"There is nothing which has been yet contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn."
Samuel Johnson 1709 - 1784
J T Davies & Sons, the parent company for Henley-based pub operator and brewer Brakspear, increased turnover during 2014 by almost 12%, to £19.9 million. Growth came primarily from the company's fledgling managed house division, where turnover increased by £2.1m to £3.6m, and from a 1% uplift in drinks volumes across the total estate.
An iconic Henley ale will be on sale at the UK’s biggest beer festival next month after local Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) members selected Brakspear Special, brewed at the town’s Bell Street Brewery, for the Great British Beer Festival at London’s Olympia.