The Odd One Out, Colchester

The Odd One Out, 28 Mersea Road, Colchester CO2 7ET

We’ve been going to The Odd One Out (on and off) for almost 30 years now!

Some would call it a ‘spit and sawdust’ pub, but if you spat on the floor, licencee John Parrick would have you out the door in a moment. He re-opened and re-named the pub in about 1986, and it was pretty much a single beacon of real ale light in those days.

John contributes an idiosyncratic column in the Colchester Beer Festival programme, and last month he was bemoaning the many external factors which were leaving the pub in ‘reduced circumstances’ of the financial kind. However, it has to be pointed out that the venerable Oddie hasn’t changed much in the 30 years since it opened, and whilst other pubs like The Victoria Inn and The New Inn in Colchester have come along and are attracting the punters and the plaudits and the awards, the Oddie now feels a little like a relic of bygone days.