Major refurb: Brakspear reopen the Bull, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Brakspear pub the Bull reopens after major makeover

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Multiple operator and brewer Brakspear has reopened the Bull on Bell Street in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, after an extensive refurb, the first major investment within its managed estate since it was rebranded as Honeycomb Houses last autumn.

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

Prospect Pubs & Bars to open fifth site

By Rebecca Weller

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

Tall order: the prestigious accolades are awarded to those who have made achievements in public life and committed themselves to serving and helping the country

Pub trade recognised in Queen’s honours list

By Nikkie Thatcher

A number of on-trade figures, including a Great British Pub Awards finalist, have been recognised among celebrities, hospital workers and footballers in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for their services to the industry and community.

The licensees of the Bell pick up their award


Hook Norton awards pub of the year

By James Evison

Hook Norton has awarded The Bell Inn in Adderbury as its pub of the year at a ceremony held at Towcester Racecourse.

BII: raises money for LTC

BII: get on your bike for the LTC

By Gurjit Degun

The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) is holding a charity motor bike ride to raise funds for the Licensed Trade Charity.

Good Food Guide: 25 gastropubs included

Swan scoops Good Food Guide readers' award

By Jo Bruce

The Swan at Southrop, Gloucestershire, has received the top award in Good Food Guide 2011 Readers' Restaurant of the Year award. The private lease...

Worrall Thompson: hitting out at council

TV chef rates low in Scores on the Doors

By Lesley Foottit

Celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson has blasted a council for awarding his gastropub just one star out of five under the Scores on Doors scheme.

Striker: launched in time for World Cup

Striker ale for Hook Norton

By Sonya Hook

Hook Norton is kicking off its summer seasonal selection with Striker, an ale to cheer on the England football squad. The 4.4% ABV ale is described...

Hook Norton: award winners

Hook Norton crowns its best pubs

By Ewan Turney

Rene Klein and Alison Saul of the Great Western in Aynho, Oxfordshire have been named Hook Norton's Best New Licensees. The pair were crowned at the...

The Lamb: under new ownership

Lamb at Buckland open under new owners

By Lesley Foottit

The Lamb at Buckland, Oxfordshire, has been re-opened by new owners — Richard and Shelley Terry and business partner Chris Green.

Shining Light: celebration beer

Hook Norton lights the way for school

By Sonya Hook

A beer celebrating a school's 150th anniversary has been created by Hook Norton Brewery in Oxfordshire. A Shining Light derives its name from...

Bebo: photos posted were not used as evidence

Punch denies Bebo used to shut pub

By Ewan Turney

Punch Taverns has denied that photos from a social networking site were used to shut one of its pubs on the grounds of underage drinking. Police said...

The Kingham Plough

The Kingham Plough

Kingham, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 6YD 01608 658327 thekinghamplough.co.uk What do you after you've been the sous chef at the best...



Paul Clerehugh Be prepared for unannounced visits from the tax man, warns the licensee of the Crooked Billet in Stoke-Rowe, Oxfordshire Recently I...

Pubs to pay for street smoking

Pubs to pay for street smoking

By John Harrington

Oxfordshire hosts have been told to pay £500 a year to have tables outside their pub - as part of a crackdown on street smoking ahead of the smoking...

Ladies' dining club

Ladies' dining club

Where: The Inn at Farnborough, nr Banbury, Oxfordshire How it works: Oxfordshire pub the Inn at Farnborough hosts regular special events to increase...

Jac Roper

Trade secrets - Masons' charms

By Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor talks to Bill Leadbeater, chef/owner of the Masons Arms in Swerford, near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. Garden We have a large garden at...

Chris Stone

Chris Stone

The White Horse Winterbourne Bassett Wiltshire "Because we are a tenancy, the brewery is doing our house licence for the first two years. We are...

Bottling jobs to go

Bottling jobs to go

Whyte & Mackay is closing its Leith bottling plant in Scotland as part of a reorganisation of the business, leaving 120 staff out of a job. The...