The Mole Trap pub, Essex


The Mole Trap - now under new ownership.

Openning hours: Monday and Tuesday closed. Wednesday and Thursday 12 to 10pm. Friday and Saturday 12 to 11pm. Sunday 12 to 9pm.

This much-loved pub was recently at risk but has now been saved which will be good news to all those who have discovered this hidden gem of a traditional pub still set in a very rural location.

The message from the new landlord says it all:

"My name is Daniel Teden and I have recently acquired the Mole Trap pub. 

My family and I plan to bring back to the community a warm local pub serving quality British food and drink and hope to offer jobs for local people as well as a friendly welcome to all villagers and visitors. I can assure you that all the refurbishment work will maintain the traditional style of the building. 

If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly via my email

My family and I are looking forward to being part of the community and welcoming you for a drink and a bite in your new Mole Trap in the very near future".

Keep up to date and see more mouth watering images at the pub's facebook page here: The Mole Trap Pub - Home | Facebook




  • Outdoor eating area

Establishment Features

  • Beer Garden
  • Dogs welcome

Parking & Transport

  • On Site Car Parking

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From Epping: Travelling north through the High Street turn right into Stonnards Hill opposite the War Memorial. Follow this road as it becomes Coopersale Street to the end of the road. At the t junction turn left into Mount Road and continue under the M11 and along the road turning at the first left into Banks Lane. The second on the right is Tawney Common and will take you to the Moletrap.

Public Transport Directions

There is no direct public transport to the Moletrap. The nearest village is Toot Hill. However for those travelling on the Epping Ongar Heritage Railway, it is a 40 minute walk, much through ancient woodland. It is also a fiftenn minute diversion from the Essex Way on the section between Coopersale and Toot Hill.

From North Weald Station: Walk down the road from the station to the High Street and turn left and first left into Kiln Road. Walk up Kiln Road, under the railway bridge and continue until the road becomes a path continuing to the right as the road forks and becomes private access to the left. Follow this path into High Wood. You now travelling along an ancient track. About two thirds of the way through the forest the Essex Way crosses. Continue straight ahead and emerge from the wood onto Mountwood Lane. At the end of this road turn left into Banks Lane and continue to the junction with Tawney Common on your right just after a bend. There is verge to walk along next to the field on the righthand side. Walk down Tawney Common and the Moletrap is on the left.

Off the Essex Way: Travelling from Coopersale, walk through Gernon Bushes and over the M11, along the edge of Posternlane Spring Wood and into Birching Coppice woods. As you enter High Wood take the path crossing and go right and follow the directions above. The junction is marked with posts and arrows.

The Mole Trap


Tawney Common, Theydon Mount, Epping, Essex, CM16 7PU

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