Witney pub landlord is looking to an extension

The Oxford Times: John and Pinky Champion John and Pinky Champion

A WITNEY pub landlord says the success of his business has allowed him to expand.

John Champion, who owns the Hollybush Inn in Corn Street with his wife Pinky, has submitted plans to West Oxfordshire District Council to extend the pub beyond the kitchen at the back of the building.

The plans, which follow a previous kitchen extension, would bridge the gap with the outdoor barn.

Mr Champion said: “It’s an old pub which has had a series of add-ons over the years. The previous extension and the one we’re planning will bring it all together. We’ve a barn at the bottom of the garden and hope to bring it indoors.

“Our success has probably allowed us to expand a bit, which is good for the town. The pub has a good vibe and we’re trying to keep that.”

Mr Champion has owned the pub for nine years and also owns the Three Horseshoes in Corn Street.

He said high business rates meant fresh approaches were needed to keep pubs busy. The barn, which can fit up to 40 people, is popular with visitors so Mr Champion wants to make more use of it.

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2:37pm Sat 26 Apr 14

H.J.Harris says...

How can this establishment be so successful while Norton's Bar says the town centre is dead so are threatening closure if people don't support it . Perhaps Mr Champion could give them some hints.
How can this establishment be so successful while Norton's Bar says the town centre is dead so are threatening closure if people don't support it . Perhaps Mr Champion could give them some hints. H.J.Harris
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6:22pm Sat 26 Apr 14

skye53 says...

I went in the hollybush I thought it was a lovely pub as a warm welcoming. good luck with extension
I went in the hollybush I thought it was a lovely pub as a warm welcoming. good luck with extension skye53
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7:34pm Sat 26 Apr 14

WitneyGreen says...

H.J.Harris wrote:
How can this establishment be so successful while Norton's Bar says the town centre is dead so are threatening closure if people don't support it . Perhaps Mr Champion could give them some hints.
Perhaps because the Holly Bush and the Three Horse Shoes are decent pubs with good food, nice beer and friendly staff, and aren't full of alcopop-chugging chavs?
[quote][p][bold]H.J.Harris[/bold] wrote: How can this establishment be so successful while Norton's Bar says the town centre is dead so are threatening closure if people don't support it . Perhaps Mr Champion could give them some hints.[/p][/quote]Perhaps because the Holly Bush and the Three Horse Shoes are decent pubs with good food, nice beer and friendly staff, and aren't full of alcopop-chugging chavs? WitneyGreen
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5:59pm Sun 27 Apr 14

AlbertTatlock says...

Witneygreen has it in one!!
Witneygreen has it in one!! AlbertTatlock
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