There’s the promise of a new lease of life for Warmington’s Wobbly Wheel as it undergoes a complete transformation.
The building last made the headlines in 2013 when fire crews from three counties teamed up to put out the flames in the nearby Premier Inn, which formed part of the hostelry.
Brunning and Price (B&P) acquired the property earlier this year and are renowned for their philosophy of turning back time by rescuing dilapidated historic buildings and transforming them into traditional pub restaurants.
The new building will now been known as The Falcon at Warmington and is set to open its doors on December 3.
B&P’s Managing Director, Mary Willcock, told us the inspiration came from the Falconry around the corner.
She said: “We romantically imagined that with the newly created panoramic views of the valley, our customers would enjoy seeing falcons soaring on thermals.”
Having now been stripped back to its original shell, the building is being refitted to an exceptionally high standard and will feature a central bar at its heart.
Several smaller, cosy rooms are being created and the old fireplaces have been opened up to bring back the warmth and atmosphere of the former country inn. The rear of the building will look out onto newly terraced landscaped gardens especially designed to enhance the stunning vistas over the surrounding countryside.
The original inn was built in the late 1700s by local carpenter Samuel Taylor, and has enjoyed various guises since then.
It was originally named The Hare & Dog, then The Plough and for over 150 years it was known as The Hare & Hounds before its former designation in 1970, The Wobbly Wheel.
The Falcoln joins the family of B&P pubs, which includes its sister, The Greyhound in Oxford and recent winner of the Oxfordshire Restaurant Award in the Public Vote category.
After nearly three years of managing this highly successful pub restaurant, Peter Palfi and his family have just moved to The Falcon to take up the reins, initially overseeing the final stages of the renovation.
Mr Palfi said: “We’re really looking forward to making this a fabulous place for the people of Warmington, Banbury and surrounding villages to congregate.
“The planned opening on 3rd December is the perfect time to welcome everyone through the doors and celebrate over 200 years of the inn’s history.”
Location and further information can be found at www.falconatwarmington.co.uk