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Coming soon - The Saxon King is set to open on Monday

Coming soon - The Saxon King is set to open on Monday

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A NEW family pub and restaurant in Southend will celebrate its official opening on Monday.

Part of the Marston chain, the Saxon King is named after a royal whose remains were unearthed in 2003, yards from where the pub stands.

Marston’s Inns and Taverns initially chose the name the Saxon Prince, but changed it following a protest by the Saxon King in Priory Park group. Members of the group will be attending the opening at 10am on Monday, along with Southend mayor Chris Walker.

Paul Whiteman, Marston’s area operations manager, said: “We can’t wait to finally let the public in.

“We’re really looking forward to raising a glass with the mayor to celebrate our opening.”

The pub, in Priory Crescent, seats 180 people and has a children’s play area.

Patsy Link, SKIPP committee member, said: “We are looking forward to the opening. It’s huge and looks great.

"Everybody in the area is happy that at last we will have a decent local with facilities for kids – I think it will be a big success.”

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5:52pm Sun 8 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

Will those sat by the railings, be given exhaust fume masks ?
Will those sat by the railings, be given exhaust fume masks ? sesibollox
  • Score: 19

6:08pm Sun 8 Jun 14

toutou says...

and the lovely smell of sewage while you eat how lush not
and the lovely smell of sewage while you eat how lush not toutou
  • Score: 31

6:12pm Sun 8 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

Those railings might have to be upped to crash barriers, right by the side a of a major A road, drivers are bound to be distracted as they motor past....
Those railings might have to be upped to crash barriers, right by the side a of a major A road, drivers are bound to be distracted as they motor past.... sesibollox
  • Score: 7

7:24pm Sun 8 Jun 14

EastStBoy says...

Exhaust fumes, sewage and the railway line right next door.

What an experience that will be..
Exhaust fumes, sewage and the railway line right next door. What an experience that will be.. EastStBoy
  • Score: 18

9:33pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Robin Reliant says...

well theres only one way to find out if it really does have all the negatives mentioned, looks really nice lets hope it stays that way and attracts decent customers.
well theres only one way to find out if it really does have all the negatives mentioned, looks really nice lets hope it stays that way and attracts decent customers. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 13

10:02pm Sun 8 Jun 14

poortaxpayer says...

They could have a fenced off area containing some unwashed SKIPP protesters and a couple of tents and the pub patrons could feed them chips through the bars - that would be a novelty.
They could have a fenced off area containing some unwashed SKIPP protesters and a couple of tents and the pub patrons could feed them chips through the bars - that would be a novelty. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 9

10:29pm Sun 8 Jun 14

pendulum says...

"Saxon Price"... "Saxon King"... whatever. Sounds unbelievably corny. Talk about cashing in.
"Saxon Price"... "Saxon King"... whatever. Sounds unbelievably corny. Talk about cashing in. pendulum
  • Score: -7

11:05pm Sun 8 Jun 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

You mean pubs calling themselves "Royal Oak" havent been cashing in on local legends for decades/centuries?
You mean pubs calling themselves "Royal Oak" havent been cashing in on local legends for decades/centuries? GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 11

7:48am Mon 9 Jun 14

ROBOTS' REBELLION says...

Well done skipp. The correct name should probably be the the Royal Saxon though.
Well done skipp. The correct name should probably be the the Royal Saxon though. ROBOTS' REBELLION
  • Score: -6

8:42am Mon 9 Jun 14

FrontlineRat says...

Why does the name seem to be such a sore point? Surely the aim is to provide a decent eating/socialising experience? People are far too quick to pass judgement on how they believe it will be rather than how it is. Why not go, find out, then leave negative feedback if it was as bad as they thought!
Why does the name seem to be such a sore point? Surely the aim is to provide a decent eating/socialising experience? People are far too quick to pass judgement on how they believe it will be rather than how it is. Why not go, find out, then leave negative feedback if it was as bad as they thought! FrontlineRat
  • Score: 8

1:56pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Southchurch Steve says...

FrontlineRat wrote:
Why does the name seem to be such a sore point? Surely the aim is to provide a decent eating/socialising experience? People are far too quick to pass judgement on how they believe it will be rather than how it is. Why not go, find out, then leave negative feedback if it was as bad as they thought!
What, some sort of rational response? From this lot? Forget that. Most of the people on here want to spout their pre-conceived diatribe, regardless of the actual story in many cases but certainly regardless of any facts.

Probably the EU's fault.

As for the pub, I think it makes a welcome change to hear of a pub opening rather than closing. There are not too many pubs in that area, so I'm sure it will be a success.
[quote][p][bold]FrontlineRat[/bold] wrote: Why does the name seem to be such a sore point? Surely the aim is to provide a decent eating/socialising experience? People are far too quick to pass judgement on how they believe it will be rather than how it is. Why not go, find out, then leave negative feedback if it was as bad as they thought![/p][/quote]What, some sort of rational response? From this lot? Forget that. Most of the people on here want to spout their pre-conceived diatribe, regardless of the actual story in many cases but certainly regardless of any facts. Probably the EU's fault. As for the pub, I think it makes a welcome change to hear of a pub opening rather than closing. There are not too many pubs in that area, so I'm sure it will be a success. Southchurch Steve
  • Score: 5

2:29pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Qwerty1982 says...

Drove past yesterday and it looks really nice. Place was packed and its set back from the road. Pic above maybe slightly deceiving.
Drove past yesterday and it looks really nice. Place was packed and its set back from the road. Pic above maybe slightly deceiving. Qwerty1982
  • Score: 4

4:27pm Mon 9 Jun 14

MilesBond says...

Never mind Saxon royalty.; considering where it's sited I'd have been tempted to call it Richard the Third.
Never mind Saxon royalty.; considering where it's sited I'd have been tempted to call it Richard the Third. MilesBond
  • Score: 10

4:42pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Bernard Fatsack says...

At least its not the eye sore the former Renault garage and the Access building were. You get lovely big brown tomatoes grown next to sewage farms I hear......
At least its not the eye sore the former Renault garage and the Access building were. You get lovely big brown tomatoes grown next to sewage farms I hear...... Bernard Fatsack
  • Score: 4

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