Updated: Apr 1, 2020
5pm on the 29th of March, 2019 was a momentous time for Warren and I. We took the keys to the historic Horse & Groom Inn in Upper Oddington. Our first order to go through ‘our’ card machine was 2 pints of Peroni. Our first ever sale in the Pub Industry. It had been around six months since we first viewed the pub as potential buyers in October, and time had dragged as we completed all the legal ‘due diligence’ steps before, finally becoming owners. This was a magical moment for us and will be burned on our memories forever. The picture you see here, is Norman on his first day on the job.
The past 12 months have been an adventure, a roller-coaster of events that neither Warren and I could have ever imagined. To give you an idea, we’ve had the Cellar cooling unit catching fire, we’ve built a new water feature in the garden which rivals Niagara Falls in my opinion, we’ve opened up the guest lounge area which has been closed for years and we spent tens of thousands upgrading the cellar and kitchen to bring it up to modern standards.
What has remained consistent is our vision for this pub. This a village pub. Serving the community in and around Oddington. We’ve always wanted the pub to be lively, full of life, full of stories and laughter. And I think to an end, we’ve achieved this. The response from the village has taken us completely by surprise. The warmth, acceptance and kindness from our customers is truly heart warming. If we ever had a doubt about owning a pub, these were quickly squashed from the kind messages of support and encouragement.
Picture: Mothers Day, 2019. Our 3rd day of trading and we've run out of Butty!
Moving on, 12 months later, and we’re celebrating our anniversary in a way that neither of us could have imagined - as a take-out and delivery service, supporting our local community during this unrivalled period of World history. Our amazing staff have been by our side since day one, and it hasn’t been easy for any of them. We would like to thank them all for taking this journey with us. Thanks to the community for continuing to support us and each other, and for encouraging us to keep going.
What will the next 12 months hold for us? Who knows. What we do know is we will come out of this stronger as people, stronger as a community and stronger as a nation. When we do re-open (and we will!) it’s gonna be one monstrous celebration, eclipsing News Years Eve, Christmas and all the bank holidays rolled into one.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all for supporting us.
Norman, Warren and Beaker.