Friday, 24 September 2021

Landlady’s swipe at village as pub closes

A VILLAGE pub will close on Monday less than a year after new landlords moved in

A VILLAGE pub will close on Monday less than a year after new landlords moved in and will now be sold.

Graham and Jill Hughes say they have no option but to close the Bottle and Glass in Binfield Heath due to mounting losses.

Mrs Hughes said: “We are having to close due to lack of customers and the pub not being used by villagers. The business has lost mor than £35,000 in the last year.

“Graham will return to the workforce and I will concentrate more on my accounts business. We will miss the friends we have made but not the ‘politics’ which go on in this village.”

The couple took over the Brakspear pub in April last year after moving from Ascot.

Mrs Hughes had 12 years’ experience of working in hotel accounts and has also been a hospital administrator and used to run private clubs and pubs.

Her husband used to work in catering and also ran clubs and pubs but more recently had been working as a postman.

When they took over the pub, the couple said they wanted their own venture rather than working for other people.

The Bottle and Glass will close after the bank holiday tractor road run on Monday.

Brakspear said it would re-open the pub with a temporary landlord before putting it on the market.

Meanwhile, another Brakspear pub will re-open today (Friday) with a new look, name and management team.

The Bull in Bell Street, Henley, which had been trading under the name of Ko-Kos, closed in January for refurbishment.

Eighteen new staff have been taken on, including general manager Tuesdee Dixon, who was general manager at Heston Blumenthal’s Hinds Head in Bray for two years.

Assistant manager Sophie Kilgour also worked at the Hinds Head while chef Wayne Pegler worked with Marco-Pierre White at his Canteen restaurant in London.

The new-look pub, which is described as “traditional meets modern brasserie”, can seat 190 people. It will offer afternoon tea, lunchtime sandwiches and a more formal evening menu.

Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies said: “The Bull has been one of Henley’s best-known pubs for centuries and it has been a joy to restore it.

“We’re confident that it will quickly become a favourite among residents and visitors to the town, offering top- quality food and drink, a relaxed atmosphere and professional, attentive service.”

“We’re excited about the Bull, which gives customers another quality option for drinking and dining in Henley.”

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