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Brakspear tests ‘bedroom blueprint' in £250k pub refurb

13 April 2011 by
Brakspear tests ‘bedroom blueprint' in £250k pub refurb

Brakspear pub The White Hart in Nettlebed near Henley-on-Thames has completed a £250,000 redevelopment.

The refurbishment saw the introduction of the Tailor Made Steaks concept and a complete redesign of two letting rooms, being trialled as a "bedroom blueprint" for accommodation in Brakspear pubs in future.

The pub is the third Brakspear site for Tailor Made Steaks (TMS) founders Ted Docherty and Dion Korving, and the second to offer the TMS menu, which is already on offer at the Chequers in Marlow since its reopening last summer.

The White Hart has a 120-seat restaurant, two informal drinking and dining areas and a fully equipped conference room.

Ten of the pub's 12 letting rooms have been given a minor makeover, while two have had a more dramatic overhaul, creating a design blueprint that will be rolled out to other pubs adding or upgrading their accommodation in future. Brakspear is awaiting planning approval for six further letting rooms at The White Hart and, if granted, these will be completed later this year.

The pub's food offer is focused on its steaks. Customers "tailor make" their meal by selecting their preferred cut and weight of steak from a counter in the restaurant, with advice from an expert member of staff. The steak is then cooked to their liking and served with their choice of sauce, vegetables and other side orders.

Tom Davies, Brakspear chief executive, said: "We're delighted with the results of our investment in The White Hart and pleased to be working once again with Ted and Dion, whose talent for developing successful pubs has been evident in the other Brakspear sites they operate. We're confident the site will be a popular local pub for residents of Nettlebed as well a destination food restaurant and a boutique hotel for overnight stays and weekend breaks."

Pictured: Tom Davies, Brakspear chief executive; MP for Henley on Thames John Howell; and Ted Docherty, founder of Tailor Made Steaks; at the official opening of The White Hart in Nettlebed

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