The widely reported acquisition of the former Refectory premises on Hampton Hill’s High Street (No 92) by one of the UK’s most-respected and fast-growing pub groups, Oakman Inns, promises a new start for the building in mid-November following a planned investment of over £1.1m to transform it into The Beech House Bar & Restaurant.
Oakman Inns are known for their fresh, flavoursome Mediterranean-inspired menu, which focuses on using carefully selected ingredients. At the heart of this menu lies the hand-crafted pizzas baked in traditional wood-burning ovens. Last week, Oakman Inns sent their head chefs, led by Chef Director Ross Pike, to Naples to discover for themselves, the secrets of an authentic Neapolitan Pizza.
Oakman Inns bought The Royal Foresters in Ascot in December 2016. Building work began in the autumn of 2017 and finally opened in July 2018. It was the most challenging projects that Oakman Inns has ever undertaken. Our 240 day time lapse shows the work and restoration behind the new Royal Foresters - reborn from the rubble.
In the heart of Ascot, the historic Royal Foresters has been refurbished, remade and redesigned. Step through the front door, beautifully framed by the ancient wisteria, into the fully restored original bar, with two period fireplaces adding that traditional pub feel. Through the glazed extension sits a spacious restaurant boasting an open kitchen, a hallmark of Oakman Inns, where guests can observe the chefs creating their meals using only the freshest, highest quality, responsibly sourced ingredients.
Following a reception on Thursday evening (26th July) for 450 investors, friends, neighbours and VIPs, the new owners of the Royal Foresters pub in Ascot had an official – and unusual - opening ceremony on Friday 27th July with the help of 14 Royal Foresters who work for the Crown Estate Forestry team caring for the nearby Windsor Forests.
On Tuesday night, 3rd July, at London’s Grosvenor House, Oakman Inns’ CEO, Peter Borg-Neal, was recognised with a Pub & Bar Award at the 35th Annual ‘Cateys’, one of the hospitality industry’s highest awards for pub operators. The same day Peter had agreed the acquisition of Oakman’s 25th pub site, Lock Fyne in Farnham, Surrey, which will be re-named The Lost Boy, referencing Peter Pan’s connection with Farnham.
The chairman and directors of Oakman Inns & Restaurants Ltd have issued a trading update for the first quarter of the current financial year.
Following a substantial and imaginative £1.9m restoration project, The Four Alls in Welford-on-Avon near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, re-opened for business on Friday 1st June after the new team entertained 300 guests to a s plendid evening.
Swanbourne Music Festival, affectionately nicknamed Betsey Fest by its followers, has announced their 2018 line-up for Buckinghamshire's very own August Bank Holiday family music festival taking place on Sunday 26th August.
Conor McKinney joined Oakman Inns five years ago as a Sous Chef at The Red Lion in Water End. Having never formally trained as a chef Conor speaks to us about his pathway into the hospitality industry, his progression to the role of Senior Operations Chef with Oakman Inns & Restaurants and how the company has helped shape his career.