Henley Standard Property
HOME

Date:

Order your copy Advertise with us! HENLEY PAGES
Delivering the news from Henley on Thames and South Oxfordshire for over 100 years
  News     Sport    Celebrity   What's On Regulars Community Info Henley Standard TV Lifestyle Property Jobs Classifieds Gallery Trade
                               Follow us    Follow us    Newsfeed Search the Henley Standard  
Two pubs doors open in same week
Published 26/11/12



TWO new pubs will open in Henley market place over the next few days, writes Janine Rasiah.

The Henley Brewhouse, which is in the former police station, opens for business today (Friday) and the Queen Victoria, formerly known as The Victoria, will open next Saturday (December 1).

The Brewhouse was officially opened last night when Olympic rowers Alex Gregory and Zac Purchase by pulling the first pints.

The pub has seated booths in the former police cells as well as a glass-walled micro-brewery which will produce three beers and up to 2,000 pints a week.

The pub is owned by business partners David Bruce and Clive Watson, who used to own the Capital Pub Company before selling it to Greene King for 93million last year.


Mr Bruce, who lives in Hungerford, said the business would need to prove itself following objections from residents living near the pub.

He said: “We have make sure that everyone has a lovely time and to prove to everybody that it is a good thing. We are very pleased with it and hope it goes down well.

“Transforming what was a proper police station where people were banged up into a working pub is a great achievement.”

Mr Bruce welcomed the Queen Victoria opening, saying: “I genuinely hope they do well because I think it will be a very nice reason for people to come up to the top end of town away from the river.”

The Queen Victoria will be run by Simon Rolls, 28, and his partner Renee, 30.

They previously managed Mr Rolls’ parents’ pub, the Allied Arms in St Mary’s Butts, and hope to replicate its success.

They plan to create a traditional real ale venue and will offer two ales from Loddon Brewery alongside offers from other local breweries.

The pub has been refurbished and Mr Rolls hopes this help improve its reputation.

The Victoria was closed in April following a licence review over 65 breaches in five years.

Mr Rolls said the name was not inspired by the pub EastEnders with the same name and said he didn’t watch the TV soap.

“We want to bring back a more tradtional feel to the pub,” he said. “We thought the Queen Victoria sounded quite nice and had a bit of a ring to it.”

He welcomed the competiton from the Henley Brewhouse, saying: “That never hurt anyone and I think it’s going to help us more than anything.

“Hopefully, real ale is going to become quite a thing in the town. Most of the other pubs in Henley are Brakspear’s so there isn’t as wide a choice as there could be. I think it is brilliant for the town and it’s just what Henley needs.”

Published 26/11/12

MOST POPULAR
Sue Ryder snubs Townlands Hospital move
Mayor in meeting walkout
Drivers let off parking fine after council blunder
Sir Steve Redgrave elected chairman of HRR
Penguin stolen from charity shop window
Empty shop window is filled with goodies
A reindeer on a bike - only in Henley
Sue Ryder’s U-turn on Townlands relocation
LATEST NEWS HEADLINES
Post office runs out of Christmas stamps
Christmas Nativity delivered by train
Pupils helping to protect soil
A night at the museum - Living Advent Day 19
Signed sealed delivered - Advent Day 18
Women of Achievement Awards launched
MP backs opposition to care home rebuild
New head appointed at Oratory
Hooked on Panto - Living Advent Day 17
Drivers let off parking fine after council blunder
Call for over-60s Club to be rebuilt
Singing siblings 'Let it go' - Advent Day 16
Latest Video View more from   Henley Standard TV
ADVERTISE WITH US
LATEST SPORTS HEADLINES
Reading FC sack manager Nigel Adkins
Unbeaten run ended at Worthing
Late strike secures the points for Mapledurham
Henley Town win through on penalties
Impressive Henley crews bag nine wins
Top Videos
 
Most Popular
 
 
 
 
Higgs Group
HIGGS GROUP
Tel: 01491 419400
www.higgsgroup.co.uk
HENLEY PAGES
Tel: 01491 419419
www.henleypages.com
HIGGS PRINTING & DESIGN
Tel: 01491 419429
www.higgsprinting.co.uk
HIGGS OFFICE SUPPLIES
Tel: 01491 419499
www.higgsofficesupplies.co.uk
HENLEY LIFE MAGAZINE
Tel: 01491 419449
www.henleylife.co.uk
HIGGS GROUP, Caxton House, 1 Station Road, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AD.

Cookie Policy | Copyright and Terms | Competition Rules | Contact Us | Advertise with us | Site Map
© Higgs & Co (Printers) Limited 2013  |  Registered in England number 1418717