Prospect Pubs & Bars to open fifth site

By Rebecca Weller

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Prospect Pubs & Bars: Dan Shotton and Mark Draper are adding to their portfolio of pubs
Prospect Pubs & Bars: Dan Shotton and Mark Draper are adding to their portfolio of pubs

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Prospect Pubs & Bars has announced it will open its fifth site, The Joiners Arms in Bloxham, Oxfordshire after major refurbishment and extension.

The pub operator, owned by Dan Shotton and Mark Draper, is expected to open in mid-January 2022.

Pubs & Bars director at Prospect Dan Shotton said: “We’re delighted to take ownership of The Joiners Arms and cannot wait to get this much-loved site back up and running again.

Old fashioned hospitality 

“The Joiners is a fabulous country pub of scale, and compliments well our other sites in the region, namely The Evenlode in Eynsham and The Royal Oak, Marlow.

“Across the Prospect Pubs estate, all our sites stand by the same ethos, we aim to create authentic British pubs that stand up for good old-fashioned hospitality, offer a warmth of welcome and embed themselves into the local community, in a nutshell, they’re pubs we would love to visit ourselves, and we can’t wait to put The Joiners Arms onto this list.”

The Joiners Arms, which is a Grade II listed property and is a stone’s throw from the Cotswolds, was originally built in the 16th​ century as an inn with courtyard and stabling to serve travellers that passed through the village and still retains many of the building’s original features.

Bringing history back for everyone to enjoy 

Inside will be space for 130 dining covers in a new orangery restaurant, alongside the current tables in the bar, snug and private dining room, as well as an extended 70-cover terraced patio outside with a garden and children’s play area and a menu serving locally sourced, seasonal dishes.

Shotton added: “Building work is almost complete at the site, and it has been fabulous to see so many of the original features of this historic building being bought back into the forefront for everyone to enjoy.

“With an accomplished General Manager, Sian Smith, already in position, and recruitment for the rest of the team well underway, we look forward to opening our doors to Bloxham and beyond in the new year.”

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