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Chelmsford Publican Receives Prestigious Award for Three Decades Service

One of Chelmsford’s longest-serving licensees – Steve Seagar of The Anchor on Moulsham Street – has received a prestigious award to mark his 30th anniversary at the historic pub.


The award from the pub’s owners – Star Pubs & Bars – recognises the contribution Chelmsford born-and-bred Steve has made to The Anchor and the city over three decades


63-year-old Steve took over The Anchor in 1992, having been a regular since his days as a student at Dovedales College, and says he has no intention of ‘calling time’ yet. Recalls Steve: The previous landlord ran The Anchor for 25 years before retiring, which seemed a lifetime to me at the age of 33. I never dreamed I’d stay this long. It was the pub’s very special atmosphere and fantastic customers that first attracted me all those years ago and that keep me here today.”


Amongst the oldest pubs in Chelmsford, The Anchor dates back to the 1500s and was a farmhouse before becoming a pub in the late 1700s. The building’s original oak beams and fireplace are still prominent features. 


Despite many changes to Chelmsford and its pub scene over the years, Steve has kept The Anchor thriving throughout. One of the last remaining regulars’ locals in the city centre, The Anchor serves no food and takes pride in its traditional décor. Known for a great pint, good chat and sports, the pub is a busy social hub that attracts local residents of all ages. Many have been regulars for years, and Steve is now serving his third generation of some Chelmsford families. 


Football-loving Steve has made The Anchor a centre for sports that benefits the community at large, too. The pub boasts indoor and covered outdoor screens showing BT and Sky Sports and is a popular viewing spot for major tournaments. To support grassroots sports, The Anchor has a pool table and darts throw, teams for pool, darts and football, and also sponsors Writtle Rugby Club.   


Adds Steve: “It’s the staff and customers that make a pub, and I couldn’t wish for better. Thanks to the regulars’ generosity, The Anchor has been able to donate thousands of pounds to important locals charities, such as Farley’s Hospice and Essex Air Ambulance. In the same spirit, they supported The Anchor throughout the pandemic, making sure it stayed afloat. I can’t thank them enough for their backing throughout the past thirty years and so many happy memories.”


Comments Star Pubs & Bars’ area manager Andrew Smurthwaite: “It’s an amazing achievement to keep a pub at the top of its game for so long and a great honour to present this award. The Anchor has stood the test of time, and it’s all down to Steve’s hard work and dedication. We wish him many more years behind the bar.”


Steve is not resting on his laurels and is gearing up for the World Cup. Says Steve:  “The Anchor has a loyal football following, and there’s always a brilliant atmosphere when there’s a big match on. We’ll be going all out to make it the next best place to being at the games in person.”