:00PM to 02:30PM

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


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 using the reference Chef Vacancy.

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