About the Blue Boar

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Our Story

History begins in the 1400s


Charming Guest Rooms

Many of our rooms have been refurbished in an elegant style equipped with all modern comforts for a relaxing stay.


Lively, Cosy Bars

With roaring fires in Winter and served by an onsite brewery, it’s the perfect setting to sample real ales and socialise with family and friends.


Live Music and Events.

With large areas to entertain, the Blue Boar has a packed diary of live music events and visiting bands for guests to enjoy.


Host your event here!

Versatile and vibrant function rooms to hire for parties and events, with ideal spaces for large gatherings or intimate meetings.



The Blue Boar Hotel dates back to the second half of the 14th Century. Beyond the Georgian frontage is the oldest part of the complex which is timber framed along the courtyard.
It was built by an English aristocratic family by the name of the De Veres who were headed by the Earl of Oxford for centuries. The De Veres crest incorporated the device of a blue boar invoking the family name (‘verres’ is the Latin word for ‘boar.’)
The family lived in the Blue Boar as an occasional residence, supplementary to their main seat at Castle Hedingham. In the 1750s the Blue Boar was a stopping off point for the Maldon stage ‘fly’, a coach which ran between Southminster and Aldgate and London.
By the turn of the century the Blue Boar was kept by Sarah Elizabeth Hickford and was one of two principal coaching inns in town, the other being the old King’s Head.





What can I say…lovely accommodation, clean, very comfortable and quirky rooms. Wedding reception room was excellent and extremely helpful staff. Breakfast was very good with a good choice on the menu.

Chris H


Booked 40th Birthdays party in the long room at the Blue Boar, what can I say absolutely fantastic. Room was perfect, staff also couldn’t have been more helpful and the hotel and courtyard were absolutely incredible.

Cherie H


My partner and I have just spent two nights at this delightful and quirky hotel, where the staff are polite and extremely helpful. Breakfast was delicious and served by efficient and attentive staff.



A charming experience of everything that an old coaching house should be. Wonderful paintings on the walls, sloping floors. An unpretentious cosy hotel with very friendly and helpful staff.