Hopefully you will get this in time to remind you of our village celebrations for the Queens Diamond Jubilee 2 and 3 June. BrightFest on the Rec is happening (on the recreation ground funnily enough!) on Saturday June 2 from 12 midday till late. There is loads going on, hopefully you have seen posters and heard about it around the village. (otherwise my marketing skills have gone seriously awry) . Then on Sunday 3 June we are having a street party outside the pub with a barbecue and accoustic live music, Come along, wear red, white and blue and party. On Monday we are providing a bar for the Earth Trust Beacon Lighting event on the Festival Field in Little Wittenham.
Just in case anyone doesn’t know yet, (!) we were awarded CAMRA’s Pub of the Year for South Oxfordshire in 2012. This was an amazing and lovely surprise. To be considered the best of 170+ pubs is praise indeed. CAMRA stands for The Campaign For Real Ale and looks for a good selection of well kept beers, good food and atmosphere. It seems we ticked all the boxes and for that I must thank all the staff as we are very much a team effort here.
A few months ago I said that we were intending to sell the pub as our planned five year tenure was coming to an end. Although we have had quite a bit of interest, the banks continued reluctance to lend to small businesses has curtailed any further progress. We haven’t yet approached any formal selling agents. In the meantime Ellie, our daughter, is going to manage the business after she graduates in June with Angus, our son, and me in supporting roles. Ellie has been very involved in the pub since we started, during her gap year and all university holidays and has already looked after the pub while we have been on holiday so it will just be an extension of that!! I hope you will give her the same support you have given me.
Remember to check our web site for information on events and happenings in the pub – I do quite well at keeping it up to date, and the photos are fun to look at http://www.redlion.biz/
Looking forward to seeing you soon,
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