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Brakspear Reports Results for 2019

Brakspear Reports Results for 2019

J T Davies & Sons, the parent company for Henley-based pub operator and brewer Brakspear, increased its turnover during the year ending 29 December 2019 by 11%, to £35.3m which generated record EBITDA before exceptional items of £10.0m up 15% on the prior year. Profit Before Tax was £6.4m up 18% on the prior year….

Brakspear presents final cheque to Mind

Brakspear presents final cheque to Mind

Pub operator and brewer Brakspear has presented a cheque for £31,296 to Mind, the leading mental health charity, after a year-long fundraising drive across the company’s 130 pubs. Brakspear’s pub and head office teams raised money in variety of ways, ranging from the simple but effective collection tin on the bar to events lasting a…

Brakspear purchases new pub in Cotswolds

Brakspear purchases new pub in Cotswolds

Pub operator and brewer Brakspear has purchased the Egypt Mill in Nailsworth, near Stroud. The historic pub offers dining, accommodation and a thriving wedding and functions business. A converted mill, the site dates back to the 16th century, and the restaurant overlooks the river running through the grounds. Each of the 32 bedrooms has been…

Rooms at the top! Brakspear wins national award for accommodation

Rooms at the top! Brakspear wins national award for accommodation

  Henley brewer and pub operator Brakspear has been named Best Accommodation Operator in the country after scooping the title at the Publican Awards 2020. The trophy was presented by comedian Rob Beckett at an awards ceremony in London. The Publican Awards, run by leading pub magazine The Morning Advertiser, are open to pubs across…

Local licensees celebrate 30 years with Brakspear

Local licensees celebrate 30 years with Brakspear

  The landlord and landlady at a local pub are celebrating 30 years of working with Henley pub operator and brewer Brakspear.  Graham ‘Curly’ Chandler and wife Jean at the Rainbow in Middle Assendon will hit the impressive service milestone on 30 January. The Chandlers started their hospitality career in January 1990 at the Coach…

Brakspear reaches finals of national competition

Brakspear reaches finals of national competition

Henley-based brewer and pub operator Brakspear has reached the finals of the Publican Awards 2020, a national competition that rewards the best operators in the UK pub industry. The company is through to the finals for Best Accommodation Operator, winners of which will be announced in March. The Publican Awards, run by leading pub magazine…

Celebrating 40 years in Wargrave

Celebrating 40 years in Wargrave

Jayne Worrall, tenant at the Bull in Wargrave, recently celebrated her 40th anniversary of first arriving in Wargrave, on 8 January 1980.  Jayne has been in charge of the Bull for 21 years on and off and won a number of awards in that time, including including Pub of the Year in 2003, which she describes…

Brakspear pubs gear up for Dry January

Brakspear pubs gear up for Dry January

Are you planning a Dry January? The good news is that an alcohol-free month doesn’t have to be a pub-free one, as Brakspear pubs in and around Henley will be offering a great range of no and low alcohol drinks and running promotions to make sure abstainers feel just as welcome as drinkers. The popular…

Brakspear managed estate reaches 15 with Maidenhead pub purchase

Brakspear managed estate reaches 15 with Maidenhead pub purchase

Pub operator and brewer Brakspear has purchased the Golden Ball near Maidenhead, taking its managed estate up to 15 sites. The Golden Ball is sited in Pinkneys Green, a village outside Maidenhead. The pub has seating for 110 customers inside as well as a large patio and garden. Food includes fresh hand-stretched pizzas, burgers and…

Top Brakspear tenants rewarded at annual awards

Top Brakspear tenants rewarded at annual awards

 Pub operator and brewer Brakspear has recognised licensees from eight of its tenanted and leased pubs at its 2019 Hospitality Awards. At an awards ceremony held at the Little Angel in Henley-on-Thames, the winning tenants were presented with a plaque and £500 – which Brakspear is doubling to £1,000 if they choose to spend it…

Jazz & Blues Week back for seventh year

Jazz & Blues Week back for seventh year

Winter’s approaching and the days are getting shorter, colder and greyer. So find cheer indoors with a pint of warming ale and some lively tunes in one of the local pubs hosting the Brakspear Jazz & Blues Week, returning for its seventh year. Running from 8-17 November, the festival features some amazing musicians across the…

‘Beer deal’ offered to Ed Sheeran as musician opens pub

‘Beer deal’ offered to Ed Sheeran as musician opens pub

Brakspear is offering musical mega star Ed Sheeran a ‘deal’ on a firkin or two of its flagship Brakspear Gravity ale for his new pub in west London. The Morning Advertiser reported that Sheeran has opened a pub on the Portobello Road, just a few months after he visited Henley-on-Thames and completed Brakspear’s Ale Trail. Brakspear…

Brakspear celebrates ‘Decade Club’ of long servers

Brakspear celebrates ‘Decade Club’ of long servers

Henley brewer and pub operator Brakspear recently hosted a celebration for members of its ‘Decade Club’ of landlords, landladies and head office staff with at least 10 years’ service.  In total, the 25 guests attending have racked up an impressive 294 years’ service with Brakspear. The special lunch, held at the Little Angel in Remenham,…

Brakspear reports results for 2018

Brakspear reports results for 2018

J T Davies & Sons, the parent company for Henley-based pub operator and brewer Brakspear, increased its turnover during the year ending 31 December 2018 by 12%, to £31.8m which generated EBITDA of £8.7m, up 13% on the previous year. Profit before tax over the same period was £5.4m,  representing a 12% increase on 2017….

Perfect score for two pubs near Henley

Perfect score for two pubs near Henley

The Rising Sun on Witheridge Hill and the Catherine Wheel in Goring have both scored full marks in a mystery customer visit. They were the only Brakspear pubs to achieve 100% in the latest round of visits and join a select group of just 16 pubs ever to get a perfect score in the eight…

Knock your socks off!  Free footwear with pints of Brakspear ale

Knock your socks off! Free footwear with pints of Brakspear ale

Selected Brakspear pubs in and around Henley are offering their loyal customers a new, limited-edition gift over the coming months. Anyone buying eight pints of any Brakspear ale, such as Brakspear Bitter or Oxford Gold, will be able to claim a free pair of smart striped socks, embellished with the iconic Brakspear bee. To receive…

Brakspear Golf Day back for third year on 26 April

Brakspear Golf Day back for third year on 26 April

  Golfers in and around Henley are invited to join the Brakspear Golf Day, which returns for a third year on Friday, 26 April at Henley Golf Club in Harpsden. The tournament is open to teams of four players, from any Brakspear pub. Only a limited number of teams can take part, so interested players…

Brakspear brings Christmas cheer to local residents

Brakspear brings Christmas cheer to local residents

    Brakspear helped to make Christmas Day special for a group of elderly residents in and around Henley, who enjoyed a festive lunch on the day organised by local group Community Spirit. Brakspear donated beer, wine and soft drinks for the lunch, held at Christ Church Centre and attended by more than 75 guests…

Brakspear adopts Mind as chosen charity

Brakspear adopts Mind as chosen charity

Pub operator and brewer Brakspear is supporting Mind, the leading mental health charity, for the next 12 months, with fundraising already underway in a number of their 130 pubs. Brakspear is aiming to raise £60,000 for Mind over the year as pubs and head office teams get behind the charity with a raft of fundraising…