Karaoke Night – Saturday 12th February

Our first Karaoke night was a great success and the pub was full. I didn’t realise we had so much talent in the village 😂. A big thank you to all our Volunteers who dedicated their time making the evening a great success, in particular Tony who hosted the evening. We are already planning our next Karaoke night 🎤

Tuesday Night Darts

Our Darts team have joined the Constable League.  They meet every Tuesday night either at home or away.   Their first home match was on Tuesday 12th October and I am pleased to say they won 6:3 against Misley FC. 

Macmillan Coffee Morning

On Wednesday 29th September we held a Macmillan Coffee Morning.   We would like to thank everyone who donated cakes, there were so many lovely cakes and they were all sold.   We had a Tombola stall with lots of lovely prizes donated.  In total we raised £280 which has been donated to this great charity working to make sure no one has to face cancer alone.   🍰🧁☕️🫖🍰

Job Opportunity at The Great Bromley Cross

As from 1st October, we are standardising our opening hours as follows:

Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 18:30 to 22.30    This is our Pub games night,  where our Darts Team and Crib players meet 
Wednesday – 10:00 to Midday – Coffee Shop, Post Office and Library 
Thursday – 18:30 to 22.30 – (Including Quiz Nights and Monthly Open Mic Night) 
Friday – 18:30 to 22.30 – Friday Night Food 
Saturday- 18:30 to 22.30 – Saturday night opening will be event lead
Sunday – 12:00 to 15:00

Extending our hours will mean we will be stretching our current Committee members and volunteers to their limits.  

We are not in a position to employ a full time Manager at present, but we are looking for an enthusiastic Pub Supervisor to help assist in the day to day running of the pub.  

The successful candidate will be assisting the Committee and volunteers, for around ten hours per week.  The post will involve occasional bar cover to support volunteers, opening/closing procedures, managing volunteer rotas, booking system table plans when required, stocktaking and some cleaning.

We would like to trial this position for a three month period with a view to assessing whether we need to change these hours.

If you think you are the right person for this trial position please email:


We can arrange to meet to discuss things further.  

The Bromley Cross Committee 

Update – 27th November 2020

Post Lockdown opening
It was disappointing news yesterday for the Great Bromley Cross.   We will be in Tier 2 when we come out of lockdown on Wednesday 2nd December which means we will not be able to serve alcoholic drinks unless we serve a “substantial meal” .  Unfortunately at this time we are not in a position to do that but we have plans to re-open following the review which is due to take place on 16th December.   

We have to assume that we will still be in Tier 2 up to Xmas and the same restrictions above will apply, but we would like to show off the efforts we have made to decorate the pub for Christmas by opening on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th December serving meals so you can come down and see us.  

This will be on a booking only basis through our booking system and just to remind you bookings can only be made 6 days in advance of the date required.   

However, there are still restrictions under Tier 2 which you need to follow.
You will not be able to sit inside with anyone outside your household or support bubble. Outside the rule of six still applies and you may sit with up to six people from six households, and as mentioned above, all attendees will be required to have a “substantial meal” at inside and outside tables. 

The good news is that we will be opening the Wednesday Morning Coffee Shop on Wednesday 2nd December and every Wednesday up to Christmas as we are allowed to serve hot non-alcohol drinks under the new restrictions.  The Post Office and Library will be in attendance.  The Post Office now offers a good selection of Christmas Cards, Gift Wrap, Tags, Gift Ribbon etc. together with Parcel/Sellotape and a variety of calendars.  So come down and have a CoffeeCake and a Chat whilst you Choose but again please use the booking system to book a table and please adhere to the Tier 2 restrictions.

We will have our ears open when the next review is announced and if there is any movement in what Tier we are in we will of course act accordingly and update you with our Christmas opening times.

Updated Corona Virus Restrictions 17/10/2020

From Saturday 17th October, Essex will move to Tier 2 or High level restrictions. This means that unfortunately only members of the same household, or one other adult forming a support bubble, may meet indoors.

Any bookings from Sunday 18th October will be affected by these new rules. We will continue providing table service only, and closing the pub at 22:00 as per existing rules.

Please remember that you must wear a face covering (which covers both your nose and mouth) when entering or leaving the pub, as well as moving around the pub.

We thank you for your continued support during these difficult times!

Wednesday Morning Coffee Shop

Our Wednesday morning Coffee Shop will be opening again on 26th August, serving coffee and cake from 10am to 12pm. We have a limited number of tables which have been placed for social distancing and a table service will be in operation.  There is no need to book but if you would like us to reserve you a table please message us on bookings@greatbromleycross.co.uk .  The Post Office and Library will also be open.  We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

Please note payment is by card only (no cash).  

We are opening the doors….

