Mystery couple ‘agree to take on lease of old pub’

thisisoxfordshire: The General Elliott pub The General Elliott pub

THEY have battled flooding almost constantly since December.

But now South Hinksey villagers may finally be given some good news.

The General Elliot pub in Manor Road, which has been shut since 2009, could finally reopen this year.

The site is currently owned by Vale Brewery, which attempted to sell the pub in 2012, but Adrian Porter of Manor Road said he has been speaking to a local couple who have now taken on the lease.

The pub won Oxford Camra’s pub of the year award in 2007 and 2008, but closed in 2009 after the landlord suddenly left.

Since then residents have seen-off multiple attempts to redevelop the site for residential uses, with the last controversial application to build houses on its car park being withdrawn by the agent in August 2013.

They also started gathering to drink and socialise in each other’s homes, but the ‘mock pub’ scheme soon grew too large, with up to 60 people turning up at one time.

Now work has begun on refurbishing the building to be a pub again, Mr Porter said, but the new tenants do not wish to be named at this stage.

They hope to open the pub by the summer and possibly buy it once it has “got off the ground”, Mr Porter added.

The father-of-three said: “This is the best news the village has had in a long time and the most promising chance we have seen yet.

“The pub has been shut for years now and it would be fantastic, not just for us but for people in surrounding areas, to get it open again.

“If they do not want to do all the work themselves, I know from speaking to other people in the village that they would certainly be offered assistance.”

South Hinksey Parish Council chairwoman Maggie Rawcliffe said it was terrific news.

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Mrs Rawcliffe said: “It would be wonderful to see the pub return to its heyday, so I am sure everyone will get behind it. There used to be be all sorts of things going on at the General Elliot, so I hope that people who used to come from other places like Kennington and New Hinksey will also rediscover it.”

The Oxford Mail approached Vale Brewery for comment, but received no response.

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8:27pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

Nobody knows or cares who General Elliot was - why not choose a new name for a new start?
Nobody knows or cares who General Elliot was - why not choose a new name for a new start? Milkbutnosugarplease
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9:07pm Tue 18 Mar 14

angelox99 says...

Milkbutnosugarplease wrote:
Nobody knows or cares who General Elliot was - why not choose a new name for a new start?
Feel free to speak for EVERYONE!!

Some people I am sure would like to know who this person was and why the pub was named after such a person - It is called history!!

Why not refrain from commenting if you have nothing useful to say!!
[quote][p][bold]Milkbutnosugarplease[/bold] wrote: Nobody knows or cares who General Elliot was - why not choose a new name for a new start?[/p][/quote]Feel free to speak for EVERYONE!! Some people I am sure would like to know who this person was and why the pub was named after such a person - It is called history!! Why not refrain from commenting if you have nothing useful to say!! angelox99
  • Score: 18

9:54pm Tue 18 Mar 14

BirderSue says...

George Augustus Eliott, 1st Baron Heathfield. No mention of Oxford in his biography.
George Augustus Eliott, 1st Baron Heathfield. No mention of Oxford in his biography. BirderSue
  • Score: 0

9:57pm Tue 18 Mar 14

BirderSue says...

BirderSue wrote:
George Augustus Eliott, 1st Baron Heathfield. No mention of Oxford in his biography.
(hit the post button before I was ready to post)

So, no history connecting General Elliot with Oxford, I'd say name the pub after a local.
[quote][p][bold]BirderSue[/bold] wrote: George Augustus Eliott, 1st Baron Heathfield. No mention of Oxford in his biography.[/p][/quote](hit the post button before I was ready to post) So, no history connecting General Elliot with Oxford, I'd say name the pub after a local. BirderSue
  • Score: -5

10:11pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Geoff Roberts says...

You know Jesus never came to the UK right? or St. George for that matter.
You know Jesus never came to the UK right? or St. George for that matter. Geoff Roberts
  • Score: 4

1:07am Wed 19 Mar 14

hatofthecat says...

Naming the pub after a British hero with no actual local connection is nothing unusual. If Nelson had drunk in every pub named after him he'd have barely been able to stand on the deck of the Victory let alone command the fleet.

General Elliot as Governor of Gibraltar was credited with improving its defences enabling it to successfully withstand being besieged by French & Spanish forces from 1779-84. Feted on his return to Britain and created a Lord it is not surprising a pub or two were named after him.
Naming the pub after a British hero with no actual local connection is nothing unusual. If Nelson had drunk in every pub named after him he'd have barely been able to stand on the deck of the Victory let alone command the fleet. General Elliot as Governor of Gibraltar was credited with improving its defences enabling it to successfully withstand being besieged by French & Spanish forces from 1779-84. Feted on his return to Britain and created a Lord it is not surprising a pub or two were named after him. hatofthecat
  • Score: 12

5:55am Wed 19 Mar 14

Arnold.Brewer says...

There's the local connection, he must have also visited the Rock of Gibraltar pub nearbBletchingdon,
Job done leave the name alone.
There's the local connection, he must have also visited the Rock of Gibraltar pub nearbBletchingdon, Job done leave the name alone. Arnold.Brewer
  • Score: 5

12:49pm Wed 19 Mar 14

King Joke says...

THis is great news, I think my dog-walking route might be changing...
THis is great news, I think my dog-walking route might be changing... King Joke
  • Score: 4

6:30pm Wed 19 Mar 14

robbo81 says...

Awesome news, makes my cycle pub crawl link up nicely with hinksey/iffley etc.
Awesome news, makes my cycle pub crawl link up nicely with hinksey/iffley etc. robbo81
  • Score: 5

4:09pm Mon 31 Mar 14

monkeynews says...

You mean Admiral Nelson didn't really live above Templars Square???
You mean Admiral Nelson didn't really live above Templars Square??? monkeynews
  • Score: 3

6:54pm Mon 31 Mar 14

King Joke says...

LOL!!!
LOL!!! King Joke
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