The 19th-century pub, which has been closed for just under a month to accommodate building work, is a popular haunt for the city’s real and craft-ale drinkers.
The collaboration between Stoke-on-Trent’s Titanic Brewery, Everards of Leicestershire and Oxfordshire’s White Horse, will see a vastly expanded collection of beers on offer at the Royal Blenheim.
Steve Hay, the new manager of the Royal Blenheim, commented: “The Royal Blenheim is an attractive city-centre pub and simply needed to be up-dated.
“It attracts a loyal clientele and we wanted to retain the traditional ambiance in the pub while making minor alterations to reconfigure the bar area and upgrade the fittings and furniture.
“The pub has a reputation for the quality of its beer and features in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
“With the refurbishment taking place, we felt it was also a great time to give our food offering a bit of a shake up too.
“We have re-launched with a new menu which will include; pub classics, light bites and ‘dirty fries’. The menu also includes dishes for those on vegetarian, vegan and gluten free diets.”
The partnership is an updated version of Project William, an initiative that began in the late 1990s with Everards and Titanic working together to reopen pubs and grow the Titanic brand in it’s Staffordshire heartland.
Titanic Brewery’s owners, brothers David and Keith Bott, are also shareholders in the White Horse Brewery.
David Bott commented: “Buying pubs in this way makes perfect sense for smaller breweries.
“As a larger brewery, Everards has the buying-power and, at Titanic, we have the knowledge of opening and running successful community pubs.
“White Horse has a reputation locally for good beer and they now have a strong presence in Oxford city centre through the Royal Blenheim, while Titanic and Everards gain a presence for beers such as Iceberg, Plum Porter, Tiger and Sunchaser.
“The Royal Blenheim pub is a stunning looking city-centre building, steeped in history, and the current refurb is providing customers old and new with an interior to match.”
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