Oxfordshire pub regulars take over the reins

The Crown in Church Enstone. Photo courtesy of Colliers International
The Crown in Church Enstone. Photo courtesy of Colliers International

Former regulars at a pub in Oxfordshire have become its new owners - with a piece of icing from Sting's wedding cake set to make an appearance.

The Crown Inn at Church Enstone has been bought by George and Victoria Irvine, off a guide price of over £600,000.

George, an artist who runs George Irvine Fine Art, said: “Victoria and I live nearby and have been going to The Crown Inn for a long time.

"When we were told that it was being sold, Victoria and I looked at each other and we had a bit of a laugh at first about the idea however it soon became serious."

“The Crown is a lovely pub that is full of character, and we are both interested in food and wine.

“We want to preserve the existing character of The Crown and want to serve high quality locally-sourced pub food.

"We plan to showcase work from local artists and to feature interesting objects that work as conversation pieces.”

The 17th Century inn was voted 'best restaurant in The Cotswolds' in 2010 and 2011.

George added that one of those objects would be some icing off the wedding cake of the rock star Sting who married the actress Trudie Styler in 1992.

“As an art student I used to work in catering. I was a waiter at Sting’s wedding and saved a piece of the wedding cake from the bin in a jam jar,” he said.

“I’m planning to display it at The Crown. Who knows, Sting might even pay a visit to The Crown Inn!

“We’re also planning to display objects that celebrate the locality, such as nearby RAF Enstone, which was a bomber command operational training unit for Wellington bombers during the Second World War.

"It would be nice to display some old photos of the men and women.”

Real estate services company Colliers International brokered the sale and director Peter Brunt said: "The Crown offered traditional charm in an idyllic Cotswolds setting, together with opportunities for business expansion.

“The Crown is a perfect Cotswolds pub, with a log fire in the inglenook and beamed ceilings, a cosy garden as well as a terrace which looks out onto the village and its honey-coloured stone cottages.

“It is already operating on a sound business basis, but there is potential to develop the business further and George and Victoria already have numerous ideas, plus the enthusiasm and energy to realise them.”