Brakspear has reopened The Bull on Bell Street in Henley-on-Thames after an extensive refurbishment. This is the first major investment within its managed estate since it was rebranded as Honeycomb Houses last autumn.

Bull on Bell Street

The makeover, devised by Brakspear’s in-house design team, has created a stunning, extensive outdoor space behind the pub, now called The Courtyard, with a water feature, outdoor fireplace and a retractable roof.

The refurbishment has also created a private dining and meeting room, accommodating up to 22 guests. Five bedrooms have been added in an adjoining property, to complement the current four rooms in a townhouse behind the pub.

The new menu offers all-day dining, and of course there are Brakspear beers on the bar.

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Brakspear chief executive, Tom Davies, said: “The aim of this refurbishment was to turn The Bull into a haven away from the busy High Street, offering guests a space to enjoy a brunch, a coffee, a bite to eat, a pint after work, or a special occasion meal. 

“We’re delighted with the results, which make The Bull the perfect embodiment of the Honeycomb Houses ethos of ‘Our House, Your Home’, where guests are made to feel completely at home the minute they step through the door, thanks to an informal, welcoming environment and relaxed, attentive service offered by the team members.”

The Bull on Bell Street was Brakspear’s first managed pub when it opened in 2013 and stands on the site of the original Brakspear brewery, dating back to 1779.

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