Revamp for historic Banbury pub

Ye Olde Reine Deer Inn, on Parsons Street. NNL-151014-110804001
Ye Olde Reine Deer Inn, on Parsons Street. NNL-151014-110804001

Banbury’s oldest pub is undergoing a refurbishment.

Ye Olde Reine Deer Inn, pictured, will be closed until Friday, October 23, at 8pm, to undergo a spruce up in time for Christmas.

Jem Morey and Ant Murray, the current tenants, are working with Hook Norton, the owners of the building, on a minor refurbishment.

The pub dates back to the 16th century and is steeped in local folklore and history, with rumours of visits from Oliver Cromwell who may or may not have held court in The Globe Room, to the rear of the building.

The tenants, who also run The Wine Vaults on Parsons Street, have been running The Reindeer for nearly three years.

Mr Murray said: “We feel it’s really important to put people’s mind at ease that there will be no major changes to the building itself, no walls are being knocked down, no disco balls and not even a splash of pink paint in sight! We promise!

“We’re looking forward to getting the work done and getting back open for business by October 23. The outside decked area probably won’t be finished by then, but the main pub will be.”

Tanicha Boneham, general manager, said: “I can’t wait to open the doors and show our local customers and new faces what we’ve done, then they’ll know we’ll still be concentrating on what we already do well but better – being the best traditional quintessential pub experience in Banbury!”

On October 23, there will be live music from 9pm from Gareth Gwynn and Patrick Foley.