The Abingdon Arms
The Abingdon Arms is owned by the 280 members of the Beckley & Area Community Benefit Society. The pub is now run by a local partnership: Aimée Bronock, Tom Bronock, Casey Small, Nick Ford and Joe Walton. It is a free house with a bar, restaurant, and beautiful garden with incredible views over Otmoor and the local RSPB reserve.
a bit of history
The Abingdon Arms is a beautiful 17-century pub right in the heart of Beckley, to the northeast of Oxford. It was frequented by some literary greats: Evelyn Waugh famously drowned his sorrows at The Abingdon Arms on hearing that he’d got a third in his Oxford finals. And the view from the pub across the chequered fields of Otmoor is supposed to have inspired Lewis Carroll’s giant chessboard in “Alice through the Looking Glass”.
Brother and sister, Aimée and Tom Bronock, and long-standing friend Joe Walton have all grown up in Oxfordshire and worked together before. Alongside Nick and Casey, they will run The Abingdon Arms and take on the tenancy. Tom, Nick and Casey are directors of a local live events company, The Cocktail Service. They ran Joe Perks bar and are now tenants at The Globe in St Clements, Oxford. Joe was head chef at The Globe and has previously worked, among other places, at The Crown in Woodstock and The Anchor in North Oxford. Aimée has been running the family business and has worked in pubs both front and back of house. Aimée, Tom and Joe were looking for a new venture and have a soft spot for the Abingdon Arms as they used to cycle from Oxford to Beckley for pub lunches. They are very much pub people and want to make a real success of The Abingdon Arms.
our food and drink
The tenants are passionate about making the most of all the amazing local produce that can be found in and around Oxfordshire and to put this ethos at the centre of their plans for both the food and drinks at The Abingdon Arms. They stock several different ales and lagers with featured guest ales from different local breweries as well as a varied selection of wines, craft gins, other spirits and a good range of soft drinks. The menu is ever-changing and has a good range of specials. Come and try it out!