What the reviewers say
A popular Maldon bar has scooped a top national award just one year after its opening. And already the OAKhouse – a Grade 2 listed bar café next to All Saints Church in the High Street is in line for a major expansion which could double its capacity.
OAKhouse manager John Linton collected brewer Greene King’s Sales Achievement Award for 2003/2004 at a gala dinner in Monte Carlo. A spokesman for the brewery described the business as a remarkable success story. “It is what marketing people call a chameleon bar because it changes at different times of day to suit a changing clientele” he said. But whilst most chameleon bars only change once from lunchtime to evening trading styles, the OAKhouse manages to transform itself almost hour by hour. During the morning this grade 2 listed, heavily beamed high street bar cafe attracts shoppers and tourists seeking coffee and snacks in a light, airy space opened to the street via a fully opening shop front. By lunchtime the bar is filled with a wide diversity of customers including office workers and shoppers. Fresh, tasty and beautifully presented food is served by well presented and helpful staff. The bar does a brisk trade in wines, cask ale and premium lagers. An afternoon of late lunches and lazy drinks fades into an early evening of after work quick pints and early evening rendezvous.
The style grows younger and livelier as the evening progresses, with clever lighting changes signalling the evolving mood. By the time the OAKhouse calls time the place has become a stylish night bar jammed with noise and laughter. The OAKhouse is a remarkable success story generating an impressive level of trade from a standing start just a year ago. It is the brainchild of an enterprising group of young entrepreneurs who all invested in opening a bar for the simple reason of wanting somewhere to drink that they really liked. Much of the credit however must be given to their young manager, John Linton, a Maldon local who has returned to his roots after learning the trade in London. His local contacts ensure the best staff and the best local produce, and his passion and enthusiasm for the venture are highly evident.
Excellent friendly staff, this is a great bar with a nice atmosphere. It makes a very pleasant change from some of the dated grubby pubs which need to close or sort their business out. It’s about time Maldon had a venue like this! It’s clean, the staff are friendly and professional and the atmosphere is good! It’s the ONLY place to go for a good weekend in Maldon and the bathrooms are clean too!! Makes a nice change to find a comfortable, clean, modern tastefully-decorated cafe/bar that isn’t part of a boring chain. (à la Café Rouge etc). Very helpful and friendly staff who make you feel welcome. As a single woman it is a relief to visit somewhere like this and not feel uncomfortable to have a quiet drink alone (although I have only been during the day) Fantastic home made soup and great fresh bread.
The OAKhouse is a great bar, far improved from the sorry state in which it was left by its previous owner, but thanks to much effort and commitment by the new owners it’s a brilliant place to be. The staff too are brilliant and very friendly. The cocktail bar also is a great asset to the OAKhouse. Excellent all round, plus the food during the day is to die for!
We know people of all ages who visit the OAKhouse regularly, day and night. The one thing they say is that the staff make everyone feel welcome. That makes a real difference.
At last a bar in Essex to rival any of the best Bar Cafe's in London. Friendly atmosphere on week nights and lots of fun Friday/ Saturday night. Best chilled Stella (served properly) I've tasted in this country.
Best venue in town by far. Opened in summer 2002 after extensive refurbishment, this bar has got it all. Enjoy great food during the day or go in the evening to relax and enjoy drinks in a friendly and lively atmosphere. A cocktail bar has recently opened upstairs, where you can enjoy refreshing drinks in superb surroundings.
The stylish modern decor complements the original oak beams and exposed brickwork brilliantly.
Great place to eat, drink, chat, relax and watch the world go by. Helpful staff, informal environment and excellent menu/food.
The OAKhouse in Maldon High Street is a great venue for a relaxing lunch/afternoon tea. We had a private function upstairs on a Saturday evening for my wife’s 60th birthday. The food was excellent as was the super attention to taking care of our every need. I would thoroughly recommend the OAKhouse as probably the best location in Maldon for food during the day, very comfortable bar in the evening and a great place to hold a private function/party. Visited July 2011