Local couples celebrate ‘pubby love’

The Bull on Bell Street in Henley added some fizz to a local couple’s Valentine’s Day celebrations by giving them a bottle of pink champagne as winners in the Brakspear ‘Pub Love’ competition.

Richard Pinches and Liz Madgwick-Howard were presented with their bottle of Laurent Perrier Rosé at the Bull on Bell Street, the pub where their romance started a decade ago.  Richard entered the Pub Love competition on Facebook, writing, “My life changed for the better when I first saw my lovely Liz in the Bull in 2008. It was certainly love at first sight for me. We spend every anniversary in the Bull and this year will be 10 years!”

Richard and Liz were one of around 20 couples who won a prize in the Pub Love competition, by sharing their stories of ‘pubby love’ on social media, including David Nimmo-Smith who met wife Jill on a ‘chance encounter’ in the Anchor on Friday Street, 40 years ago.  Local winners also collected prizes from Henley pubs the Old Bell, Row Barge, and Rainbow at Middle Assendon.

Emma Sweet, Brakspear marketing manager, said, “We were delighted to hear so many stories of love blossoming in our pubs, and very happy to make our winners’ Valentine’s Day celebrations extra-special this year.

“The response proves that, despite the rise in online dating, the pub is still the starting point of plenty of lasting relationships.  Long may that continue!”

Prizes offered to the winners of the Pub Love competition included a Pinkster G&T for two, a bottle of Laurent Perrier Rosé, and generous hamper containing a bottle of Pinkster Gin plus some other goodies.

Caption: Liz Madgwick-Howard and Richard Pinches collect their bottle of champagne in the Bull on Bell Street