ASK Tom Davies what his passion is and, without hesitating, he says it’s his business.
He is the chief executive of pub company Brakspear, which has had a presence in Henley for almost 300 years.
Mr Davies has been at the helm for the last four years during which time the company has been criticised over the closure of pubs, the price of beer and the profit margins it demands of its tenants.
Yet last week, the company was named the best tenanted and leased pub company in the country at The Publican’s Morning Advertiser Awards.
“We’re just a small family company trying to run a good, honest business,” says Mr Davies. “It’s not this big, bad wolf that everybody seems to think we are.