Category: Pub News

Landlord returns to popular pub

Landlord returns to popular pub

The Crown in Playhatch is welcoming back former landlord Ted Docherty just over a year after he left. Ted ran the Crown for just over ten years before deciding to focus solely on the White Hart in Nettlebed (also a Brakspear pub), which he’s ran since 2010. The Crown is due to re-open its doors…

White Hart supports community in crisis

White Hart supports community in crisis

The White Hart in Nettlebed near Henley is offering a range of grocery items for collection from the pub.  All transactions are done online to avoid close contact, and the village has created a rota to ensure that those able to collect are also doing so for more vulnerable people who have been advised not…

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…

Top marks for three pubs

Top marks for three pubs

Three Brakspear pubs have achieved a perfect score in the latest round of mystery customer visits.  Congratulations to the Blackwood Arms at Littlewood Common near Slough, White Horse in Kings Sutton near Banbury and the Tilbury in Datchworth, Hertfordshire. Both the Blackwood Arms and White Horse have scored 100% in a previous round of mystery visits,…

Brakspear haunted pub tour supports Mind

Brakspear haunted pub tour supports Mind

Brakspear haunted pub tour supports Mind   Brakspear’s annual Halloween tour of some of its haunted pubs in Henley sold out in record time this year and raised £260 for mental health charity Mind. The tour took place on Halloween night, with local clairvoyants David Eggleton and Jennifer leading the group of ghost-curious customers round…

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…

Hail the Ale!

Hail the Ale!

Congratulations to the Butcher’s Arms at Sonning Common, named as Pub of the Season for spring this year by CAMRA South Oxfordshire. Tenant Rob Blues said: “We weren’t expecting to win this title so it was a lovely surprise!  We take our cask ale seriously here, making sure that every pint we serve is in…

Brighton pubs scoop awards

Brighton pubs scoop awards

Two Brakspear pubs in Brighton took honours in this year’s Brighton Restaurant Awards, which were based on votes cast by 30,000 local people. The Pub of the Year accolade went to the Robin Hood. The Awards organisers said: “Chris and Anna have been familiar faces behind the pumps for more than 10 years. While society…

Milestone birthday at Hollybush

Milestone birthday at Hollybush

When Hollybush regular John Tingey reached his 90th birthday, the celebrations took place at the pub – naturally!  A BBQ and buffet lunch for 60 guests was followed by a special cake, baked by one of John’s granddaughters, in the shape of the pub with a figure of John – well-known locally for his Trilby…

A jewel of a beer! Brakspear brews Rhuby for EAT Food Fest

A jewel of a beer! Brakspear brews Rhuby for EAT Food Fest

Henley brewer and pub operator Brakspear has launched Rhuby, a rhubarb ale, brewed specially for the town’s new EAT Food Fest event that runs until 29 June. Brewed at Brakspear’s Bell Street microbrewery, Rhuby is a 4.2% ABV golden ale brewed with locally grown rhubarb. The result is a refreshing, pale gold beer with a…

The Tilbury reaches finals of top pub competition

The Tilbury reaches finals of top pub competition

The landlords of a local pub have reached the finals of the industry’s most prestigious competition. The Tilbury in Datchworth, near Knebworth, run by James and Tom Bainbridge, is one of just six pubs from across the country shortlisted for the BII (British Institute of Innkeeping) Licensee of the Year Awards, with the overall winner…

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…