"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
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.
"We thought we'd maybe stay between three and six years," says Pat Thatcher, licensee with partner Tony Read at the Flower Pot in Aston. The fact that the couple will celebrate 23 years at the Brakspear pub on 21 January this year is testament to their natural talent as landlords, creating a welcoming, friendly environment for their diverse group of customers.
Brakspear pub the Little Angel in Henley-on-Thames has been named runner up in the 'Best Thames Local' competition.