Roydon publican honoured for more than 30 years service at historic pub

Business / Thu 12th Jan 2023 at 09:29am

THE publican of a historic Roydon pub has been honoured with a prestigious award to celebrate more than 30 years’ service at the helm of the much-loved local. 64-year-old Mary Snell took over The New Inn with her former husband in the early 1990s intending to stay for six months, but she loved it so much she has never left.

The award from The New Inn’s owners, Star Pubs & Bars, recognises Mary’s contribution to the pub and the community throughout the last three decades. Over the years, Mary has converted The New Inn from a little-used rundown local into a focal point of village life, as well as a destination country pub for those from further afield.

Parts of the Grade II-listed pub date back to the mid-sixteenth century, and Mary has kept its traditional feel. Features such as old beams and an open fire have pride of place, and horse brasses and pictures of The New Inn through the ages adorn the walls. The food and drink follow suit. The New Inn is known for its hearty British pub grub. Steak pie – cooked to Mary’s secret recipe – and Sunday roasts are particular customer favourites. The pub has a reputation for serving the perfect pint, too, winning it Cask Marque accreditation and a place in The Good Beer Guide for its cask ales.

Under Mary’s stewardship, The New Inn has become a hub of the community. Local groups and good causes hold their meetings in the pub’s back room, which also provides space for villagers’ celebrations and family gatherings. Mary runs a host of activities to bring residents together. Events range from a weekly £7 two-course lunch and social for senior citizens to an annual leavers’ party for pupils of Roydon Primary School. In addition, there are regular quizzes, musical entertainment and beer festivals, as well as fundraisers that have donated thousands of pounds to charity.

64-year-old Mary has no intention of “calling time” yet. Says Mary: “I’m still loving it. Every day is different, you never know what’s going to happen; it keeps me young. Roydon is such a friendly village. I feel very fortunate to have a pub here.”

Continues Mary, “Back in the 1990s, Roydon had four pubs but now there are only two. A village without a pub is very sad. A good local is more important than ever when times are tough, as they are now. People can meet up and share their problems or enjoy a much-needed chat and laugh. Either way, they leave feeling better. I’m determined to keep The New Inn going for future generations to enjoy. I’m lucky to have a wonderful team and my partner Paul Watson backing me.”

Comments Andrew Smurthwaite, Star Pubs & Bars’ area manager: “Mary is a fantastic licensee. Thanks to her, The New Inn is the archetypal great British pub and an integral part of Roydon life. It has a wonderful atmosphere, and there’s always a warm welcome and excellent food and drink. Mary works tirelessly to keep The New Inn thriving. It’s a great honour to present her with this well-deserved award.”

  • The New Inn is believed to have once been a coaching inn and to have had one of the first petrol stations outside it.
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19 Comments for Roydon publican honoured for more than 30 years service at historic pub:

Lisa coomes
2023-01-12 11:38:58

Congratulations Mary! Well deserved! You and your team are truly amazing.

Danielle Davis
2023-01-12 11:54:06

Well deserved Mary The New Inn is a very welcoming pub with an amazing leader and team who always make your visits enjoyable.

2023-01-12 11:54:11

I will second that!

Lynda Cox
2023-01-12 13:50:11

Congratulations, when we moved to Roydon, we found that The New Inn, made us very welcome. We spent lots of happy ours there. Thank you Mary and Paul, and team Miss you now we are in Ireland, Lyn and Geoff. Xx

Karen hayden
2023-01-12 15:26:16

Absolutely fantastic news Mary and team. You constantly thrive to make everything old and new welcome. Hence why me and my family have continued drinking for the past 30yrs 👍xx

Karen hayden
2023-01-12 15:27:13

Absolutely fantastic news Mary and team. You constantly thrive to make everyone old and new welcome. Hence why me and my family have continued drinking in your pub for the past 30yrs 👍xx

Kathryn Claydon
2023-01-12 16:48:36

Mary is known and loved by everyone in Roydon and even though I don’t get to visit her pub often she takes the time to get to know who is who and makes everyone feel welcome regardless of how often you visit. We are lucky to have her and Paul and her team.

Ian G
2023-01-12 19:46:11

They should reopen the White Horse in Old Harlow

Julie Hardy
2023-01-12 20:13:43

Well done Mary. Had many great nights at yours. Especially the live music.

Steve Dean
2023-01-12 23:59:29

Well done Mary and team! You deserve all the praise you get. I have known Mary for over thirty years and she has always been lovely

Concerned resident
2023-01-13 10:20:02

Wonder if this has anything to do with the incident at the shark pub this weekend?

Mary Campion
2023-01-13 22:26:51

An amazing achievement Mary, well done and well deserved.

2023-01-14 03:29:05

Absolute worst experience here. I came with my mother for Mother’s Day to have food and a couple of drinks and was refused (even though the place was totally empty) and told to book, which I did. I was then informed that me and my sort were not welcome which I found very embarrassing and discriminative. Only nice to locals. DO NOT RECOMMEND.

2023-01-14 03:30:20

Only nice to people from the area. Do not recommend.

2023-01-14 03:31:40

Horrible service from the owners who refused service. Discrimination at its finest. Awful behaviour and would rather drink in pub a couple doors up.

2023-01-14 03:33:26

Do not agree with this. Absolutely awful attitude from all. Tiocfaidh ár lá. Place is always empty

2023-01-14 15:57:06

Elena Sarah Sharon Michelle, you shoulda left a few more minutes between each of your posts.

Edward Campion
2023-01-15 10:10:26

Well done to you Mary very well deserved xxx

Emma J
2023-01-16 07:55:28

Brilliant pub , everyone is always welcome , Anne is the best Landlady ever, and food is brilliant. Congratulations Anne and team , long my you reign.

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