Wednesday, 22 August 2018
A TOWN centre pub in Henley has reopened under new management.
The Station House, in Market Place, was back in business on Friday (26) under the tenancy of restaurateur Darren Gillett.
The Brakspear pub has been closed since February when the previous landlord Christian Evans terminated his tenancy for personal reasons.
Head chef Marianne Wit, who worked with Mr Gillett at a number of restaurants in London, has designed a menu based on “small plates”.
A private opening was held on Thursday last week for regulars and neighbours to try the new menu.
Mr Gillett has been getting the pub ready since the start of November.
He said: “It has been a very anxious but nervous time. Every time I have had the door open people have been wandering in asking when we are opening.
“Christmas is a difficult time to start because you’re straight into a busy part of the year and I am sure we will overcome that.
“We want to try and make people feel welcome and a good place to be.
“The idea with the small plates is to come in and eat what you want, come in and have three plates or five plates. If you want one, that’s fine, we want to serve everyone.”
Since Mr Gillett came to the pub he has added new furniture and touching up parts of the building.
He added: “We want all areas of the pub to be used, not just the bar, and we have spent quite a bit getting it ready and refurnished.”
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