Branch News

Here is the latest news about pubs and breweries in the branch area.

  • Branch Pub and Brewery News (September 2018) Sunday 30 September 2018

    Pub news:

    The Chequers, Aston Tirrold has reopened as ‘The Fat Frog at the Chequers’.

    The Cherry Tree, Stoke Row, has new licensees and is currently very busy. They are selling hand-pumped cider.

    The Leatherne Bottel, Goring, has reopened as a restaurant.

    Brakspear has delisted the Crown, Nuffield, from its pub list, is in the process of making the Four Horseshoes, Checkendon, fully residential, and is advertising for a new tenant at the Cross Keys, Wallingford. On a more positive note, Brakspear has indicated that the Rising Sun, Highmoor, is in the process of acquiring a new tenant.

  • Branch Pub and Brewery News (August 2018) Monday 3 September 2018

    Pub news:

    The Mulberry, Didcot opened on 2nd July. Initial reports indicate that the refurbishment has been well executed and three ales were on sale: Good Old Boy, Abingdon Bridge and Roundhead.

    The Crown, Stadhampton, has closed: our current assumption is this is not permanent. This pub is owned by Hawthorne Leisure, i.e. the company created to take excess pubs from Greene King.

  • Branch Pub and Brewery News (June 2018) Sunday 1 July 2018

    Pub news:

    On 17th May there was a meeting of the people who have pledged to invest in the purchase of the Crown, South Moreton. This resulted in an increased offer to Worthmore Investments, which has been accepted.

    The Keep in Wallingford has installed a cider handpump, drawing the cider from a box under the bar.

    Ye Olde Leathern Bottel, Goring, closed on 13th May. It was once a pub but has been a restaurant, latterly Italian, for many years.

    Brewery news:

    Amwell Springs Brewery in Cholsey is installing a six-barrel plant, with support from Dave Maggs (ex-supremo of West Berks).

  • Branch Pub and Brewery News (May 2018) Tuesday 29 May 2018

    Pub news:

    The Cross Keys in Wallingford has reopened with the availability of quality real ale high on the agenda. Four cask ales sourced from the Marston's subsidiaries, including a weekly changing guest are currently available.

    The campaign to save the Crown, South Moreton, has raised pledges for £230k and this has enabled them to offer the current owner, Worthmore Investments, £340k. The balance would be made up with loans. However, this offer appears to have been turned down because another potential buyer has offered £450k.

    Our award of Pub of the Year to the Flowing Spring, in Playhatch, was generously covered in the Henley Standard, with a shorter article in the Reading Chronicle too.

    There are new tenants in the Cherry Tree, Stoke Row, and the Station House, Henley.

    Brewery news:

    Bell Street has produced a special beer to mark the Royal wedding – Hooray Harry at 4.1%.

    Amwell Spring in Cholsey is planning to produce cask ale in addition to the current bottled range.

    Loddon has a new mild – ‘Wilfreds’. The flavour is dryer than one would expect from a mild.