Saracen’s Head triumphs at Brakspear Golf Day

A team from the Saracen’s Head in Henley teed their way to victory in the annual Brakspear Golf Day, held on 27 April at Henley Golf Club.

Fifteen teams took part in the tournament, which returned for a second year by popular demand.  The event was hailed a success by all 60 golfers, and by Marie Curie, Brakspear’s charity partner, who raised close to £400 on the day by running a ‘closest to the pin’ competition on the seventh hole.

The teams of four players each, came from Brakspear pubs across Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Local pubs the Reformation at Gallowstree Common and the Angel on the Bridge in Henley finished in the Top 5 for the second year running, alongside a team from Brakspear’s head office.

The Saracen’s Head team were rewarded with a generous haul of prizes from Brakspear, including two firkins of Brakspear Bitter for the pub – one for winning and one for a hole in one from Paul Hughes, on his first stroke of the day!  Each team member also received a mini-trophy, bottle of champagne and a voucher for two to play at Henley Golf Club.   Winners and second placed teams also received some Brakspear beer, as well as other prizes which also went to the third-placed team, and to the player who hit the longest drive.

Colin Roberson, licensee at the Saracen’s Head, said, “Thanks to Brakspear for organising this great event.  We had a tremendous day – obviously winning made it extra special for us but it wasn’t all about the competition, more a chance for us to treat a few of our regulars and enjoy the day with other Brakspear landlords and customers.

“It was also great to see a good sum of money raised for Marie Curie, a worthy charity that we’re all supporting at the Saracen’s Head; we’ve raised more than £1,000 through various activities in the pub.”

Tom Davies, Brakspear chief executive, said, “It was a pleasure to bring the Brakspear Golf Day back for a second year and bring together landlords and customers to enjoy great golf, beer and food and the company of fellow golfers.

“It was good to see customers playing for the Brakspear Golf Shield, and I know it will be occupying pride of place in the Saracen’s Head for the next year.  This affection from regulars for their local is what makes our pubs so special and the Golf Day is a great way to reward those customers, and our landlords.”

The Top 5 pubs

  • Saracen’s Head, Henley
  • The Reformation, Gallowstree Common
  • The Barleycorn Inn, near Marlborough, Wiltshire
  • The Angel on the Bridge, Henley
  • Brakspear head office team

The Brakspear Golf Day will return on Friday 26th April and anyone interested in taking part should email