Three years ago a West Oxfordshire family took a risk and opened the Teardrop Bar in the Covered Market.

Luciana Gyuricza and her husband Christian launched the micropub and shop to sells ales brewed at the couple’s Church Hanbrewery in West Oxfordshire.

They now also sell more than 200 carefully selected wines at Market Cellar Door, the neighbouring unit.

Back in 2018 mum-of-three Mrs Gyuricza had no idea the business, like others in the market and across Oxfordshire, would face an enforced drop in trade due to repeated lockdowns as a result of coronavirus.

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But the bar has survived and Mrs Gyuricza has been linking up with other traders at the market in a bid to cheer up the shoppers.


You can now order food from surrounding stalls including Pershore Seafoods and The Oxford Cheese Company and enjoy a meal while you drink beer or wine.

The Teardrop sticks to the market’s opening hours and is open seven days a week.

There are a number of tables outside the units and some shoppers may not have realised they can sit there to enjoy food from elsewhere in the market while sipping a beer or glass of wine.

Mrs Gyuricza said: “By working together in the market traders can help each other - it’s quite informal but I think it’s working well and it’s something different for the shoppers to enjoy.


“Footfall in the market is definitely increasing now Christmas is approaching but we would still like to see even more people because there are times when we know it’s busy outside but we are not seeing that inside the market itself.

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“Of course the pandemic has affected traders in the Covered Market as it has affected traders everywhere but this is now a good time of year for us.

“We have not been seeing as many international tourists because of travel restrictions and look forward to them returning.

“January and February can be a little quiet so we need to have a good Christmas!”

Mrs Gyuricza and her family live in Church Hanborough while the brewery is based in New Yatt.

“All the children help us now, so it’s a real family business,” she said.


When she is not free to serve customers in the market, other members of the team step in to help.

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The bar is the main point of sales and display for Church Hanbrewery’s range of products, which include bottled beer and mini kegs.

Mrs Gyuricza said on the bar’s website: “We love brewing but we also like pouring a pint and meeting people. Our main product is draught beer, a mix of cask real ale and keg.We also offer a range of local products like spirits, wine and snacks.”

Bespoke gift hampers are also available.

At Market Cellar Door, customers can browse 250 carefully selected wines to take away.