"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
Orwells in Shiplake, near Henley-on-Thames, has been shortlisted for an award by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). The restaurant, part of the Brakspear estate, is run by chefs Ryan Simpson and Liam Trotman, and is the only finalist from Oxfordshire, selected from hundreds of eateries around the country. Winners are announced on 23 February.
Loyal Brakspear drinkers were rewarded recently when the brewer and pub operator threw a party for those who completed one of its Ale Trails in and around Henley during 2014.
Henley brewer and pub operator Brakspear has brought back Old Ale, one of the favourite beers from the original Brakspear brewery in the town. The ale is now being brewed at the Bell Street Brewery, the microbrewery which opened in 2013.