Pubs: New lease of life for Tavern in Oxford city centre

Banbury Cake: Clive Watson, left, with consultant Aly Hillier and manager Lucas van Rensburg Clive Watson, left, with consultant Aly Hillier and manager Lucas van Rensburg

ONE of Oxford’s oldest city centre pubs, which closed more than a year ago, is to reopen next month after a £225,000 refurbishment.

The St Aldate’s Tavern has been leased from its owner Merton College by the City Pub Company, which started trading in March and already runs six pubs in the South of England.

Chief executive Clive Watson said: “We want the pub to appeal to everyone, not just tourists or students.

“We shall invest about £125,000 on refitting and redecorating the pub.”

John Gloag, estates bursar at the college, which also owns the Turf Tavern, in Holywell Street, said: “We have spent about £100,000 on bringing the place up to a high structural standard.”

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10:18am Thu 9 Aug 12

Mark L says...

Great news! right beside my bus stop home :)
Great news! right beside my bus stop home :) Mark L

12:37pm Thu 9 Aug 12

Myron Blatz says...

Pity - ideal location for yet another supermarket convenience store, or lettings agency.
Pity - ideal location for yet another supermarket convenience store, or lettings agency. Myron Blatz

12:59pm Thu 9 Aug 12

Headington_angel says...

Bit of a shame as they will not employ local people will no experience but willing to learn the trade... instead they employ students that will leave come end of term!!
Bit of a shame as they will not employ local people will no experience but willing to learn the trade... instead they employ students that will leave come end of term!! Headington_angel

1:03pm Thu 9 Aug 12

Headington_angel says...

I applied.... did I get an answer.....NO!!!!

I as an individual know Oxford inside out as a local, I have experience... yet no response... personally, reckon it will be closed in a year or so without the right staff.
I applied.... did I get an answer.....NO!!!! I as an individual know Oxford inside out as a local, I have experience... yet no response... personally, reckon it will be closed in a year or so without the right staff. Headington_angel

1:38pm Thu 9 Aug 12

Whitto says...

Headington_angel wrote:
I applied.... did I get an answer.....NO!!!! I as an individual know Oxford inside out as a local, I have experience... yet no response... personally, reckon it will be closed in a year or so without the right staff.
Sour Grapes?????

How do you know who they have empoyed yet and if their CV's were just better than yours? I've run pubs in the past and if that is your attitude when you get knocked back then they ahve done well not to have you on their team.

Good luck to them always good to see small companies having a go, no matter who they employ.
[quote][p][bold]Headington_angel[/bold] wrote: I applied.... did I get an answer.....NO!!!! I as an individual know Oxford inside out as a local, I have experience... yet no response... personally, reckon it will be closed in a year or so without the right staff.[/p][/quote]Sour Grapes????? How do you know who they have empoyed yet and if their CV's were just better than yours? I've run pubs in the past and if that is your attitude when you get knocked back then they ahve done well not to have you on their team. Good luck to them always good to see small companies having a go, no matter who they employ. Whitto

1:48pm Thu 9 Aug 12

EMBOX1 says...

Good luck to them, serve decent food (and not reheated stuff from Brakes) and have a few real ales on, and all should be well.

Just keep the riff raff out, too....
Good luck to them, serve decent food (and not reheated stuff from Brakes) and have a few real ales on, and all should be well. Just keep the riff raff out, too.... EMBOX1

2:02pm Thu 9 Aug 12

Myron Blatz says...

Going by how similar establishments in Oxford are now run, the to-be-opened pub will totally profits-led and managed to maximise income from tourists and students. We are talking squarely of a commercial retail operation in one of Oxfordshire's major tourist and student centres ....... not the sentimental saving of 'one of Oxford's oldest pubs' as suggested. If the cash-rich tourists and students don't pump regular money into the turnover, it will close - with little or no regard to the needs of those who live in Oxford.
Going by how similar establishments in Oxford are now run, the to-be-opened pub will totally profits-led and managed to maximise income from tourists and students. We are talking squarely of a commercial retail operation in one of Oxfordshire's major tourist and student centres ....... not the sentimental saving of 'one of Oxford's oldest pubs' as suggested. If the cash-rich tourists and students don't pump regular money into the turnover, it will close - with little or no regard to the needs of those who live in Oxford. Myron Blatz

5:42pm Thu 9 Aug 12

sparky123456 says...

