Red Oak Taverns renovates the Horseshoes pub

By Gary Lloyd contact

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Over the moon: licensees Liz and Roy Brown
Over the moon: licensees Liz and Roy Brown

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Multiple operator Red Oak Taverns has renovated the Horseshoes pub in Blunham, near Bedford, to the delight of its licensees.

The venue has received a complete refurbishment inside and out. The family-friendly community pub had been opened up inside, converting two bars into one open-plan room with new décor, flooring, carpets, furniture, wood burning stove and upgraded bar. 

High bar seating and tables take advantage of what was an unused area.  Outside, the large garden has been renovated and now includes a large patio area with lit pergola and lots of seating as well children’s climbing frame and equipment.

Completely transformed

Business development manager for Red Oak Taverns, David Elder, said: “This lovely village pub has been completely transformed. Being the only pub in the village it’s central to the community and we are really pleased that the new look has gone down so well with the locals and new customers alike.”

Liz and Roy Brown have operated the pub for 10 years.  Liz said: “We are over the moon with the refurbishment.  It has given us and the pub a new lease of life. Red Oak have been wonderful and nothing has been too much trouble.  Now we have a bright and comfortable pub that the whole village can enjoy.”


Since the refurbishment Liz and Roy have held a family fun day to showcase the pub and garden, introduced cocktails and have regular food vans that serve different food. They have their second wedding booked at the pub next year and are receiving plenty of bookings for family parties and celebrations.

Cask ales added

Red Oak Taverns, which was founded in 2011 by Aaron Brown and Mark Grunnell, recently renovated the Old Shepherd in Hertfordshire​, in conjunction with operator Scott McGarvie. Along with all-new furniture and an outside overhaul, the bar now offers a selection of cask ales.

Back in March, Red Oak recapitalised its business​, allowing it to make its first purchase of the calendar year, with the acquisition of the Vine​, in Worthing, West Sussex.

Red Oak Taverns comprises 206 mainly leased and tenanted pubs, which are mainly concentrated in the south, south-west, north-west and the Midlands.

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