The Horse and Groom is located on the corner of East Street and Upper East Street. A friendly and comfortable venue where you can come to enjoy an alcoholic drink, soft beverages, teas and coffees along with snacks and food specials of the day.

Come and sit in front of our roaring fire on a dismal day with a newspaper. Whilst on a summer day sit and relax in our comfortable garden. 

Our family team has just taken on the Horse and Groom after being in the capable hands of Jo and Andy. We very much want to build on their success in providing a comfortable, friendly atmosphere whilst encouraging discussion and banter.

Ashley Webb

Job Role: Pub Manager


Ash is an experienced publican and has been in the hospitality sector for many years. Ash is the licensee of the Horse and Groom and will overlook the day to day operations of the pub.

Ash is highly motivated to provide a traditional pub atmosphere and customer satisfaction, and is always ready to assist with customer requests.

Away from his pub duties Ash is a dedicated Liverpool supporter and follows Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL. A true sports fan, he will happily converse over a pint on the sports events of the day. 

Ash and Steph are partners and are expecting their first child in August

Stephanie Hawkins

Job Role: Media Manager/HR/Pub Protocols


Steph is experienced in the hospitality sector and is in charge of the organisational processes of the pub.

Steph has recently gained a degree in criminology with a 2:1 and is looking forward to welcoming customers old and new to the Horse and Groom. Steph is very bubbly and chatty and follows the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL. 

Keen to get the party started, Steph will be involved in the organisation and publicising of events put on at the Horse and Groom.   

Ash and Steph are partners and are expecting their first child in August


Job Role: Finance Manager


Laura is the finance manager for the business and will also be involved in the day to day running of the pub. Having been employed in both finance and care sectors, Laura is excited to be involved in this new venture.

Happy to help, Laura loves her bingo and quizzes. Laura also loves her soap opera's and TV talent shows.

Laura's favourite holiday destination is Florida and loves anything Disney.

Laura has two children, Stephanie and James with Kevin.



Job Role: General Manager


Kev has a background of mechanical and electrical engineering, having worked at Delphi and then TGA Mobility. This is a new venture for Kev but one he feels will be exciting. Kev has also run mobile discos for nearly 25 years. Kev will be responsible for the upkeep of the pub, as well as working alongside the others behind the bar.

Away from the business, Kev is an avid Colchester United supporter as well as following The New England Patriots. Kev also likes to play Golf .

Kev and Laura have been married for 16 years and been together for 26 years.   


jesse hAWKINS

Job Role: Pub Dog


Jesse is a 9 year old Cocker Spaniel. He is a lover of humans, especially when they give him food. Occasionally he can be grumpy around other dogs, though is good natured and loves nothing more than fuss and attention. Employed as the pubs crumbs cleaner he will be happy to see customers.