Myron - you've sprung up with a lot of odd opinions. of course it'll be run as a commercial enterprise... it's a pub! I'm guessing the manager wants a salary for himself and the staff and I guess the investors want a nice return. Pubs in oxford can do very well indeed without the tourist trade. The refurb on the Cape of Good Hope is proof of that. They just need to diversify - quiz nights, open mic, live music, half decent food, world beers, decent wines. Good luck to them I say.
Myron - you've sprung up with a lot of odd opinions. of course it'll be run as a commercial enterprise... it's a pub! I'm guessing the manager wants a salary for himself and the staff and I guess the investors want a nice return. Pubs in oxford can do very well indeed without the tourist trade. The refurb on the Cape of Good Hope is proof of that. They just need to diversify - quiz nights, open mic, live music, half decent food, world beers, decent wines. Good luck to them I say. sparky123456

4:30pm Fri 10 Aug 12

mandate says...

Headington_angel wrote:
Bit of a shame as they will not employ local people will no experience but willing to learn the trade... instead they employ students that will leave come end of term!!
How do you know that the other applicants are not also local people? I'm certain they would have found your application more interesting if you had been able to convince them that you were the right person for the job.

Did you list your attributes? interests? Did you convey in a personal way why you would be the right person for the job? Did you make it clear in your application that you have the right social skills to make the customers feel welcome and appreciated?

You have also complained about the fact that you did not receive a reply to your job application. Honestly, would you have the time to personally reply to perhaps several hundred job applicants. Have you contacted them to enquire why you were'nt selected?

Obviously, they feel that somebody else is better suited than you for the job. Perhaps you could contact them and enquire what specific abilities they were looking for, that you don't have. This would help you in your next job application.

A word of advice, a pleasant and positive attitude will go a long way in the future. Good luck in finding a job that makes both yourself and your future employer happy.
[quote][p][bold]Headington_angel[/bold] wrote: Bit of a shame as they will not employ local people will no experience but willing to learn the trade... instead they employ students that will leave come end of term!![/p][/quote]How do you know that the other applicants are not also local people? I'm certain they would have found your application more interesting if you had been able to convince them that you were the right person for the job. Did you list your attributes? interests? Did you convey in a personal way why you would be the right person for the job? Did you make it clear in your application that you have the right social skills to make the customers feel welcome and appreciated? You have also complained about the fact that you did not receive a reply to your job application. Honestly, would you have the time to personally reply to perhaps several hundred job applicants. Have you contacted them to enquire why you were'nt selected? Obviously, they feel that somebody else is better suited than you for the job. Perhaps you could contact them and enquire what specific abilities they were looking for, that you don't have. This would help you in your next job application. A word of advice, a pleasant and positive attitude will go a long way in the future. Good luck in finding a job that makes both yourself and your future employer happy. mandate

3:41am Sat 11 Aug 12

Whopper w/o Pickle Cornmarket St says...

mandate wrote:
Headington_angel wrote:
Bit of a shame as they will not employ local people will no experience but willing to learn the trade... instead they employ students that will leave come end of term!!
How do you know that the other applicants are not also local people? I'm certain they would have found your application more interesting if you had been able to convince them that you were the right person for the job.

Did you list your attributes? interests? Did you convey in a personal way why you would be the right person for the job? Did you make it clear in your application that you have the right social skills to make the customers feel welcome and appreciated?

You have also complained about the fact that you did not receive a reply to your job application. Honestly, would you have the time to personally reply to perhaps several hundred job applicants. Have you contacted them to enquire why you were'nt selected?

Obviously, they feel that somebody else is better suited than you for the job. Perhaps you could contact them and enquire what specific abilities they were looking for, that you don't have. This would help you in your next job application.

A word of advice, a pleasant and positive attitude will go a long way in the future. Good luck in finding a job that makes both yourself and your future employer happy.
Looking at The Angels other posts, I would guess that this is another made up one. Best to ignore it she seems to be everywhere and sees everything.
[quote][p][bold]mandate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Headington_angel[/bold] wrote: Bit of a shame as they will not employ local people will no experience but willing to learn the trade... instead they employ students that will leave come end of term!![/p][/quote]How do you know that the other applicants are not also local people? I'm certain they would have found your application more interesting if you had been able to convince them that you were the right person for the job. Did you list your attributes? interests? Did you convey in a personal way why you would be the right person for the job? Did you make it clear in your application that you have the right social skills to make the customers feel welcome and appreciated? You have also complained about the fact that you did not receive a reply to your job application. Honestly, would you have the time to personally reply to perhaps several hundred job applicants. Have you contacted them to enquire why you were'nt selected? Obviously, they feel that somebody else is better suited than you for the job. Perhaps you could contact them and enquire what specific abilities they were looking for, that you don't have. This would help you in your next job application. A word of advice, a pleasant and positive attitude will go a long way in the future. Good luck in finding a job that makes both yourself and your future employer happy.[/p][/quote]Looking at The Angels other posts, I would guess that this is another made up one. Best to ignore it she seems to be everywhere and sees everything. Whopper w/o Pickle Cornmarket St

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