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Wetherspoons bans England flags from its pubs during World Cup but will allow fans to wear football shirts after outcry

Popular pub chain Wetherspoons has banned staff from flying the St George Cross during the World Cup.

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HanFest 2017

Farming celebration returns to Hanwell

The celebration of all the fabulous food and drink produced in Banburyshire returns to Hanwell next month.

(L-R) Barley Mow general manager Stefan Wright, second chef Jack Horley and shift supervisor Jake Widdowson

Eight new jobs as Banbury pub reopens after refurb

A Banbury pub has officially reopened its doors after an extensive refurbishment resulting in eight new jobs being created.

(L-R) Tom Page, Tommy Page, Nikki Page from the Rose and Crown in Charlbury

North Oxfordshire pub named best in county by CAMRA

A pub in north Oxfordshire has been named the best in the county by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Managing director James Clarke (left) with marketing manager Mark Graham outside Hook Norton Brewery NNL-180531-143141001

Brilliant Banburyshire: Exciting times for Hooky Brewery in 169-year history

At the Banbury Guardian, we like to celebrate what makes our portion of middle England so special and Hook Norton Brewery is certainly part of that.

Peter Borg-Neal

Owner of popular pub-restaurant operator shortlisted for top industry honour

The shortlist for the 35th Catey Awards has revealed that Peter Borg-Neal, Founder and CEO of Oakman Inns & Restaurants, the operators of 22 venues across the Home Counties, Midlands and beyond has been shortlisted for a top honour.

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Monty Don at BBC Gardeners' World in 2017

COMPETITION: Tickets for BBC Gardeners’ World Live and BBC Good Food Show up for grabs

The ever popular BBC Gardeners’ World Live and BBC Good Food Show are set to make a return to the NEC next month.

In pictures: Taste of Spring great addition to Banbury events calendar

One of the new events on the Banbury calendar for this year proved a hit as good weather and fine food and drink drew people into town.

What food would you like to see at A Taste of Spring? Photo from previous Banbury food fairs, courtesy of Banbury Town Council

New spring food festival arrives in Banbury this weekend

Shoppers are in for a seasonal treat at Banbury’s Market Place this Sunday, April 22.


PICTURE GALLERY: Ten of the best pub gardens in and around Banbury

The sunshine has finally arrived in Banbury and we’re all desperate to be outside enjoying it.

Oakman started out with The Akeman in Tring, Herts, and now has over 20 venues in 9 counties

First straws now single-use plastic, popular pub group makes serious pledge

It has been widely acknowledged that Oakman Inns, which operates popular pub-restaurants across Bucks, Herts, Beds, Oxon, Northants and Warwickshire, was the first multiple-site pub group to end the use of plastic straws across their 20 plus venues.

Aldi launch new BBQ pizza ovens

Aldi launch new BBQ pizza ovens

Hawaiian, Pepperoni or Margarita – whatever your topping of choice would-be chefs can create pizzas like a pro as Aldi are launching a new outdoor pizza oven.


VIDEO: Lick my face! Sugar-smiths can now make YOUR face into a giant lolly

hh Forget chocolate eggs this Easter, now you can get your face made into a lolly in the ultimate confectionary personalisation.

Little Amsterdam, Banbury, has been included in 'Where Chefs Eat'. Proprietor, Ilja Abbattista, centre, with left, Faith Faulkner and right, Katie French, team members. NNL-180320-185310009

Banbury’s Little Amsterdam receives double recognition

One of Banbury’s most popular independent cafes is also a favourite of professional chefs and has been named as one of just three Oxfordshire restaurants ‘Where Chef’s Eat’.

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Purston Lamb's livestock lives outside and lambs are reared by their mothers. Purston Lamb/Tracey Philby NNL-180316-163649001

Banburyshire farmer urging customers to buy lamb from source

A farm outside Banbury is encouraging customers to buy lamb directly from them instead of the supermarket.

Calum Bourne has started up a mobile pizzeria selling classic Neapolitan pizzas in Banbury NNL-180319-122032001

Entrepreneur brings pizza know-how back home to Banbury

An entrepreneurial chef is finding success bringing his skills of how to make classic Neapolitan-style pizzas to Banbury.

The Black Horse in Thame

Review: French brasserie meets British pub classics in Thame

The Black Horse in Thame is a bit like entering Dr Who’s tardis. You enter what appears to be a fairly ordinary 16th century pub then wander into a gloriously sunny garden room before moving into the original coach house, which has been given a new lease of life, transformed into an impressive dining room with striking metal chandeliers strung between original beams and with real linen napkins on the tables. This sets the scene for an extremely pleasing dining experience, for the food served here is simply divine.

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