Branch News

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

  • Branch Pub and Brewery News (March 2018) Monday 26 March 2018

    Pub news:

    The Unicorn, Kingwood Common, has new tenants, locals Rachel Salman and Alex Smith.

    Sam and Richard at the Reformation, Gallowstree Common, say they will not be renewing their lease in August as they want a break from the very busy life of running a pub. They have let Brakspear know now, so that new tenants can be found ahead of the summer season.

    The Queen Victoria, Henley, has recently closed at short notice.

    The Little Angel, Henley, has a new manager, John Thirlway.

  • Branch Pub of the Season for Winter 2017/18 Tuesday 23 January 2018

    The Branch Winter 2017/18 Pub of the Season is the The Catherine Wheel in Henley. Heather Harris is shown here holding the award that was presented by South Oxfordshire CAMRA Branch Chairman David Cooper.

  • Branch Pub and Brewery News (January 2018) Friday 19 January 2018

    Pub news:

    The Wallingford Arms, Didcot, closed around four years ago – it was in a poor condition then, and presumably has deteriorated further, and looked ripe for demolition for housing. So it’s a welcome surprise to see that it’s having a major refurbishment, presumably in advance of reopening.

    The Fox Inn, Cane End, closed as a pub some years ago and has since been a variety of mainly unsuccessful Asian restaurants. A Wargrave developer has submitted a planning application to SODC to demolish it and build six houses.

    Landlord changes are imminent at our Autumn Pub of the Season, the Sun, Whitchurch Hill, and the the Town Arms, Wallingford; and there is a new manager at the Station House in Henley. There is a sign outside the Queen Victoria in Henley, advertising for a new tenant.

    Brewery news:

    Bell Street Brewery is producing Brakspear’s Mild as a January special.

  • Branch Pub of the Season for Autumn 2017 Sunday 17 December 2017

    The slightly belated Branch Autumn 2017 Pub of the Season is the The Sun at Whitchurch Hill. The licensees are Giles Langford and Nina Taraborrelli. Giles is shown here holding the award that was presented by Chairman David Cooper.

  • Save the Crown in South Moreton Sunday 17 December 2017

    South Moreton are seeking local support to save their village pub, The Crown. The previously Wadworth-owned pub was closed by the brewery in 2016, and has been threatened with conversion to a curry house, which thankfully never came to fruition. A property developer is now seeking planning permission to convert the site into three separate houses, and this has fuelled the local residents to fight to keep the Crown as their local pub.

    To keep up to date with news of the campaign and to register your interest, visit their website or Facebook page. All supporters are invited to a special community meeting taking place on January 13th 2018 at Hall Farm, Mill Lane, South Moreton, OX11 9AJ. There will be presentations and opportunities for questions, accompanied by a pig roast and licensed bar.