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.
As Oakman Inns & Restaurants has grown as a company, we have become more aware of what impact we have on the world around us.
Over the years we have made several simple changes to the way we run our businesses to lessen our impact on the environment. From sustainably sourcing our fish to removing all plastic straws from our business and beyond; we aim to leave things a little better than we found them.
It has been widely acknowledged that Oakman Inns was the first multiple-site pub group to end the use of plastic straws across their 20 plus units. This initiative, which marked Earth Day 2017, set the example across the hospitality industry leading to the removal of millions of plastic straws from the environment. The company has also joined the REFILL scheme where anyone can come into an Oakman Inn and have their water bottle refilled free of charge.
The Cherry Tree – named after the town’s legendary Cherry Fair – is a sensitive and elegant restoration and extension of a two-storey, Grade II Listed house, converted from an old, closed residential care home. The opening was marked by the town’s Mayor, Cllr Jeremy Rawlings pulling the first pint at last week’s VIP Party.
The pub company envisaged by Oakman Inns’ CEO, Peter Borg-Neal, ten years ago is proving to be not only resilient in the current market but is continuing to successfully expand its operations. The Oakman vision was the creation of individual, welcoming all-day pubs that embodied their historical values but which operated at the higher standard expected by modern consumers. Coupled with a strong community involvement, the Oakman brand is generating some impressive growth.
8th March 2018: The sound of clinking champagne glasses were heard the other night on Amersham’s Hill Avenue as the town’s latest – and largest – bar and restaurant, The Beech House, opened its doors.