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New design for iconic Brakspear beers

New design for iconic Brakspear beers

A much-loved Henley icon gets a new look today (5th June) with the relaunch of Brakspear Bitter and Oxford Gold in all Brakspear pubs selling the popular beers. Brakspear Bitter is renamed Brakspear Gravity, in a reference to the ‘double dropping’ system used to brew the ale, when it flows under gravity from its initial…

Brakspear adds ‘iconic Oxfordshire pub’ to managed estate

Brakspear adds ‘iconic Oxfordshire pub’ to managed estate

Pub operator and brewer Brakspear has purchased the Nag’s Head in Abingdon, as the 14th pub in its expanding managed estate. The Nag’s Head is a historic riverside pub in the town centre with a reputation for excellent food and drink. The Nag’s Head sits halfway across Abingdon Bridge on its own island, with extensive…

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…

‘Battle of the Wellingtons’ at Brakspear Golf Day

‘Battle of the Wellingtons’ at Brakspear Golf Day

The recent Brakspear Golf Day saw two ‘Wellingtons’ battle for top place, with the team from the Wellington Arms in Sandhurst narrowly beating the Duke of Wellington, Twyford on a tie breaker. Both teams scored 93, but the Wellington Arms won on countback,  achieving a better score – by just one point – on the last…

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…

New wine-focused bar and dining offer to open in Henley

New wine-focused bar and dining offer to open in Henley

  Hof’s offers handcrafted wines and education Hof’s, the newest addition to Henley’s thriving food and drink scene, is set to open its doors on Saturday 13 April on the site of the former Station House pub on Market Place. The brainchild of South African wine guru Christopher Hof, the new Brakspear-owned venue will offer…