Monday, 21 August 2017

Local named best pub for fifth time

THE owners of a Henley pub are celebrating after winning a pub of the year title for the fifth time.

THE owners of a Henley pub are celebrating after winning a pub of the year title for the fifth time.

The Bird in Hand in Greys Road was awarded the honour by the South Oxfordshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale.

Graham and Celia Steward, who have run the pub for 22 years, previously won the title in 2006, 2008 and 2010 and 2014. They were presented with their latest award by branch members on Wednesday night.

Mr Steward, 68, said: “I’m very pleased to receive this award. You can’t apply for it, it’s done by people who drink beer. It’s nice that they recognise the effort we put in.

“When you get a pub you have to decide what you want to be and don’t be something of everything. Ours is very much a beer pub, we don’t do a lot of food. It’s a friendly local I suppose and we make people feel welcome.”

The couple bought the pub after Mr Steward was made redundant from his job as a typesetter. The pub has raised more than £40,000 for charity since then.

The Bird in Hand will now go through to the county finals.



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