NEW TENANTS APPOINTED FOR THE ABINGDON ARMS
Beckley & Area Community Benefit Society has appointed new tenants for The Abingdon Arms. This is great news for The Abingdon Arms and our community.
Our new tenants are a fantastic team: Aimee Bronock, Tom Bronock and Joe Walton. Yes, they are sister and brother, and Joe is a longstanding friend. They have all grown up in Oxfordshire and worked together before. Aimee has been running the family business in Buckinghamshire, which is now in the process of being sold. Aimee’s partner runs a successful pub in South Oxfordshire where for some years she has worked both front and back of house. With business partners Nick Ford and Casey Small, Tom is director of a local live events company (The Cocktail Service). He ran Joe Perks bar and he is now tenant at The Globe in St Clements, Oxford. Joe is head chef at The Globe and has previously worked, among other places, at The Crown in Woodstock and The Anchor in North Oxford. Aimee, Tom and Joe are 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.
Aimee – front of house – and Joe – head chef – will run the pub day-to-day and Tom, Nick and Casey will be key supports, especially while setting up the business. Aimee, Tom and Joe are very much pub people and are looking to make a real success of The Abingdon Arms. They are going to create a strong food-led business that caters for the community as well as the wider area so that eating at The Abingdon Arms will be affordable for all as well as a place for special occasions.
They are looking to 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. They are passionate about making the most of all the amazing local produce that can be found in Oxfordshire and to put this ethos at the centre of their plans for both the food and drinks at The Abingdon Arms.
Our new tenants would like to work with local groups and the community to consolidate the pub as a community asset – like featuring an artist of the month and running events for children and families. They will also offer teas and coffees to those wishing to use the pub as a meeting place or group venue, initially in pub hours but eventually extending this café function. In short, they are keen to make The Abingdon Arms a community pub that is welcoming, comfortable, and a place we all want to use.
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Aimee, Tom, Joe and their team to our community, and to wish them every success.