An 18th Century village pub has been given a modern feel with a new lounge area creating a more relaxing environment for customers.
The White Horse Inn, Wroxton has been operating since 1756 and the new area provides another comfortable space for its regulars to enjoy food and drink in a pleasant village setting.
Peter Thornhill is the landlord and has been running the pub with his partner Dianne Jenkins since April 2010.
He said: “The room has always been part of the pub since we moved in three years ago, but it had a couple of pool tables there and the pub had a decline in the number of teams we had.
“Fortunately, one of our regulars works for a carpeting company so we stripped the wallpaper and put some seating in. We want it to be a place where people can come in and have an area to eat and drink in all seasons.”
The couple have enjoyed a busy spell this year and serve a range of different pub food including homemade curry and chilli, fish and chips and scampi. They have customers from villages around Wroxton and from Banbury.
“We have people coming time and time again to our pub, and we serve food until 8pm on Sunday and 9pm every other day, so people can come in and get something to eat easily,” Mr Thornhill said.
“The pub is in much better shape than when we first took it on, the lounge area will hopefully provide a more modern feel, complementing the pub’s older period features.” The business has also become part of Wroxton’s community. It has a small room dedicated to the village’s history with photos and an information board. The pub also hosts various events throughout the year.
The next event on the calendar is Weird and Wonderful Wheels on Saturday, September 7. A collection of vintage and military vehicles will be displayed in the pub’s car park.
For more information about the pub, call 01295 675264 or visit www.thewhitehorsewroxton.co.uk