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O’Connors is Chelmsford’s only Irish themed pub, serving homemade food from the kitchen ranging from our giant filled jacket potatoes to the steak and ale pie with delicious gravy.

Since 2006, the pub has been managed by Margaret and her welcoming team. In this time, the pub has hosted many events such as the Prince of Orange reunion and various charity functions. In March 2017, O’Connors was awarded the Rams Pub Company award for Charity Pub Of The Year for Margaret & her team’s efforts in raising £7000 throughout 2015/16, the most of any Rams pubs nationwide.

The pub had its most recent refurbishment in November 2016, which included the installation of a wood burner for those cosy winter evenings, and an upgrade to the air conditioning to keep you cool in summer. The beer garden has been mentioned in local publications as one of the most welcoming in Chelmsford during the summer months due to the beautiful flowers running throughout the garden.

Previous to being O’Connors, the site was The Prince Of Orange, which used to be a traditional backstreet pub run by an elderly couple serving real ale. However, in the late 70’s the pub was taken over by local entrepreneur Andy Barrett.

Without losing the essential character of the original pub, Barrett expanded the bar and converted the upper floor to a second bar come restaurant.

In a short period of time, word spread about the quality of the beer and food and its open door policy which transformed the pub into one of Chelmsford’s great drinking and socialising centrepoints.
At the height of its popularity it became a social mecca for suits, punks, bikers, hippies, heads, dreads and workers from the general business community.  Despite this curious mix of styles, cultures, ages and outlooks there was never any trouble or friction between the disparate groups.

After a series of landlords and managers, The Prince of Orange finally ran out of steam and in 1997, amid emotional scenes the pub finally closed its doors and became O’Connor’s, with a completely different atmosphere and clientele but with cleaner toilets!

O’Connors is Chelmsford’s only Irish themed pub, serving homemade food from the kitchen ranging from our giant filled jacket potatoes to the steak and ale pie with delicious gravy.

Since 2006, the pub has been managed by Margaret and her welcoming team. In this time, the pub has hosted many events such as the Prince of Orange reunion and various charity functions. In March 2017, O’Connors was awarded the Rams Pub Company award for Charity Pub Of The Year for Margaret & her team’s efforts in raising £7000 throughout 2015/16, the most of any Rams pubs nationwide.

The pub had its most recent refurbishment in November 2016, which included the installation of a wood burner for those cosy winter evenings, and an upgrade to the air conditioning to keep you cool in summer. The beer garden has been mentioned in local publications as one of the most welcoming in Chelmsford during the summer months due to the beautiful flowers running throughout the garden.

Previous to being O’Connors, the site was The Prince Of Orange, which used to be a traditional backstreet pub run by an elderly couple serving real ale. However, in the late 70’s the pub was taken over by local entrepreneur Andy Barrett.

Without losing the essential character of the original pub, Barrett expanded the bar and converted the upper floor to a second bar come restaurant.

In a short period of time, word spread about the quality of the beer and food and its open door policy which transformed the pub into one of Chelmsford’s great drinking and socialising centrepoints.
At the height of its popularity it became a social mecca for suits, punks, bikers, hippies, heads, dreads and workers from the general business community.  Despite this curious mix of styles, cultures, ages and outlooks there was never any trouble or friction between the disparate groups.

After a series of landlords and managers, The Prince of Orange finally ran out of steam and in 1997, amid emotional scenes the pub finally closed its doors and became O’Connor’s, with a completely different atmosphere and clientele but with cleaner toilets!

“Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy”

– Frank Sinatra

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