  • We are looking forward to welcoming you back on Friday 31st July.   For starters. we will be opening on Friday evenings 6:30pm to 10:00pm and Sunday lunchtimes 12pm to 3pm.  We will monitor these sessions with a view to opening on further days in the coming weeks.   We will not be serving food at present but will let you know as soon as we are in a position to do so. As part of the new guidance we are implementing the following;

    • To make your visit to the pub as seamless as possible we ask that you  book before arriving, access to this can be found on the top menu. 
    • There will be a one way system in the pub please adhere to this even using the facilities
    • We have sanitising stations located at the entrance and exit of the pub
    • On arrival we will help you find your table, we ask that yourdrinks are ordered at your table, unfortunately there will beno sitting or standing at the bar
    • We will be collecting personal details of customers visiting us to aid track and tracePayment is to be made by card payment onlyWe ask that you respect the 1m+ social distance at your tables, moving around the premises and using the facilities
    • We ask that you limit the toilets to 2 people maximum at a time, sanitising on the way in and out of the toilets
    • The requirement that those sharing tables come from no more than 2 separate households (indoors and outdoors) or, for outdoors only, 6 people from any households should be adhered to
    • We welcome dogs but only at Garden tables

      Our capacity will be greatly reduced to enable us to adhere to the Government guidelines so please ensure you book your table to help manage demand for seats.  There may be some seats for walk-ins, but we hope to be busy and suggest you book to avoid disappointment. If you can’t get a table, you will be offered a take-away.

      Our garden has been extended into the car park to enable us to seat more people but we cannot guarantee the weather, so it might be useful to bring an umbrella!!!

      We would like to say a big thank you to our lovely volunteers who have offered to assist us in these difficult times.   If you would like to help please speak to a member of the Committee as we need all the help we can get.

      Stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back on 31st July.
      The Management Committee

So what do you do when your local village pub closes? Drive to the next village I guess. But what do you do when that one closes too? And what replaces the local pub’s role in the informal village social network? Facebook? I hope not. Recent statistics suggest that 30 pubs are closing in the UK every week and most of them never re-open. Nineteen closed in Essex alone in 2014.

The Cross Inn, Great Bromley, a few miles outside Colchester, on the edge of neighbouring Ardleigh, closed its doors in May 2015. A few locals didn’t want the Cross to become yet another statistic and decided to do something about it. And that’s why this website is here.

In 2015 The Cross Inn, in Great Bromley, Essex closed and was put up for sale as a development opportunity.  A group of locals didn’t want to lose the Cross as their village pub so set up  “Save the Bromley Cross”.  And amazingly, 18 months later, the pub is open again under community ownership.

Over three years later we are a thriving community hub.  We have now rebranded and are called The Great Bromley Cross.   We are more than a pub, offering the community outreach Post Office and Library services, a coffee shop and a recycling facility. We also host other community activities like the local Friendship Club, a “come and play” music club, a craft club, the WI darts team and twice-yearly village litter picks.

Latest News – 27th June

Dear Customer/Shareholder/Volunteer

We do hope you are all well and missing us as much as we are missing you.  I can’t believe it has been over three months since our doors were open to customers. We wanted to let you know that discussions are underway for the re-opening of the Great Bromley Cross.  The Committee have been meeting regularly to review the situation which changes by the week.

We are taking advantage of the closure to carry out some improvements to the Pub which we had already scheduled. These include some improvements to the cellar and a new bar front and a few mod cons fitted into the bar area such as a glass washer and ice machine which will make our volunteers happy.  We have been keeping our costs to a minimum, to continue to maintain our strong financial position which has been supported by a small grant from the government.

We had so much planned for VE Day on 8th May but we are hoping to run this event as and when we are able.   Thank you to Linda and Steve for taking the trouble to put up the bunting.   Thank you also to our garden maintenance team who have attended to the plants while we have been shut.  

You may have seen that The Cheese and Pie Man comes along on Friday mornings.  This will continue for the foreseeable future so if you haven’t already tried one of their pies pop down between 9am and 2pm.  They also have a large selection of cheeses. 

The recent announcement that pubs can open from 4th July was good news, but there is a lot of rules and regulations that need to be adhered to.   We are working on a plan to implement these with a view to opening our doors on Friday 31st July.   In the interim, we are proposing to offer a Takeaway service from Friday 10th July.   Details will follow next week on opening times, ales available and procedures for ordering and collection.  The COVID opening regulations mean that our need for volunteers is greater than ever.

We hope to be in a position to tell you about how we will be opening and what will be required of you to come into the pub next week.

We look forward to seeing you all before too long and will be in contact soon with an update.

The Management Committee

Charity Casino Nite

What an excellent night it was, with everyone dressing to impress in their DJs and party frocks.

Once again Paul worked his charm and tickets were sold out for this event, so a big thank you to Paul who has now been promoted to “Chief Events Organiser”. 

We had three sponsors for the night Barry Taylor, Marcus Tinworth and Ray Baker who each sponsored a game table. The winning male and female with the most chips at the end of the night were Jan and Martin who both won £50 each and very kindly donated their winnings back to the Charity

The total amount made for our chosen charity “The British Heat Foundation” was £800.  The winning male and female with the most chips at the end of the night were Jan and Martin who both won £50 each and very kindly both donated their winnings back to the Charity.  When the fun stopped at 10pm, the drinking commenced and we were treated to some delicious canapés made by the delightful Linda.   I think there were a few sore heads the next day!!