THE new landlord of a Henley pub is to introduce a Saturday recovery club.
Rob Hooton has taken over the Bell in Bell Street following the retirement of long-serving landlord Bill Dobson.
Among his ideas is a Saturday lunchtime offer to those who might need to recover from the night before of egg and bacon rolls and tea of coffee accompanied by soft music in the background. Mr Hooton, 38, and his partner Pamela Myles, 48, came up with the idea after the New Year celebrations.
He said: I took over the pub close to New Year’s Eve and didn’t really have the time to plan something so we decided to hold something on New Year’s Day.
We put on some music and did bacon and eggs rolls with tea and coffee. It was very popular so we thought why not carry on? At the end of a long hard week it’s nice to have a bit of calm on a Saturday morning. The recovery club isn’t just for those who have overindulged, we’re expecting it to draw in others looking for sanctuary from a busy Saturday.
It could be husbands waiting for wives on a shopping trip, parents waiting for children playing sport or anyone who just fancies a great bacon sandwich in a peaceful environment.
Mr Hooton, who lives in Reading Road, has worked at the Brakspear pub since 2009 and previously worked alongside Mr Dobson at the former Queen’s Head in Duke Street. Before he moved into the licensed trade, he was a wine merchant for 10 years.
When he heard Mr Dobson was retiring, he immediately put his name forward.
He said: I want to build on what’s here already. Bill was here for a very long time and has a lot of kudos.
A lot of people take over pubs and change too much, losing their existing clientele. We want the pub to grow organically.