The Brew House to Re-open as Station House Pub

The Brew House on Market Place is reopening next Thursday, 13th November from 5pm. With a new name – the Station House – new food, drink menus and a new landlord, Christian Evans, the pub is set to become one of Henley’s top drinking and dining spots.

The Station House name was chosen by new owners Brakspear and Mr Evans as it reflects the building’s history: was christian evans station houseHenley’s Police Station from 1868 to 2004 and two police cells remain within the pub’s interior, while the new pub sign shows a silhouette of a policeman wearing a traditional ‘custodian’ helmet. The change of name was made as a result of legal restrictions linked to the logo imposed by the previous owners, who have also taken out the microbrewery.

Mr Evans said, “There’s clearly a strong following for the pub among Henley’s residents, which is a great start for our new business. The Station House will be serving great food and drink, in a welcoming atmosphere and, most importantly, with a real focus on customer service. We hope past customers and new faces will visit us soon and discover what’s special about our offer.”

The menu at the Station House will include pub favourites such as fish & chips and sausage and mash as well as rustic comfort food, such as pan roasted guinea fowl; winter roast roots and Stilton tart, and chorizo, potato and kale soup. In addition to lunch and dinner menus, sharing platters provide a more informal dining alternative, while brunch is offered at weekends. Heading up the kitchen team is head chef Daniel Anderson, an award-winning chef who worked alongside Mr Evans in London. Mr Evans is also recruiting full and part-time staff, to take the total team up to at least 15.

Bobby Dazzler Ale Pump ClipThe drink offer is still being finalised, but will include a house beer, the aptly-named Bobby Dazzler, a 4% ABV golden ale, brewed from English pale ale malt and the finest English aromatic hops. The Station House will also serve a selection of craft beers on draught and in bottles such as Shipyard APA, Revisionist and Freedom 4, as well as a carefully chosen wine list.

Mr Evans said, “Craft beers are booming at the moment and we’re pleased to be offering a selection for the growing number of drinkers in Henley looking for this style of beer to enjoy on its own or with food.”

Mr Evans has worked in the hospitality industry for 11 years, working in restaurants and then as general manager of two gastropubs in London. The Station House is his first pub as a tenant. He says, “I’d reached a point in my career where I wanted to run my own business rather than manage someone else’s, and my wife and I wanted to move out of London. We fell in love with Henley and could see it had a vibrant eating out scene, so we started talking to Brakspear and when the Station House became available, we knew it was the right pub for us.

“It’s been a hectic few months getting the pub ready for reopening, but we’re all really pleased with the subtle changes that have been made to the interior, the menus and the drinks, especially the craft beers. We’re very proud of the Station House and can’t wait to see what everyone else thinks of it when we reopen.”

Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies said, “We’re delighted to be reopening the Station House. Christian is a talented and experienced landlord and we are confident he will quickly turn it into a popular and thriving pub.”

The Station House reopens on 13th November. Food is served daily from midday – 3.00 pm and 6.00 – 10.00 pm, with brunch from 10.00 – midday at weekends. To find out more or to book a table: book@stationhousehenley.co.uk /

2 comments
  1. bonzo says:

    Brakspear should look after their existing closed pubs such as the rose and crown rather than buying the competition and pissing off Henley drinkers

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